LeBron James scored 33 points then sat out the entire fourth quarter as the Miami Heat had little trouble in beating the Milwaukee Bucks 118-95 on Tuesday.
Michael Beasley scored 19 off the bench, while Mario Chalmers finished with 15 points and seven assists for the Heat, whose previous biggest victory margin was a 12-point triumph over Chicago on opening night.
John Henson and Gary Neal each scored 18 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 for Milwaukee.
Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points to pass Jerry West on the NBA’s career scoring list and help the Mavericks beat the Washington Wizards 105-95.
Nowitzki hit consecutive three-pointers in the third quarter, the second one putting him at 25,194 points for 16th place, two ahead of West.
Trevor Ariza led the Wizards with 27 points, including five three-pointers. He also had seven rebounds and four steals.
In Los Angeles, Jordan Hill had a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds in his first start of the season, while Pau Gasol added 14 points and eight rebounds as the Lakers downed the New Orleans Pelicans 116-95.
Nick Young scored 17 points for Los Angeles, who lost five of their previous seven before trouncing the Pelicans, who beat them handily last week in New Orleans.
Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry scored 15 points each for the Lakers.
Eric Gordon scored 17 points for the Pelicans, who have lost on the first two stops of their three-game West Coast road trip.
Golden State beat the Detroit Pistons 113-95 after Stephen Curry had 25 points and eight assists to help the Warriors build a 19-point first-quarter lead, before sitting out the final 12 minutes.
David Lee added 17 points and nine rebounds, while Klay Thompson had 14 points for the Warriors, who have won five straight over the Pistons.
Curry scored 12 points as part of a 19-4 run in the third quarter, then sat out the fourth quarter when Golden State emptied their bench.
Detroit’s Andre Drummond had 16 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight double-double and his fourth in seven games.
Staying home during a national lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic is like “nirvana” for cricketers, as they generally have to live out of a suitcase, Australia head coach Justin Langer said yesterday. Australian cricket is in its off-season and has been largely insulated from the effects of the outbreak, which has suspended all of the country’s major sporting competitions that run during the autumn and winter. Some Australian players are signed with teams in the Indian Premier League, but the lucrative Twenty20 tournament has been postponed at least until the middle of next month and might end up being scrapped like
SCHEDULE CONFLICTS: While new dates have not been announced, somewhere around this year’s original dates would conflict with other major sports events next year The rescheduled Tokyo Olympics will require sacrifices and compromises by all involved, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said yesterday, before predicting the completion of “a beautiful jigsaw puzzle and wonderful Olympic Games.” “Our mission is to organize Games and make [the] dreams of athletes come true,” Bach said, adding that although the Olympics must be held before the end of summer next year, the as-yet-undecided dates would not necessarily be restricted to summer months. Japanese yesterday awoke to the deflating reality that the Olympics they had hoped to host in Tokyo this summer were now probably 16 months away. The IOC
NECESSARY SACRIFICE: ’We’re obviously in a high-cost, high-revenue industry and when the revenue dies, you’re left with high costs, so it’s a no-brainer,’ Ian Foster said All Blacks head coach Ian Foster yesterday said that he would take a pay cut and players would follow suit as New Zealand Rugby cuts expenses while professional competitions are shuttered during the COVID-19 outbreak. In a radio interview, Foster confirmed that he and other coaches had agreed to substantial pay cuts as long as New Zealand Rugby’s revenues are affected. He did not give a percentage figure. “Our coaching group has definitely taken a big cut,” Foster told radio Newstalk ZB. “It’s already been agreed to.” “With rugby, when there’s no games there’s no revenue and that’s a tough thing,” Foster said.
From perfecting pizza dough to fermenting tea, rugby players in Europe have found various ways to pass their time during the lockdown forced on them by the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia international Scott Higginbotham, who plays for Bordeaux-Begles, has been busy in his kitchen during the confinement period, which started in France on March 17. “My wife and I take turns in going out, and doing a bit of exercise and a lot of cooking. Every meal is made from scratch,” Higginbotham told reporters last week. “I made my own pizza dough the other day, which was quite nice. I do love pizza,