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BOSTON -- Klay Thompson scored 28 points, Kevin Durant had 23 points and 10 rebounds against the team he spurned this summer and the Golden State Warriors scored 18 points in a row in the third quarter to pull away and beat the Boston Celtics 104-88 on Friday night. Matt Gay Jersey .Stephen Curry had just 16 points -- his second-fewest of the season -- while sitting out much of the fourth quarter as the Warriors cruised to their sixth straight victory. Zaza Pachulia had 12 rebounds and Draymond Green had eight rebounds and eight assists for Golden State in its only visit to Boston this season.Avery Bradley had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Boston and Isaiah Thomas scored a season-low 18.Thomas hit a 3-pointer early in the third quarter to make it a 10-point game, but the Warriors scored the next 18 points. They made it 86-57 at the end of the third and opened a 30-point lead in the fourth before Boston chipped it down to 11 in the final 90 seconds.But Curry, who had re-entered the game midway through the fourth as the Celtics threatened to come back, hit a 3-pointer, Jaylen Brown missed one for Boston, and then Curry added a finger roll to clinch it.Curry shot 7 for 20 in all, making just 2 of 10 attempts from 3-point range. It was the second time this season he has been held under 20 points.Boston challenged the Warriors last season while they were on their way to a record-breaking 73-9 regular season. After losing in double overtime in Boston, the Celtics beat the Warriors on April 1 to hand them their first home loss of the season.TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State had 30 or more assists for the sixth straight game and the eighth time this season. ... Durant took out referee Lauren Holtkamp and a TV cameraman under the basket late in the third quarter and nearly wound up in the lap of a woman sitting in the front rowCeltics: F Al Horford missed his ninth straight game with a concussion, but he sat on the bench during the game. Jae Crowder missed his eighth straight game with a sprained left ankle. Coach Brad Stevens said they would both join the team on the flight to Detroit after the game. ... Rookie Jaylen Brown was called for a technical in the second quarter for an unnatural act when he kicked his leg out and catching Andre Iguodala between the legs.UNWELCOMEDurant was greeted with a loud jeer before the game by a Celtics crowd that wasnt happy he chose to go to Golden State as a free agent over the summer. Celtics management brought along Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to the meeting in the Hamptons but were unable to land the biggest free agent to move this summer.UP NEXTWarriors: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday for the third game of a four-game trip.Celtics: Visit the Pistons on Saturday. Boston leads Detroit by a half-game in the Eastern Conference standings. Sean Bunting Womens Jersey . -- Al Jefferson found a groove just in time for the Charlotte Bobcats. Vita Vea Womens Jersey . The 26-year-old Ireland striker, who has four goals this season, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with his new club. http:///...d-buccaneers-jersey/ . The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead. The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shusters team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last Olympic berth on offer. RIO DE JANEIRO -- For decades, race walking and all its straight-legged, hip-swaying awkwardness has largely been ignored, derided and sometimes ridiculed by those unfamiliar with the inner workings of the sport.To the Russians, it was never a joke.Aware of the nine Olympic medals available -- the first three of the Rio Games are up for grabs Friday in the 20K mens walk -- Russia ramped up a doping machine that produced champion race walkers, year after year. That machine won 11 medals in the past five games. It worked so well, in fact, that race walking became the epicenter of the doping scandal that engulfed the countrys entire sports program and led to the ouster of the track team from this years Olympics.I wasnt surprised, retired American race walker Curt Clausen said of the revelations about Russian race walking that have surfaced over the past two years. I was more glad somebody is finally shining some light on the issue.Clausen is 48 now and keeps his hand in the game as a member of the USA Track and Field board of directors. At his house in Wisconsin is a replica of the bronze medal he won at the 1999 world championships. The duplicate medal -- he never got the original -- was awarded to him two years after the race, when the Russian winner, German Skurygin, was disqualified for doping. Clausen calls it my big penny, the validation for my career.He received it during a break at a national meet in 2001.It was like a 38-second ceremony, and people didnt understand why I was getting the medal, Clausen said.Much to his shock, Skurygin had served his ban and was back out on the course two years later, dominating races again. Two years after that, Skurygin died of a heart attack at age 45.It came as no surprise to Clausen, then, when Russian race walkers started being kicked out of the sport at an alarming rate. There have been at least 33 doping cases involving Russian walkers in recent years, with 26 of them serving bans. They trained out of a small city in central Russia called Saransk. Many were coached by Viktor Chegin, who resigned last year.I once told Curt I didnt know if all the doping (in the sport) affected me much, said American John Nunn, a member of this years team whose best finish at his previous two Olympics is 26th. Curt smiled. He said, `John, when you finish fourth and miss the podium because the person in front of you doped, itt takes on a whole new meaning. Mike Alstott Youth Jersey. t takes on even greater meeting to Jared Tallent, the Australian who finished second to Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin at the London Olympics but received the gold medal earlier this year after Kirdyapkin got nailed for doping. The IOC website posting the results of that race says they are not final, because retests of samples from both Beijing and London are still being analyzed.Earlier this year, Tallent finished second to Italian Alex Schwarzer at the World Race Walking Team Championships in Rome. Schwarzer had a four-year doping ban reduced by three months, which made him eligible for the major race in his home country. About a month after the event, it was revealed he had another positive. He has been banned from the Olympics and is appealing, with a decision expected this week from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The case involving Schwarzer, who also beat Tallent at the Beijing Olympics, illustrates how far race walking still has to go to clean up its act, even with the Russians out of the mix. The woman who won the 20K in Rome and is a favorite at the Olympics, Chinas Liu Hong, got stripped of the Rome title and served an almost-unheard-of one-month ban. Liu is coached by the same Italian who used to coach Schwarzer.Im still leery about whats going to happen, Nunn said.Tallent is trying to stay upbeat, and said that Friday -- along with Aug. 19, when the womens 20K and mens 50K walks take place -- should be good days for his sport.They have been the main culprits in our sport, Tallent said of the Russians, in an interview with Australian media last week. A lot of the top guys will think they have got a chance for a medal, whereas in the past, when you had the three Russians there, you always thought it was going to be pretty tough to get a medal.Of course, none of that can erase the past -- or give Clausen the turn on the medals podium that was denied him all those years ago.Still, hell be in Rio for the races -- rooting for his American buddy, Nunn, along with others he knows have done things the right way over the years.It seems theres been a failure at many different levels, Clausen said. Now that thats been brought to light, Im optimistic some of those gaps can be closed. ' ' ' 

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