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Thunder offense too much for Pacers' D, 104-93

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Thunder offense too much for Pacers' D, 104-93

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 104-93 on Sunday night for their eighth straight win.

A meeting of the NBA's highest-scoring offense and the league's stingiest defense went the way of the Thunder, who eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game.

Of course, Oklahoma City boasts the NBA's second-best defense to go with all that offensive firepower.

Russell Westbrook added 21 points and came up with a big block against 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert - 11 inches taller than him - during a late 8-0 burst by the Thunder that put it away after the Pacers had pulled within three.

David West led the way with 21 points for Indiana, which had all five of its starters score in double figures.

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Loyal through trade rumors, Bradley Beal definitive for first time about future with Wizards

Loyal through trade rumors, Bradley Beal definitive for first time about future with Wizards

CHARLOTTE -- Bradley Beal made the most definitive comments yet about his future on Friday afternoon and it came in an All-Star question-and-answer fan event in downtown Charlotte.

In a forum hosted by ESPN's Molly Qerim, one fan first thanked Beal for all he has done for the Wizards, then followed it up with a pointed question about whether it’s time to “blow the team up.”

Beal first laughed as the crowd reacted with a collective ‘ooh.’ He joked “there’s a lot of tampering going on these days.”

Then, he delivered a clear picture of what he hopes is a long-term future in Washington.

“I hate change. If I can retire in this jersey, I will. I’m all about loyalty,” Beal said.

Beal has said the right things before, but the timing is interesting. With the Wizards outside of the playoff race, he has become the subject of trade rumors. Many fans and media members have wondered if he could be the next All-Star to want a change of scenery.

Beal, though, insists that isn’t in his nature.

“Granted, it goes both ways,” Beal said of wanting to stay with one team. “They can say they won’t trade you and [then they do.] It’s a business at the end of the day, but believe me... my parents [raised] me on loyalty and just constantly even keel no matter what. Tough time last not always, but tough people do.”

Beal, 25, is making his second All-Star appearance. He is averaging career-highs this season in points (25.1), assists (5.4) and rebounds (5.1).

He has two years left on his contract, due about $56 million through the 2020-21 season. Most stars who have left their original teams have done so with one year left on their deals, so all of this will have to be revisited down the road.

But Beal has already thought about the years ahead and has no intention of leaving D.C.

“When you first get [to the NBA], you don’t get control over where you’re drafted. But once you get there, you develop relationships with people. You develop family, businesses, foundations; everything. You create a life there and it’s tough to just up and move after,” he said.

There you go, Wizards fans. You can rest assured, Beal is not plotting his exit, at least not anytime soon.

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Harvard at Penn: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Harvard at Penn: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Harvard broke a five-game winning streak with a loss to Cornell on Saturday. Harvard University hopes to gain its momentum back against the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. 


Harvard at Penn How to Watch
 


What: Harvard at Penn
Where: The Palestra, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, P.A.
When: 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder:https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/channel-finder)
 


Harvard at Penn


Conference: Ive League
Record: 14-8, 2-4 (Penn), 11-8, 4-2 (Harvard)
Last Game: 65-78 Loss v. Yale (Penn), 61-67 Loss v. Cornell (Harvard)
Leading Scorers: AJ Brodeur, 15.8 ppg (Penn), Bryce Aiken, 19.2 ppg (Harvard)
 

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