Historic night by Kemba Walker (60 points) spoiled by Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler (15 points) knocked down a 3-pointer as time expired in overtime as the Philadelphia 76ers overcame a career-high 60 points from Kemba Walker to beat the Hornets, 122-119, in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday night. Butler blocked Walker’s shot and saved the ball to a teammate with 15 seconds left, setting the stage for his winning jumper from the top of the key over Dwayne Bacon. Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 33 points. Walker finished 21 of 34 from the field and had six 3-pointers. Walker’s 60 points were the most in the NBA this season, topping Klay Thompson’s 52 against Chicago on Oct. 29.
Rams’ Donald fined twice for scuffle
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was fined a total of $23,395 — $10,026 for unnecessary roughness and $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct — for getting into a scuffle on the sideline with Seattle’s Justin Britt in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ win over the Seahawks last Sunday. Britt was fined $20,054 for unnecessary roughness for his late hit on Donald when he was out of bounds after a whistle. Two of Donald’s defensive teammates also were fined. Ndamukong Suh was fined $20,054 for his hit on Seattle’s Russell Wilson, and Dante Fowler was docked $10,026 for unnecessary roughness . . . Panthers safety Eric Reid was fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness for his hit on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Thursday. Oakland’s Johnathan Hankins was fined $20,054 for his hit on the Chargers’ Philip Rivers in the fourth quarter last Sunday. The Chargers’ Adrian Phillips was fined $10,026 for unsportsmanlike conduct.Panthers safety Eric Reid was fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness for his hit on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Reid was ejected for his hit in the third quarter of the Steelers’ win. Reid’s teammate, Vernon Butler, was also fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness. Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree was fined $26,739 for unnecessary roughness and his teammate Nate Stupar was fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness. And Packers wide receiver Davante Adams was fined $10,026 for a crack-back block in Green Bay’s win over Miami.
Astros get infielder Diaz for minor leaguer
The Astros acquired infielder Aledmys Diaz from the Blue Jays for minor league pitcher Trent Thornton. Diaz hit .263 with 26 doubles and a career-high 18 home runs in 130 games last season . . . Dodgers All-Star closer Kenley Jansen will undergo heart surgery Nov. 26 for an irregular heartbeat, and expects to be ready for spring training.
Tufts to play for NCAA field hockey title
The Tufts University field hockey team defeated Johns Hopkins, 3-1, at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa., to advance to Sunday’s NCAA Division 3 national championship game. The Jumbos (19-2), who received goals from Beth Krikorian, Gigi Tutoni, and Rachel Hamilton, will face Middlebury (20-1), which eliminated Rowan, 4-2, for the national title . . . Boston University men’s ice hockey lost to Maine, 3-1, at Agganis Arena, snapping a three-game win streak . . . Two-time overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin won the season-opening women’s World Cup slalom skiing competition in Levi, Finland . . . Tyler Reddick won the second consecutive Xfinity Series auto racing championship for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports team when he captured the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida . . . Alexander Zverev denied Roger Federer a shot at a 100th career tennis title by beating the Swiss great, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), at the ATP Finals in London to advance to the championship match against Novak Djokovic, who beat Kevin Anderson, 6-2, 6-2 . . . Floyd Mayweather’s match against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa is once again on for New Year’s Eve in Tokyo as an exhibition fight with knockouts allowed but likely no decision granted on a win or a loss. Nasukawa, 20, will have a chance to knock out Mayweather, but the results will not go against either fighter’s win-loss record. Other details are still being worked out . . . Maurice Hooker knocked out Alex Saucedo in the seventh round to successfully defend his WBO junior welterweight title in Oklahoma City.