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boost for US in
Fed Cup final
MINSK, Belarus — Sloane Stephens
is back in the United States team
for the Fed Cup final, and Victoria
Azarenka is missing for Belarus.
That alone gives the early advan-
tage to the Americans.
Stephens, who won the US Open
this year for her first major title,
missed the opening two rounds of
the international team competition
because of a foot injury. But she is
back and will be playing alongside
CoCo Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers
and Alison Riske in the best-of-five
series this weekend in Minsk.
“I’m happy to be back playing
and happy the team made the fi-
nals,” the 13th-ranked Stephens
said yesterday. “It’s awesome I can
be on this team.”
The United States is looking to
win the Fed Cup for the first time
in 17 years, while Belarus is playing
in the final for the first time.
Stephens hasn’t played in the
Fed Cup since the 2016 quarter-
finals, but she said it’s been “no
problem at all” slipping back onto
“Obviously, I’ve known these
girls since I was 12-13 years old, so
we’re all really good friends,” Ste-
phens said. “It’s easy to be with
girls you like, girls you have fun
with and girls you’ve been around
for a really long time.”
Stephens didn’t play from the
2016 Olympics through Wimble-
don in 2017 and underwent foot
surgery during that period. She
arrived in Minsk after not win-
ning any of the four matches she’s
played since her surprise US Open
victory. She retired with a knee
injury from her last match against
Barbora Strycova in China last
Vandeweghe, in her first week at
a career-high No. 10 ranking, won
two Fed Cup singles points against
Germany in the quarterfinals, and
two singles and the doubles points
against the Czech Republic in the
But the US Open semifinalist
said she knows very little about
this weekend’s competition, hav-
ing never played Aryna Sabalenka,
Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Vera Lapko
or Lidziya Marozava.
“I feel like I’m coming in with
wool over my eyes a little bit,”
Azarenka, a two-time Australian
Open champion, is not playing in
the final because of an ongoing
custody dispute with the father of
her infant son.
Love powers Cavaliers past
Antetokounmpo, Bucks 124-119
CLEVELAND — Kevin Love scored a
season-high 32 points, LeBron James
added 30 and the Cleveland Cavaliers
withstood a 40-point performance by
Giannis Antetokounmpo to beat the
Milwaukee Bucks 124-119 on Tuesday
The Cavs have been one of the
NBA’s biggest surprises this season
for all the wrong reasons. But after
losing five of six, they did enough to
hand the Bucks their fourth straight
loss and keep Cleveland fans from
Love, who was briefly hospitalized
after scoring just four points in a sur-
prising loss to Atlanta on Sunday, also
had 16 rebounds. J.R. Smith added a
season-high 20 points for the Cavs.
Still a few weeks shy of his 23rd
birthday, the multi-talented Anteto-
kounmpo finished 16 of 21 from the
floor. Malcolm Brogdon added 22
points for Milwaukee.
Before the game, the Bucks got
some scoring help by acquiring guard
Eric Bledsoe from the Phoenix Suns
in exchange for forward/center Greg
Monroe and two draft picks.
KNICKS 118, HORNETS 113
Kristaps Porzingis scored 28 points,
including a tiebreaking 3-pointer
with 1:48 remaining, and the Knicks
earned their third straight victory.
The Eastern Conference player
of the week was held below 30 for
only the third time in 10 games this
season, but he delivered when it
mattered, scoring seven points in the
Doug McDermott added a sea-
son-high 20 points off the bench
and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the
Knicks, who have won six of seven
after an 0-3 start.
Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard
and rookie Malik Monk each had 21
points in the Hornets’ third straight
PELICANS 117, PACERS 112
Anthony Davis had 37 points and
14 rebounds for New Orleans, and
DeMarcus Cousins added 32 points
and 13 boards.
Davis was 14 for 18 from the field
in New Orleans’ third straight win.
Darius Miller scored 12 points, and
Jameer Nelson had 10.
Indiana had six players score in
double figures in its third straight
loss. Myles Turner had 21 points and
12 rebounds, and Victor Oladipo
scored 15 points.
Indiana led 75-61 at halftime, but
the Pelicans outscored the Pacers
35-19 in the third quarter.
SPURS 120, CLIPPERS 107
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25
points, and the Spurs made a sea-
son-high 15 3-pointers in their third
San Antonio also had a season-best
12 steals, and Danny Green, Rudy Gay
and Pau Gasol all had or matched
their best scoring output of the sea-
son. Green scored 24 points, Gay had
22 and Gasol added 19.
The Spurs were dominant in the
third quarter for the second straight
game. After routing Phoenix by 21
points in the third quarter Sunday,
San Antonio outscored the Clippers
Austin Rivers led Los Angeles with
24 points. Blake Griffin added 15
points on 4-for-13 shooting.
MAVERICKS 113, WIZARDS 99
Harrison Barnes scored 31 points,
rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 22 and
the Mavericks snapped a six-game
Wesley Matthews made four
3-pointers and finished with 14 points
for Dallas, which has won 14 of its last
15 meetings with Washington. It was
just the second win on the season for
John Wall had 23 points and 14
assists in his return from a sprained
left shoulder, but the Wizards lost for
the fifth time in seven games. Bradley
Beal had 23 points, and Otto Porter Jr.
finished with 13.
Dallas led by as many as 16 in the
second half before Washington put
together a 14-0 run to close to 90-88
with 8:56 remaining in the game.
The Mavericks responded with a 15-5
spurt and were never challenged
KINGS 94, THUNDER 86
Zach Randolph scored each of his
18 of his points in the second half,
Buddy Hield had 21 points and Sacra-
mento stopped a seven-game losing
The Kings were limited to 10 points
in the first quarter, but stormed back
to take the lead going into halftime
and never trailed in the second half.
Russell Westbrook had 20 points,
12 rebounds and six assists for Okla-
homa City, which has dropped three
in a row. The Thunder shot 33.7 per-
cent (29 for 86) from the field, com-
mitted three shot clock violations in
the third quarter alone and finished
with 17 turnovers.
RAPTORS 119, BULLS 114
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points,
Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and
10 rebounds, and Toronto beat Chi-
cago for its first three-game winning
streak over the Bulls since 2009.
Kyle Lowry scored 17 points for
the Raptors, who had lost 11 straight
meetings with the Bulls before the
current streak began with an over-
time victory on March 21. Toronto
beat Chicago 117-100 on Oct. 19 in the
opening game of the season for both
Chicago’s Bobby Portis had 21
points and 13 rebounds in his first
game of the season. Robin Lopez
scored 20 points as Chicago lost for
the fourth time in five games.
Portis returned to the lineup after
he was suspended for eight games
for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic
during a fight at practice.
NUGGETS 112, NETS 104
Nikola Jokic had a career-high 41
points for Denver, and Will Barton
and Paul Millsap scored 17 apiece.
Jokic also had 12 rebounds, two
steals and two blocks. The Nets start-
ers couldn’t match Jokic’s output;
they combined for 40 points.
Tyler Zeller led Brooklyn with a
season-high 21 points. Only three Nets
were in double figures. D’Angelo Rus-
sell had 12 points a night after scoring
23, and Timofey Mozgov scored 11.
76ERS 104, JAZZ 97
Dario Saric scored a season-high 25
points and Philadelphia won its fifth
The winning streak is the longest
for the 76ers since the 2011-12 sea-
Philadelphia used a 21-7 run to
start the third quarter, highlighted
by eight straight points from J.J.
Redick, to take a 67-51 lead it never
The Sixers seemed to have more
energy on both ends of the floor
despite being on the road without
starting center Joel Embiid, who was
rested. Saric grabbed 10 rebounds,
Redick scored 20 points and Ben
Simmons had 16 points, 13 rebounds
and six assists for his seventh dou-
ble-double this season.
Rodney Hood led Utah with 19
points on 4-for-16 shooting, and
Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 15
GRIZZLIES 98, TRAIL BLAZERS 97
Tyreke Evans scored 21 points,
Mike Conley had 20 — all in the sec-
ond half — and the Grizzlies held off
the Trail Blazers.
Marc Gasol added 16 points as the
Grizzlies improved to 2-1 on their five-
game road trip.
CJ McCollum led Portland with 36
points. Damian Lillard had 12 points
on 4-for-16 shooting.
McCollum hit a 3-pointer with 13
seconds remaining to pull Portland
to 98-97. After a video review, officials
reversed an out-of-bounds call with
12.1 seconds left, giving the ball to the
Blazers. McCollum missed a pull-up
jumper and got his own rebound but
couldn’t get another shot off in time.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, center, drives between Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, from Greece,
and Matthew Dellavedova, from Australia, in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday night.
Sloane Stephens, of the United States
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