OAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 37 points and hit six 3-pointers in three quarters as the reigning champions, Warriors, showed that they still rule the NBA’s Western Conference by beating nearest rivals San Antonio 120-90 on Monday.The Spurs were chasing a win that would have left the conference’s top teams only one game apart but were never in the contest against a Warriors team that has now won 39 consecutive home games.Golden State’s Curry had 15 points in the opening quarter and shot 12 for 20 as he recorded a personal best-points total against San Antonio.Kawhi Leonard scored 16 for the sloppy Spurs, who had won their previous 13 games.Chicago came from eight points down in the fourth quarter to win 89-84 at Chicago.Dwyane Wade had 28 points, including 10 in the fourth, and Chris Bosh added 18. Pau Gasol had 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Bulls.Memphis’ Jeff Green scored a season-high 30 points to lead the Grizzlies to a 108-102 overtime win against Orlando.Cleveland struggled against Minnesota before a spurt late in the third and early in the fourth that set up a 114-107 win.LeBron James scored 25 points and Tristan Thompson had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Karl Anthony-Towns led Minnesota with 26 points and 11 rebounds.Pint-sized point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in three quarters, and five other players finished in double figures as Boston defeated Washington 116-91.Atlanta completed a four-game Western Conference road trip with a 119-105 win at Denver, with Paul Millsap scoring 22 points.Detroit’s Reggie Jackson scored 29 points as the Pistons led from go to whoa in beating Utah 95-92.Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins set a team record with 56 points – the most by an NBA player this season – but it was not enough to prevent the Kings losing 129-128 to Charlotte.Houston’s James Harden scored 35 points and Trevor Ariza added a season-high 31, and the Rockets needed all of it to edge undermanned New Orleans 112-111.
The Duke of Cambridge rocked out at a charity event as he came face-to face with rock royalty Jon Bon Jovi and pop star Taylor Swift – and performed an impromptu rendition of Living On A Prayer.The Duke of Cambridge performs on stage with Bon Jovi and Taylor SwiftCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgThe trio were the main attraction at the Winter Whites Gala in Kensington Palace on Tuesday to support homeless charity Centrepoint.The Duke met rock star Bon Jovi and American pop star Swift in the Kings Gallery at the State Apartments before hitting the red carpet, which was actually blue in line with the night’s winter theme.But the night ended on a high note as, dressed in full dinner suit and black tie, The Duke took to the stage alongside the performers at the finale of the event to belt out the rock classic at the gala event.Throughout the evening, The Duke met young people that Centrepoint has been supporting through housing and other opportunities – and joked that he was going to twerk.Swift, who performed hits Trouble, Love Story and 15, said she was honoured to perform at the palace.“This is my first time playing at Kensington Palace or any palace for that matter,” she said. “I want to thank you for having me Prince William, this is just amazing.”Swift said it was important the gala concert was supporting at-risk youth, given they were dealing with more than most people were at what was already a difficult age.Other guests at the event included Benedict Cumberbatch, James Blunt and Tinie Tempah.Gala convenor Danielle Alexandra said the event took six months to create.“But really it all comes down to the prince, who is a remarkable man,” she said. “He wanted to do whatever he could to help the cause.”The Duke, who has been a patron of the Centrepoint charity since September 2005, presented the Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award to Bon Jovi for his humanitarian work.Bon Jovi, who also performed, founded Soul Foundation in the United States in 2006 which aims to break the cycle of people falling into poverty and homelessness by helping them gain access to food and affordable housing along with job training programmes.Bon Jovi said: “Nights like this happen once in a lifetime but the chance to affect change can last a lifetime.“Each one of you tonight have that chance to affect change.”Centrepoint works with hundreds of young people to help them tackle issues that can lead to homelessness.Source:dukeandduchessofcambridge.org
Groupon yesterday announced a campaign to raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, as well as campaigns to raise funds for Kiva, DonorsChoose.org and ioby.To join in the spirit of Giving Tuesday, Groupon will match funds collected for each of these campaigns in the United States, up to $25,000 per campaign and $100,000 total. In addition, each $10 donation to the Groupon campaign for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will automatically enter contributors into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to New York City, including VIP tickets to the new play, The River, on Broadway and a meet-and-greet after the show with the star and two-time Tony Award-winner, Hugh Jackman.All details can be found at www.groupon.com/hugh.“One of my favorite charities is Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,” said Hugh Jackman. “Please join me in supporting this worthwhile organization that is making a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children across the country who are facing serious health challenges. And I look forward to you seeing The River and saying hello after the show.”One winner of the sweepstakes will receive: • Two VIP tickets to see the evening showing of The River on Saturday, January 17, 2015 • Post-show meet and greet with Hugh Jackman • Backstage tour of The River at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre • The River poster, autographed by Hugh Jackman and the cast • $250 for dinner at a New York City restaurant • Round trip coach airfare for two to New York City • Three-night stay in a junior suite with one king bed at the 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan New York • Ground transportation from the NYC airport to the hotel and from the hotel back to the NYC airportThe sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15. The winner will be drawn on Tuesday, December 16.Groupon will match up to $100,000 in contributions to the campaigns (maximum of $25,000 per campaign): • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS – Even after the curtain falls, Broadway actors find ways to give more and share with their audiences. Many of the talented artists who draw crowds into the Circle in the Square, Belasco, Shubert, St. James, New Amsterdam and other historic Broadway theatres dedicate their time offstage to helping others. For more than two decades, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has been at the forefront of the fight against AIDS. Since its founding in 1988, the organization has raised awareness and more than $250 million to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses have access to the medications and support they need for their treatments to be effective. • Kiva – Kiva is a non-profit organization working to alleviate poverty by connecting people around the world through microlending. With as little as a $25 loan, anyone can help a borrower create new opportunities for themselves and their family. Together with more than 750,000 Kiva lenders and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva has created economic opportunity for more than 800,000 borrowers. Since its inception in 2005, Kiva lenders have funded more than $325 million in loans with a 98.9% repayment rate. Visit www.kiva.org for more information. • DonorsChoose.org – DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. To support a classroom, you can make a donation of any size at www.donorschoose.org. • ioby – ioby is a crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led neighbor-funded projects. The mission is to strengthen neighborhoods by supporting the leaders in them who want to make positive change, engaging their neighbors, one block at a time.Source:BusinessWire.com