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Joe’s Morning Sports-Wednesday, December 26, 2018

December 27, 2018

The Los Angeles Lakers had to play most of the second half without LeBron James on Christmas Day, but they had enough talent to whip the NBA’s two-time defending champions. Kyle Kuzma led seven Lakers in double-figures with 19 points in a 127-101 rout of the Golden State Warriors in Oakland. James already had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists when he strained his left groin after slipping under the Warriors basket at the 7:51 mark of the third quarter. James awkwardly walked toward the Lakers bench trying to loosen up before leaving for the locker room under his own power with Los Angeles leading by just single digits. The Lakers expect to know more about his status following an MRI exam today.

The Boston Celtics earned a Christmas Day win. Kyrie Irving hit back-to-back three-pointers in overtime and finished with 40 points as the Celtics knocked off Philadelphia, 121-114. Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a game-high 30 points and a team-best 14 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks downed the Knicks, 109-95 in New York. The Houston Rockets made it seven wins in their last eight games as James Harden poured in 41 points in a 113-109 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. And Rudy Gobert’s 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks helped the Utah Jazz beat Portland for the second time in five days, 117-96.

The Arizona Cardinals have claimed safety D.J. Swearinger off waivers from the Washington Redskins, one day after he was let go for criticizing defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. Swearinger reportedly blamed the game plan for the Redskins’ loss to the Titans in Tennessee on Saturday and was critical of the play calling earlier this year. The 27-year-old Swearinger played 20 games for the Redskins and has four interceptions, three forced fumbles and 64 tackles this year.

The Norfolk Catholic wrestling team is coming off a 65-13 dual loss at Logan View last Tuesday. This year, the Knights who are 2-7 in duals, have beaten Tekemah/Herman and Wisner/Pilger while falling to Wayne, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Aurora, Central City, Wood River, and Boys Town. Norfolk Catholic also placed seventh at the Stanton Invite this season. They return to action on Saturday when they compete in the Pierce Invitational.

The Plainview wrestling squad is enjoying their moratorium after placing second at the Bob Arehart Invite in Friend last Friday. Eli Lanham (106), Nate Christensen (132), & Collin Gale (195) were champions. Scout Ashburn (113), Jaden Sobotka (120), & Will Gunning (152) finished second. Matt Christensen (138) and Alize Mejia (160) were third and Keagan Mosel (126) got fourth. This year, the Pirates, who are 4-0 in duals, have beaten Madison, Crofton/Bloomfield, Wayne, and Boone Central/Newman Grove. Plainview also has a championship at Stanton and two second place team finishes. Plainview returns to action on Saturday when they compete in the Pierce Invite.

The Norfolk High boys’ basketball team is 2-4 on the season after a 50-48 overtime home loss to Kearney last Friday. This year the Panthers have beaten Columbus and North Platte while falling to Omaha Creighton Prep, Millard North, Omaha Westside, and Kearney. They are being outscored on average through six games 53-52.7. Norfolk’s remaining home schedule includes games with South Sioux City, Lincoln North Star, Lincoln Pius X, Fremont, Papillion La Vista South, Millard South, and Lincoln East. They return to action when they host Fremont on Thursday at 3:00 in the opening round of the four-day Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Omaha World Herald sixth ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Lutheran High Northeast boys basketball team is 6-1 in the 2018-19 campaign after a home loss to third ranked in Class ‘D-2’ Riverside eight days ago 49-47. This year the Eagles have earned wins at the expense of Wisner/Pilger, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Twin River, Pender, Norfolk Catholic, and Homer with their lone loss occurring to Riverside. Lutheran High Northeast is outscoring their foes on average through seven games 54.6-48. Their remaining home schedule includes dates with Walthill, Humphrey St. Francis, and David City Aquinas. The Eagles return to action on Thursday when they play 3-3 Winnebago at 4:15 in the opening round of the Shootout on the Elkhorn Tournament in Wisner in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX.

The Norfolk Catholic girls basketball team is 3-5 on the season after a 47-36 road win at Winnebago last Friday night. The Lady Knights this season have earned victories over Pierce, Lutheran High Northeast, and Winnebago while falling to Omaha Gross, Lincoln Lutheran, Bishop Neumann, Hartington Cedar Catholic, and West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic. They are being outscored on average through eight contests 42.8-42.5. Norfolk Catholic’s remaining home schedule includes dates with Battle Creek, Wayne, Gretna, and O’Neill. The Lady Knights return to action on Thursday when they play 4-4 Laurel/Concord/Coleridge in the opening round of the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout at Wayne State College at 12:30.

The Lincoln Journal Star top ranked and Omaha World Herald third ranked in Class ‘D-1’ Fullerton boys basketball squad is 4-2 to start the 2018-19 campaign. They have beaten Burwell, Central Valley, Ansley/Litchfield, and Twin River while falling to Riverside and Humphrey St. Francis. The Warriors are outscoring their opponents by an average score of 59.7-48 through six games. Their remaining home schedule includes games with High Plains Community, Elgin Public/Pope John, Shelby/Rising City, Osceola, Heartland Lutheran, St. Edward, and Palmer. The Warriors return to action on Friday when they play 1-6 Gothenburg at the Grand Island Central Catholic Holiday Tournament.

The Omaha World Herald fourth ranked and Lincoln Journal Star seventh ranked in Class ‘D-1’ Elkhorn Valley girls basketball team is off to a perfect 7-0 start on the year. They have defeated Neligh/Oakdale, Madison, Santee, Chambers/Wheeler Central, Elgin Public/Pope John, Stuart, and Plainview by an average score of 58.4-38. The Lady Falcons remaining home schedule includes games with Ewing, Wausa, Creighton, Clearwater/Orchard, and Humphrey St. Francis. The Lady Falcons return to action on Thursday when they the 2-5 host team at the Clearwater/Orchard Holiday Tournament.

Thursday Afternoon: The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball teams face Winnebago in the opening round of the Shootout on the Elkhorn Tournament at Wisner starting with the girls game at 2:30. Pregame coverage at approximately 2:10 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

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