Cavs down Wizards, mile­stone night for James

Gnabry hat-trick in Ger­many 8-goal romp

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WASHINGTON:

Adding a win to their White House visit, LeBron James and the Cleve­land Cavaliers capped a per­fect trip to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal by beat­ing the Washington Wizards 105-94 on the strength of 14 3-point­ers Fri­day night. A day af­ter be­ing feted as NBA cham­pi­ons by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, the Cavs im­proved to 7-1 this sea­son, re­cov­er­ing quickly from their loss to At­lanta on Tues­day. James had 27 points, 10 re­bounds and five as­sists, and Kevin Love fin­ished with 14 points and 16 re­bounds. Kyrie Irv­ing scored 29 and helped the Cavs hold John Wall to only five of his 28 points af­ter half­time.

CLIP­PERS 110, THUN­DER 108

Blake Grif­fin scored 25 points as Los An­ge­les beat Ok­la­homa City to im­prove the best start in fran­chise history to 8-1. Thun­der star Rus­sell West­brook missed what would have been a game-win­ning 3-pointer in the clos­ing sec­onds. Ja­mal Craw­ford scored 19 points and Chris Paul added 17 points and 10 as­sists for the Clip­pers, who have won five straight and own the league’s best record. The Clip­pers avenged their only loss of the sea­son. The Thun­der won 85-83 on Nov. 2 in Los An­ge­les. West­brook had 29 points, 14 re­bounds and nine as­sists. Vic­tor Oladipo scored 18 for Ok­la­homa City (6-3).

SPURS 96, PISTONS 86

Pau Ga­sol set sea­son highs with 21 points and six as­sists as San An­to­nio snapped a three-game home los­ing streak with a vic­tory over Detroit. Ga­sol was 10 for 16 from the field as San An­to­nio snapped its long­est home skid since drop­ping three straight in De­cem­ber 2014. He also had nine re­bounds and two blocked shots. Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points and LaMar­cus Aldridge added 14 points and 12 re­bounds for the Spurs. Tony Parker had seven points and four as­sists in 21 min­utes af­ter miss­ing the pre­vi­ous three games with a sore right knee. An­dre Drum­mond matched his sea­son high with 20 points and added 17 re­bounds in Detroit’s third straight loss.

RAP­TORS 113, HOR­NETS 111

DeMar DeRozan con­tin­ued his tor­rid pace, scor­ing 34 points as Toronto snapped Char­lotte’s four-game win­ning streak. DeRozan came into the game av­er­ag­ing an NBA-high 34.1 points. He shot 14 of 26 from the field and made sev­eral key jumpers down the stretch as the Rap­tors erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter to win for the fifth time in six games. DeRozan has scored at least 30 points in seven of Toronto’s eight games. His lat­est big night off­set a huge per­for­mance from Hor­nets guard Kemba Walker, who scored 40 points on 12-of-19 shooting, in­clud­ing 7 of 12 from 3-point range. Walker also had 10 re­bounds and six as­sists.

76ERS 109, PACERS 105, OT

Joel Em­biid scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quar­ter and over­time to lead Philadel­phia over In­di­ana for its first vic­tory of the sea­son. Er­san Ilyasova added 14 points for Philadel­phia, which was the last win­less team left in the NBA. The 76ers snapped a 44-game los­ing streak in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber that dated to Nov. 22, 2013. And they can thank Em­biid, the No. 3 pick of the 2014 draft who missed the last two sea­sons due to a bro­ken foot. Paul Ge­orge had 26 points and Monta El­lis added 19 for the Pacers.

JAZZ 87, MAGIC 74

Gor­don Hay­ward scored 20 points and Der­rick Fa­vors added 18 to lift Utah over Or­lando. The Jazz bounced back from a loss in Char­lotte and moved to 3-1 on their fiveg­ame road trip. The Magic, mean­while, went more than 9 min­utes with­out a bas­ket and dropped their third straight. Evan Fournier led Or­lando with 21 points, but was the team’s only starter in dou­ble fig­ures. D.J. Au­gustin came off the bench to score 19. Utah cen­ter Rudy Gobert fin­ished with 13 points and 13 re­bounds.

CELTICS 115, KNICKS 87

Isa­iah Thomas scored 23 of his 29 points in the first half to help Bos­ton snap a three­game slide by beat­ing New York. Kelly Olynyk added 19 points and seven re­bounds for the Celtics. The Knicks have yet to post con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries this sea­son. They played with­out Carmelo An­thony in the sec­ond half - he was ejected with 4:44 left in the sec­ond quar­ter af­ter pick­ing up back-to back tech­ni­cal fouls. An­thony fin­ished with 12 points and two re­bounds. Bran­don Jen­nings also was ejected late in the fourth quar­ter af­ter re­ceiv­ing con­sec­u­tive tech­ni­cal fouls.

TRAIL BLAZ­ERS 122, KINGS 120, OT

Damian Lil­lard had 36 points and CJ McCol­lum scored 31 to lead Port­land past Sacramento in over­time. The teams traded the lead over the fi­nal 2 1/2 min­utes. Mey­ers Leonard made two free throws to give Port­land a 121-120 edge with 32 sec­onds re­main­ing, and Rudy Gay missed a jumper at the other end. Allen Crabbe hit one of two foul shots for the Trail Blaz­ers with 14.3 sec­onds left, leav­ing the Kings with an­other op­por­tu­nity. DeMar­cus Cousins missed a jumper and Gay was off tar­get on a 16-foot fade­away at the buzzer. Cousins led Sacramento with 33 points. Gay had 29 points and 14 re­bounds. - AP

SERRAVALLE:

Ex-Ar­se­nal winger Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick on his se­nior Ger­many de­but in Fri­day’s 8-0 World Cup vic­tory at San Marino as coach Joachim Loew set a new record. Gnabry, 21, who left the Gun­ners be­fore the start of the sea­son, is the first Ger­man to score a hat-trick on his de­but since Di­eter Mueller achieved the feat for West Ger­many in 1976.

“Of course, I didn’t ex­pect the hat-trick and I’m de­lighted to have helped the team,” said Gnabry who joined Werder Bre­men in Au­gust af­ter a lack of chances at Ar­se­nal.

“The last few years have been hard for me, so it’s nice to have had a few goals and I hope it keeps go­ing well.”

Cologne left-back Jonas Hec­tor also net­ted twice af­ter Ger­many’s stand-in cap­tain Sami Khedira opened the scor­ing. Mat­tia Ste­fanelli scored a late own goal be­fore sub­sti­tute Kevin Vol­land net­ted Ger­many’s eighth.

Ger­many main­tain their per­fect record of four wins to stay top of their 2018 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing group and five points clear of near­est ri­vals North­ern Ire­land.

Af­ter a decade in charge, this was Loew’s 95th vic­tory, in his 142nd in­ter­na­tional as coach, to bet­ter the 94 wins of leg­endary Sepp Her­berger, who steered West Ger­many to the 1954 World Cup ti­tle. “We wanted to score as many goals as pos­si­ble and let them do the run­ning. It worked out well,” said Loew. “Gnabry has showed for Werder, and for us in train­ing, that he’s in good form.” With Toni Kroos and Jerome Boateng in­jured, Loew gave de­buts to both Gnabry and 19-year-old Bayer Lev­erkusen right-back Ben­jamin Hen­richs. Ger­many romped to a 13-0 win on their last visit to Serravalle in 2006 and took just seven min­utes to take the lead against San Marino’s part-timers. With goal­keeper and cap­tain Manuel Neuer miss­ing with a virus, Khedira skip­pered Ger­many and put his side ahead.

In pour­ing rain, Manchester City’s Ilkay Gun­do­gan spot­ted Khedira’s run into the box and the de­fen­sive mid­fielder buried his shot. Gnabry dou­bled the lead when a clear­ance from de­fender Da­vide Si­moncini went straight to the Werder winger.

His shot beat Si­moncini’s twin brother Aido in the San Marino goal on nine min­utes. Hec­tor found him­self in the strik­ers’ po­si­tion when Mario Goezte’s pass picked him out and he tucked away Ger­many’s third on 32 min­utes. Mario Gomez stroked Thomas Mueller’s pass into the net, but he was in­cor­rectly flagged for off­side and it stayed 3-0 at the break. The San Marino FA’s Twit­ter ac­count glee­fully pointed out their half-time score was bet­ter than Brazil’s 5-0 dur­ing the 2014 World Cup semi-fi­nal. Gnabry grabbed the fourth on 58 min­utes af­ter con­vert­ing Joshua Kim­mich’s floated pass over the defence.

Then Hec­tor added his sec­ond af­ter good work from Goetze opened up the defence on 65 min­utes. Schalke’s Max Meyer re­placed Goetze for the fi­nal 20 min­utes and hit the post with his first touch of the ball.

Gnabry wrapped up his hat-trick 14 min­utes from time be­fore Ste­fanelli, who be­came a national hero by scor­ing their goal in last month’s 4-1 de­feat to Nor­way, turned the ball into his own net. Vol­land then came off the bench to score the world cham­pi­ons’ eighth four min­utes from time. — AFP

WASHINGTON: Trey Burke #33 of the Washington Wizards looks to make a pass in front of Kyrie Irv­ing #2 of the Cleve­land Cavaliers dur­ing the sec­ond half at Ver­i­zon Cen­ter on Fri­day in Washington, DC. — AF

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