George powers Pacers past Spurs 110-100

Updated 10 December 2013
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George powers Pacers past Spurs 110-100

NEW YORK: Paul George had 28 points and six assists to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 111-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in a battle between the top teams in the East and West.
George was perfect from the three-point line (four of four) and the free throw line (six of six).
Indiana (18-2) boasts the best record in the league but had lost the last 11 straight games to the Spurs, with their last win in San Antonio on Jan. 4, 2002.
San Antonio (15-4) was led by Kawhi Leonard with 18 points.
Warriors 108 Grizzlies 82: Golden State halted an 11-game Memphis winning streak in the series with a 108-82 win over the Grizzlies.
Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with a game-high 30 points while David Lee scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Steph Curry had 22 points and tied his career high with 15 assists.
The Warriors (12-9) last beat the Grizzlies (9-10) on Nov. 3, 2010 and they had not won in Memphis since April 2008.
Mavericks 108 Trail Blazers 106: Guard Monta Ellis' fadeaway jumper at the buzzer gave the Dallas Mavericks a 108-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Forward Dirk Nowitzki scored nine of his team-high 28 points in the final 3:40 for the Mavericks (13-8), who led by six points with 45 seconds to play.
The loss snapped a four-game win streak for Portland (17-4), which got a game-high 32 points from guard Damian Lillard.
Ellis' game-winning shot came after Lillard sank a three-pointer to tie the score at 106 with 1.9 seconds left.
Nuggets 103 76ers 92: Jordan Hamilton and J.J. Hickson each scored nine fourth-quarter points as the Denver Nuggets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-92 to snap a two-game losing streak.
Hickson finished with 12 points, including the dunk with 6:20 left that snapped the last of the final period's four ties and put the Nuggets ahead to stay, at 88-86.
Hamilton notched 13 points, including three three-pointers in as many fourth-quarter possessions.
Pistons 92 Bulls 75: Brandon Jennings scored 33 points to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 92-75 victory over Chicago.
While extending their winning streak to four games, the Pistons ended another long streak as they had lost 14 in a row in Chicago (8-10).
Jennings hit 12 of 22 shots from the field, including five baskets from three-point range. Kyle Singler added 12 points for Detroit (10-10), while three players grabbed double-digit rebounds.
Cavaliers 88 Clippers 82: Andrew Bynum scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds, all in the first three quarters, and the Cleveland Cavaliers continued their dominance of the Los Angeles Clippers with an 88-82 victory.
The Cavs (7-13) have now won 13 of their last 15 games against the Clippers.
Cavs forward Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving each scored 20 points, with Thompson grabbing a team-high 13 rebounds.
Chris Paul had 13 points and a game-high 16 assists for the Clippers (13-8).
Heat 103 Timberwolves 82: Dwayne Wade threw an alley-oop pass off the backboard to Lebron James as part of a 17-6 run to close the third quarter in the Miami Heat's 103-82 win at Target Center.
It snapped the Heat's two-game losing streak, while handing the Wolves' a second straight loss.
James flirted with a triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
Kevin Martin led the Wolves with 19 points.
Nets 90 Bucks 82: Brook Lopez scored a season-high 32 points and pulled down seven rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets avoided a share of the Eastern Conference cellar with a 90-82 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Joe Johnson finished with 15 points, knocking down a pair of three-pointers, while Andray Blatche added 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds off the Brooklyn bench.
Guard O.J. Mayo led the Bucks with 22 points.
Kings 112 Jazz 102: Rookie Ben McLemore forced overtime with a game-tying three-pointer and the Sacramento Kings dominated the extra time to beat the Utah Jazz 112-102.
Center DeMarcus Cousins scored a game-high 28 points and reserve guard Isaiah Thomas had 26 as the Kings (5-13) snapped their six-game losing streak.
Utah shooting guard Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 22 points and rookie point guard Trey Burke contributed 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but the short-handed Jazz (4-18) dropped their third straight.


Tunisia told to forget about England defeat ahead of Belgium clash

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Tunisia told to forget about England defeat ahead of Belgium clash

  • Tunisia still confident despite last-gasp defeat to England on Monday.
  • Eagles of Carthage come up against highly fancied Belgium.

LONDON: Nabil Maaloul has called on Tunisia to forget about the defeat to England and concentrate on the task at hand: Beating Belgium today.
The Eagles of Carthage lost 2-1 in their opener to England on Monday to leave them needing to get a result against Eden Hazard and Co. in Moscow. Getting a result against the highly fancied Belgians will not be easy, not least because they looked sharp during their 3-0 victory over Panama.
But Maaloul is certain his side can make their mark in Russia, having held England at bay for all bar the last minute.
“If we had got a draw it would have been an excellent result for us (against England), but hopefully this will lead to higher levels of concentration in the coming games,” Maaloul said.
Tunisia will not make life easy for Belgium as they seek to provide a bright spot in a poor World Cup for African sides, with Egypt and Morocco already out.
“We lost a battle, but not the war,” Tunisian forward Fakhreddine Ben Youssef said of the England game.
The Belgians want to win at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow to avoid making their final group game against England on June 28 a make-or-break qualification affair.
Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the victory over Panama, but bar the scoreline, the match was notable for the rough treatment dished out to Hazard. The Belgium playmaker was tightly marked and occasionally clattered by Central Americans.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez hopes the Chelsea player will not get the same treatment from Tunisia.
“It is a worry that in any of those tackles he could really get hurt,” said Belgium’s Spanish coach.
“It doesn’t worry me if that is just their way of trying to stop him.”
History favors the Belgians. They are yet to lose to African opposition at a World Cup, while Tunisia have never beaten a European side at a finals.
The experienced Oussama Haddadi is set to replace Ali Maaloul at left-back in the Tunisian defense and Martinez saw plenty of danger for his team in the north Africans’ opening 2-1 defeat to England.
“They have a lot of bravery and they’re very dynamic,” Martinez said. “The players have a good understanding between each other and they can bring energy and intensity on counter-attacks. They play direct, efficient football.”
After seeing Lukaku and Dries Martens grab the goals against 
Panama, Hazard wants to add some goals of his own.
Hazard, whose younger brother Thorgan is also in a squad considered to be Belgium’s best for decades, is aware of the thirst for success back home.
“We knew it before the tournament. People say that Belgium would win every game but it’s not that simple,” said Hazard. “We want to win, we won the first game and have another one Saturday against Tunisia. We take it game after game.”
Belgium, ranked third in the world, reached the quarterfinals of Brazil 2014 and are aiming to match their previous best of reaching the semifinals at Mexico 1986.
There was some good news for Martinez on Thursday when Barcelona center-back Thomas Vermaelen trained for the first time in Russia.
Likewise Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who like Vermaelen is 32, is expected to return on Friday.