The Golden State Warriors rallied from a late fourth-quarter deficit, beating New Orleans 128-122 in overtime on Sunday to extend their NBA winning streak to 16 games.
Stephen Curry had 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Warriors, who became the ninth team in league history to launch a season 21-2.
Klay Thompson contributed 29 points and Draymond Green added 11 points and 13 rebounds for Golden State, who erased an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit.
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The Warriors opened overtime with a 9-1 scoring run while holding New Orleans without a field goal for more than two minutes.
Tyreke Evans notched 34 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Jrue Holiday added 30 points, nine assists and five steals for the Pelicans, who were without prolific forward Anthony Davis due to a chest contusion he suffered on Friday last week against Cleveland.
The Warriors, who survived 19 turnovers, were again without Australian big man Andrew Bogut and David Lee — Bogut nursing a knee injury and Lee with a troublesome hamstring.
Greene and Harrison Barnes both played with their noses packed after they each took hits to the face.
In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook had 28 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, and Kevin Durant added 23 points and eight rebounds as the Thunder won their sixth straight game, beating the Phoenix Suns 112-88.
Westbrook recorded his eighth straight game of scoring at least 20 points, and getting five rebounds and five assists since his return from a broken hand.
By halftime, he had 24, five rebounds and six assists. He narrowly missed getting his ninth career triple-double.
With the win, Oklahoma City — who started the season 3-12 — moved within a half-game of eighth place in the Western Conference.
In Washington, the Wizards downed the Utah Jazz 93-84 after John Wall had 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Wall also had five steals and three blocks, Bradley Beal scored 22 points and Paul Pierce added 15 for the Wizards, who nearly succumbed to a letdown game after their big win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday last week.
Meanwhile, in Miami, Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points as the Chicago Bulls overcame a sloppy start to beat the offensively inept Heat 93-75.
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs over the Denver Nuggets 99-91, while Kyle Lowry carried the Toronto Raptors past the New York Knicks 95-90 in overtime.
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
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
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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