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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 11, 2014
LOS ANGELES---Blake Griffin
had 26 points, 11 rebounds and
six assists as the Los Angeles
Clippers stormed out to a 31-point
lead in the first quarter with Chris
Paul back in the lineup before
downing the Philadelphia 76ers
123-78 on Sunday.
Jamal Crawford scored 21 for the
defending Pacific Division cham-
pions, who won 12 of their 18
games while Paul was sidelined
with a separated right shoulder
that occurred on Jan. 3 at Dallas.
The seven-time All-Star point
guard had seven points and eight
assists in 23 minutes. DeAndre Jor-
dan had 20 rebounds and 10
points, helping Los Angeles
increase its division lead over idle
Phoenix to four games.
Reserve Tony Wroten scored 21
points for the 76ers, losers of six
straight and 13 of 16. Center
Spencer Hawes missed all eight
shots in 23 scoreless minutes and
had just two rebounds.
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant
made 41 points, 10 rebounds and
nine assists to help the Thunder
beat the New York Knicks 112-100.
Reggie Jackson added 19 points
and six assists, and Serge Ibaka
had 16 points and nine rebounds
for the Thunder, who were coming
off a 103-102 loss to struggling
Orlando on Friday.
Durant, the NBA's leading scorer,
got the best of his duel with New
York's Carmelo Anthony, the
league's No 2 scorer. Anthony had
with 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting
for the Knicks, who have lost four
At Orlando, Florida, Victor
Oladipo had 23 points, including
13 in the fourth quarter, as the
Magic rallied to surprise the Indi-
ana Pacers 93-92.
Indiana stole Orlando's inbounds
pass with 9 seconds left and Paul
George was able to get off a 20-
foot jumper. But it was deflected
and rebounded by the Magic, who
ran out the clock.
George led the Pacers with 27
points. Lance Stephenson added
16. The loss ended Indiana's win
streak at four games.
The Chicago Bulls defeated the
Los Angeles Lakers 92-86 after
Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points, and
Joakim Noah had 18 points and 13
rebounds. Taj Gibson added 18
points for the Bulls, who never
trailed against an injury-ravaged
Lakers squad missing Kobe Bryant,
Pau Gasol, Jordan Farmar, Nick
Young, Jodie Meeks and Xavier
Henry. Center Chris Kaman scored
a season-high 27 points off the
bench for the Lakers.
In other games, Rookie Mason
Plumlee scored a season-high 22
points and matched his best with
13 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets
edged the New Orleans Pelicans
93-91, the Washington Wizards
downed the Sacramento Kings 93-
84, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat
the Memphis Grizzlies 91-83 in
overtime and the Dallas Mavericks
were 102-91 winners over the
Boston Celtics. (AP)
Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, right, drives at Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciuna during the second half
of an NBA match, on Saturday, January 25, in Toronto. Jamal Crawford had a season-high 37 points and 11
assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame Terrence Ross' 51 points to beat the Toronto Raptors 126-118.
Paul returns in Clippers'
123-78 rout of 76ers
was quiet and subdued as he apol-
ogised at a podium, a demeanor
in stark contrast to the one that
sent shockwaves through Okla-
homa State's basketball pro-
gramme hours earlier.
Smart was suspended for three
matches on Sunday by the Big 12
for shoving a fan in the closing
seconds of the Cowboys' loss at
Texas Tech on Saturday night.
The conference acted swiftly in
banning the All-America guard,
saying in a statement the penalty
was handed down for "inappro-
priate conduct with a spectator."
Smart apologised to the fan, his
teammates and his family for his
role in the altercation before coach
Travis Ford expressed support for
the sophomore without dismissing
the severity of his actions.
"This is not how I conduct
myself," said Smart, a top NBA
prospect. "This is not how the pro-
gramme is run. This is not how I
was raised. I let my emotions get
the best of me. It's something I'll
have to learn from, a lesson I'll have
to learn from. The consequences
that are coming with it---I'm taking
full responsibility. No fingers point-
ing---this is all upon me."
Late in Saturday night's match
at Lubbock, Texas, Smart tumbled
out of bounds behind the basket
after trying to block a shot. He was
helped to his feet and then shoved
Jeff Orr with two hands after it
appeared the Red Raiders fan said
something to him. Teammates
quickly pulled Smart away as he
pointed back and shouted in Orr's
Smart will miss matches against
Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor. He
can return for a February 22 home
game against Texas Tech. But Ford
said Smart will be allowed to prac-
Marcus Smart banned 3 matches for shoving fan
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