Warriors escape with 113-106 win over Lakers

OAKLAND – This time, it appeared the Golden State Warriors would only need three quarters instead of overtime to establish their superiority over the Los Angeles Lakers. Then, the Warriors learned a harsh lesson that work ethic can overcome even talent disparity and inexperience.

The Warriors still walked away with a 113-106 victory over the Lakers on Friday at Oracle Arena to cement their 11th consecutive win. But just like the two previous matchups that required overtime, the Warriors (26-6) did not escape easily against the Lakers (11-19).

After leading by as many as 23 points in the third quarter, the Warriors allowed the Lakers to open the fourth quarter on a 14-4 run that cemented their first lead of the game, a 89-88 advantage with 7:41 remaining. Suddenly, Kevin Durant’s continued efficiency (33 points) did not matter. Neither did Jordan Bell’s career-high 20 points. Neither did Draymond Green’s return to the lineup after missing four of the past six games with a sore right shoulder that entailed 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

After beating the Lakers twice in overtime this season, the Warriors appeared on the verge of needing extra regulation to settle the outcome. Lakers rookie forward Kyle Kuzma continued his standpoint play with 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting, two nights after dropping 38 in Houston. Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball discovered his shooting stroke from beyond the arc (4-of-5) to finish with 15 points. And Lakers forward Julius Randle added energy off the bench with 17 points.

But after Ball’s layup sliced the Warriors’ lead to 99-97 with 3:56 remaining, the Warriors went on a 6-0 run while holding the Lakers scoreless for nearly two minutes.

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Hold your Christmas prayers.

Stephen Curry, who is recovering from a sprained right ankle, will very likely not play against Cleveland …read more

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Jokic leads Nuggets to first win in Portland since 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. — Nikola Jokic scored 27 points and the Denver Nuggets won for the first time in Portland since 2013, beating the Trail Blazers 102-85 on Friday night.

Jokic hit 12 of 21 shots and grabbed eight rebounds as the Nuggets ended a nine-game losing streak to the Blazers in Portland. Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Gary Harris scored 17 points for Denver.

C.J. McCollum led Portland with 15 points, while Shabazz Napier had 14. Rookie Zach Collins scored a career-high 10 points, but fouled out after playing 18 minutes.

Portland played without Damian Lillard, who strained a hamstring strain in Wednesday’s game against San Antonio. Lillard is the Blazers’ leading scorer at 25.2 points a game.

The Blazers, who lost their sixth consecutive home game, heard scattered boos from the crowd during the fourth quarter.

Denver, establishing its offence in the paint, shot nearly 50 per cent (42 of 85) from the floor. Portland couldn’t get untracked offensively, particularly from 3-point range, where it was just 5 of 21.

The Nuggets led 52-41 at halftime as Jokic scored 18 first-half points. They separated themselves from Portland late in the second quarter with a 10-0 run.

Denver continued to punish Portland inside during the third quarter, as Chandler scored eight points and Jokic seven in taking an 80-66 lead. The Nuggets led by as many as 19 points during the third quarter.

Portland was unable to get closer than 10 in the fourth.

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Nuggets: Denver scored its first 16 baskets in the …read more

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Takeaways: Canadiens refuse to crumble in Shea Weber’s absence

Nothing has come easy for the Montreal Canadiens this season, and Friday’s 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames proved to be no exception.

The Canadiens had put together a tremendous effort through the first 50 minutes of the game. They outworked the Flames in all three zones, outshot them by a wide margin, out-chanced them handily, and somehow fell asleep at the wheel for an instant and nearly cost themselves at least a point in the standings.

Micheal Ferland potted a rebound off Michael Frolik’s shot with 10:18 remaining in the third period to get the Flames into the game. Teammate Matthew Tkachuk narrowed the gap on the power play, making the score 3-2 Canadiens with 1:53 to go.

And the game was close to being tied on two occasions before time expired and the Montreal side could exhale.

What a relief it must’ve been for them. The Canadiens, idle on Wednesday and Thursday, had fallen seven points behind the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division and six points behind the New York Islanders, who sit in the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. To say Friday’s game was a must-win, ahead of Saturday’s matchup against an Edmonton Oilers team that’s won three straight, would be underselling it.

Let’s take a closer look at how Montreal got it done.

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Pacioretty no-goal could’ve hurt but didn’t

One of the first plays of the night could’ve turned this into a completely different game.

Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty got sprung on a one-on-one, he faked a snap shot and freezed the Flames defenceman in front of him before pivoting to his backhand and slipping the puck through goaltender Mike Smith’s legs.

It would’ve been Pacioretty second goal in his last 17 games …read more

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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is accused of sexual misconduct

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Singer and Trump supporter Joy Villa is accusing former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of slapping her on the butt at a holiday party in November.
Villa alleges Lewandowski slapped her a second time after she protested the unwanted gesture and threatened to report him.
Lewandowski left the Trump campaign in June 2016, but has remained close to the president’s inner circle.

Singer-songwriter Joy Villa has accused Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, of sexual misconduct. Villa said Lewandowski slapped her on the butt during a holiday party at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC last month.

Villa’s allegations, outlined in a Politico report published Friday night, said that Lewandowski slapped Villa on the butt a second time after she protested the unwanted gesture and threatened to report him. “Go ahead, I work in the private sector,” Lewandowski replied according to Villa. “It was completely demeaning and shocking,” she said.

Villa may be best-known for wearing a gown emblazoned with the Trump campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” at the Grammy Awards in February.

Lewandowski made headlines in March 2016 when he was charged with misdemeanor battery related to an incident in which he was accused of manhandling former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.

Since leaving the Trump campaign in June that year, Lewandowski has remained close to the president’s inner circle. Lewandowski this week participated in an Oval Office meeting with Trump and his aides during which Lewandowski reportedly complained that his calls to the White House were not being returned.

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