Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Warriors rally from 27 down to top Raptors 112-103
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to fuel an improbable comeback, Stephen Curry added a pair of shots from beyond the arc down the stretch and the Golden State Warriors rallied from 27 points down in the second half to beat the Toronto Raptors 112-103 Tuesday night.
Thompson finished with 22 points and seven assists, nearly matching Curry's 27 and 10. David Lee added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors.
Toronto led 75-48 with 9:20 left in the third quarter and took an 18-point lead into the fourth.
Golden State made eight 3s over the final 12 minutes, the last coming from Harrison Barnes with 47.2 seconds remaining that gave the Warriors a 109-103 lead.
DeMar DeRozan had 26 points to pace Toronto, which lost its fourth straight.
Durant leads Thunder to 97-95 win over Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their eighth straight win, a 97-95 victory over the slumping Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
The Thunder built a 17-point lead early in the fourth, but had to hold off the Kings and Isaiah Thomas, who scored 21 of his 24 points in the final period and missed a jumper with 1 second left that would have sent the game to overtime.
Russell Westbrook had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, who have defeated the Kings seven straight and 13 of 14.
Jeremy Lamb scored 14 points, Reggie Jackson had 13, and Serge Ibaka added 13 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City.
Ben McLemore added 14 points and Derrick Williams had 13 for the Kings, who have dropped five straight.
T25-UC SANTA BARBARA-UCLA
No. 18 UCLA beats UC Santa Barbara 89-76
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Adams scored 22 points and Kyle Anderson added 21 to lead No. 18 UCLA to an 89-76 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night.
Bryce Alford, the son of UCLA coach Steve Alford, hit a 3-pointer with 8:04 remaining in the second half, snapping a 65-all tie and sparking a 7-0 run.
With chants of "over-rated" emanating from the Santa Barbara fans sitting on the east end of Pauley Pavilion, Alford's 3 was followed by a dunk by Tony Parker and two free throws by Norman Powell. The Bruins (8-0) held the Gauchos (3-3) to nine points the rest of the way.
Alvin Williams, who scored a school-record 39 points in the Gauchos' last game against South Dakota State, had 23 points, just six in the first half which finished tied at 42.
CREIGHTON-LONG BEACH ST
Wragge starts, Creighton tops Long Beach St. 78-61
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Ethan Wragge scored 15 points in his first start since March 24, 2010, and Creighton defeated Long Beach State 78-61 on Tuesday night.
Creighton (6-2) had just dropped out of the Top 25 after consecutive losses to close out the Wooden Legacy tournament and the Bluejays responded with a dominating effort in the last game of an eight-day West Coast trip.
The Bluejays were 10 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half to take a 48-28 halftime lead. They opened the second half on an 11-2 run to go ahead 59-32, and cruised from there.
Doug McDermott scored a game-high 21 points.
Wragge was only a freshman the last time he started and Dana Altman was the Bluejays head coach. Wragge finished 5 for 10 from 3-point range.
A.J. Spencer led Long Beach State (1-8) with 13 points. The 49ers have now lost eight straight.
S UTAH-CS NORTHRIDGE
CS Northridge cruises, defeats Southern Utah 84-57
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (AP) — Stephan Hicks broke the 1,000-point career plateau, scoring 20 points as Cal State Northridge easily handled Southern Utah, 84-57 Tuesday night.
Hicks became the 17th player in Cal State Northridge history to score more than 1,000 points, accomplishing the feat with 1,018 points in 64 games. Hicks is the Big West Conference scoring leader, averaging 18.9 points per game.
Stephen Maxwell led Cal State Northridge (5-4), shooting 10 of 14 from the field on his way to a game-high 27 points. He also had a game-high 13 rebounds. The Matadors had a 48-26 rebounding advantage over Southern Utah (1-5).
Maxwell's layup with 12:37 remaining in the first half gave Cal State Northridge a 14-12 lead, and the Matadors led the rest of the way.
Trey Kennedy scored 17 points, and Casey Oliverson added 10 to lead Southern Utah.
T25-SAN JOSE ST-BAYLOR
Sims leads No. 9 Baylor women to 113-73 win
WACO, Texas (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 29 points and had 13 assists to become the Baylor career leader in that category as the Lady Bears beat San Jose State 113-73 on Tuesday night.
It was the first game in 10 days for the Lady Bears (7-0), who next have their biggest test before Big 12 play when they play No. 5 Kentucky on Friday night in the Dallas Cowboys' stadium.
Nina Davis had 15 points in 17 minutes while Makenzie Robertson scored 13 points, Khadijiah Cave had 12 and Chardonae Fuqua 10 for Baylor. Niya Johnson had 14 assists. Sims had five steals and five rebounds with one turnover in her 27 minutes.
Short-handed San Jose State (4-4), with only eight players in uniform, ran out to a 23-18 lead on Rebecca Woodberry's third 3-pointer with 13:40 left in the first half.
The Lady Bears then scored 14 straight points in less than 3 minutes, part of a 31-7 run by Baylor.
T25-SAN DIEGO ST-TEXAS A&M
No. 23 Texas A&M rolls over San Diego St 72-35
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Karla Gilbert proved just too much to handle, scoring 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, to lead No. 23 Texas A&M to an easy win over San Diego State 72-35 on Tuesday night.
Courtney Williams added 10 points and 12 boards for Texas A&M (5-2), while Courtney Walker and Chelsea Jennings chipped in with 10 apiece. Gilbert was 6 of 7 from the field and had eight offensive rebounds.
Ahjalee Harvey led San Diego State (1-5) with seven points.
The Aggies ran out to a 17-3 lead at 9:46 of the first half and held SDST to just 14 points overall in the first, en route to a 17-point halftime lead. It got worse in the second half for the Aztecs, as A&M was able to put up 41 points after intermission.
Texas A&M limited San Diego St. to 23.2 percent shooting overall, while knocking down 41.9 percent themselves.
49ERS-FOCUS ON SEATTLE
49ers prepare to stay composed in emotional game
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are ready for some serious chatter coming from that brash, big-talking Seattle secondary.
So far, 49ers fullback Bruce Miller insists Richard Sherman and the playoff-bound Seahawks (11-1) have more than earned the right to speak up on the field. Yet the way emotions tend to run higher than usual in this heated NFC West, Miller, tight end Vernon Davis and their teammates are guarding against getting so hyped up it hurts the cause.
The reigning NFC champion Niners (8-4) still have plenty of work to do this month to secure their own playoff positioning, and a win against Seattle would help.
Enough of the 49ers caught glimpses of Seattle's Monday night rout of New Orleans to know a tall task awaits them this weekend.
UCLA inks Mora to extension, fends off Washington
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA has agreed to a six-year contract extension with head coach Jim Mora through 2019.
The Bruins announced the deal Tuesday night, fending off advances to Mora by Washington, his alma mater.
Mora is 18-8 in two seasons at UCLA, returning the football program to national prominence heading into the Bruins' second straight trip to a bowl game.
UCLA routed rival Southern California 35-14 at the Coliseum on Saturday, Mora's second straight win over the Trojans.
Mora was a walk-on defensive back at Washington, and once described the school as his dream job. The Huskies have a coaching vacancy after Steve Sarkisian left Monday for USC.
UCLA won the Pac-12 South last season and finished second this year (9-3, 6-3).
King's shootout goal puts LA Kings past Ducks 3-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Martin Jones made 26 saves and stopped all nine shootout attempts to win his NHL debut, and Dwight King scored the only shootout goal Tuesday night in the Los Angeles Kings' 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Jonas Hiller made a season-high 49 saves and stopped Los Angeles' first eight shootout attempts, but King scored on a wrist shot before Jones stopped Mathieu Perreault to end the first Freeway Faceoff of the season.
Jeff Carter and captain Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who have earned a point in 13 of their last 14 games.
Corey Perry and captain Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks, still the only NHL team that hasn't lost in regulation at home. Anaheim is 10-0-2 at Honda Center.
Brown, Sharks beat Maple Leafs 4-2
TORONTO (AP) — Mike Brown had a goal against his former team and Joe Thornton scored on a 5-on-3 power play, leading the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.
Brad Stuart and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, winners of nine of 10. Phil Kessel netted his 200th career goal and Mason Raymond also scored in Toronto's fifth straight loss.
Brown opened the scoring midway through the first period, tipping a shot from defenseman Jason Demers past Leafs goaltender James Reimer.
The Sharks had a two-man advantage for 76 second when Jay McClement and Mason Raymond were peanlized 33 seconds apart. And Joe Pavelski found Thornton with plenty of room at the side of the net, and San Jose's captain made it 2-0 at 14:31.