Captain Woods gives United States early lead at Presidents Cup

By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – United States captain Tiger Woods led from the front to claim the opening fourballs match with Justin Thomas at the Presidents Cup but the Internationals were well placed to overhaul the Americans during Thursday’s first round.

Woods stormed out of the blocks on a challenging day at Royal Melbourne and sealed a 4&3 win over Australian Marc Leishman and Chilean debutant Joaquin Niemann with his sixth birdie on the 15th hole.

It was tough going elsewhere for the U.S. as they kicked off their bid for an eighth successive title in the biennial team event against the International team representing the rest of the world except Europe.

The Internationals led three of the other fourball matches, with Adam Hadwin and Im Sung-jae tied in a tense battle with Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay with four holes to play.

Woods, only the second playing captain in the tournament’s 25-year history, made an early statement by landing his approach on the par-four first some two feet from the pin for a tap-in birdie.

The 43-year-old later chipped in from 36 feet on the par-three fifth to rack up his third birdie and push the U.S. to a three-up lead.

A fired-up Woods pointed at the cup and barked “Go get that!” at Thomas, leaving no-one in doubt who was in charge.

Patrick Reed, one of Woods’s captain’s picks, was under the microscope after his controversial bunker penalty in the Bahamas last week and was duly heckled by the gallery at the first hole.

One spectator yelled, “Are you going to make your caddie carry 14 clubs and a shovel?” and Reed struck his tee shot into a bunker, sparking Bronx cheers from the crowd.

He carefully dug the ball out of the sand to within 10 feet of the pin as he and Webb Simpson halved the hole against Hideki Matsuyama and CT Pan.

Matsuyama and Taiwanese debutant Pan were 1-up with six holes to play.

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Russian F1 organizers say race stays despite WADA sanctions

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Formula One Grand Prix in Sochi will not be affected by the country’s four-year World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ban for tampering with doping tests, the race’s promoters said on Monday.

The sanctions include a four-year ban on Russia hosting major sporting events. [nL8N28J2DU]

Formula One’s governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) is International Olympic Committee-recognised and classified by WADA as a code signatory.

“The contract for holding the Russian round of the Formula One World Championship was signed in 2010, long before the events investigated by WADA, and runs until 2025,” promoters ROSGONKI said in a statement.

They pointed out that the race was entered on next year’s calendar and said it would be “legally and technically impossible” to re-assign it elsewhere.

“We are confident that the Formula One Russian Grand Prix will be held in 2020 and in the following years and invite everyone to Sochi — the ticket sales are in full swing,” the statement added.

The race has been held since 2014 against a backdrop of Sochi’s Winter Olympic facilities — Games now notorious for state-sponsored doping cover-ups.

Russia has been embroiled in doping scandals since a 2015 report commissioned by WADA found evidence of mass doping in Russian athletics.

The WADA executive committee acted on Monday after concluding that Moscow had planted fake evidence and deleted files linked to positive doping tests in laboratory data that could have helped identify drug cheats.

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NBA roundup: Lakers blast Blazers

Anthony Davis delivered 39 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 136-113 victory over the host Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

LeBron James made four 3-pointers while recording 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Lakers improved their record to 20-3, tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for best in the NBA. Kyle Kuzma scored 15 off the bench, and JaVale McGee added 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting as Los Angeles completed a 3-0 road trip that began with games against the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

Damian Lillard registered 29 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Hassan Whiteside added 17 points, 10 rebounds and three steals, and Carmelo Anthony, CJ McCollum and Anfernee Simons added 15 points apiece.

Portland’s Rodney Hood sustained a torn left Achilles tendon during the first quarter. Hood collected a rebound and fell to the floor after landing, then immediately grabbed for the lower portion of his left leg with 3:27 left in the period. He was scoreless in the contest.

Milwaukee Bucks 119 – Los Angeles Clippers 91

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on his 25th birthday as Milwaukee extended its NBA-best winning streak to 14 games with a rout of visiting Los Angeles.

Khris Middleton scored 17 points while Pat Connaughton and Ersan Ilyasova added 13 each as the Bucks improved to 10-1 at home.

Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points for the Clippers in his first game at Milwaukee since the Toronto Raptors earned a victory there in Game 5 of last season’s Eastern Conference finals to take a 3-2 series lead. Leonard’s Raptors went on to win the series in six games on the way to the NBA title.

Miami Heat 112 – Washington Wizards 103

Jimmy Butler had his second triple-double in the past three games and the sixth of his career, posting 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and leading host Miami over Washington as the Heat set a franchise record by starting the season 9-0 at home.

Miami also got impressive performances from center Bam Adebayo and rookie guard Tyler Herro. Adebayo had a career-high 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while Herro finished with 22 points.

Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, who entered the game fifth in the league in scoring, had 23 points, eight assists and four rebounds. Davis Bertans added 19 points and 10 rebounds off the Washington bench, making 5 of 13 attempts from 3-point range. Wizards center Moritz Wagner had 19 points and nine rebounds.

Oklahoma City Thunder 139 – Minnesota Timberwolves 127 (OT)

Dennis Schroder forced overtime with a last-second basket, and Chris Paul scored 30 points to lead Oklahoma City win over visiting Minnesota. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 29, including 11 of the Thunder’s 17 points in the extra period.

Oklahoma City had five players finish with 20-plus points for the first time in franchise history. Schroder scored 25 off the bench while Steven Adams (22 points, 11 rebounds) and Danilo Gallinari (21) also contributed.

Jeff Teague put up 32 points, his best scoring performance in nearly four years, and had nine assists for the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns added 30 points and eight assists.

Detroit Pistons 108 – Indiana Pacers 101

Andre Drummond had 25 points and 22 rebounds and Blake Griffin added 25 points as host Detroit downed Indiana.

Luke Kennard added 15 points and Rose scored 10 of his 14 points in the third quarter for the Pistons. T.J. Warren scored 26 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points in a losing cause for the Pacers.

The Pistons wrapped the game up with a defensive stop and subsequent breakaway layup by Langston Galloway with 9.3 seconds remaining.

Brooklyn Nets 111 – Charlotte Hornets 104

Joe Harris pumped in 22 points, and Brooklyn produced a couple of significant second-half scoring surges to win at Charlotte.

Taurean Prince tacked on 16 points, while centers Deandre Jordan and Jarrett Allen posted 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Nets. David Nwaba and Spencer Dinwiddie provided 13 points apiece for Brooklyn, which has won five of its past six road games.

Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham scored 29 points, hitting six 3-pointers one game after he tied a franchise record with 10 treys.

San Antonio Spurs 105 – Sacramento Kings 104 (OT)

Dejounte Murray’s jumper with 29.6 seconds to play proved to be the difference as host San Antonio outlasted Sacramento, winning back-to-back games for the first time since the opening week of the season.

The Spurs were down by nine points with 1:50 to play in regulation but made a final push. Aldridge scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Spurs. DeMar DeRozan, who had three 3-pointers in the game after having only four all season, added 15 points for San Antonio.

Buddy Hield led Sacramento with 23 points, and Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and secured 10 rebounds. Yogi Ferrell added 17 points and Richaun Holmes scored 13 points while grabbing 14 rebounds for the Kings, who lost their third straight game.

Orlando Magic 93 – Cleveland Cavaliers 87

Terrence Ross made four 3-pointers to highlight his 21-point performance as visiting Orlando recorded a victory over Cleveland.

Evan Fournier scored 18 points and Aaron Gordon added 14 for the Magic, who extended their winning streak to a season-high four games by defeating the Cavaliers for the third time this season.

Collin Sexton finished with 19 points and Cedi Osman added 14 for the reeling Cavaliers, who have lost five in a row and 11 of their past 12 games.

Boston Celtics 108 – Denver Nuggets 95

Jayson Tatum scored 26 points, Jaylen Brown added 21, and Boston blew out visiting Denver.

Kemba Walker had 19 points, and Marcus Smart chipped in nine in his return from an abdomen injury as the Celtics won for the fifth time in their last six games. Boston improved to 9-0 at home.

Nikola Jokic had a season-high 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who lost for the third time in their last four games. Denver was playing the second night of a back-to-back, having beaten the New York Knicks by a 37-point margin Thursday.

Golden State Warriors 100 – Chicago Bulls 98

Glenn Robinson III scored a team-high 20 points, including a go-ahead basket with 1:03 left in the fourth quarter, and Golden State held on for a win at Chicago.

Alec Burks scored 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting off the bench for Golden State, which won only its fifth game of the season but improved to 2-0 against Chicago. Eric Paschall finished with 13 points and Willie Cauley-Stein added 10.

Zach LaVine scored 22 points to lead the Bulls, who had won their previous two games in a row. Lauri Markkanen tallied 20 points, and rookie Coby White finished with 14 points in 19 minutes off the bench.

–Field Level Media

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The Monetary Policy Endgame

Simon White, co-founder of Variant Perception, explains his view that as interest rates approach the zero bound, conventional monetary policy tools do not achieve their intended goals, but instead create deflationary pressures. He argues that in a negative-rate world, the private sector increases savings rates to combat their lack of income – causing an even bigger deflationary push. White believes that conventional monetary policy is nearing its limits, and MMT will unleash a flurry of inflation as politicians take control of policy. Filmed on September 13, 2019 in London.

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Federer to have Swiss coin minted in his honor

(Reuters) – Tennis great Roger Federer is to become the first living Swiss to have a coin minted in their honor, with a commemorative 20 franc ($ 20.06) silver piece bearing his image being issued in January.

The 38-year-old 20-time Grand Slam champion is regarded by many as the greatest tennis player ever and is a national hero in Switzerland.

Swissmint confirmed that 55,000 of the coins, featuring Federer delivering a backhand, will be produced and will be available for pre-order from Tuesday until Dec. 19.

“Roger Federer’s sporting achievements, his charitable commitments, his easy-going nature and his accessibility to his fans have prompted Swissmint to dedicate this 20-franc silver coin to him – the first time it has done so with a living person,” a Swissmint spokesperson told Reuters.

With demand expected to be high, Swissmint said another 40,000 coins could be issued in May while a 50 franc gold coin, featuring a different design would also be produced next year.

“Thank you Switzerland and Swissmint for this incredible honor and privilege,” Federer wrote on Twitter.

This year’s commemorative Swiss coins included the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, the Furka Pass and the roe deer. The most recent sports-themed commemorative coin came out in 2015 and celebrated Hornussen — a traditional Swiss sport played by farmers involving a puck and a stick.

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NBA roundup: Davis, Lakers crush Wizards for 10th win in row

Anthony Davis had 26 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in less than three quarters, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to their 10th consecutive win by crushing the visiting Washington Wizards 125-103 on Friday night.

LeBron James, who also rested in the fourth quarter, finished with 23 points and 11 assists for the Lakers, who captured their 17th win in 18 games. Their lone loss during the stretch was at home to the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 10.

Quinn Cook scored 17 points, while JaVale McGee added 15 and Rajon Rondo chipped in with 13. Danny Green added 11 for Los Angeles, which is 9-1 at home.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who entered the contest ranked fourth in the league in scoring at 28.9 per game, scored 18 points and recorded nine assists. Rui Hachimura had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Wizards, who have dropped three of four. Ish Smith and Jordan McRae each scored 13 off the bench for Washington.

Bucks 119, Cavaliers 110

Giannis Antetokounmpo capped a 33-point performance with four key hoops down the stretch as visiting Milwaukee held off Cleveland for its 10th straight win.

Antetokounmpo completed a double-double with a team-high 12 rebounds for the Bucks, who beat the Cavaliers for the second time this season. George Hill chipped in with 18 points, while Middleton had 12, DiVincenzo 11, and Eric Bledsoe and Ersan Ilyasova 10 apiece.

Rookie Darius Garland went for 21 points, his second-most of the season, to pace the Cavaliers, who lost their third straight. Fifteen of his points came on 5-for-7 shooting on 3-pointers, helping Cleveland outscore Milwaukee 51-36 from beyond the arc.

Mavericks 120, Suns 113

Seth Curry capped an 11-point Dallas run midway through the fourth quarter as the visiting Mavericks rallied for a victory in Phoenix.

Luka Doncic matched his career-high with 42 points, including four free throws during the late burst that turned a 97-96 deficit with 8:29 remaining into a 107-97 lead with just 5:01 to go. The Suns never seriously threatened after that.

Doncic’s 42 points, which equaled his total against San Antonio Nov. 18, included 15-for-18 shooting at the free-throw line, helped the Mavericks gain a 33-18 advantage over the host Suns. Dallas shot 38 foul shots, Phoenix 25. Doncic also found time for 11 assists and missed his eighth triple-double of the season by one rebound.

Blazers 107, Bulls 103

In a game that saw neither team shoot better than 46 percent, Portland eked out a win over visiting Chicago thanks to a historic effort from Hassan Whiteside.

Portland also had another balanced scoring effort in its third consecutive win, led by 28 points from Damian Lillard, 23 from Carmelo Anthony, 20 from CJ McCollum and 19 from Rodney Hood.

But defense was a key for Portland in the victory, including a franchise-record 10 blocks for Whiteside to go along with eight points and 15 rebounds.

Nets 112, Celtics 107

Spencer Dinwiddie collected 32 points and 11 assists as Brooklyn beat visiting Boston.

The Nets improved to 6-2 without Kyrie Irving, who continued to recover from a right shoulder impingement. Dinwiddie posted his eighth career game with 30 points and third career game with at least 30 points and 10 assists.

Jayson Tatum scored 26 to lead the Celtics, who are 2-4 since their 10-game winning streak.

Jazz 103, Grizzlies 94

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 of his season-high-tying 33 points in the second half and finished with eight rebounds to lead Utah past host Memphis.

Donovan Mitchell added 20 points for the Jazz, who improved to 1-2 on a five-game road trip. But Mike Conley struggled for the second time in Memphis this season, hitting 3 of 13 shots for eight points Friday to make him 8-for-32 in the two games in his former home arena.

Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 17 rebounds for Memphis, which lost its sixth straight game. Brandon Clarke added 13 points while Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant scored 11 apiece for the Grizzlies, who committed 12 turnovers.

Pacers 105, Hawks 104 (OT)

T.J. Warren’s corner 3-pointer with 1:13 remaining in overtime gave Indiana the lead for good, and the Pacers survived a career-high-tying 49 points from Trae Young to beat Atlanta in Indianapolis.

With 16 points, Warren was one of five Pacers to score in double figures. Jeremy Lamb led the way with 20 points, Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis each added 17 points, and Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 points.

Young’s season-high scoring performance included a high-arching finger roll with 11.5 seconds remaining in regulation that ultimately forced overtime. Young, who hit 16 of 28 from the floor, 8 of 15 from 3-point range and 9 of 9 at the foul line, has scored at least 29 points in each of his past four games.

Spurs 107, Clippers 97

LaMarcus Aldridge and Derrick White poured in 17 points apiece and six players scored in double figures as San Antonio shocked visiting Los Angeles, who had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

The Spurs, who had lost 10 of their previous 11 games, played some of their best basketball of the season in breaking out from a tie game at halftime to an 87-71 lead a minute and a half into the fourth quarter.

DeMar DeRozan added 15 points and Patty Mills hit for 13, Bryn Forbes scored 12 and Trey Lyles 10 for San Antonio. Former Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, in his second game back in San Antonio after being traded to Toronto prior to last season and signing with the Clippers in the most recent offseason, led all scorers with 19 points.

Raptors 90, Magic 83

Norman Powell scored 19 of his career-best 33 points in the third quarter and Toronto overcame an 11-point deficit in the second quarter to defeat host Orlando.

Fred VanVleet added 22 points for the Raptors, who extended their winning streak to six games. They have won all three games with the Magic this season. Pascal Siakam had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who shot 36.9 percent from the field.

Evan Fournier scored 19 points for the Magic, who shot 34.6 percent from the field and committed 22 turnovers, compared with 13 by Toronto. Markelle Fultz had 15 points and Mo Bamba had 11 points for the Magic. Khem Birch added four points and 12 rebounds and Jonathan Isaac had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Heat 122, Warriors 105

Rookie first-round pick Tyler Herro hit 5-of-6 3-pointers as host Miami defeated Golden State.

Miami improved to 8-0 at home this season, matching the best home start in franchise history, and the Heat is also 7-0 against teams with losing records.

Goran Dragic (team-high 20 points), Herro (19) and Kelly Olynyk (15) combined for 54 points off the Heat bench. The injury-plagued Warriors, who have the worst record in the NBA, were led by Jordan Poole (20 points), Eric Paschall (17 points) and Alec Burks (16 points).

76ers 101, Knicks 95

Joel Embiid totaled 27 points and 17 rebounds as visiting Philadelphia rallied again from a double-digit deficit to beat New York for the 10th straight time on a night in which it was without two starters, Al Horford (rest) and Josh Richardson (hamstring).

Reserve James Ennis III added 18 of his 20 in the second half, when the 76ers shot 52.9 percent. Tobias Harris contributed 19 points while Ben Simmons chipped in 15 points and eight assists. Philadelphia shot 43.1 percent from the floor, hit 32 of 40 free throws and won for the sixth time in seven games overall.

Julius Randle led the Knicks with 22 points, and Marcus Morris added 20, but New York missed 14 of 33 free-throw attempts and lost its fifth straight game. Rookie RJ Barrett contributed 18 points for the Knicks, who held a 16-point lead late in the first half.

Hornets 110, Pistons 107

Rookie P.J. Washington had 26 points and Charlotte defeated host Detroit for the ninth consecutive time.

The Hornets downed the Pistons for the third time this season and the second time in three nights. Charlotte pulled out a 102-101 home win on Wednesday.

This one wasn’t decided until the final buzzer, too. Charlotte’s Terry Rozier scored 23 points, Miles Bridges and Devonte’ Graham contributed 16 points apiece, and Bismack Biyombo tossed in 13 with nine rebounds. Derrick Rose led the Pistons with 23 points off the bench. Luke Kennard scored 21 points, Blake Griffin had 17, and Andre Drummond added 15 points and 19 rebounds.

Thunder 109, Pelicans 104

Dennis Schroder scored 25 points off the bench as host Oklahoma City defeated New Orleans Pelicans in the first of two games between the teams in three days.

Chris Paul sank the go-ahead jumper with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter, and Steven Adams added a tip-in to stake Oklahoma City to a 107-104 lead. Adams capped the scoring by muscling up a left-handed dunk with 15.1 seconds remaining.

Abdel Nader scored 19 points and Danilo Gallinari added 17 for the Thunder, who will vie for a sweep of the home-and-home series when the teams reconvene in New Orleans on Sunday. Brandon Ingram finished with 26 points after shooting 11 of 17 from the floor for the Pelicans.

–Field Level Media

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Players hail move to let them tee off in shorts in sunny South Africa

Players hail move to let them tee off in shorts in sunny South Africa Players hail move to let them tee off in shorts in sunny South Africa

(Reuters) – Golfers at this week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa will give their traditional trousers short shrift and dress for comfort instead, in a first for the European Tour.

The governing body said it will let players wear shorts at the Nov. 28-Dec. 1 tournament at the Leopard Creek Country Club, where temperatures are expected to hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

The decision, described by organizers as “ground-breaking”, has been hailed as “the right thing to do” and a victory for common sense by four-times major champion Ernie Els.

“It’s been talked about for so long on all of the tours around the world,” South African Els told the European Tour website https://www.europeantour.com/european-tour/news/articles/detail/shorts-permitted-for-first-time-on-european-tour. “I think this could be a game-changer for golf which could end up enhancing the product.”

Tournament director David Williams (NYSE:) said the decision was made to protect player health.

“The temperatures will increase as the week goes on… A lot of players were concerned about it,” he said in a statement.

“In these temperatures it can be pretty uncomfortable out there in trousers, so the feedback from the players has certainly been positive.”

The relaxed rules on shorts will apply only to this particular tournament, the European Tour added.

Women professional golfers can play in shorts unlike their male counterparts, though the LPGA caused a social media storm in 2017 when it told its players to avoid plunging necklines, and skirts, skorts or pants that expose part of the “bottom area”.

Men have traditionally worn trousers on competition days, but the European Tour and Southern (NYSE:) Africa’s Sunshine Tour tweaked the rules in 2016 to allow them to wear shorts during practice rounds and pro-am events.

The U.S. PGA Tour adopted the same policy for men earlier this year.

Thomas Bjorn, Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup captain, said the tweaked dress code was a step in the right direction.

“Golf has been moving in this direction and because of the extreme heat we need to make it as comfortable for the players as we can,” he added.

“There are traditions in golf that will always be upheld, but we also need to try and make it easier for kids to get involved in the game and move with the times.”

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Rays bring back C Zunino on $4.5 million deal

The Tampa Bay Rays and catcher Mike Zunino agreed to a $ 4.5 million contract for the 2020 season on Monday, avoiding arbitration.

The team has a 2021 option, also for $ 4.5 million, with compensation potentially growing to $ 5.25 million with incentives.

Zunino, 28, hit .165 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs in 90 games last season. While he’ll be looking for a bounce-back season at the plate, his defense remains his calling card, as he threw out 38.6 percent of attempted base stealers (17 of 44) last season, the third-best mark in the majors.

Zunino spent the first six seasons of his major league career with the Seattle Mariners before being sent to the Rays last November in a five-player trade. He has a career batting average of .202 with 104 home runs and 273 RBIs in 677 games.

He was the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, making his major league debut about a year later.

–Field Level Media

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Alpine skiing-American Shiffrin breaks Stenmark’s record for slalom wins

(Reuters) – Defending slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her 41st World Cup title in the season opener in Levi, Finland on Saturday, surpassing Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time record tally.

American Shiffrin, who came into the second run behind Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, made a flying start and came through a difficult middle section to finish with a time of 58.79 seconds.

Vlhova crashed out early in her second, handing Shiffrin victory.

“I feel a little bit lucky with this win, but I also feel good with my skiing so I’m happy,” double Olympic champion Shiffrin said.

Shiffrin eclipsed a 32-year-old mark set by Stenmark, who won 40 slaloms between 1974 and 1987.

Swiss Wendy Holdener finished runner-up with the second-best time of the second run and an overall time of 1:59:35.

Austrian Katharina Truppe came third to claim her first career World Cup podium finish.

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NBA roundup: Clippers win OT thriller over Celtics

Lou Williams (NYSE:) scored 27 points, and Paul George added 25 points and eight assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers notch an intense 107-104 overtime victory over the visiting Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Kawhi Leonard returned from a three-game absence caused by a knee injury to score 17 points on 7-of-20 shooting. Patrick Beverley corralled a career-best 16 rebounds to go along with 14 points and seven assists, and JaMychal Green added 10 points as Los Angeles won its third straight game.

Jayson Tatum scored a season-best 30 points for Boston. Marcus Smart recorded 15 points and eight assists, Brad Wanamaker added 14 points, and Kemba Walker had 13 points and nine rebounds, shooting just 4-for-17 from the field.

The contest marked the first time George and Leonard played together since both joined the Clippers in the offseason. Wednesday’s game was George’s fourth of the campaign.

Mavericks 142, Warriors 94

Luka Doncic scored 22 of his game-high 35 points in the first quarter as host Dallas made quick work of injury-riddled Golden State in a 48-point thrashing.

Doncic ran up his 35 points in only 26 minutes, hanging around long enough to record a second straight triple-double with a game-high-tying 10 rebounds and a game-high 11 assists. According to ESPN, the 25:30 total that Doncic played was the least court time for a player in a 30-point triple-double in NBA history.

Tim Hardaway Jr. went 4-for-4 from 3-point range on a 20-point night against his dad’s former team, and the Mavericks shot 22-for-38 (57.9 percent) on treys en route to their third straight win. Rookie Eric Paschall led Golden State with 22 points.

Bucks 135, Hawks 127

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 11 rebounds, pacing Milwaukee to a win at Atlanta.

It was the ninth time that Antetokounmpo has had 30 points and 10 rebounds in a game this season, tops in the NBA. He has accomplished the feat in eight of his past nine games. The Bucks have won five straight and nine of their past 10. Eric Bledsoe added 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Milwaukee.

Atlanta was led by rookie De’Andre Hunter, who scored a career-high 27 points — 11 more than his previous best — and a career-best 11 rebounds. Trae Young added 25 points and eight assists, and rookie Cam Reddish scored a career-high 17 points.

Wizards 138, Spurs 132

Bradley Beal scored 21 of his 33 points in the third quarter as host Washington held on to beat sliding San Antonio.

Beal eclipsed 30 points in four consecutive contests for the first time in his career as the Wizards sent San Antonio to its first seven-game losing skid since Gregg Popovich’s first season as Spurs coach in 1996-97.

Former Spurs forward Davis Bertans and Ish Smith each added 21 points as Washington avenged a 124-122 setback to San Antonio on Oct. 26. DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points for the Spurs.

Heat 124, Cavaliers 100

Duncan Robinson scored a career-high 29 points — making seven 3-pointers in a decisive second quarter — as host Miami routed Cleveland.

Rookie guard Tyler Herro added 22 points as the Heat improved to 6-0 at home this season. Robinson, a 6-foot-7 forward who went undrafted last year, made 9 of 15 3-point tries, falling one short of the team record of 10 3-pointers held by Mario Chalmers and Brian Shaw.

Cleveland’s Kevin Love, who had missed one game due to back tightness, returned to contribute 25 points and 13 rebounds. Larry Nance Jr., who had missed two straight games due to a sprained left thumb, returned to amass 16 points and nine rebounds.

Jazz 103, Timberwolves 95

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points — including six 3-pointers — and Donovan Mitchell added 26 to lead Utah over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Rudy Gobert had 12 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks for the Jazz. Mike Conley totaled 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Utah snapped a two-game losing streak and earned its third road win of the season.

Andrew Wiggins finished with 22 points to lead the Wolves. Karl-Anthony Towns added 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Jazz shot 42.4 percent from 3-point range and scored 20 points off 13 Minnesota turnovers.

Nets 101, Hornets 91

Jarrett Allen totaled season highs of 22 points and 17 rebounds and Brooklyn defeated Charlotte in New York.

The Nets won for the second time in three games without Kyrie Irving, who sat out due to right shoulder impingement. Spencer Dinwiddie started for Irving and contributed 20 points while tying a season high with eight assists.

Allen enjoyed one of the most productive games of his career and recorded his fifth double-double of the season. Taurean Prince added 20 points while shooting 6-for-15 in a game the Nets never led by more than 12. Terry Rozier topped the Hornets with 18 points.

Bulls 109, Pistons 89

Lauri Markkanen reached the 20-point mark for the first time since the season opener with 24 points, and host Chicago ended a three-game losing streak by pounding slumping Detroit.

Markkanen, who was averaging 12.3 points in nine games this month, made half of his 14 field-goal attempts and 7 of 11 free throws. Tomas Satoransky supplied 15 points and seven assists, and Shaquille Harrison had 15 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals for Chicago.

Former Bull Derrick Rose scored 18 points off the bench for Detroit, which has lost five straight and is 1-7 on the road. Blake Griffin scored 16 points and Luke Kennard had 14, but both shot just 4 of 15 from the field.

76ers 109, Knicks 104

Joel Embiid had 23 points, 12 rebounds and five assists while Ben Simmons hit the first 3-pointer of his career, and Philadelphia overturned a 17-point deficit on the way to a victory over visiting New York.

Simmons hit his much-anticipated 3-pointer with 8:20 remaining in the first quarter, and the crowd exploded. Simmons had missed the first 17 treys of his career before connecting from the corner. It was his lone long-distance attempt of the night and his first 3-point try of the season.

Marcus Morris scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Julius Randle and Frank Ntilikina scored 17 points each for the Knicks. The Sixers improved to 5-0 at home and have won nine straight overall against the Knicks.

Nuggets 105, Rockets 95

Nikola Jokic scored a season-high 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, and host Denver beat Houston, ending the Rockets’ eight-game winning streak.

Will Barton had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Paul Millsap scored 11 points for Denver, which had all five starters finish in double figures en route to its seventh win in eight games.

James Harden had 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Russell Westbrook added 25 points, and Clint Capela scored 12 points while pulling down a season-high 21 rebounds for Houston.

Raptors 113, Magic 97

Fred VanVleet scored 24 points and added seven assists, and Toronto defeated visiting Orlando.

The Magic were depleted after they lost center Nikola Vucevic and forward Aaron Gordon to sprained right ankles in the first half. Neither returned.

Terence Davis II had a career-best 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Raptors, who shot 52.3 percent from the field. Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Chris Boucher contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds. Orlando got 21 points from Evan Fournier.

–Field Level Media

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