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scored 21 of his 29 points in the
first quarter and the Golden State
Warriors cruised past the Orlando
Magic 122-92 in the NBA on Thurs-
Stephen Curry added 25 points and
nine assists after appearing to injure
his right foot in the opening min-
utes, Andre Iguodala scored 14 and
Zaza Pachulia had 10 points and 10
rebounds to help the Warriors improve
to an NBA-best 54-14 and clinch their
third straight Pacific Division title.
Thompson, who owns the NBA re-
cord for most points in one quarter
with 37 against Sacramento on Jan.
23, 2015, was almost perfect in the
opening period against Orlando. The
three-time All-Star made his first five
shots beyond the arc and shot 8 of 11
overall while helping the Warriors to
an early double-digit lead.
Elfrid Payton and Jeff Green scored
13 points apiece for Orlando.
THUNDER 123, RAPTORS 102
had 24 points, 16 assists and 10 re-
bounds in three quarters for his 34th
triple-double of the NBA season as the
Oklahoma City Thunder registered
their fourth consecutive win with a
victory over the Toronto Raptors.
The league's leading scorer moved
closer to the NBA's single-season
record for triple-doubles, 41 set by
Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 sea-
son. Oklahoma has 14 regular season
Victor Oladipo added 23 points as
the Thunder split the season series
with the Raptors, the fourth straight
year the teams have done so.
DeMar DeRozan had 22 points for
the Raptors, while Serge Ibaka had 10
points against his former team.
CAVALIERS 91, JAZZ 83
CLEVELAND---LeBron James scored
33 points, including 17 in the fourth
quarter as Cleveland defeated Utah.
Kevin Love played for the first time
since having surgery on his left knee
last month and scored 10 points in 19
minutes. But Kyrie Irving and Iman
Shumpert left the game with injuries.
James was 13 of 20 from the field and
had 10 rebounds with six assists. He
also moved into 13th place all time in
field goals in the fourth quarter, pass-
ing Tim Duncan.
Irving, who scored 21 points, didn't
play in the fourth quarter because of
tightness in his left knee. Shumpert
sprained his left shoulder in the third
Rudy Gobert led Utah with 20 points
and 18 rebounds.
GRIZZLIES 103, HAWKS 91
NETS 121, KNICKS 110
NUGGETS 129, CLIPPERS 114
Sufi chases another win
Sufi has obviously been kept in re-
serve for a successful second season
and Richard Hannon's charge should
Maiden Stakes over an extended
mile of Wolverhampton tapeta
Trainers will often make a judge-
ment on two year olds; either they
are precocious and campaigned
in prestigious juvenile races or it's
significant that time and maturity
are at issue.
Sufi, a Pivotal colt in ownership of
the immensely wealthy, Lady Bam-
ford, justifies a patient approach; his
second start, when three quarters
of a length second to well regard-
ed Omeros over a similar distance
on Chelmsford polytrack 149 days
ago, wins this nineteen times out
Today is all about 'after the lord
mayor's show' following Chelten-
ham, now back to basics,eh?
Sizing John the hero
Sizing John gave Jessica Har-
rington a winner with her first runner
in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup,
yesterday, producing an authorita-
tive display under Robbie Power.
The seven year old was always
travelling powerfully as the well
backed Native River tried to break
his rivals from the front.
However the eventual third was
fighting a losing battle from the
turn for home as both the winner
and Djakadam, under a motionless
Ruby Walsh, swept past.
The latter, second in the last two
renewals of the race, was unable
to sustain his effort though after
a blunder two out and faded into
fourth as Sizing John roared up the
hill to win by two and a half lengths.
Minella Rocco thundered home
for second and was slashed to 14/1
from 33s by Sky Bet for the Randox
Health Grand National at Aintree
For the second succesive season
Cue Card fell at the third last fence
but in contrast to 12 months ago
looked to be struggling at the time.
Arctic Fire is County king
Willie Mullins' Cheltenham Fes-
tival resurgence continued as top
weight Arctic Fire won a thrilling
renewal of the County Hurdle, yes-
Held up off the pace by Paul
Townend, the former Champion
Hurdle runner up produced the big-
gest weight carrying performance in
the race since 1960 as he came with
a storming run up the stands' rail
to win in a photo from L'Ami Serge.
Wakea set the tempo early on
and was 15 lengths clear at the top
of the hill, but as the gap narrowed
approaching the final flight it was
apparent that the six year old was
a sitting duck.
Golden State Warriors' David West, left, steals the ball from Orlando Magic's
Mario Hezonja, centre, as Warriors' Matt Barnes defends during the first half of
their NBA game Thursday, in Oakland, California. AP PHOTO
Wolverhampton, 3.45-Perfect Cracker
(e.w); 4.15 Sufi;
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