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Thompson nets 27 points to beat Heat

Thu., Dec. 13, 2012

NBA: Draymond Green made a layup with 0.9 seconds left to give the visiting Golden State Warriors a 97-95 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday.

Former WSU star Klay Thompson tied a season high with 27 points to lead the Warriors, who have won five straight, all on the road.

LeBron James led Miami with 31 points as he reached the 20-point mark for the 25th consecutive game, the longest current streak in the NBA.

James’ jumper from the baseline with 0.4 seconds left banged off the rim, giving Golden State the win as Miami lost for just the second time in 12 home games.

David Lee scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Jarrett Jack added 20 points off the bench for the Warriors.

• Rondo, Pierce carry Celtics: Paul Pierce scored 34 points, including a 3-pointer at the start of the second overtime to give Boston the lead for good, and the host Celtics held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-115.

Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds, and Kevin Garnett added 16 points for Boston.

O.J. Mayo scored 24 points for Dallas, and Shawn Marion had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

• Bulls edge 76ers: Joakim Noah scored 21 points, Luol Deng added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls won their fourth in a row on the road with a 96-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Marco Belinelli had 16 points and Nate Robinson, starting in place of guard Kirk Hinrich, had 14 for Chicago.

Jrue Holiday scored 26 points, Evan Turner added 16 and Thaddeus Young 13 for Philadelphia.

• Kings’ Cousins suspended: Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for striking Dallas’ O.J. Mayo in the groin area in the Kings’ road loss Monday night.

Rivera says he’ll be ready Opening Day

MLB: Yankees closer Mariano Rivera expects to be ready by Opening Day.

Rivera, 43, plans to begin throwing soon in preparation for spring training. His surgically-repaired right knee is still not at 100 percent, though Rivera said he is regaining strength.

Rivera signed a one-year, $10-million contract earlier this month, making good on his vow to pitch again after tearing his ACL last May.

• Rangers acquire Whiteside: The Texas Rangers have acquired catcher Eli Whiteside on a waiver claim from Toronto.

Texas, which lost All-Star catcher Mike Napoli in free agency, also re-signed infielder-outfielder Brandon Snyder to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Clijsters beats Venus Williams in farewell

Miscellany: Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters ended her career with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Venus Williams in a ceremonial farewell match in Belgium.

Clijsters retired after the U.S. Open but organized a match to thank her fans, 13,000 of whom turned up at Antwerp Sports Palace, including Crown Prince Phillipe and Princess Mathilde.

Clijsters beat Williams on the way to her last two U.S. Open titles, in 2009 and 2010, and she held a 7-6 edge over the American on the WTA Tour. She also won at Flushing Meadow in 2005 and earned the 2011 Australian Open crown.

• U.S. does well at short-course worlds: Olympic star Ryan Lochte won two gold medals as the United States dominated the first day of the short-course world championships in Istanbul.

The American posted a time of 1 minute, 41.92 seconds in the 200-meter freestyle event at the Sinan Erdem Dome. Conor Dwyer of the United States was third in 1:43.78.

Lochte earned another gold in the 4x100 freestyle relay with teammates Anthony Ervin, James Feigen and Matt Grevers, finishing in 3:06.40.

In women’s competition, the U.S. team of Megan Romano, Chelsea Chenault, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt won the 4x200 freestyle relay in 7:39.25.

• Dempsey is player of year: Clint Dempsey has been voted the Futbol de Primera U.S. national team player of the year award for the second straight year and third time overall.

The 29-year-old Tottenham midfielder received 352 points and 81 first-place votes. Dempsey also won the award in 2006.

• Corinthians advances to final at Club World Cup: Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero scored in the first half and Brazilian team Corinthians beat Egypt’s Al-Ahly 1-0 in Japan to advance to the final of the Club World Cup.

Midfielder Douglas sent a perfect cross into the box and Guerrero rose up to make an angled header past the outstretched arms of Al-Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy in the 30th minute.


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