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MONG KOK---Opener Dwayne Smith stroked
an up tempo half-century while Marlon Sam-
uels produced a solid all-round performance,
as Kowloon Cantons won the Hong Kong T20
Blitz by thrashing City Kaitak by 25 runs in yes-
Opting to bat first at Mission Road Ground, Can-
tons piled up an overwhelming 222 for five off their
20 overs with captain Babar Hayat top-scoring with
76 off 40 balls and Smith weighing in with 68 off 43.
Samuels kept the sustained the tempo of the innings
with 32 off 21 deliveries.
Hayat, a prolific ODI batsman for Hong Kong,
slammed nine fours and four sixes as he posted 149
for the first wicket with former Barbados and West
Indies right-hander Smith who belted four fours and
When the pair were dismissed within 12 balls of
each other, Samuels stepped up to blast two fours
and two sixes as he put on a further 52 for the third
wicket with Ashar Zaidi who ended on 24 not out.
Barbados-born England all-rounder Chris Jordan
finished with one for 44 from an expensive four-over
spell while Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Rayad
Emrit went wicket-less from his four overs.
In reply, City Kaitak made a good fist of it but the
target proved out of their reach, as they were bowled
out for 197 with two balls remaining in the innings.
Opener Kyle Coetzer led with an astonishing 63
for 36 deliveries, including a four and seven sixes,
while Trinidad and West Indies left-hander Nicholas
Pooran produced a cameo 28 from 15 balls with two
fours and two sixes.
Both Jordan (7) and Emrit (4) failed to make an
impression with the bat.
Samuels turned in another strong performance with
the ball, taking two for 30 from four overs.
In the first game---the final one of the preliminar-
ies---Jordan (3-16) and Emrit (3-26) both claimed
three-wicket hauls as City Kaitak beat Samuel
Badree's Hong Kong Island United by 50 runs.
HOUSTON---James Harden had
a triple-double with 38 points, 11
assists and ten rebounds to out-duel
LeBron James and lead the Houston
Rockets to a 117-112 victory over
the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sun-
The Rockets were up by six when
Nene made a layup before intercepting
a bad pass by James. Patrick Beverley
made a 3-pointer on the other end to
push the lead to 116-107 with less than
two minutes left.
Kyrie Irving hit a 3-pointer with less
than a minute to go and added two free
throws after that to get the Cavaliers
within four. Harden added a free throw
to end Cleveland's run and secure the
victory. It was the 16th triple-double
this season for Harden and his 31st game
with at least 30 points.
James had 30 points for the Cava-
liers. They lost for the fourth time in
CELTICS 100, BULLS 80
BOSTON---Isaiah Thomas scored
22 points and later joined fans doing
the wave as it circled TD Garden, and
Boston handed Chicago its fifth straight
loss. The Celtics rushed to a 13-0 lead,
shutting out Chicago until Dwyane
Wade's jumper nearly six minutes into
Thomas, the team's leading scorer at
29.2 points per game, played only 24
minutes and sat the entire final quarter.
He had some fun with the fans in the
closing minutes of the blowout, taking
part with teammate Jae Crowder in the
Avery Bradley had 17 points. Robin
Lopez and Denzel Valentine led the Bulls
with 13 points apiece.
NETS 120, KNICKS 112
NEW YORK---Jeremy Lin ended an
0-for-9 start with a 3-pointer that
halted a Knicks comeback, and Brooklyn
beat New York for its first home victo-
ry of 2017. The Nets ended a 16-game
losing streak at Barclays Center. They
hadn't won here since Dec. 26, when
Lin strained his hamstring in a victory
Brook Lopez had 25 points for the
Nets. Carmelo Anthony had 27 for the
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Cleveland Cavaliers' Richard Jefferson (24) and
Tristan Thompson, left, defend during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, in Houston.
TRAIL BLAZERS 110, SUNS 101
76ERS 118, LAKERS 116
PACERS 102, HEAT 98
Harden out-duels King James
as Rockets beat Cavs
Smith, Samuels shine
as Cantons lift title
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