Wall dedicates double-OT win to 6-year-old who died of cancer
John Wall scored 26 points, including Washington's last 10, and the Wizards rallied for a 133-132 win over the Boston Celtics in double overtime Monday night. Wall added a career-high 17 assists, Paul Pierce scored a season-high 28 points and Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Washington, which outlasted the Celtics to salvage the finale of the home-and-home series after losing Sunday in Boston.
Wall broke down and cried during a post-game interview when he talked about his friend, 6-year-old Miyah Telemaque-Nelson, who died of cancer earlier Monday.
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"This is for Miyah, one of my close friends that I lost that I met last year," Wall said. "It's just tough, man, to see a little kid that fights so hard (with) cancer and can't beat it. This game's for her. ... It's a tough day for me. I really cried today."
Wall tweeted after the game: "If you were blessed to meet and get to know Miyah you know how special of a little girl she was. I'm saddened by the news but I know that she's in a better place. Keep her family in your prayers. I'll definitely miss my buddy. Rest In Peace Miyah."
Cavs rout Nets on volatile night at BarclaysBetween protesters, a visit from the royal couple and a number of NBA players taking a stand on social issues, the Cleveland Cavaliers capped an explosive night at Barclays Center with a 110-88 victory against the Brooklyn Nets.
Basketball, however, hardly felt like the priority.
Police swarmed the arena more than three hours before tip-off in preparation for both protesters and the arrival of Prince William and Princess Kate, who wanted to watch LeBron James as part of their three-day trip to the United States. But their arrival coincided with a demonstration in front of the arena over 34-year-old Eric Garner, who was placed in a chokehold by New York police and died last summer on Staten Island. A grand jury elected not to indict the officer last week, prompting outrage and protests across the city.
Kyrie Irving and LeBron James joined the protest Monday by wearing black "I CAN'T BREATHE" T-shirts during pre-game warm-ups. James has been outspoken on social issues for the last few years and particularly this season. But Irving has remained relatively silent until now.
"Condolences go out to the families," Irving said. "That's the most important thing. Things happen within the world that you can't control, but for me standing up and kind of taking it as my own and being part of something bigger than myself."
James had 18 points and seven assists and Kevin Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavs, who took advantage of the short-handed Nets.
■ Patrick Patterson hit a career-high five three-pointers and finished with a season-high 19 points in the Toronto Raptors' 112-107 win in overtime against the visiting Denver Nuggets. He also had eight rebounds.
■ The New Orleans Pelicans recalled rookie point guard Russ Smith from assignment in the NBA Development League. The 6-foot Smith, a former Louisville star whose recall to New Orleans was announced Monday evening, played in two games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 14.5 points and three steals per contest.
High school basketballSayre boys get 26 from Pergande in win
Quinn Pergande was 10-for-11 from the field and finished with 26 points and nine rebounds in the Sayre boys' 85-43 win against Rose Hill in Ashland. Jack Henderson added 10 points.
Nathan Hamilton hit three three-pointers and led Rose Hill with 13 points. and eight rebounds.
■ Katie Moore scored 44 points, just shy of her career-high 47, in host Leslie County's 67-64 against Harlan County. Moore also had 10 rebounds and five steals.
■ Wolfe County's Lydia McIntosh banked in a half-court shot at the buzzer that gave the Wolves a 59-56 win against visiting Lee County. She finished with 14 points.
■ Scott County got 15 points, five assists and six steals from Peyton Riddle in a 67-49 victory against Sayre in Georgetown. Ellie Alford had 14 points and six rebounds for the Spartans.
■ Bourbon County's Chariss Wilson had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 58-39 win against Bryan Station in Paris.
■ Kailey Coffey scored 19 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had seven assists in Russell County's 62-49 win against visiting McCreary Central. Eighth-grader Jaylen Elmore added 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Beck chips in to earn LPGA Tour card
Karlin Beck ended an 11-hole playoff Monday morning by chipping in from 75 feet for birdie to hear the final LPGA Tour card at Q-school.
"It was definitely the shot of my life so far," said Beck, who made it back to the tour for the third time.
UCLA sophomore Alison Lee was the medalist and turned pro after the final round Sunday. Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, recovered from a 79 in the second round of the 90-hole tournament with a solid weekend to easily earn her card.
"This has always been my dream," Woods said. "Since I earned it this week, everything that I have been through makes this moment feel so good."
Along with her card, she received a call from Uncle Tiger, who was playing an hour away at Isleworth on Sunday.
"He called me to congratulate me and told me how proud he was and excited for me," Woods said. "That was pretty cool."
Seven players went to a three-hole playoff to decide the final three cards. Laetitia Beck became the first Israeli-born player on the LPGA Tour when she birdied the first sudden-death hole at LPGA International, as did Garrett Phillips.
Karlin Beck, Stephanie Meadow and Casey Grice were the only three remaining for the last card when they had to return Monday morning. Grice was eliminated with a bogey on the 10th playoff hole (fourth extra hole Monday), setting up the big finish.
Meadow went just over the 18th green, while Beck came up short. Beck chipped in for birdie, and earned her card when Meadow failed to match her birdie.
Major League baseball
Indians swap minor-leaguer for Moss
The Cleveland Indians acquired first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, an All-Star this season who had hip surgery in October, from Oakland for minor league infielder Joey Wendle.
The 31-year-old Moss batted .234 with a 25 homers and 81 RBIs in a career-high 147 games for the A's. The left-handed hitter drew 67 walks and scored 70 runs. Moss hit .268 with 21 homers in the first half of the season to earn his first All-Star selection, but a nagging hip problem cut into his production.
Wendle batted .253 at Double-A Akron last season.
The last word
Sheldon Richardson remains motivated despite the New York Jets' 2-11 record. The defensive tackle is never shy to offer his opinions, usually responding to questions with a refreshingly blunt approach. So, when Richardson was asked how he keeps playing at such a high level while his team is struggling, the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year delivered, as usual:
"This is a team-oriented game, but this is a business in the end, and we've still got something to play for."
"The almighty dollar. It's what drives this league. It is what it is. I don't want to sound selfish or anything, but in the end, you've got to get yours."