HOUSTON (AP):Golden State’s Klay Thompson covered for the absence of star player Stephen Curry by scoring 38 points to lead the Warriors to a 114-110 win at Houston on Thursday.Having suffered only their second defeat of the season on Wednesday when Curry missed his first game due to a lower leg injury, the Warriors found just enough to compensate for the loss of the reigning league MVP and edged the Rockets.Among other results on New Year’s Eve, Oklahoma City hung on to send Phoenix to a seventh successive loss, and the Los Angeles Clippers capped a perfect five-game road trip by defeating New Orleans.Golden State’s Thompson made six 3-pointers, while Draymond Green had a triple-double of 16 assists a career high along with 10 points and 11 rebounds.James Harden had 30 points for Houston, which has dropped seven straight regular-season games to Golden State.Oklahoma City’s dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant steered the Thunder to a 110-106 win against Phoenix.Westbrook had 36 points and 12 assists, while Durant scored 23 points for Oklahoma City, which has won 12 of 14 games. Westbrook also had five steals and blocked a shot.STILL LOSTT.J. Warren had 29 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who had six players score in double figures but still lost.Scores were tied with 1:34 left when Durant scored on a fade-away jumper and got free for a dunk that made it 106-102 with 31.7 seconds remaining.Los Angeles’ Chris Paul made up for a poor shooting performance by pulling off some pivotal plays in the closing minutes to seal a 95-89 win for the Clippers at New Orleans.Paul missed 15 of his first 17 shots, but hit a 19-foot step-back jumper with a minute to go to give Los Angeles a 90-87 lead. Before and after that score, Paul assisted on baskets by Jamal Crawford. Paul, who finished with 12 assists, then added three free throws in the final 21 seconds.J.J. Redick scored 26 points for the Clippers for a second straight night.Anthony Davis had 14 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans.Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton scored 33 points as the Bucks stopped a three-game losing streak and edged Indiana 120-116.Detroit also arrested a three-game skid and swept past Minnesota 115-90, with Andre Drummond contributing 23 points and 18 rebounds.Utah broke clear in the second quarter to beat Portland 109-96 as Trey Burke scored a season-high 27 points.
Month: February 2020
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):West Indies will use a camp in Dubai as their final preparation for the Twenty20 World Cup in India starting in March.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said yesterday the 15-man squad would be engaged in a camp there from February 22 to March 6, before heading to Kolkata for the official warm-up matches.They clash with India on March 10 and take on South Africa three days later.West Indies have been drawn in Group 1 of the preliminary stage of the T20 World Cup alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and a yet-to-be determined qualifier.Also on Thursday, the WICB finally confirmed the 15-man squad Twenty20 World Cup.The squad, which will be led by Darren Sammy, had been leaked by several media organisations earlier this week.As expected, the unit features the core of the side, which captured the title four years ago in Sri Lanka, when they beat the hosts in a dramatic final.Superstar opener Chris Gayle, all-rounders Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, along with Kieron Pollard, have all been included.Off-spinner Sunil Narine has also been named in the squad but will undergo a test on his action next month before he can be confirmed.
Portugal’s Pedro Martins and Italy’s Jeanine Cicognini won the men’s and women’s singles titles at the second annual Jamaica International Badminton Tournament, which ended with the finals at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Sunday.Martins defeated the steady and purposeful play from David Obernosterer (Austria), using his strong defensive play and consistent attack to handle the hard hitting of the Austrian, to emerge with a 21-19, 21-17 scoreline.Third went to Howard Shu (USA) and Osleni Guerrero (Cuba).In the women’s showdown, Cicognini defeated Lithuanian Akvile Stapusaityte 21-16, 22-20 in a very closely contested match.The Lithuanian fought back in the second game, but Cicognini, using a series of crafty plays, eventually defeated her opponent. Third place awards were won by Mariana Ugalde (Mexico) and Telma Santos (Portugal).Jamaica’s Katherine Wynter/Ruth Williams combination continued their dominance and emerged as the country’s top female pair by defeating Geordine Henry and Mikaylia Haldane in the women’s doubles.Wynter and Williams won the first game, lost the second game, but rebounded in the third to take the crown.This was Jamaica’s only positive result for the tournament.The third place awards went to Jamaicans Tiana Daley/Shezelle McTyson and Christine Leyow/Esther Reynolds.MEN’S DOUBLES CHAMPSBelgians Matias Dierickx and Freek Golinski (Belgium) are the new men’s doubles champions, after scoring a 21-19, retired margin over Alwin Francis and Kona Tarun of India.The match lasted only one game as the Indians retired due to injury. However, in the only game of the match, they were able to match the Belgians with excellent defence and crafty shots in a very exciting game.Austria’s Obernosterer and Elizabeth Baldauf defeated Bjorn Sequin (USA) and Ugalde (Mexico) for the mixed doubles crown. Seemingly tired from the effects of the singles final, Obernosterer and his partner closed the first game easily, but struggled and lost the second. After a commanding start in the third game, the Austrians did not look back and took the championship 21-19, 28-21, 22-11.Third place finishers were Gareth Henry/Geordine Henry (Jamaica) and Dennis Coke/Katherine Wynter (Jamaica).The major sponsors were Mayberry Investment Ltd, Sports Development Foundation, Jamaica Sport, RJR, The Gleaner, as well as Sun Island, JMMB, Milex Security Ltd, Yonex, Tastee, Icool, North Business Eco Systems, Yardie Sport, National Outdoor Advertising, Pure National Ice, Zip Technologies, HiLyte and Jamaica Producers Ltd.