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    导出博客文章HOUSTON -- Given the lack of drama in the second half, it was easy to chuckle at
    how the Rockets fumbled away an opportunity to set an NBA single-game record for
    3-pointers on Wednesday night in their blowout win over the Sacramento Kings.The
    Rockets (19-7) won their eighth consecutive game by, in part, sinking 22
    3-pointers in their 34-point victory. Houston shares the NBA record of 23 with
    the Golden State Warriors, and after rookie forward Kyle Wiltjer nailed a 3 with
    3:55 left, the Rockets were one away from that mark. They closed the game by
    taking six of their final seven shots inside the arc to squander their shot at a
    new league mark.But the bigger picture is this: Houston has hit at least 20
    3-pointers in a game twice this season after having done so only twice
    previously in franchise history. Second-year forward Sam Dekker expressed
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    with four Rockets ranked in the top 11 league-wide in 3-pointers, Dekker has
    every reason to forecast another record run.Each person has their job on this
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    Ryan Anderson, whose 65 treys rank 11th in the NBA and fourth on the team behind
    Eric Gordon (93), James Harden (76) and Trevor Ariza (70). And everybody accepts
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    his health. The resolution reached may ultimately hurt the team.The Pelicans,
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    his first game in 11 months after being sidelined by multiple right knee
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    25.Evans finished with seven points, three rebounds and two assists in 11
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    season, back in the fold, the Pelicans are inching closer to finally being whole
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    1962 one of crickets lingering anachronisms was finally abolished when the
    distinction between amateurs and professionals was officially scrapped. While of
    significance until World War Two - until the growth of Test cricket, outside an
    Ashes summer the highlight were the Gentlemen v Players matches - it all but
    fell apart in the social upheaval that followed.The splitting of players into
    two distinct groups was a fundamental part of the game. In its simplest form,
    professionals were paid, amateurs (widely known as gentlemen) were not. Within
    that the British class system was prevalent. Almost all amateurs were public
    school or at least middle-class; the professionals were generally working-class.
    Even then there were professionals who made a living from the game and those who
    were professional because they could not afford to me amateurs.Professionals
    were often treated much as servants would be and were expected to be as
    deferential to amateurs and committeemen as a butler would be to the master of
    the house. They had separate hotels when they travelled, separate changing rooms
    and food at the grounds, referred to by their surnames only, and at most
    counties could never aspire to captaincy. Even scorecards made a small but
    marked distinction - amateurs were given full initials, professionals surname
    only.Perhaps the way captaincy was handled was the most ridiculous aspect of it
    all. Professionals were deemed unable to take on such a role and so often found
    themselves playing under amateur captains who were barely of club standard.
    Counties often scratched round to find someone - anyone - willing to take
    charge. Some were so poor that they did little more than stand on the field
    while the senior professionals ran the show.The lines between the two were
    always murky - WG Grace, technically an amateur, earned more from the game than
    even the top professionals - and caused deep resentment. After World War One
    fewer people had the time or money to play for the fun of it and so the lines
    became ever more blurred. Some were often found work by counties and given
    under-the-counter payments to allow them to remain amateur - or shamateurs as
    they were widely known - making the distinction even more meaningless.In 1938
    Wally Hammond had to switch from being a professional to a gentleman to allow
    him to become England captain. He was the same man, the same cricketer, but
    overnight he became acceptable in the eyes of the establishment. Even when Len
    Hutton became Englands first professional captain in 1952 it was only after he
    refused to go down the same route as Hammond. The mood of the country after
    World War Two was one of change and in 1946 Glamorgan proposed the abolition of
    the amateur but they found little support.By the late 1950s the distinction had
    long lost any credibility and amateurs were all but extinct. One by one the
    distinctions - dressing rooms, initials on scorecards, accommodation - were
    chipped away but the old guard refused to go down without a fight. Several
    committees reported it was time to treat everyone as simply cricketers but it
    was not until May 1962 the Advisory County Committee put forward a proposal to
    scrap amateur status.To distinguish between them is often humbug, reported the
    Times. That did not stop the same newspaper still refusing to print initials for
    anyone other than the so-called amateurs in the first matches on the 1962-63 MCC
    tour of Australia. At the start of the MCC tour of Australia the ccaptain, Ted
    Dexter, nominally still an amateur, admitted he earned considerably more from
    cricket than his various business ventures.ddddddddddddThe debate rumbled on all
    summer but even those who fought the change seemed to realise they were railing
    against the dying of the light. The curtain came down at Scarborough when
    fittingly the Players beat the Gentlemen in the final match of the summer. It
    was the 274th meeting of the teams in a contest dating back to 1806.On November
    26 the 17 first-class counties met at Lords and after a six-hour meeting voted -
    although not unanimously - to end the distinction. The formal and official
    scrapping of amateur status came on January 31, 1963 when the MCC confirmed
    without dissent the earlier decision.Its a sad day and signals the end of an
    era, said Sir Jack Hobbs, the first professional to be knighted for services to
    the game. They were a great asset because they could freely whereas many
    professionals felt they couldnt take chances.In the Daily Telegraph EW Swanton
    lamented the change and questioned the moral authority of those making the
    decision.Those views were in a minority. in the same paper Michael Melford
    countered all that had been abolished was a form of legalised deceit. And
    Herbert Sutcliffe, who as a professional had turned down an at-the-time
    remarkable approach to captain the ultra-conservative Yorkshire in 1927, said he
    was in full agreement. Stuart Surridge, who as an amateur had led Surrey to
    seven successive Championships in the 1950s, said its a good thing … we are all
    cricketers at heart.Vic Wilson, who led Yorkshire to the Championship in 1962,
    said: A team is one body of men … it is commonsense to out all players on one
    footing.In a lead editorial the Daily Mirror congratulated the lawmakers … this
    silly social distinction needed hitting for six and could not resist a swipe at
    the Times into the bargain. Perhaps now this olde-world journal will print the
    initials of all MCC players … or is that expecting too much? As with many such
    long-debated changes there was actually little fallout. The Gentlemen v Players
    game disappeared off the fixture list but was largely unmourned. Several
    counties who had steadfastly refused to pick a professional captain were freed
    to choose the best man with a clear conscience.On February 14 Surrey picked
    their first non-amateur captain in Micky Stewart, ten years at the club but
    until then ineligible for the role. He said: It was a farce that an amateur
    could receive money for putting his name to sports equipment and writing
    articles without it affecting his status.Ken Grieves, who took charge at
    Lancashire that same summer, was even blunter. This cuts out the snobbery, he
    said. In the past a lot of things have been pushed aside for the old school
    tie.What happened next?Former England spinner Phil Edmonds asked to play as an
    amateur in 1988 as his business ventures meant he couldnt afford the time to
    commit to full-time cricket. You decide which games you want me to play, and Ill
    play, for nothing, he said according to the Daily Telegraph and he even began
    signing autographs Mr P H Edmonds. His offer was refused by the committee and he
    retiredIn 2010 a match between Gentlemen and Players was staged at Wormsley,
    with the Gentlemen recording their first win since 1953. As a sign of the time,
    it was a Twenty20 match ' ' '