Harden roasts OKC....The Greek dominates the Knicks...Arizona picks up Swearinger
HOUSTON (AP) — Depending on who you pull for, James Harden was naughty and nice with 41 points in a 113-109 win by the Rockets over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Harden was unstoppable in the paint and from downtown in a faceoff against childhood friend and former teammate Russell Westbrook. Paul George led the Thunder with 28.
NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KAHM’-poh) had 30 points and 14 rebounds in his Christmas debut, and the Milwaukee Bucks celebrated their return to the holiday schedule by beating the New York Knicks 109-95. Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Bucks, who played on Christmas for the first time since 1977. The Knicks have lost six straight Christmas Day games.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Safety D.J. Swearinger got what he wanted for Christmas, a contract to play somewhere beside Washington. He’s headed to the Arizona Cardinals after being released Monday by Washington after he criticized the team, Washington lost 25-16 at Tennessee on Saturday night. Swearinger, a Pro Bowl alternate this season, was reportedly critical of the lack of aggressive play calling in the loss. He also was critical of the team earlier this season.
MOSCOW (AP) — Anton Shipulin, a world biathlon champion at the heart of Russia’s doping scandal, has announced his retirement. Shipulin told a news conference in Moscow that he decided to retire after he was barred from the Winter Olympics earlier this year. He is one of scores of Russian athletes banned from competing for being part of Russia’s state-sponsored doping program at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.