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Long after last year s NBA All-Star game, the
Golden State Warriors were still upset about hav-
ing only one representative.
Maybe this time they get their men.
Stephen Curry, perhaps the biggest snub last
season, looks like a lock. And Warriors coach Mark
Jackson believes David Lee has earned a return trip
to the February 16 game.
"I said all along that we had an All-Star in Steph
Curry, and I was wrong because we have two guys
that should be in the All-Star game," Jackson said
last week. "David, the last 15 games, has played
the power forward position as well as---to me better
than anybody in this league."
Curry, the highest-scoring player not selected
in 2013, has two routes to New Orleans. He passed
Chris Paul into second place among Western Con-
ference guards in the latest returns, and will start
if he holds that lead of about 26,000 votes when
fan balloting ends on January 20. If not, it s hard
to imagine coaches passing on a player who is
eighth in the league in scoring and second in assists.
Lee will have it tougher in the deep West front-
court, where he ll have to get in line behind Kevin
Love and LaMarcus Aldridge, perhaps battling for
a spot with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
But he s been on a tear lately, averaging 22.7
points and 10.1 rebounds while shooting 68 per
cent on the Warriors 6-1 road trip and winning
West player of the week honours for the week
ending January 5. Plus, coaches usually favour
players on winning teams, and the Warriors recent
ten-game winning streak put them firmly among
"Most important thing is that we re winning
games right now and I think that s the best way
that both of us can continue to make our cases,
is if we keep winning games like we are," Lee said.
HONOLULU---Jimmy Walker pulled away
with three straight birdies late in the final
round and closed with a seven-under 63
to win the Sony Open.
Walker went 187 tournaments and seven
years without winning on the PGA Tour.
Now he has won twice in his last six starts,
and is No 1 in the Ryder Cup standings.
"It took me a long time to do it," Walker
said. "I felt very calm and controlled. That s
what you ve got to feel and do when it s
time to win. It s easy to say, hard to do. But
today was awesome. Really cool golf."
Sunday was so tight that there was a five-
way tie for the lead with two hours remain-
Walker s big run began with a 12-foot par
on the 14th hole. One shot behind Harris
English, Walker rolled in a 15-foot birdie
putt on the 15th hole, and took the outright
lead when English---behind him in the final
group---failed to save par from a bunker.
Walker made a seven-foot birdie putt on
the 16th, and stuck his tee shot into six feet
for birdie on the par-three 17th. A par on
the last hole made him wait just a little bit
Chris Kirk had a 30-foot eagle chip from
just short of the green on the par-five 18th
that would have forced a playoff. It stayed
right of the hole, and Kirk made the birdie
putt for a 66 to finish alone in second place.
Jerry Kelly (65) was alone in third. English
never recovered from his bogey. He missed
birdie putts on the last three holes for a 67.
Walker won the Frys.com Open in Octo-
ber, the first tournament of the new wrap-
around season. As the first multiple winner
on the PGA Tour this season, he went to
No 1 in the Ryder Cup standings and is
closing in on cracking the top 30 in the
Walker finished at 17-under 263 and
earned $1.08 million. He already qualified
for his first Masters by winning in October.
Now he s piling up the wins.
With so many players in contention, the
key was to keep bogeys off the card. Walker
had made at least two bogeys in each of the
three previous rounds, and it looked as if
he was headed for one at the wrong time
on the 14th hole when he chipped from an
awkward stance near the bunker to about
Kelly missed a 15-foot par putt from the
same line, and Walker poured it in.
And then, he was off to the races. (AP)
Late surge leads Walker to victory at Waialae
LONDON CALLING: Brooklyn and Atlanta meet
Thursday in London, the fourth regular-season
game there since 2011, the third involving the
Nets. It sold out in less than four hours, the
NBA's fastest ever in Britain.
HELLO AGAIN, MR PRESIDENT: Miami returns
to the White House today to be honoured by
President Barack Obama for its second straight
championship. The Heat resume their road trip
tomorrow in Washington.
WINNING KNICKS: Winners of a season-high
four straight, New York plays nine of its next 11
at home, including an eight-game homestand
that starts Friday against the Clippers.
NO DENG, NO PROBLEM: Written off after
trading Luol Deng on top of losing Derrick Rose,
the resilient Chicago Bulls have run their winning
streak to five and can get back to .500 if they
were to beat Washington yesterday.
LILLARD-IRVING II: The thrilling duel between
top young point guards wasn't settled until
Damian Lillard's three-pointer way beyond the
arc with 0.4 seconds left gave the Trail Blazers a
119-116 win in Cleveland on December 17. Kyrie
Irving and the Cavaliers can get revenge
tomorrow in Portland.
STAT LINE OF THE WEEK: JR Smith---DNP (did
not play), Coach's Decision. The Knicks' 102-92
victory over Miami on Thursday was
overshadowed a bit when Smith sat the bench.
Coach Mike Woodson was fed up after the Sixth
Man of the Year was fined $50,000 by the NBA
for attempting to untie an opponent's shoelace
after being warned not to do it again.
Warriors want 2
All-Stars this time
Sacramento Kings guard
Isaiah Thomas, right,
drives to the basket
Cavaliers centre Anderson
Varejao, of Brazil, during
the third quarter of an
NBA basketball game in
Sunday night. Kings won
124-80. AP PHOTO
5 THINGS TO WATCH THIS WEEK
Jimmy Walker with the Sony Open trophy
after winning the golf tournament at
Waialae Country Club, Sunday in Honolulu.
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