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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 24, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS---Paul George scored 24
points and Lance Stephenson recorded his
third triple-double of the season, leading
Indiana over Boston on Sunday night.
Stephenson had 12 points, ten rebounds
and ten assists as Indiana (22-5) won its sec-
ond straight and maintained its grip on the
Eastern Conference s best record. He s
the only player in the league with
more than one triple-double this
Avery Bradley scored 13 points for
Boston. Courtney Lee and Jeff Green each
had 11 in coach Brad Stevens return to his
Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, making a
pair of clinching free throws with 9.8 seconds
left, and the Toronto Raptors handed the
Oklahoma City Thunder their first home loss
with a 104-98 victory.
The Raptors outscored Oklahoma City 6-
0 in the final 1:25, all from the free throw
line, and ended the Thunder s nine-game
winning streak. Russell Westbrook scored 27
points and Kevin Durant added 24 for Okla-
homa City, which missed its final four shots.
Jared Dudley made a go-ahead three-
pointer with 38 seconds remaining in overtime
and Chris Paul made five free throws in the
final 19 seconds, leading Los Angeles over
Minnesota 120-116. Blake Griffin had 32
points and ten rebounds and was an unchar-
acteristic ten for 11 from the free throw line
before fouling out with 4:08 left in OT.
The defending Pacific Division champions
extended their winning streak to a season-
best five games while beating the Timber-
wolves for the eighth straight time, their
longest current streak against any opponent.
Jamal Crawford had 22 points for Los
Angeles. Paul finished with 19 points and 13
Kevin Love had a season-high 45 points
and tied a season best with 19 rebounds for
the Timberwolves. (AP)
BEIJING---Former basketball star Dennis Rodman
left North Korea yesterday without answering ques-
tions from the media on whether he had met with
leader Kim Jong Un.
The two struck up a friendship when Rodman first
travelled to the secretive state earlier this year.
Rodman declined to answer questions from
reporters on his arrival at Beijing s airport if the two
met on his latest visit.
On Sunday night, he said that he had not yet had
a meeting with Kim. He arrived in North Korea on
Thursday, a week after North Korea announced the
execution of Kim s once-powerful uncle, sparking
speculation by foreign analysts over the future of the
Rodman s short visit was aimed at finalising plans
to bring 11 other former NBA players to Pyongyang
for a January 8 exhibition game marking Kim s birth-
day. Rodman is the highest profile American to meet
Kim since the leader inherited power from his father
in late 2011.
He wants to bring the group of players to Pyongyang
for the exhibition, but has acknowledged that some
of the Americans have been reluctant to come. He
has held tryouts for the North Korean team during
his visit, which began Thursday. He has said he
expects to announce the US roster soon, and that he
is planning another game in June.
Later Monday, Irish betting company Paddy Power
said it has cut ties with Rodman.
"Given changed circumstances, Paddy Power has
decided to withdraw its association with the Dennis
Rodman basketball initiative in North Korea," the
company said in a statement.
Rodman s agent said the game is on track despite
the recent execution of Kim s uncle in a dramatic
"We ve worked with Paddy Power on several occa-
sions before and we respect their decision," Darren
Prince said. "We d like to thank them for all their
solid work helping to make Dennis dream of basketball
diplomacy a reality." (AP)
LONDON---The Tennis Integrity Unit says Spanish
player Guillermo Olaso has been banned from the
sport for five years and fined $25,000 for match-
Olaso was found guilty of three corruption offenses
in 2010, including directly or indirectly seeking to
"contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any
He was also found guilty of two counts of failing
to report approaches to provide inside information
or influence the outcome of any aspect of a match.
The TIU says the 236th-ranked player won t have
to serve the final 18 months of his ban if he has
repaid the $25,000 fine by then and has attended
anti-corruption and rehabilitation programmes. (AP)
Spanish tennis player
receives 5-year fixing ban
North Korea without
word if he met leader
Pacers beat Celtics, firm up NBA East lead
Indiana Pacers' Paul
George (24) goes to
the basket past
Boston Celtics' Jeff
Green (8) during an
NBA match Sunday
night in Indianapolis.
Indiana beat Boston
106-79. AP PHOTO
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