Kemba Walker scored 21 points as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks, who were missing all five starters, 115-100 in the NBA on Saturday.
Gerald Henderson scored 20 points on nine-of-10 shooting, and Mo Williams hit four three-pointers and had 18 points as the Hornets ended their three-game losing streak.
Marvin Williams chipped in with 17 points for Charlotte, who moved back within a game of eighth place in the tight Eastern Conference.
Kent Bazemore scored 20 points and Dennis Schroder had 17 points and 11 assists for the Hawks, who sat all five starters one night after clinching the top seed in the East playoffs.
DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver, Al Horford and Paul Millsap were given a night to rest, while Jeff Teague sat out with a sprained ankle for Atlanta. Bazemore, Mike Muscala, John Jenkins and Elton Brand started alongside Schroder.
The Hornets built a 57-52 half-time lead behind 10 points off the bench from rookie P.J. Hairston, who was four of four from the field before the break, including a pair of three-pointers.
Charlotte pushed the lead to 14 behind nine points from Walker in the third quarter, including scores on three straight possessions, and kept Atlanta from making a meaningful run in the fourth to win for only the third time in the last 11 games.
Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points, and Pau Gasol added 19 points and 12 rebounds, as the Chicago Bulls handed the Knicks their franchise-record 60th loss, beating New York 111-80.
Rookie Mirotic had another strong game, finishing five points shy of his career high. Gasol recorded his league-leading 48th double-double as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games. Jimmy Butler scored 18 for Chicago.
The Bulls, who led by 20 at half-time, fell four points short of their most lopsided victory of the season. They pulled within two games of Central Division leader Cleveland and moved one-and-a-half games ahead of fourth-placed Toronto in the Eastern Conference.
Andrea Bargnani led New York with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Stephen Curry scored 25 points as the Golden State Warriors clinched the top seed in the Western Conference by pulling away in the second half of a 108-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Klay Thompson added 21 for Golden State, who also set a franchise record with their 60th victory of the season. The Warriors hold a 10-game lead over second-placed Memphis in the West with nine games left in the regular season.
Khris Middleton had 14 points for Milwaukee, who fell back under .500 at 36-37 after winning two straight.
Trey Burke scored 22 points off the bench to lead the Utah Jazz to a 94-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 11 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 120-114.
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