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Gallinari, Paul push Thunder past Zion, Pelicans 123-118

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NEW ORLEANS — The veteran savvy of Danilo Gallinari and Chris Paul helped Oklahoma City withstand the latest stirring performance by Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson.

Gallinari scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Paul had 14 points and 12 assists, and the Thunder beat New Orleans 123-118 on Thursday night.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

‘Down the stretch, that’s when we feel like we’re at our best,” Paul said. ‘It was Gallo tonight. He was killer.’

Williamson set his new single-game scoring mark with 32 points for New Orleans, his second straight game scoring more than 30, but Gallinari’s clutch shooting kept the Pelicans at bay.

New Orleans, which trailed by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, rallied behind Williamson’s dominant inside play to take several slim leads inside the final six minutes.

But after Lonzo Ball’s corner 3 gave the Pelicans a 111-110 lead, Gallinari hit a fall-away in the paint and followed up by rattling in a 3. He added free throws and a left-wing pull-up in the final minutes, the last making it 121-115 with 30 seconds left.

‘They just have a way of hanging in games and closing them,’ Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ‘They made plays down the stretch and we just didn’t.’


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Dennis Schroder scored 22 points for the Thunder and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 17 points. Thunder center Steven Adams capped his 11-point, 11-rebound, three-block night with a clutch jumper in the paint that made it 119-114.

‘We had a lot of guys step up in different moments,’ Thunder coach Billy Donvan said. “We found a way to make enough plays there at the end.’

JJ Redick scored 24 points for the Pelicans, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped in a compelling, highlight-filled contest that saw 22 lead changes and 12 ties.

Both teams shot better than 48%, but New Orleans was done in by 17 turnovers that the Thunder converted into 24 points. Oklahoma City committed just nine turnovers.

‘With a leader like Chris Paul, he’s facilitating their offense and they were hitting shots, and we just had self-inflicted turnovers,’ said Williamson, who committed three turnovers.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

For much of the game, Williamson delighted the crowd on both ends of the floor. He rejected Abdel Nader’s floater in the paint with a volleyball-style spike out of play. His dunks included one on a putback and another on an alley-oop feed from Frank Jackson.

Paul had nine of his assists in the opening two quarters, the last of those coming in a rather unusual way. Paul unloaded the ball to Adams in the back court in the final seconds of the half, and Adams hurled the ball right into the hoop from 56 feet.

The shot, which gave the Thunder a 66-58 lead, was the first 3-pointer of Adams’ career. He celebrated it with a brief, smiling shimmy before jogging with teammates toward the tunnel to the locker room.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Have won 15 of their last 18 road games. … Oklahoma City’s bench has outscored opponent reserves in 41 of 55 games this season. … Shot 50% (46 of 92) and went 13 of 27 from 3-point range.

Pelicans: First-time All-Star Brandon Ingram missed his third straight game with a right ankle sprain but still intends to attend All-Star weekend with the possibility of playing. … Outrebounded Oklahoma City 46-40. … Went 14 of 35 from 3-point range. … Williamson, slated to play in the NBA All-Star weekend future stars game, has scored at least 20 points in eight of his first 10 NBA games and reached 30 twice.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Adams was amused by his half-ending 3 from beyond half-court because he’d made a similar shot to win a half-court shooting competition at the end of practice a day earlier.

‘I ended up winning that one because I did exactly the same shot,” Adams said. “As you could tell, I was pumped. After the shot went in, I kind of blacked out. I kind of seen what I had done. I was doing a shimmy. I don’t know. Alter ego coming out, mate.’

Adams, now in his seventh season, came in 0 for 9 in his career from 3-point range. His first make from deep also resulted in one of the most unlikely of Paul’s 9,542 career assists.

‘Our team is a very fun, together team. So, to see that, that was a special moment,’ Paul said.

UP NEXT

Thunder: Host Denver on Feb. 21.

Pelicans: Visit Portland on Feb. 21.

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Iowa – Caucus

1,250 of 1,765 precincts – 71 percent

40 of 0 Delegates allocated

Pete Buttigieg 13 – 0 percent

Bernie Sanders 12 – 0 percent

Elizabeth Warren 8 – 0 percent

Joe Biden 6 – 0 percent

Amy Klobuchar 1 – 0 percent

Uncommitted 0 – 0 percent

Michael Bennet 0 – 0 percent

Michael Bloomberg 0 – 0 percent

John Delaney 0 – 0 percent

Tulsi Gabbard 0 – 0 percent

Deval Patrick 0 – 0 percent

Tom Steyer 0 – 0 percent

Andrew Yang 0 – 0 percent

Others 0 – 0 percent

Nevada – Caucus

150 of 2,097 precincts – 7 percent

7 of 0 Delegates allocated

Bernie Sanders 7 – 0 percent

Uncommitted 0 – 0 percent

Michael Bennet 0 – 0 percent

Joe Biden 0 – 0 percent

Pete Buttigieg 0 – 0 percent

John Delaney 0 – 0 percent

Tulsi Gabbard 0 – 0 percent

Amy Klobuchar 0 – 0 percent

Deval Patrick 0 – 0 percent

Tom Steyer 0 – 0 percent

Elizabeth Warren 0 – 0 percent

Andrew Yang 0 – 0 percent

New Hampshire – Primary

301 of 301 precincts – 100 percent

24 of 0 Delegates allocated

Bernie Sanders 9 – 0 percent

Pete Buttigieg 9 – 0 percent

Amy Klobuchar 6 – 0 percent

Mark Greenstein 0 – 0 percent

Michael Bennet 0 – 0 percent

Joe Biden 0 – 0 percent

Cory Booker 0 – 0 percent

Mosie Boyd 0 – 0 percent

Steve Bullock 0 – 0 percent

Steve Burke 0 – 0 percent

Julian Castro 0 – 0 percent

Roque De La Fuente III 0 – 0 percent

John Delaney 0 – 0 percent

Jason Dunlap 0 – 0 percent

Michael Ellinger 0 – 0 percent

Tulsi Gabbard 0 – 0 percent

Ben Gleiberman 0 – 0 percent

Kamala Harris 0 – 0 percent

Henry Hewes 0 – 0 percent

Tom Koos 0 – 0 percent

Lorenz Kraus 0 – 0 percent

Rita Krichevsky 0 – 0 percent

Raymond Moroz 0 – 0 percent

Deval Patrick 0 – 0 percent

Joe Sestak 0 – 0 percent

Sam Sloan 0 – 0 percent

Tom Steyer 0 – 0 percent

David Thistle 0 – 0 percent

Thomas Torgesen 0 – 0 percent

Elizabeth Warren 0 – 0 percent

Robby Wells 0 – 0 percent

Marianne Williamson 0 – 0 percent

Andrew Yang 0 – 0 percent

Total Write-ins 0 – 0 percent

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Sanders’ Rivals ‘Might As Well Crown Bernie To Take On Trump’ If They Won’t Stop Splitting Vote, Says Laurence Tribe

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Democratic rivals “might as well crown” him as the candidate to “take on Trump,” unless they are willing to stop splitting up the vote in the primary race, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe warned.

With Sanders projected to win big at the Nevada caucuses, strengthening his status as the Democratic frontrunner to take on President Donald Trump, Tribe warned that the race was too crowded for the democratic socialist’s rivals to take him down.

All six of the democratic socialist’s top competitors “have plenty to offer as alternatives to Sanders,” Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School, said in a statement on Twitter. However, he said, unless they “triage and reduce the 6 to 1, they might as well crown Bernie to take on Trump.”

“It’s tough,” said Tribe, who has been an outspoken critic of Sanders throughout the 2020 Democratic race. “I know, but it is what it is.”

Naming former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, former Mayors Mike Bloomberg and Pete Buttigieg, and philanthropist Tom Steyer, as the top six Democratic hopefuls competing with Sanders in the bid to take on Trump, Tribe suggested that they consolidate their strengths and throw their weight behind one candidate.

It is unclear which of the six contenders Tribe believes should be the one to go toe-to-toe with Sanders. But his primary argument appeared to be that unless Democratic contenders cut down the competition, Sanders may always come out ahead. Newsweek has contacted Tribe for further comment.

While Tribe has been critical of Sanders’ candidacy for president in the past, he has also made clear that the notion of supporting Trump over the democratic socialist is “incomprehensible” to him.

Some people on Twitter disagreed with the professor’s assertion that the only way for another Democratic contender to defeat Sanders would be to cut down the competition.

“If you think Bloomberg and Warren should unite based on their [ideological] similarities to stop Bernie, your brain is broken,” television writer Guy Endore-Kaiser said in response to Tribe’s plan.

Others suggested that it was still too early in the race for Sanders’ competitors to either step down or hand the democratic socialist the crown.

Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks following the Nevada caucuses during a campaign rally at Cowboys Dancehall on February 22, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. Sanders celebrated as he was projected to win big at the Nevada caucuses.
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Indeed, there is still a long way to go until a Democratic nominee can be confirmed.

While Biden did not see the results he likely anticipated in Iowa and New Hampshire, the former vice president appeared to hold second place in Nevada, as of early Sunday morning.

Sanders, however, was declared the winner not long after results streamed in Saturday night. By early Sunday morning, with 50 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders held 46.6 percent of the vote, compared to Biden’s 19.2 percent, according to the Associated Press. Meanwhile, Buttigieg was at 15.4 percent, Warren at 10.3 percent, Klobuchar at 4.5 percent and Steyer at 3.8 percent. Bloomberg was not on the ballot.

Sanders was quick to celebrate his apparent victory.

“We won Nevada!” he said on Twitter. “We are building an unprecedented grassroots movement, and together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish,” he said.



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Walmart.com banned me, and I don’t know why

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Q: I’m having two problems with Walmart. When I order food online, Walmart has repeatedly delivered expired and rotten food. Also, I’ve had problems with Walmart.com. I’ve been getting error messages on the site for the past 10 days when I try to check out. I can’t make a purchase.

Christopher Elliott 

Walmart customer service has given me all kinds of insane excuses for these issues. It continues to engage in unethical antics that insult and ridicule me as a homebound disabled person.

For example, Walmart customer service has repeatedly advised me to “go to the store” for my groceries, since the website is not working. I have explained that I am disabled and cannot physically get to the store.

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