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win 10th straight
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 28 points,
nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Hou-
ston Rockets held on for their 10th straight
victory, 100-91 over the Sacramento Kings on
The Rockets are 44-13 entering the All-Star
break after winning 17 of their last 19 games.
Houston led by as many as 17, but the Kings
got within striking distance several times in the
fourth quarter. They were within six late when
Houston used a 7-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer
from Harden, to make it 94-83 with just more
than a minute left.
The Kings scored the next five points, with a
3-pointer from Garrett Temple, to cut it to six
again with 30 seconds left. Joe Johnson, in his
Houston debut, added two free throws before
Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer to cut the
lead to 96-91 with about 25 seconds left.
Chris Paul added 19 points and seven assists
for Houston. Bogdanovic led the Kings with 20
TRAIL BLAZERS 123,
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lil-
lard had 44 points and eight
assists, and Portland
overcame Kevin Du-
rant’s 50 points to snap
a seven-game losing
streak to Golden State.
CJ McCollum added 29
points for the Blazers,
who go into the All-Star
break six games over
Durant added seven
rebounds and six as-
sists, but Golden State
had its three-game win-
ning streak snapped.
It was Durant’s fifth career
50-point game and first this
CLIPPERS 129, CELTICS 119
BOSTON (AP) — DeAndre
Jordan had 30 points and
13 rebounds and Los Ange-
les beat Boston for its fourth
victory in five games.
Tobias Harris added 21 points, Danilo
Gallinari had 20, and Lou Williams 19.
Kyrie Irving led Boston with 33 points and eight
assists. Al Horford had 20 points, and Marcus Morris
added 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Celtics lost for
the fourth time in five games, a stretch that has seen
them fall behind Toronto for the best record in the
Sri Lanka easily
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP)—Bangladesh’s highest Twenty20 total didn’t
matter as Sri Lanka chased it down with 20 balls to spare to win the
opener of the two-match series yesterday.
After Bangladesh made 193-5, Sri Lanka raced to the win with
194-4, spearheaded by opener Kusal Mendis’ maiden half-cen-
tury, a 27-ball 53.
Sri Lanka has taken the one-day international and test
series, and needs one more win in its last tour match on
Sunday to sweep up all three formats.
Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka shared a 53-
run opening stand. After Mendis fell at 90-2, Dasun
Shanaka and Thisara Perera combined for 65 off 30
balls in an undefeated fifth-wicket stand.
Shanaka was unbeaten on 42 off 24, and Perera was
on 39 off 18.
Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam took 22-5 on his T20
debut for Bangladesh.
Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim hit a career-best 66 not out
in T20s to help Bangladesh post a respectable total.
Also, opener Soumya Sarkar scored 51, his maiden
Sarkar’s attacking approach kept the scoreboard
soaring, with Bangladesh bringing up its 100 in 10
Legspinner Jeevan Mendis, with 2-21, stalled
Bangladesh’s progress but Mushfiqur and captain
Mahmudullah shared 73 runs for the fourth wicket
to keep the side on track.
Sri Lanka 194 for 4 (Kusal Mendis 53, Shanaka 42*, Islam
2-25) beat Bangladesh 193 for 5 (Mushfiqur 66, Sarkar 51,
Jeevan Mendis 2-21) by six wickets.
Mumbai, Chennai face off in IPL opener
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will face Chennai
Super Kings in the IPL opener on April 7 in Mumbai. Super Kings
will also play the last match of the league phase, which ends on
May 20, against Kings XI Punjab. The IPL has also decided not
to alter the tournament’s regular match timings with afternoon
matches scheduled for a 4pm IST start and the evening matches com-
mencing at 8pm.
In a welcome change, all the double headers - 13 in total - will be played over
Saturday and Sunday. In the final schedule released by the IPL on Wednesday,
44 matches during the league phase will be played in the evening, while the
remaining 12 games will be start in the afternoon.
In addition to the home bases of the eight franchises, Indore will be the
ninth venue, playing host to the home games of Kings XI. Apart from the
tournament opener and the final, Mumbai will also host the first qualifier.
Incidentally the venue for the other two play-offs - the eliminator and the
second qualifier - remains unnannounced. The main reason behind that
was because the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) sent a letter to IPL
chairman Rajeev Shukla, demanding the two play-off matches be played in
Pune, home of last year’s runner-up Rising Pune Supergiant.
In the letter, MCA president Abhay Apte told Shukla he was merely ask-
ing the IPL to stick to the norm and allot the Eliminator and second qual-
ifier to the home base of last season’s runner-up. A final decision on the
issue is likely to be taken by the IPL Governing Council at its next meeting.
Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis, right, plays a shot, as Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper
Mushfiqur Rahim follows the ball during the first Twenty20 international
cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday.
Houston Rockets’ James Harden.
JAZZ 107, SUNS 97
THUNDER 121, GRIZZLIES
PELICANS 139, LAKERS 117
RAPTORS 122, BULLS 98
WIZARDS 118, KNICKS 113
76ERS 104, HEAT 102
PISTONS 104, HAWKS 98
HORNETS 104, MAGIC 102
PACERS 108, NETS 103
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