SAN ANTONIO (AP): San Antonio improved to 26-0 on home court this season by beating Orlando 107-92 on Monday night, led by a season-high 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs edged within four games of Golden State Warriors in the fight over the top seed in the NBA Western Conference. They also stayed four games ahead of Oklahoma City, who beat Washington, thanks to a triple double from Russell Westbrook. Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season as the Thunder won 114-98. Westbrook had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, and got the best of his match-up with Washington point guard John Wall. Kevin Durant scored 28 points for the Thunder, who have won 11 of 12. Among other key results, Cleveland were forced to overtime at Indiana, but notched a fifth straight win, 111-106. Atlanta defeated Dallas 112-97 to move into a virtual tie with Miami for top spot in the Southeast Division. San Antonio’s Aldridge shot nine for 13 from the field to pace the Spurs. Australian Patty Mills matched a season-high with 22 points, going three for four on three-pointers. San Antonio found their defensive footing late in the third quarter to separate from Orlando. The Spurs outscored the Magic 24-8 to overcome a 70-69 deficit with 1 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving scored 25 points as the Cavaliers won in overtime at Indiana. LeBron James had 24 points – but only seven after half-time – with 12 rebounds, and the Cavaliers extended their lead in the Central Division to nine games and won in Indiana for the first time in six years.
DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall made key strikes to limit Sri Lanka A after West Indies A’s batting collapsed, but the hosts held the edge heading into today’s final day of the third and final four-day Test here. Sri Lanka ended day three of the contest at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday on 211 for five in their second innings – already 286 runs ahead. Asela Gunaratne top-scored with 69, Sandun Weerakkody struck 48, while Roshen Silva was unbeaten on 29 at the close. Cornwall, the mainstay of the visitors’ attack during the series, claimed four for 62 to take his tally of wickets for the three-match series to 20. Earlier, West Indies A surrendered their last six wickets for 60 runs to be dismissed for 243 in their first innings and concede a lead of 75 runs. Resuming on 183 for four, they lost their captain Shamarh Brooks for 54 after he had added just 11 runs to his overnight 43, while Cornwall chimed in with 25. Seamer Kasun Madushanka (3-45) and left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan (3-54) both claimed three wickets apiece, while pacer Lahiru Gamage ended with two for 50. West Indies A were set back early when Brooks perished in the day’s fifth over with the score on 199, after facing 100 deliveries and striking seven fours. His demise triggered a slide from which the visitors never recovered as the last five wickets went down for the addition of just 32 runs. The only batsman to show resistance was Cornwall, who punched two fours and a six in a busy 30-ball knock. Batting a second time, Sri Lanka were handed a robust start by Weerakkody and Kusal Perera, who put on a brisk 67 off 62 deliveries. Weerakkody faced just 36 balls and struck seven fours, while Perera hit a single four in 31 balls at the crease before he departed to a catch at the wicket off Cornwall. In the bowler’s next over, with five runs added, Weerakkody followed via the leg before wicket, but top-scorer Gunaratne then led a recovery by anchoring two half-century partnerships. The 30-year-old right-hander put on 58 for the third wicket with captain Lahiru Thirimanne, who made 27 off 76 deliveries before adding a further 51 for the fifth wicket with Silva. Gunaratne faced 126 deliveries and struck ten boundaries before falling about 40 minutes before the close to a catch at the wicket off seamer Keon Joseph. ROBUST START