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Postby wangshi » Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:38 am

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder coach Scott Brooks joked during pregame that he didnt like what he saw from Kyrie Irving at the All-Star game. Tottenham Hotspur Jerseys . Brooks coached the West and watched as Irving led the East to a comeback win on his way to earning MVP honours. Brooks didnt like what he saw from Irving on Wednesday night, and it was no joke this time. The point guard made it look like All-Star weekend again, scoring 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Oklahoma City 114-104. Irving also had nine assists, five rebounds and four steals. "Kyrie had a huge performance for us," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "He was very efficient in the 43 minutes that he played tonight, I thought offensively, especially." The young Cavaliers, still adjusting to roster changes since the trade deadline, picked up a meaningful victory. Cleveland shot 14 for 21 from the field in the fourth quarter against the Western Conference-leading Thunder. "To come here and get a win in this building versus this team and those players and that coaching staff, for us, is a good confidence booster," Brown said. "Everything for us right now to be a positive will help us long term just as much as it will short term." It was Oklahoma Citys third straight home loss since the All-Star break. The Thunder lost three games at home the entire season before the break. "No one in the locker room, including myself, feels good about it," Brooks said. "The exciting thing is we know we can do better. We just have to maximize our potential." Jarrett Jack scored 21 points, Spencer Hawes scored 19 and Tristan Thompson added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Kevin Durant had 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Russell Westbrook had 24 points and nine assists and Serge Ibaka added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder. Oklahoma City is 0-3 since Westbrook returned from his latest knee surgery. Brooks said the bigger issue for the Thunder is their suddenly porous defence. Oklahoma City, one of the leagues top defensive teams all season, allowed 103 points on 55 per cent shooting against Miami and 125 points on 52 per cent shooting against the Los Angeles Clippers before its latest collapse. "Its a defensive toughness," Brooks said. "We have to get tough on the basketball because were giving up too much penetration. We have to fight through screens. These are things that weve done a great job at, we just have to get back to it." In the closing seconds of the first half, Westbrook dribbled as the clock wound down, then pulled up in front of Irving and drained a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 52-51 lead at the break. The Thunder committed 12 turnovers in the first half, but made up for it by shooting 57 per cent from the field. Durant scored 15 points before the break and Westbrook had 13 points and six assists. Irving had 14 points, four assists and three steals at halftime. The Thunder opened the second half with 3s from Durant and Thabo Sefolosha to take a 58-51 lead. A mid-range jumper by Ibaka stretched Oklahoma Citys lead to 62-53, leading Brown to call a timeout. Cleveland regrouped and cut Oklahoma Citys lead to three on an unusual play. The Cavaliers Luol Deng shot a jumper and Nick Collison was called for goaltending and issued a technical foul for grabbing the net. Irving made the free throw to make it a 69-66 game. The Thunder led 76-72 at the end of the period. "Oklahoma City, they came out and kind of punched us in the mouth a little bit in that third quarter, and our guys didnt panic," Brown said. "They kind of stayed with it." Matthew Dellavedova tied the game at 81 with a floater early in the fourth quarter. Later, a breakaway dunk by Alonzo Gee gave the Cavaliers a 90-86 edge with 7:10 to play. Durants 3-pointer gave the Thunder a 97-95 lead, but the Cavaliers responded with an 8-0 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from Jack and Irving, and they controlled the game from there. "Obviously, playing against a great team, youre going to get up for it," Irving said. "Everyone in the league wants to play against a great team like this, especially on their home floor. But this game doesnt mean any more than any other game that we have coming up. Every game just means a lot at this point, no matter who were playing." NOTES: It was the second consecutive start for Thunder C Steven Adams. He replaced Kendrick Perkins, who is out for six weeks with a groin injury. ... Hawes started for the second time since being traded from Philadelphia. ... Durant was honoured during pregame for being selected as the Western Conference player of the month for January. ... Thunder G Derek Fisher was issued a technical foul early in the second quarter, his third of the season. Moussa Sissoko Jersey . "Right now were kind of looking at him at the end of the rotation right now," said pitching coach Pete Walker. "Not indicative of how hes doing or how hes feeling. Its just, it seems like the spot we want him right now. Harry Winks Jersey . The Marlies centre set up three goals, including the game-winner, as Toronto cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons in American Hockey League action. . Scott scored a career-high 30 points, Jeff Teague added 28 and the Hawks rallied to beat the New York Knicks 107-98 on Saturday night. "We were down Paul, down so many bodies," Scott said.INDIANAPOLIS - Chuck Pagano is pushing the Colts to get a grip on their most pressing problem.Otherwise, he fears they could fumble away their post-season dream.Less than 24 hours after putting the ball on the ground four more times at Cleveland, the Indianapolis coach calmly explained again that the Colts need a quick fix.Weve got to get it cleaned up, Pagano said Monday. You credit the opponent for stripping the ball and making plays, but its still no excuse. ... Weve got to get it cleaned up, period.So far, the mistakes have not caused too much damage. Indy (9-4) has won three straight, leads the AFC South by two games and can wrap up its second straight division crown with a win Sunday over Houston (7-6).But the Colts are testing conventional wisdom in a league where the best barometer for success is often turnover margin.Over the past three weeks, Indy has fumbled 13 times, lost seven, and thrown three interceptions. After Sundays games, the Colts were tied for the league lead in fumbles lost (13) and were minus-4 in the turnover margin. Only two teams have a worse turnover margin and a winning record: Kansas City (7-6) at minus-5 and NFC East co-leader Philadelphia (9-4) at minus-6.If the trend continues, nobody understands the ramifications better than quarterback Andrew Luck.Yes, he directed the second-largest playoff comeback in January, a 45-44 victory over the Chiefs. But the three interceptions he threw in that game helped put Indy in the 28-point hole.The next week, at New England, Luck threw four more interceptions and the Colts, predictably, were eliminated.Luck spent the off-season contemplating what he could do better, but lately its looked more like last season.Three weeks ago, against Jacksonville, Luck fumbled four times and lost two. His teammates added to the woes with two more fumbles.Against Washington, Luck lost a fumble on the first offensive play. Indy finished the game with three fumbles, two lost, and one interception.On Sunday, Luck threw two interceptions and fumbled two more times. The Browns recovered Lucks fumble in the end zone and scored on a 23-yard interception return.In some ways, with a quarterback who refuses to give up on plays, Pagano acknowledges it goes with the territorry. Serge Aurier Jersey. ts competitiveness, its will, its all of those things, he said. Theres a ton of plays over the course of the last 2 3/4 seasons that if he (Luck) doesnt hang in there, doesnt do this or that, we dont get our touchdown.Luck isnt the only Colt struggling to get a handle on this problem. Indys top receiver, T.Y. Hilton, lost his first fumble in 202 receptions against Cleveland. Daniel Boom Herron, Indys most effective running back, lost the ball once against Jacksonville and once against Washington. Even the usually sure-handed return y Josh Cribbs had the ball knocked out in his former home stadium.All came even after Paganos continual speeches about ball security.Whats wrong?Injuries have certainly taken a toll on a young offensive line and could account for more pressure on Luck, and smaller running lanes.Rookie centre Jonotthan Harrison missed all but 17 plays Sunday after what Pagano described as a burner. Right guard Hugh Thornton has missed the last two games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee. Thorntons replacement, Joe Reitz, was carted off the field Sunday with an ankle injury in the third quarter.Right tackle Gosder Cherilus is playing with a bad shoulder.But Pagano isnt looking for excuses. He expects results over the final three games.If we want to achieve our No. 1 goal, we know we have to win a game on Sunday to do that, to move on and take the next step, Pagano said. But to do what we want to do, weve got to play better.NOTES: Pagano clarified Monday that receiver Reggie Wayne tore the triceps in his left arm when he injured his elbow against Cincinnati in October. The first time Pagano mentioned the triceps injury was during the Colts postgame radio show Monday night. ... Pagano said doctors were still evaluating the injuries to Reitz and Harrison. Thornton is now listed as day to day, an upgrade from his previous status of week to week. ... Cornerback Vontae Davis, who missed Sundays game, will continue to go through the leagues concussion protocol this week. ... Pagano said he expects Xavier Nixon (foot) and linebacker Andy Studebaker (hamstring) to return to practice Wednesday.___AP NFL website: and Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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