Kobe Bryant had 31 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his 20th career triple-double as the Los Angeles Lakers ended a four-game losing streak with a 129-122 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Seven players scored in double figures for the Lakers, including all five starters. Nick Young added 20 points off the bench, Carlos Boozer scored 18, while Jordan Hill had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Kyle Lowry had 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Toronto, before fouling out with 2.8 seconds left in overtime.
Terrence Ross had 20 points and Lou Williams added 19 off the bench for the Raptors, whose 13-3 record entering the game was the best start in franchise history.
Danny Green scored 18 points for San Antonio and coach Gregg Popovich returned from a two-game absence to lead the Spurs over the Boston Celtics 111-89 for their seventh straight victory.
Popovich returned for the opener of a four-game trip after missing two games following an undisclosed minor medical procedure.
Leading 80-77 with 10 minutes left, the Spurs went on a 14-2 run to take a 94-79 lead with 6 minutes, 11 seconds left on a layup by point guard Cory Joseph.
After Jeff Green made a free throw for Boston, cutting the lead to 94-80, Aron Baynes beat the 24-second clock with a three-pointer, then made a layup for a 99-80 lead with 4:36 to go.
Boris Diaw had 15 points and Tim Duncan added 14 for the Spurs.
Chicago’s Jimmy Butler had 26 points, while Pau Gasol had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bulls past the Brooklyn Nets 102-84.
Rookie Bojan Bogdanovic led the Nets with 13 points and reserve Jarret Jack added 12.
Derrick Rose had 14 points, while reserve Nikola Mirotic chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls.
The Golden State Warriors downed the Detroit Pistons 104-93 for their ninth straight victory after Draymond Green scored 20 points, while Stephen Curry added 16 points and 10 assists.
Zach Randolph had 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Marc Gasol added 18 points and six rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Sacramento Kings 97-85.
In other games, Dwyane Wade returned from a seven-game absence to score 27 points as the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 86-79, the Orlando Magic defeated the Phoenix Suns 93-90 and the Portland Trail Blazers were 107-93 winners over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017
TAIWANESE TO PLAY: Jason Jung faces Frederico Coria in the men’s singles first round today, while in the women’s singles, Hsieh Su-wei is to take on Barbara Haas Novak Djokovic is to renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown. The only man to beat Djokovic this year is Djokovic after the Serb’s hair-trigger temper prompted a sensational disqualification from the US Open. The 33-year-old arrives in the French capital with a 31-1 record this year after his New York brain-fade was followed by a record 36th Masters title in Rome. Djokovic’s 2016 triumph at Roland Garros allowed him to
Taiwan’s Jason Jung was knocked out of the first round of the French Open in straight sets on Sunday, while Andy Murray said it was going to be “difficult” for the former world No. 1 to reach his level of old after he also fell to a lopsided defeat by fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Jung fell to a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to Argentina’s Federico Coria in 3 hours, 19 minutes at Roland Garros, despite hitting 55 winners. Jung served for both the first and second sets, then failed to convert two set points at 5-4 in