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Cleveland drops 25
3-pointers on Hawks
ATLANTA---Kyrie Irving scored
43 points, LeBron James had 38
and the Cleveland Cavaliers set
an NBA regular-season record
with 25 3-pointers in a 135-130
victory over Atlanta on Friday
After Paul Millsap's baseline jump-
er over James cut Cleveland's lead to
124-123, Kyle Korver---who was trad-
ed from Atlanta to the Cavaliers on
January 7---hit the record-breaking
3-pointer to pad the lead.
Cleveland made 25 of 46 3s to break
a record that stood less than three
months. Houston made 24 treys in
a 122-100 win over New Orleans on
Tim Hardaway Jr. made five of nine
3-pointers and led the Hawks with a
career-high 36 points. Millsap had
RAPTORS 114, WIZARDS 106
scored 32 points, including a key
3-pointer late, and grabbed 13 re-
bounds in Toronto's victory over
Norman Powell added a sea-
son-high 21 points, including 14 in
the fourth quarter, to help the Rap-
tors pulled back into a tie with the
Wizards for third place in the Eastern
Toronto also secured a 2-1 victory
in the season series, a potential tie-
breaker for playoff seeding, two days
after losing to Washington 105-96
in the first game of a home-and-
John Wall scored 30 points, and
Bradley Beal added 27 for Wizards.
SUNS 118, THUNDER 111
PHOENIX---Eric Bledsoe had 18
points and Phoenix helped celebrate
broadcaster Al McCoy's induction
into the team's Ring of Honor with
a victory over Oklahoma City,
Russell Westbrook had 48 points,
17 rebounds and nine assists for the
Alan Williams added 14 points and
13 rebounds for Phoenix.
The 83-year-old McCoy was hon-
ored at halftime. He's in his 45th
season calling Suns games. Eight of
14 other Suns Ring of Honor induct-
ees were present, including Charles
Barkley, who offered brief remarks.
SPURS 101, PELICANS 98, OT
NEW ORLEANS---Kawhi Leonard
scored 31 points, Patty Mills hit a
pair of pivotal 3s in overtime, and
San Antonio outlasted New Orleans.
LeMarcus Aldridge had 21 points
and 15 rebounds for San Antonio. The
Spurs won their sixth straight while
dropping New Orleans to 0-4 with
DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup.
Cousins had 19 points and 23
rebounds, but missed a step-back
3-pointer that could have tied it as
overtime ended. Anthony Davis had
29 points, and Jrue Holiday 26 for
Mills finished with 15 points, and
Pau Gasol added 13.
CELTICS 115, LAKERS 95
LOS ANGELES---Isaiah Thomas
scored 18 points and Boston rode a
70-point first half.
Jae Crowder scored 10 of his 14
points in the first half, when the
Atlantic Division-leading Celtics
shot 51 per cent on the way to opening
their trip 2-0.
Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers
with 20 points. They have lost six
76ERS 105, KNICKS 102
made the go-ahead basket with 24.3
seconds left and matched his career
high with 19 points in Philadelphia'
victory over New York.
Acquired from Dallas last week
in the deal that sent Nerlens Noel
to the Mavericks, Anderson hit his
first seven shots and forced Knicks
star Carmelo Anthony into 5-for-18
Dario Saric had 12 of his 21 points
in the fourth quarter, and Robert
Covington added 16 points. The
76ers snapped a three-game los-
ing streak, winning their first game
since announcing Wednesday that
Joel Embiid was done for the season
with a knee injury.
Lance Thomas had a season-high
21 points for the Knicks.
MAVERICKS 104, GRIZZLIES 100
DALLAS---Seth Curry scored 24
points, and Nerlens Noel had 15
points and tied a career high with
17 rebounds in his first start since
coming to Dallas in a trade.
The Mavericks held on despite
going scoreless for more than five
minutes in the last half of the fourth
The drought ended when Dirk
Nowitzki made a free throw after
Memphis coach David Fizdale was
called for a technical with Dallas
leading 94-90 with 46 seconds left.
Mike Conley scored 30 points, and
Zach Randolph had 24 points and 10
rebounds for Memphis.
BUCKS 112, CLIPPERS 101
MILWAUKEE ---Giannis Anteto-
kounmpo had 24 points and eight
assists, and Milwaukee squandered
an early 23-point lead before finish-
ing strong to hold off turnover-prone
Greg Monroe also had 24 points
for the Bucks. They watched their
early edge dwindle to 77-74 late in
the third quarter following four 3s in
the period by Chris Paul. The Bucks
reasserted control with a 15-2 run for
a 92-76 lead with about 9 minutes
Paul and Blake Griffin each had 21
points for the Clippers. They had a
season-high 23 turnovers.
JAZZ 112, NETS 97
SALT LAKE CITY---George Hill
scored a season-high 34 points and
Utah beat Brooklyn.
The Jazz snapped a two-game los-
ing streak and extended their lead for
the No. 4 Western Conference playoff
spot. Utah put the game away with
a 19-5 stretch in the third quarter.
Quincy Acy scored a season-high
18 points for the Nets.
MAGIC 110, HEAT 99
ORLANDO, Fla---Nikola Vucevic
scored 25 points and Aaron Gordon
had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help
Orlando beat Miami.
The Magic beat the Heat for the
third straight time to win the season
James Johnson led Miami with 19
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) as forward Paul
Millsap (4) looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game, on Friday, in Atlanta. AP PHOTO
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.---At-
lanta United is a box office
hit before playing its first
The first-year team has sold
more than 30,000 season tick-
ets, a record for a Major League
Soccer expansion team. The
team announced Friday a sellout
of about 55,000 is expected for
tonight's opening match against
the New York Red Bulls.
The season-ticket sales pro-
vide a guarantee Atlanta will rank
among the league's attendance
leaders, even though their new
Mercedes Benz Stadium won't
be ready until July. The team's
temporary home will be Bobby
Dodd Stadium, home of Georgia
Tech's football team.
Having a packed stadium adds
more drama for the opener.
"We know it's going to be a big
occasion," Kenwyne Jones, a for-
ward from Trinidad and Tobago,
said Thursday. "History is going
to be made for ourselves, for the
city and the club."
Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, one
of four natives of Argentina
on the team, said players have
talked about the strong ticket
"We're surprised," Pirez said
through an interpreter. "The
numbers are crazy. We're excited
to kick off the season in front of
so many fans."
Jones said the impressive
ticket sales prove "the fever is
catching on properly" in Atlanta,
which hasn't had a professional
soccer team in 36 years. The At-
lanta Chiefs won the 1968 North
American Soccer League cham-
pionship, and a revived version
of the team folded in 1981.
Atlanta United team captain
Michael Parkhurst, a defender
who served as the Columbus
captain the last three years, has
said this isn't a normal expan-
sion team. The team is backed by
owner Arthur Blank, who also
owns the NFL Atlanta Falcons,
and he funded the successful
pursuit of coach Gerardo "Tata"
Martino and technical director,
Carlos Bocanegra, a former cap-
tain of the US national team.
Martino, the former coach of
national teams in Argentina and
Paraguay, as well as a one-year
stint with Barcelona, brings in-
stant credibility to international
Martino is learning to speak
English. The language barrier
with US players, who are learn-
ing to speak Spanish, has been
only one of many challenges for
the new team.
Construction is not complete
on Atlanta United's permanent
training facility. The team has
used different practice sites,
including the Falcons' facility.
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