Westbrook, Anthony help Thunder rally past Kings

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Tonight we took it at them early, got that cushion and that carried us through the finish.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBuddy Hield scored 16 points and Willie Cauley-Stein added 15 for Sacramento, which scored only 36 second-half points and is 1-16 on the road against Oklahoma City since the Thunder franchise moved from Seattle.Oklahoma City was up 91-77 with 2:51 left before official Matt Boland called two quick technical fouls on Westbrook after he complained about being called for traveling on a play on which he thought he’d been fouled. Road Warriors: Durant’s 32 leads NBA champions past Cavs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After the teams went scoreless for the first three-plus minutes of the fourth, Sacramento pulled within seven on a basket by Cauley-Stein, but Patrick Patterson hit two 3-pointers in a 17-second span and Alex Abrines followed with another to extend the Thunder’s lead to 86-70.TIP-INSKings: Hield traveled back to Norman on Sunday to visit practice at No. 4 Oklahoma. Hield led the Sooners to the 2016 Final Four. … The Kings, who beat the Thunder on Nov. 7 in Sacramento, haven’t won two straight over the Oklahoma City franchise since the 2007-08 season, when the team was in Seattle. … The Kings made 15 of 25 free throws, while the Thunder went 14 of 29 from the line.Thunder: Ace defender Andre Roberson sat out for the eighth straight game with patellar tendinitis in his left knee. … For the 14th straight game, Westbrook recorded a double-double with at least 20 points. The only guard in NBA history to have a longer such streak was Michael Jordan, with 15 straight in 1989. … George, the NBA steals leader, had five. … Westbrook’s 16 rebounds were three off his career high. … At halftime, the team showed a video with Thunder players reciting excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famed “I Have A Dream” speech.THE EJECTIONWith Oklahoma City up by 14 and the game seemingly under control, Westbrook looked to finish it off with a driving layup, but collided with Cauley-Stein as De’Aaron Fox appeared to hit Westbrook in the face. Boland ruled that Westbrook had traveled, setting off the slew of technical fouls.Westbrook didn’t stick around to answer questions after the game, but Donovan said Petraitis later apologized to him for calling the technical foul on the coach.“The official made a terrible mistake and he acknowledged it,” Donovan said. “I was yelling to the other official across the floor to get his attention and (Petraitis) just T’d me up. He came by and apologized to me. I definitely didn’t deserve a T. . I’ve been doing this long enough, I know when I’m close to getting a T and when I deserve a T. That was totally undeserved and should not have been called.”UP NEXTKings: Host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday before embarking on a six-game road trip.Thunder: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Another official, Gediminas Petraitis, then called a technical foul on Thunder coach Billy Donovan for protesting Westbrook’s ejection. Hield made all three technical free throws and Cauley-Stein went 1 of 2 from the line with 2:35 left, pulling Sacramento to 91-84. But the Kings made only one field goal the rest of the way, and George blocked a shot and came up with a steal in the final two minutes.“Melo, he was able to score about 15 points that (third) quarter,” Hield said. “He was helping open up the gap for him. (Westbrook) started making plays for everybody else. We got it back under 10, but we’ve got to be a little more experienced and a little more controlled. We’ve got to do better at executing late. We have to do a better job at helping each other out and make plays down the stretch.”The Kings led 24-20 after the first quarter and stretched their advantage to 48-33 after two free throws by Bogdan Bogdanovic with 3:03 left in the half. The Thunder closed the half on an 11-3 spurt to pull to 52-46.The Thunder seized control with an 11-0 run in the third quarter, highlighted by consecutive alley-oop passes from Westbrook for dunks — first to Anthony, then to Adams. Anthony’s two free throws put Oklahoma City ahead 75-66 with 1:39 left in the quarter.“We just had to decide that we wanted to play (and) pick it up, take it up another level,” Anthony said. “Once we decided we wanted to do that in the second half, we changed the outcome of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View commentscenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) and teammate Paul George (13) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — The third quarter has often been a problem for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season, but that’s when they made their move Monday night against the Sacramento Kings.Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists before being ejected, and Oklahoma City rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat Sacramento 95-88.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Alastair Cook breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s long-standing Test record

first_imgEngland Test captain Alastair Cook created history on Monday as he became the youngest batsman to breach the 10,000-run landmark in Test cricket, breaking an 11-year record held by Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.Cook achieved the feat – aged 31 years, five months and 7 days – on Day 4 of the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street. Tendulkar was 31 years, 10 months and 20 days old when he scored his 10,000th run in a Test match against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2005.COOK REACHES THE MILESTONE IN STYLEThe left-handed opening batter was 36 runs short before the start of the series. He was dismissed on 16 in the first Test against the Lankans and got out on 15 in the first innings of the second Test. Cook finally reached the mark in the second innings with a boundary off his pads and raised his bat in celebration.England declared their first innings on 498/9 and then bowled out Sri Lanka for 101. The visitors then managed to avoid the follow-on which was enforced on them and made 475 in their second innings, setting England a target of 79 for victory. England currently lead the 3-match series 1-0.Before the series Cook had said that he was eager to get to that mark as soon as possible so he can fully focus on rest of the series against Sri Lanka.”It would mean a lot and hopefully I can get there sooner rather than later so we can talk about something else,” the England captain said on the eve of the first Test.advertisementQUICKEST TO ENTER 10,000 CLUBHe has become only the 12th player and the first from England to reach the milestone, joining an elite list of players considered to be some of the greatest the game has ever seen. Cook also broke Rahul Dravid’s record of being the quickest to reach 10,000 runs in terms of the number of days from debut.”It’s a big milestone in terms of the people who have done it previously so it would be great to try and score these 36 runs. I’ve just got to put that to bed… and try and do what I’ve done in the previous 10 years, which is just try and concentrate on that ball coming down and nothing else.””It will be a nice moment and you get to join an elite band of Test cricketers,” Cook told BBC Test Match Special. “Those guys are far better batter than me.”West Indian legend Brian Lara was the quickest to reach 10,000 Test runs. Playing in his 111th Test, Lara took 195 innings to get there. Tendulkar and  Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara also took the same number of innings as Lara but they were playing in their 122nd and 115th Test match respectively.Here are the cricketers in the 10,000 club1.Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 15921 runs in 200 matches2.Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 13378 runs in 168 matches3.Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 13289 runs in 166 matches4.Rahul Dravid (India) – 13288 runs in 164 matches5.Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 12400 runs in 134 matches6.Brian Lara (West Indies) – 11953 runs in 131 matches7.Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) – 11867 runs in 164 matches8.Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) – 11814 runs in 149 matches9.Allan Border (Australia) – 11174 runs in 156 matches10.Steve Waugh (Australia) – 10927 runs in 168 matches11.Sunil Gavaskar (India) – 10122 runs in 125 matches12.Alastair Cook (England) – 10000* runs in 128* matcheslast_img read more

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