Rondo extends assists streak, but Celtics lose to Spurs
Tony Parker scored a season-high 26 points, Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the host Boston Celtics 112-100 on Wednesday night. Reserve Tiago Splitter added a season-high 23 points, many coming when the Spurs took charge late in the third and early in the fourth.
Rajon Rondo had 22 points and extended his consecutive streak of double-digit assist games to 35 with 15. Paul Pierce, who sprained his ankle in a 20-point loss at Detroit on Sunday, had 19 points.
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DeJuan Blair chipped in with 12 points for the Spurs (9-3), but it was Parker winning the battle of elite point guards against Rondo that carried San Antonio.
Brandon Bass scored 16 and Kevin Garnett 14 for Boston (6-6), which managed just one offensive rebound and lost for the third time in four games.
■ Andre Iguodala had 18 points and nine rebounds to spoil Kevin Love's surprise season debut in the Denver Nuggets' 101-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points for the Nuggets, who withstood a furious start by a Timberwolves team buoyed by the return of their All-Star power forward.
Love scored 34 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, helping the Wolves take a 17-point lead in the first half. But he didn't get a whole lot of help in his first game in nearly five weeks.
■ Paul George scored 33 of his career-high 37 points after halftime and Roy Hibbert had a triple-double to help the host Indiana Pacers beat the New Orleans Hornets 115-107 in overtime.
George made a team record nine three-pointers, all after halftime. Hibbert had 10 points, 11 rebounds and a career-best 11 blocks for the Pacers (6-7), who have won three of four.
Anthony Davis missed his second consecutive game for New Orleans with a stress reaction in his left ankle.
■ LeBron James had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 28 more points and the Miami Heat scored the first six points of overtime on the way to beating the visiting Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 in overtime.
■ Ramon Sessions hit a 16-footer with 28 seconds left and the host Charlotte Bobcats made a late defensive stand to beat the Toronto Raptors 98-97 for their fifth win in the past six games. Former Kentucky standout Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 14 points for Charlotte.
Nets' Evans 1st player fined for flopping
Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans was the first player to be fined for flopping by the NBA, penalized $5,000 for a second offense. Evans was punished after exaggerating light contact from the Lakers' Metta World Peace on Tuesday night, nearly crashing into a referee standing along the sideline a few feet away.
Evans had received a warning for going down with little or no contact while battling for a rebound against Boston on Nov. 15.
The NBA instituted a set of rules this season in hopes of ending the act of a player trying to fool referees into calling a foul when he was only lightly touched or perhaps not at all. After an initial warning, fines rise to $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 and $30,000 for repeated offenses.
■ Udonis Haslem became the leading rebounder in Miami Heat history. Haslem's second rebound on Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks was the 4,808th of his career, one more than Alonzo Mourning grabbed in his tenure with the Heat.
■ The Boston Celtics waived center Darko Milicic. Celtics GM Danny Ainge said Wednesday that Milicic asked for his release to deal with a personal matter. Milicic has played five minutes in one game this season. He had zero points, one rebound and two turnovers.
■ Paul George scored 33 of his career-high 37 points after halftime and Roy Hibbert had a triple-double to help the host Indiana Pacers beat the New Orleans Hornets 115-107 in overtime. George made a team-record nine three-pointers, all after halftime. No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis of Kentucky missed his second consecutive game for New Orleans with a stress reaction in his left ankle.
Ex-Reds pitcher Pastore injured in crash
Former major-league pitcher-turned-Christian radio personality Frank Pastore was critically injured in a freeway motorcycle crash. Pastore was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1979 until 1985 and for the Minnesota Twins in 1986.
The California Highway Patrol said a car collided with Pastore's motorcycle and he was ejected on Interstate 210 in Duarte, about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. He was found unconscious on the freeway Monday night.
Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center spokeswoman Rosa Saca said the 55-year-old Pastore remains in critical condition Wednesday. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune said Pastore was on his way home from work at radio station KKLA at the time of the crash.
Jockey Dettori gets drug suspension
Frankie Dettori, one of the world's best known jockeys, was temporarily suspended from racing in France on Wednesday following a positive drug test.
He tested positive for an unidentified banned substance Sept. 16 after riding at Longchamp. The British-based jockey will not ride anywhere else or make any comment until the matter is settled.
The French association's medical committee held a hearing Tuesday and said it was temporarily suspending the Italian on "medical grounds." The panel transferred the case to France Galop, the sport's governing body in France. It must now decide whether to open its own investigation and extend the suspension.
"Stewards will be studying the file within the next fortnight before deciding what action will be taken in accordance with the rules of racing," France Galop said.
The 41-year-old Dettori, a three-time champion jockey in Britain, is best known for riding seven winners on one day at Ascot in 1996.
The suspension lasts at least until Dettori's next hearing before France Galop, which could take place within the next two weeks, spokesman Julien Pescatore said. No date had been set.
Top players, coaches in Ky. announced
The Kentucky Golf Coaches Association announced that Henry Clay's Kevin Mims and St. Mary's Kurt Averill were named girls' and boys' coaches of the year.
Mims led the Lady Devils to a third place finish in the state tournament. Averill's St. Mary squad was the boys' runner-up.
Scott County junior Bill Tom Sargent and North Hardin senior Lydia Gumm were the KGCA's players of the year. The pair had already earned the state's Mr. and Ms. Golf awards based on a points system.
Two golfers hit consecutive holes-in-one
Two club golfers playing The Lakes — site of the Australian Open beginning Dec. 6 — hit consecutive holes-in-one on the par-3 ninth hole Wednesday in Sydney. Peter Hough and Jonathan Cook had the back-to-back aces with Hough, a member at The Lakes, holing out first on the 136-yard hole. Both used 7-irons.
Cook, a member at the nearby Beverley Park club, said "the whole place went nuts."
The National Hole in One Registry website in the United States quotes the odds of two players from the same foursome acing the same hole as 17 million to one.
The last word
Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, whose team plays the Bengals on Sunday, told the media in Oakland on Wednesday that his former Cincinnati teammates understood why he wanted to leave the team. Palmer said:
"I think that anybody that's ever played for that ownership knows what I was doing and why I was doing it."