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OKC lights up
CLEVELAND—LeBron James couldn’t get to 30,000
career points and he and his Cleveland teammates
couldn’t stop Paul George, Russell Westbrook or
Carmelo Anthony as the Oklahoma City Thunder
thumped the Cavaliers 148-124 on Saturday for
their fourth straight win.
George scored 36, Westbrook had 23 and 20 as-
sists and Anthony scored a season-high 29 as the
Thunder embarrassed the Eastern Conference
champions, whose defensive issues aren’t im-
proving. Cleveland has lost 10 of 14.
James finished with 18 points and is
seven shy of becoming the seventh
player in NBA history to reach the
ROCKETS 116, WARRIORS 108
HOUSTON—Chris Paul scored 33
points and 11 rebounds, James
Harden had 22 points and Hou-
ston held off Golden State to snap
its 14-game road winning streak.
Harden stepped back from Ste-
phen Curry for a 3-pointer as the
shot clock expired to make it 114-
108 with 1:10 left. Harden then blocked
Curry’s 3-point attempt after a timeout,
and Paul made two free throws with 28
Kevin Durant led Golden State with
26 points, Draymond Green had 21 and
Curry added 19 on a night he went 5 of
15 on 3-point attempts.
76ERS 116, BUCKS 94
PHILADELPHIA—Joel Embiid had
29 points and nine rebounds
and Philadelphia pulled away
from undermanned Milwaukee
for its seventh win in eight games.
Ben Simmons added 16 points and
nine assists, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added
16 points in a rare start as the Sixers (22-20) moved
past Milwaukee (23-22) for sixth place in the Eastern
TIMBERWOLVES 115, RAPTORS 109
JAZZ 125, CLIPPERS 113
PELICANS 111, GRIZZLIES 104
BULLS 113, HAWKS 97
TRAIL BLAZERS 117, MAVERICKS 108
HEAT 106, HORNETS 105
LeBron falls short of
clinch ODI series
SYDNEY—England defeated Aus-
tralia by 16 runs in the third one
day international at the Sydney
Cricket Ground yesterday to
clinch their five-game series with
two games to spare and hand the
world champions their first ODI
series defeat at home since 2010.
After being thumped 4-0 in
the Ashes test series, England’s
limited-overs players produced a
stunning turnaround to beat the
Australians three times in a week,
outplaying the home team both
when chasing and defending big
Needing to win yesterday’s
match to keep the series alive,
Australia brought their best fast
bowlers together for the first time
since the Ashes but it was to no
avail as England’s middle-order pounded Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazel-
wood and Pat Cummins at the death to post an imposing total of 302
Jos Buttler hit two runs off the final ball to complete his first
ODI century against Australia after sharing an unbroken 113-run
partnership with Chris Woakes that proved the difference be-
tween the sides.
“Jos was probably the difference between the sides. On
a two-paced wicket, he paced it to perfection, played the
anchor until about five or six overs out,” England captain
Eoin Morgan said.
“This is one of the best wins from this group. With our
bowling efforts, everybody was required to give a bit extra
and everyone did. With the ball we were outstanding.”
The tourists had looked to be in trouble after slumping to
189-6 in the 39th over but rebounded in spectacular fashion
with Buttler belting six boundaries and four sixes to finish
100 not out from just 83 balls, while Woakes chipped in
with five fours and cleared the rope twice to remain
unbeaten on 53 off only 36 deliveries.
The Australians did not help themselves in the field,
bowling 13 wides and dropping three catches, includ-
ing one off Buttler when he was on 70.
Australia’s reply began poorly when Dave Warner
and Cameron White both went cheaply but Steve
Smith’s men were thrown an unexpected lifeline when
England paceman Liam Plunkett pulled a hamstring
in his second over and was forced off the field, leaving
the tourists a bowler short.
England 6 for 302 (Buttler 100*, Woakes 53*) beat Australia 6 for 286
(Finch 62, Stoinis 56, Marsh 55) by 16 runs
Sri Lanka defeats Zimbabwe
DHAKA—Thisara Perera came up with stellar all-round
performance as Sri Lanka stayed alive in the tri-na-
tion one-day tournament, securing a five-wicket win
against Zimbabwe yesterday.
Perera’s 4-33 wrapped up Zimbabwe innings for 198
before his fluent 26-ball 39 not out helped Sri Lanka
race to 202-5 in 44.5 overs. He hit one four and three
sixes, the last of which sealed the game.
Opener Kusal Perera was the highest scorer with 49 while captain
Dinesh Chandimal was not out on 38.
Despite losing opener Upul Tharanga cheaply, Sri Lanka cruised to
victory as Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis kept the side untroubled, ro-
tating the strike intelligently.
Zimbabwe, however, briefly appeared to turn the game in their favor,
courtesy to paceman Blessing Muzarabani who moved the ball admira-
bly on a helpful surface to strike three times in three overs.
Sri Lanka 202 for 5 (Kusal Perera 49, Thisara 39*, Muzarabani 3-52) beat Zimbabwe
198 (Taylor 58, Thisara 4-33, Pradeep 3-28) by five wickets
England’s Jos Butler celebrates scoring
a century against Australia during
their ODI in Sydney, yesterday.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James drives to the
basket against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Patrick
Patterson in the first half of their NBA game on
Saturday in Cleveland. PICTURE AP
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