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BAS­KET­BALL

The Or­lando Magic brought an end to the New York Knicks’ three-game win­ning streak with a 112-99 vic­tory at the Amway Cen­ter. The home team were helped by Evan Fournier, who scored 23 points, and Nikola Vuce­vic, who added 24. El­frid Pay­ton, back from a ham­string in­jury which ruled him out of eight games, re­turned to form, show­cas­ing his well-es­tab­lished al­ley-oop passes to Aaron Gor­don, who scored 21 points. Jonathon Sim­mons’ 11 points in the fourth quar­ter helped push Magic to a dou­ble-digit lead in the clos­ing stages. The Detroit Pis­tons con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate, se­cur­ing their sixth win in seven games against the In­di­ana Pac­ers. On the back of an­other loss, In­di­ana have been beaten by 10 or more points in 10 of 12 games this sea­son, with Detroit putting 114 past them on Wed­nes­day night to their 97. The Pis­tons’ To­bias Har­ris scored 23 and An­dre Drum­mond added 14 points and 21 re­bounds. The Bos­ton Celtics over­came the Lak­ers 107-96 but not be­fore let­ting LA come within two points of their 20-point lead in the third quar­ter. The Lak­ers, how­ever, strug­gled to take ad­van­tage as Kyrie Irv­ing over­whelmed LA’S de­fence with his drib­bling skills and Aron Baynes tied his ca­reer high of 21 points. The Celtics have now won 10 games in a row and go on to face the Char­lotte Hor­nets at the week­end. Else­where, the Mi­ami Heat never lost the lead against Phoenix Suns, with Go­ran Dragic’s sea­son-high 29 points help­ing them to the 126-115 vic­tory, while Klay Thomp­son scored 28 points for the Golden State War­riors’ 125-101 win over the Min­ne­sota Tim­ber­wolves. NA­TIONAL BAS­KET­BALL AS­SO­CI­A­TION: Bos­ton Celtics 107 LA Lak­ers 96, Detroit Pis­tons 114 In­di­ana Pac­ers 97, Golden State War­riors 125 Min­ne­sota Tim­ber­wolves 101, Or­lando Magic 112 New York Knicks 99, Phoenix Suns 115 Mi­ami Heat 126.

GOLF

EURO­PEAN TOUR NEDBANK GOLF CHAL­LENGE – hosted by Gary Player (Sun City, South Africa) First round scores (Gbr & Irl un­less stated, par 72): 67 Bernd Wies­berger (Aut); 68 Vic­tor Dubuis­son (Fra), Ju­lian Suri (USA), Bran­den Grace (Rsa), Scott Jamieson; 69 Alex Noren (Swe), Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Hideto Tani­hara (Jpn), Graeme Storm; 70 Lu­cas Bjer­re­gaard (Den), Mike Loren­zovera (Fra), Ross Fisher, Paul War­ing, Cal­lum Shinkwin, Lee Slat­tery, Hao­tong Li (Chn), Pe­ter Uihlein (USA), Fabrizio Zan­otti (Par), Na­cho Elvira (Spa), Matthew Fitz­patrick, Lee West­wood; 71 Soren Kjeld­sen (Den), Joost Luiten (Ned), Alexan­der Bjork (Swe), Ryan Fox (Nzl), Jorge Campillo (Spa), Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Dar­ren Fichardt (Rsa), Marc War­ren, Thor­b­jorn Ole­sen (Den), Tyrrell Hat­ton; 72 David Drys­dale, Alexan­der Levy (Fra), Chris Wood, Matthieu Pavon (Fra), Shane Lowry, Rafael Cabr­era-bello (Spa), Re­nato Para­tore (Ita); 73 Francesco Moli­nari (Ita), Richie Ram­say, Je­unghun Wang (Kor), Tommy Fleet­wood, Haydn Por­te­ous (Rsa), David Horsey, Martin Kaymer (Ger); 74 Ben­jamin Her­bert (Fra), Ki­radech Aphibarn­rat (Tha), Stephen Gal­lacher, Andres Romero (Arg), Paul Dunne, David Lip­sky (USA), Ian Poul­ter, Ed­die Pep­perell, Adrian Otaegui (Spa), Sam Brazel (Aus), Richard Sterne (Rsa), Padraig Har­ring­ton; 75 Matt Wal­lace, Gre­gory Bourdy (Fra), Dy­lan Frit­telli (Rsa); 76 Ro­main Wat­tel (Fra), Ni­co­las Col­saerts (Bel), Bran­don Stone (Rsa), Jor­dan Smith, Edoardo Moli­nari (Ita), Pablo Lar­raz­a­bal (Spa); 77 Dean Burmester (Rsa), Ge­orge Coet­zee (Rsa); 78 An­drew Dodt (Aus); 79 Andy Sul­li­van, Thomas Bjorn (Den); 80 Scott Hend (Aus).

ICE HOCKEY

Two goals from Jimmy Ve­sey in less than 30 sec­onds helped the New York Rangers tri­umph 4-2 over the Bos­ton Bruins. The left winger quickly gave his team the lead in the first pe­riod, tak­ing ad­van­tage of a bounc­ing puck to make it 2-1 at 14:41 and then 3-1 at 15:10 after mak­ing sure Kevin Shat­tenkirk’s shot made it to the back of the net. Pavel Buch­nevich and Rick Nash also scored, while Hen­rik Lundqvist made 31 saves to lift New York to their fifth win in a row. In Toronto, Fred­erik An­der­sen made 35 saves for the Maple Leafs, who over­came the Min­ne­sota Wild 4-2. The Leafs’ goals came from Nazem Kadri, Pa­trick Mar­leau, Con­nor Car­rick and Con­nor Brown but Ja­son Zucker’s re­ply of two goals was not enough to put the brakes on Min­ne­sota’s three-game los­ing streak. Mean­while, the Tampa Bay Light­ning eas­ily over­came the San Jose Sharks 5-1. By the sec­ond pe­riod, the Sharks were trail­ing 4-1 and Vladislav Namest­nikov capped off a two-goal night in the third pe­riod to se­cure the win away from home at the SAP Cen­tre. NA­TIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE: New York Rangers 4 Bos­ton Bruins 2,San Jose Sharks 1 Tampa Bay Light­ning 5,Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Min­ne­sota Wild 2.

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