Clippers win 17th in row

Updated 31 December 2012
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Clippers win 17th in row

LOS ANGELES: Jamal Crawford scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 107-96 on Sunday night for their 17th consecutive victory, becoming the third team in NBA history to record a perfect month.
The Clippers went 16-0 in December to join the 1995-95 San Antonio Spurs and 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers as the only teams to go undefeated in a month. Their franchise-record winning streak is the longest in the NBA since Boston won 19 in a row four years ago.
Caron Butler led the Clippers with 29 points, making all six of his 3-pointers. Chris Paul added 19 points and nine assists to help them maintain the league’s best record at 25-6.
Al Jefferson scored 30 points — one off his season high — to lead Utah, which lost for the third time during the Clippers’ streak.
Gordon Hayward added 16 points as the Jazz lost their third in a row and seventh in the last nine games.
Spurs 111, Mavericks 86: At Dallas, Tony Parker had 21 points and nine assists, Manu Ginobili made several key baskets among his 20 points and San Antonio handed Dallas its sixth straight loss.
Dirk Nowitzki had eight points on 3-of-9 shooting a week after making a surprise return in a 38-point loss to the Spurs in San Antonio.
The Spurs led all the way, with Tim Duncan helping a 20-6 start by hitting several jump shots. He finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Darren Collison scored 18 points to lead the Mavericks, whose losing streak is their longest since January of their championship season in 2010-11.
Kings 118, Celtics 96: At Sacramento, California, Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and made one of Sacramento’s two four-point plays in the second half as the Kings handed Boston its third consecutive lopsided loss on a California road swing.
John Salmons added 23 points off the bench, Jason Thompson scored 20 and DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double for the Kings, who ended the calendar year by winning their sixth home game out of the last seven.
The Celtics are going in the other direction after handily beating Brooklyn on Christmas Day. They followed that win with a trip to California to face the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State and Sacramento and got outscored by 69 points in losing all three.
Paul Pierce and Jason Terry both scored 20 points for Boston.
Pistons 96, Bucks 94: At Auburn Hills, Michigan, Tayshaun Prince made two free throws with 10.9 seconds left to give Detroit a victory over Milwaukee after the Pistons blew a 14-point lead.
Prince scored 20 points, and Greg Monroe added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which had five players in double figures. Charlie Villanueva and Brandon Knight added 11 points apiece, and Jason Maxiell scored 10.
Monta Ellis had 30 points and nine assists, and Erson Ilyasova scored 24 for the Bucks.
Both teams were coming off wins over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.


Rafael Nadal wins eighth Rome Masters title after stunning comeback

Updated 20 May 2018
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Rafael Nadal wins eighth Rome Masters title after stunning comeback

  • The Spanish master won the Rome Masters for the eighth time on Sunday
  • German second seed Zverev was 3-1 up in the decider before two rain stoppages halted his momentum

ROME: Rafael Nadal won the Rome Masters for the eighth time on Sunday when he defeated defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 after a stunning comeback.
German second seed Zverev was 3-1 up in the decider before two rain stoppages halted his momentum.
Top seed Nadal raced away with the last five games to secure a 32nd Masters title and ensure a return to the world number one spot.
The 31-year-old also showed why he will once again be the runaway favourite when Roland Garros begins in a week where he'll be bidding for an 11th French Open title.
Zverev, 21, came to the court riding a 13-match win streak which included last weekend's trophy in Madrid.
However, by the end of Sunday's rain-hit final, his record against the Spaniard stood at five defeats in five meetings.
Nadal was 3-1 down at the first rain break but cut the gap on the resumption.
After a further half an hour off court during the second interruption, Nadal came back out firing, winning four straight games to wrap up the win on his second match point.
"The rain break was so important, I didn't think it would help me but it did. I was able to come back out with clear ideas, I'm very happy," said Nadal.
"To win Rome eight times is amazing, it's hard to describe. To have the chance to win here again is so great.
"As for Roland Garros, I'm going to enjoy this victory and think about Paris in a few days.
"For Alexander it's amazing to have won that many matches in a row," Nadal said after winning in just over two hours.
"Today this trophy is with me for a short time, but I'm sure you will get it again."
He added: "This was a very difficult match played at one of the best events of the world.
"To win again after my first (Rome title) in 2005 is amazing, the 2005 final was one of the best memories of my career."
Nadal remains the best clay-courter of the Open Era with an astonishing 408-36 record
He will next seek an 11th French Open crown to match the 11 he owns from Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
"You are an amazing champion and you proved that today," Zverev told the Spaniard at the trophy presentation.
"You are the greatest clay player of all time, we all saw that. I'm disappointed that my streak is over, but I did lose to Rafa, so maybe it's OK.
"I was so close but I lost it at the end."
With the sun shining, Nadal made light work of what looked like a disastrous start to the match as he dropped serve in the opening game.
But the king of clay quickly mounted a fightback, breaking world number three Zverev to love and going on to deny the German a winning service game in the entire set.
Nadal closed out the opener in 32 minutes on an overhead smash to leave his challenger scratching for answers after losing six straight games.
Zverev finally held serve to start the second set and answered Nadal by breaking the top seed twice to reach 5-0 as the first dark clouds of the week gathered over the Foro Italico and the conditions slowed.
Nadal temporarily stopped the rot as he won his fist game of the set but Zverev levelled the match at a set each a game later.
That set the stage for the rollercoaster third set decider.