AROUND THE HORN
Cavaliers losing streak at 11
CLEVELAND (AP) — Domantas Sabonis had 21 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists as the Indiana Pacers strengthened their hold on a play-in tournament spot with a 111-102 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
Kelan Martin scored a career-high 25 points and Caris LeVert had 20 points and 10 assists for the Pacers, who moved one-half game ahead of Washington into ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards were beaten 125-124 in Atlanta.
“Every game matters and we just saw that the Wizards lost, but it all depends on us,” Sabonis said. “We want to get as high as we can in the play-in round. The most important thing is continuing to distribute the ball because it makes everybody happy.”
Indiana reduced its magic number for clinching a play-in berth to two with four games remaining. Chicago is 11th — one spot outside of the play-in tourney — and the Pacers are now within a game of eighth-place Charlotte.
“We weathered the storm all night and Kelan carried us down the stretch,” LeVert said. “I’m really enjoying building chemistry with these guys and Domas is probably the best passing big man I’ve played with. He’s a special talent.”
Collin Sexton scored 25 points for the Cavaliers in their 11th straight loss, matching the eighth-longest skid in team history. Rookie Isaac Okoro had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Dean Wade had 19 points and 12 rebounds in their first career double-doubles.
Cleveland dressed nine players with nine others out with injuries, including starters Kevin Love (right calf strain) and Darius Garland (left ankle sprain). Love played 27 minutes Sunday against Dallas and was given the evening off to rest his leg.
“We fought like hell and I’m appreciative of their effort,” Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “We had a number of guys carry the load for us like Bull (Sexton), D-Wade and Isaac the whole time. It was all heart and all strength.”
Westbrook sets NBA triple-double record
ATLANTA (AP) — Oscar Robertson’s NBA record of 181 triple-doubles had stood since 1974 and was once thought to be untouchable — until Russell Westbrook surpassing it became inevitable. Westbrook got it done Monday night, hardly a surprise given that he’s averaging a triple-double this season and this was his 36th, including seven in his last eight games.
“I normally don’t like to pat myself on the back but tonight I will just because I’m so grateful for the ones before me and so blessed to the man above to allow me to go out and do it,” Westbrook said. “I take this job very seriously and I’m super grateful for my teammates and coaches on my journey so far.”
The 32-year-old Westbrook, in his 13th season overall and his first with the Washington Wizards, completed his 182nd triple-double when he grabbed his 10th rebound with 8:29 remaining in the game against the Atlanta Hawks. He finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 21 assists as the Wizards lost 125-124.
Tennis players are district bound
DOVER — East Liverpool junior singles player Cole Dailey and the Potters’ doubles team of sophomore Preston Dawson and senior Norman Butler advanced to Division II district play.
Both Potter entries were the second seeds in the Division II East sectional tournament and won two matches Monday at Dover Park.
The top four qualifiers will return to Dover this morning and will play for seedings.
The top four singles players and top four doubles players advance to district play at Portsmouth on May 22.
Dailey earned 6-0, 6-0 wins over Steubenville senior Andrew Neely and Beaver Local junior Lukas Wain — the Beavers’ lone player at the sectional.
He will play St. Clairsville’s fourth-seeded Evan Holsetein today. The other sectional semifinal has West Holmes’ top-seeded Curtis Wagner taking on St. Clairsville’s third-seeded Alex Douglass.
Dawson and Butler beat Steubenville Catholic Central’s Johnny O’Karma and Matt Mitch, 6-2, 6-0, and Indian Creek’s Aiden Wright and Nathan Cosgrove, 6-0, 6-0.
The Potters will play Cambridge’s second doubles team of Brady Hannon and Blade Bachmann, which upset Berlin Hiland’s third-seeded Wyatt Freeman and Zach Mullet, 6-4, 6-2, to advance.
The other East Liverpool doubles team of freshmen Conor Ghrist and Liam Campbell fell to Indian Creek’s Kyle Laughery and Mason Yoho, 6-2, 6-2.
In singles action, Wain defeated Steubenville Catholic Central sophomore Michael Duff, 7-5, 7-5, and St. Clairsville junior Shane Jackson, 6-4, 6-2, before falling to Dailey.
East Liverpool freshman Ayden Wright and senior Jude Mercer dropped their opening singles matches in three seats. Wright fell to Hiland junior Garrett Shoup, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, and Mercer fell to Hiland sophomore Carson Habeger, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.