Thursday’s Sports Minute

Thursday’s Sports Minute

BALLIN': Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives against San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Cleveland. The Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 92-90. Photo: Associated Press/Tony Dejak

Here is a look at some of the sports headlines you’ll be talking about today, Thursday, Nov. 20.


The San Antonio Spurs trumped LeBron James once again.

Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 19 points apiece as the Spurs downed the Cavaliers 92-90 in Cleveland. Manu Ginobili scored on a layup with 18 seconds left, made a free throw with 9.1 to go and harassed James into a turnover with 1.9 seconds remaining.

It was the first meeting between the Spurs and James since last June, when San Antonio overpowered the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

James scored just 15 points on 6 of 17 shooting.

Also in the NBA:

  • DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Terrence Ross had 14 of his 16 in the fourth quarter to lead Toronto to its seventh victory in eight games, 96-92 over Memphis. Marc Gasol had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who ended a four-game winning streak and fell to 10-2.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers are 0-11 after Brandon Bass scored 23 points and Jared Sullinger added 22 in Boston’s 101-90 win over the Sixers. Rajon Rondo had 13 assists with nine points as the Celtics moved the 76ers within seven of matching the New Jersey Nets’ record for longest season-opening losing streak.
  • Rookie Jabari Parker scored 23 points, O.J. Mayo finished with 21 and Brandon Knight added 18 as Milwaukee downed the Nets 122-118 in coach Jason Kidd’s return to Brooklyn. Knight made the tying 3-pointer in the second overtime and the clinching free throws with 5.6 seconds to go in the third to send the Bucks to their third straight win.
  • Wilson Chandler had 21 points and Timofey Mozgov finished with a season-high 17 to lead the Denver Nuggets past Oklahoma City 107-100. Ty Lawson added 15 points and 15 assists in the Nuggets’ third victory in four games.
  • Kobe Bryant scored five of his 29 points while the Los Angeles Lakers were closing on a 12-1 run to beat the Rockets 98-92 in Houston. Nick Young and Jordan Hill each added 16 points as the Lakers won their second straight since a 1-9 start.

    Second-ranked Arizona, No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 13 Gonzaga cruised to relatively easy victories on Wednesday.

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 19 points and the Wildcats began a 15-0 run late in the first half to beat Cal-Irvine 71-54. T.J. McConnell scored 12 points and Brandon Ashley 11 for the Wildcats, who hit 29 of their 34 free throws and improved to 3-0.

    The Badgers hammered Wisconsin-Green Bay 84-60 behind Nigel Hayes’ career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds. Frank Kaminsky added 20 points and 15 rebounds for the 3-0 Badgers.

    Gonzaga hammered Saint Joseph’s 94-42 behind Gary Bell Jr.’s 18 points. Four other Bulldogs scored in double figures. Josh Perkins added 13 points for Gonzaga (3-0), which has yet to surrender more than 58 points in a game this season.


    New York Rangers coach Alain Vignault elected to start winless Cam Talbot against the rival Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday as the Blueshirts tried to stop a three-game losing streak. The strategy worked as Talbot turned back 31 shots in a 2-0 shutout of the Flyers.

    It was Talbot’s first victory since another shutout at Edmonton on March 30, a span of six games.

    Kevin Klein and Rick Nash had the goals as the Rangers climbed back over .500 with their ninth straight regular-season home win over the Flyers.

    Philadelphia is 7-8-2 following its third consecutive loss.

    Wednesday’s other game had Radim Vrbata scoring twice in the second period of Vancouver’s 5-4 win over Edmonton. Ryan Miller handled 28 shots and improved to 11-0 in his career versus the Oilers, the longest active win streak against a single team in the NHL.


    Dupuis out at least six months with blood clot in lung

    Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis is out at least six months after doctors discovered a blood clot in his lung on Monday.

    Dupuis will use blood thinners to treat the condition but is out for the rest of the regular season and possibly beyond. He was successfully treated for a blood clot in January and returned in time for training camp before scoring six goals and 11 points in 16 games.


    Giancarlo Stanton signed his record $325 million, 13-year contract with the Miami Marlins at a news conference on Wednesday, saying he’s glad to be with the team for his foreseeable future. Stanton said he was less interested in the money than the team’s rebuilding plan as he and his agent negotiated the richest deal ever signed by a US athlete. The contract beats the $292 million, 10-year agreement Miguel Cabrera agreed to with Detroit in March.


    The Oakland Athletics have worked out a three-year, $30 million contract with free agent Billy Butler.

    The designated hitter and first baseman helped the Kansas City Royals reach the World Series last month after a 29-year playoff drought. The 28-year-old Butler is coming off a down season, batting .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBIs in 151 games.

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