While you were sleeping, the men’s final of the Australian Open was being played. Find out who won, plus we go around the NBA.
Novak Djokovic captures Australian Open over Andy Murray
Novak Djokovic won his third consecutive Australian title, becoming the first man in the Open era to do so, by defeating Andy Murray early Sunday 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2. Djokovic’s wins comes a day after Victoria Azarenka captured her second consecutive Australian Open win on the women’s side.
Djokovic took this title against lifelong friend Murray. The two were actually born a week apart in May of 1987 and have been friends since junior playing days. It showed in the final as both men played like old friends in the hotly contested rematch of last year’s U.S. Open final. It was Murray who won that time, but Sunday, it was Djokovic’s turn.
Around The NBA
Pretty ho-hum night overall in the NBA, but there were some things worth mentioning:
Cleveland topped Toronto 99-98 thanks to this buzzer beater by Kyrie Irving:
Elsewhere, Jrue Holliday scored a career-high 35 points to go with five rebounds and six assists as Philadelphia blew out New York 97-80.
The Charlotte Bobcats pulled out a one-point win over Minnesota thanks to a three-pointer by Gerald Henderson with less than five seconds left. The win snaps a 16-game home losing streak for Charlotte.
Portland pulled out a one-point victory over the Clippers 101-100. The Blazers were led by Nic Batum, who had a triple double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. The Clippers trailed by one in the final seconds and had a chance to tie, but Jamal Crawford’s jumper caromed off the rim and into Batum’s hands, giving him his triple-double and the Blazers the win. The loss is the fourth consecutive for Los Angeles, and the third without Chris Paul, who has been out with a bruised right kneecap.
All statistics via ESPN