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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Pacers end Spurs home streak
SAN ANTONIO — Victor Oladipo
scored 19 points and the Indi-
ana Pacers defeated San Antonio
94-86 on Sunday night, snapping
the Spurs’ 14-game home winning
Darren Collison added 15 points
for Indiana, which snapped a
three-game losing streak in San
The Spurs lost at home for the
third time this season and the first
since Nov. 10 against Milwaukee.
Pau Gasol had 14 points to lead
With Manu Ginobili, Rudy Gay
and Kawhi Leonard out with in-
juries, the Spurs opted to bring
Tony Parker off the bench for
just the 14th time in 1,165 career
Parker responded with 12
points and five assists, but LaMar-
cus Aldridge struggled without
the veteran point guard, scoring a
season-low 10 points. (AP)
MAGIC 103, CELTICS 95
BOSTON — Elfrid Payton had 22
points and Orlando won for just
the third time in 20 games, over-
coming Kyrie Irving’s 40 points.
Orlando snapped a 14-game los-
ing streak at Boston. The Magic
overall since early December.
Irving sat out Boston’s previous
game to rest a sore left shoulder.
Despite his efforts, the Celtics
dropped their season-worst third
straight home game.
Evan Fournier added 19 and
Aaron Gordon had a double-dou-
ble with 11 points and 12 rebounds
for the Magic. (AP)
LAKERS 127, KNICKS 107
LOS ANGELES — Jordan Clarkson
had 29 points and 10 assists, Ju-
lius Randle added 27 points and
12 rebounds, and Los Angeles
got its sixth win in eight games.
Kyle Kuzma added 15 points
for the Lakers (17-29), who con-
tinued their midseason surge of
solid play. Rookie point guard
Alex Caruso set career highs
with nine points and eight as-
sists, making the most of exten-
sive playing time in the absence
of injured Lonzo Ball.
Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Harda-
way Jr. and Michael Beasley
scored 17 points apiece for the
Knicks, who have lost 12 of 16.
New York slipped to 2-2 on its
The Knicks couldn’t keep up
down the stretch with the Lak-
ers, whose up-tempo offense
flowed throughout their high-
est-scoring game in two weeks.
NETS 101, PISTONS 100
DETROIT — Spencer Dinwiddie’s
jumper with 0.9 seconds left
lifted Brooklyn over Detroit,
the Pistons’ fifth straight loss.
After a basket by Andre Drum-
mond put the Pistons ahead
with 4.7 seconds left, Dinwiddie
took the inbounds pass, drove
to 14 feet and drained a jumper
against his former teammates.
Caris LeVert split a pair of
free throws with 13.7 seconds
left, giving the Nets a 99-98
Langston Galloway misplayed
the ensuing inbounds pass, but
was able to knock the ball to
Drummond. Detroit’s center
nearly traveled in a rare drive
from outside the 3-point arc,
and flipped in a go-ahead shot.
Dinwiddie finished with 22
points. Tobias Harris led the
Pistons with 20. (AP)
Djokovic, Thiem booted out
MELBOURNE, Australia — Even by
Australian Open standards, back-to-
back shockers have resulted in a most
The season-opening Grand Slam
has a tendency to be unpredictable,
but losing six-time champion Novak
Djokovic and fifth-ranked Dominic
Thiem within a few hours yesterday
leaves Hyeon Chung and Tennys
Sandgren playing for a spot in the
The 58th-ranked Chung relentlessly
attacked a clearly injured Djokovic in
a 7-6 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3) fourth-round vic-
tory, becoming the first South Korean
to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam.
Then there’s Tennys. The 26-year-
old from Tennessee had never won
a Grand Slam match or beaten a top-
10 player until last week. The 97th-
ranked Sandgren beat Thiem 6-2, 4-6,
7-6 (4), 6-7 (7), 6-3, following up on his
earlier victory over 2014 Australian
Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
He’s only the second man in 20
years to reach the quarterfinals in his
debut at Melbourne Park.
The bespectacled Chung ripped 47
winners, including a forehand on the
slide and at full stretch that put him
within two points of victory, and cred-
ited Djokovic as his inspiration.
Djokovic was playing his first com-
petitive tennis since Wimbledon last
July, and had to remodel his service
swing to take some load off his injured
He winced and grimaced through-
out the match, particularly when
stretching for backhands, and needed
a medical timeout in the second set
for massage on his injured elbow.
The 12-time major champion said
he would need to reassess the injury,
but didn’t want his pain to detract
from Chung’s win.
Defending champion Roger
Federer, meanwhile, had no real dif-
ficulties in reaching the Australian
Open quarterfinals for the 14th time.
He beat Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 7-6
(3), 6-2 and will next renew a lengthy
rivalry against Tomas Berdych, who
had a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Fabio Fog-
The win over Fucsovics was Feder-
er’s first day match of the 2018 tour-
nament, and he joked about needing
sunglasses and a towel for the beach
but said really the only change was to
set the alarm for a different time.
Angelique Kerber, the only
Grand Slam singles champion re-
maining in the women’s draw, was
up earlier than Federer, and got a
serious wakeup call.
For a while it appeared former the
Australian and U.S. Open champion’s
tournament could unravel against No.
88 Hsieh Su-wei, a former top-ranked
doubles player with a double-handed
grip on both sides.
Kerber recovered for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
win that earned her a quarterfinal
spot against U.S. Open finalist Mad-
ison Keys, who beat No. 8 Caroline
Garcia 6-3, 6-2. (AP)
South Korea’s Chung Hyeon reacts after winning a point against Serbia’s
Novak Djokovic during their fourth round match at the Australian Open
tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday.
Men’s Fourth Round:
No. 2 Roger Federer beat Marton
Fucsovics 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-2; Tennys
Sandgren beat No. 5 Dominic Thiem
6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (7), 6-3; Hyeon
Chung beat No. 14 Novak Djokovic
7-6 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3); No. 19 Tomas
Berdych beat No. 25 Fabio Fognini
6-1, 6-4, 6-4;
Women’s Fourth Round:
No. 1 Simona Halep beat Naomi
Osaka 6-3, 6-2; No. 6 Karolina Plisk-
ova beat No. 20 Barbora Strycova
6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2; No. 17 Madison Keys
beat No. 8 Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2;
No. 21 Angelique Kerber beat Hsieh
Su-wei 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Dreams come true tonight”
Chung after beating Djokovic.
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