AP Sunday Sports Roundup
Warriors hold off Nuggets
UNDATED (AP) €” The Golden State Warriors improved to 31-2 overall and 16-0 at home last night, but they needed overtime to do it after blowing a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter against the lowly Denver Nuggets.
Draymond Green had a triple-double of 29 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists as the Warriors outlasted the Nuggets 111-107. Klay Thompson finished with 26 points, including the tiebreaking basket with 15.6 seconds left in the extra session. Stephen Curry added five points and four assists in 14 minutes after missing the Warriors' previous two games with a leg injury.
Danillo Gallinari had 24 points for the Nuggets, who erased a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit before absorbing their fifth straight loss.
In other NBA action:
LeBron James scored 29 points and the Cavaliers led by as many as 31 in the third quarter before settling for a 104-79 rout of the Magic. James was 11 of 18 from the field with five rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes of Cleveland's 13th consecutive win over Orlando.
€” LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and Kawhi Leonard added 22 as San Antonio dumped Houston 121-103. The Spurs drained a season-high 13 3-pointers and improved to 20-0 in San Antonio this season, extending the best home start in team history.
€” Kevin Durant had 29 points and 11 rebounds in Oklahoma City's 109-90 trouncing of the Hornets in Charlotte. Russell Westbrook added 16 points in the Thunder's fourth consecutive win.
€” DeAndre Jordan delivered 22 points and 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers rolled to their season-high sixth straight win, a 130-99 thrashing of Philadelphia. Chris Paul's 15 points and 14 assists helped the Clippers drop the 76ers to a league-worst 3-33.
€” Anthony Davis had 31 points and 14 rebounds as New Orleans beat Dallas 105-98 to end a six-game losing streak. Ryan Anderson hit a tiebreaking, 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to help the Pelicans earn just their fourth road win.
€” Rodney Hood scored a career-high 32 points and provided the tiebreaking free throws with 29.1 seconds remaining in Utah's 92-87 overtime win over Memphis. Gordon Hayward added 14 points for the Jazz, who also received 12 points and 10 rebounds from Jeff Withey.
€” Paul George scored 21 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lead Indiana past Detroit 94-82. George Hill had 18 points and Monta Ellis added 14 to help the Pacers stop a two-game skid.
€” Brook Lopez scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Brooklyn's 100-97 over the Celtics. Joe Johnson contributed 20 points for the Nets, who blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before Lopez had a 3-point play and a pair of baskets to put Brooklyn back on top, 92-85.
€” Milwaukee earned a 95-85 win at Minnesota behind Greg Monroe's 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Bucks overcame a 17-point, first-quarter deficit and the ejection of O.J. Mayo, who was forcibly removed from the court by coaches and security staff after he picked up two technical fouls in the opening period.
€” Phoenix suffered its eighth straight loss as DeMarcus Cousins poured in 32 points and had nine rebounds in Sacramento's 142-119 pounding of the Suns. Darren Collison had 21 points and six assists to help coach George Karl pick up his 1,154th win, moving him into a tie for fifth on the NBA all-time list.
Jayhawks clobber Bears...Spartans regroup
UNDATED (AP) â€” The Kansas Jayhawks have set themselves up to become the No. 1 team when the AP men's basketball poll is released Monday.
The Jayhawks are 12-1 after Wayne Selden scored 24 points and Perry Ellis added 17 in a 102-74 pounding of No. 23 Baylor. Devonte Graham added 15 points for Kansas, which raced out to a 22-4 lead and beat the Bears for the sixth straight time.
Selden matched a career-best with five 3-pointers in helping Jayhawks coach Bill Self improve to 197-9 at Allen Fieldhouse.
The victory, coupled with Michigan State's loss to Iowa earlier this week, should allow the Jayhawks to unseat the Spartans as the top team in the upcoming poll.
The Spartans bounced back from their loss to the Hawkeyes by downing the Golden Gophers 69-61 at Minnesota. Bryn Forbes hit three 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 20 points as Michigan State improved to 14-1.
Matt Costello contributed 17 points and 15 rebounds to the win.
In other top-25 finals:
” Buddy Hield scored 22 points and third-ranked Oklahoma improved to 12-0 with a, 87-83 win against No. 11 Iowa State. Ryan Spangler had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Sooners, who have matched the second-best season-opening winning streak in school history.
€” Fourth-ranked Maryland is 13-1 after Melo Trimble scored 24 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 16 points in the Terrapins' 72-59 triumph at Northwestern. Trimble scored 17 points in the second half and finished with five 3-pointers as the Terps won their seventh straight and ended the Wildcats' 10-game winning streak.
€” Anthony Gill scored seven of his 21 points during a 21-4 run in the first half of fifth-ranked Virginia's 77-66 triumph over Notre Dame. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 24 points and Mike Tobey came off the bench to add 15 and six rebounds in the Cavaliers' 11th consecutive win.
€” Remy Abell dropped in a career-high 21 points and sixth-ranked Xavier got back in the winner's circle with an 88-69 win over ninth-ranked Butler. The Musketeers are 13-1 after bouncing back from their loss to Villanova.
€” Seventh-ranked North Carolina beat Georgia Tech 86-78 as Joel Berry II scored a career-high 19 points. Brice Johnson added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the 13-2 Tar Heels.
€” Tyler Ulis had 20 points and 10 assists to help No. 10 Kentucky beat Mississippi 83-61. Jamal Murray made four of the Wildcats' seven 3-pointers and had 18 points.
€” Kris Dunn had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead 12th-ranked Providence to its eighth straight win, 83-65 over St. John's.
€” No. 13 Miami beat Syracuse 64-51 behind Sheldon McClellan's 22 points.
€” Jarrod Uthoff scored 25 points and Iowa erased a 17-point halftime deficit in a 70-63 upset victory over No. 14 Purdue.
€” No. 15 Duke was an 81-64 winner over Boston College behind Brandon Ingram's 25 points and nine rebounds.
€” Josh Hart scored 25 points and Daniel Ochefu shot 9-for-10 while added 19 points in 16th-ranked Villanova's 95-71 win at Creighton.
€” West Virginia's Jaysean Paige scored 18 of his 25 points after halftime as the 16th-ranked Mountaineers beat Kansas State in double overtime, 87-73.
€” Nic Moore, Sterling Brown and Markus Kennedy each scored 13 points as No. 17 SMU beat South Florida 72-58.
€” Senior guard Jalen Jones scored a career-high 28 points and No. 20 Texas A&M scored 22 points off Arkansas' 15 turnovers to beat the Razorbacks 92-69.
€” Farad Cobb had five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points as 22nd-rated Cincinnati whipped Tulsa 76-57 to end a two-game skid.
€” No. 24 South Carolina is 13-0 after Sindarius Thornwell scored 18 points and Michael Carrera had 16 and 11 rebounds in an 86-76 verdict over Memphis.
Georgia, Akansas get bowl wins
UNDATED (AP) €” Eleventh-ranked TCU has capped its football season by tying the all-time record for greatest comeback victory in a bowl game.
The Horned Frogs fell behind 31-0 by halftime before earning a 47-41 win over 15th-ranked Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. Bram Kohlhausen's 8-yard TD run in the third overtime capped the scoring in the greatest bowl game rally since Texas Tech stormed back from 31 points down to beat Minnesota in the 2006 Insight Bowl.
Kohlhausen started in place of Trevone Boykin, who was suspended after a bar fight two days earlier. Kohlhausen passed for 351 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for two more scores.
In other bowl finals:
€” Terry Godwin threw a touchdown pass on a trick play and later had a TD reception in the first half of Georgia's 24-17 win over Penn State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. The Bulldogs led 24-3 late in the third quarter after Sony Michel carried 260-pound defensive end Garrett Sickels into the end zone. The 10-3 Bulldogs end the season on a five-game winning streak.
€” Alex Collins ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Arkansas pounded Kansas State 45-23 in the Liberty Bowl. Collins also had a 68-yard burst on his first kickoff return of the season, which set up Jared Cornelius' 13-yard touchdown on an end around. Brandon Allen was 20 of 26 for 315 yards with one touchdown and one interception to help the 8-5 Razorbacks finish with six wins in their last seven games.
€” Skyler Howard threw for a Cactus Bowl-record 532 yards and hit David Sills on a 15-yard pass for his fifth touchdown with 2:19 left, lifting West Virginia to a wild 43-42 win over Arizona State early Sunday. The teams combined for 1,196 yards of offense and the 950 yards passing was the most in the Cactus Bowl's 27-year history.
Jackets beat Caps
UNDATED (AP) €” The Washington Capitals managed to pad their lead in the NHL's Metropolitan Division race despite losing their second straight since a nine-game winning streak.
Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Johansen scored shootout goals before Anton Forsberg stopped Nicklas Backstrom to complete the Blue Jackets' 5-4 win over the Caps at Columbus. Jack Johnson scored a power-play goal in the third period and assisted on Brandon Saad's game-tying tally with 68 seconds left in regulation. Johnson and Saad each scored twice for the Jackets, who entered the game with the league's worst record before knocking off the top team in the East.
Marcus Johansson and Evgeni Kuznetsov each had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who top their division by 12 points over the New York Islanders.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
€” Roberto Luongo stopped 39 shots and Florida regained the Atlantic Division lead with their eighth consecutive win, 3-0 over the New York Rangers. Logan Shaw, Vincent Trochek and Brandon Pirri did the scoring to support Luongo's third shutout of the season and 71st of his career.
€” Sidney Crosby scored a pair of power-play goals and Matt Cullen added a short-handed tally in Pittsburgh's 5-2 win over the Islanders. Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin each had three assists, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 38 shots in his first game since returning from a concussion.
€” New Jersey coughed up a 2-0 lead in the third period before downing Dallas 3-2 on John Moore's goal at 1:47 of overtime. Kyle Palmieri and Bobby Farnham also scored for the Devils, who prevented the Stars from padding their lead in the Western Conference.
€” Jonathan Bernier stopped 37 shots and Michael Grabner provided a goal and an assist in Toronto's 4-1 win over St. Louis. Peter Holland snapped a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal early in the third period of the Maple Leafs' fifth victory in seven games, which puts them at .500.
€” The Kings picked up their fifth straight win as Dwight King and Drew Doughty scored first-period goals in a 2-1 decision over Philadelphia. Jonathan Quick turned back 29 shots and was in line for his 41st career shutout until Brayden Schenn beat him on a power-play goal with 12:10 remaining.
€” Mattias Ekholm scored 3:09 into overtime to complete Nashville's 2-1 verdict over Carolina. Ekholm also assisted on Paul Gaustad's game-tying, short-handed goal in the second period of the Predators' first win in three games.
€” Tampa Bay had dropped two straight before beating Minnesota 3-2 on Ryan Callahan's shootout goal. Valtteri Filppula and Nikita Kucherov scored in regulation for the Lightning.
€” Jordan Eberle scored twice and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the deciding goal in a shootout to lead Edmonton to its first victory in five games, 4-3 over Arizona. Taylor Hall also scored to help the Oilers win for the eighth time in their last 10 home games.
€” Detroit knocked off Buffalo 4-3 on Tomas Tatar's goal with 2:50 left in the third period. Riley Sheahan, Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Richards also scored as the Red Wings snapped a three-game losing streak.
€” Dougie Hamilton scored the game-winner and Karri Ramo stopped 26 shots as Calgary blanked Colorado 4-0 to end a two-game skid. Josh Jooris, Matt Stajan and Mikael Backlund scored during a 4:51 span of the third period to break the game open.
Drew Stafford notched a short-handed goal in the first period to put Winnipeg ahead to stay in a 4-1 triumph at San Jose. Joel Armia provided the eventual game-winner and Blake Wheeler had two assists as the Jets dropped the Sharks to 5-11-0 at home.
Gallant gets extension
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)€” The Florida Panthers have handed out another contract extension as they challenge the Montreal Canadiens for the NHL's Atlantic Division lead.
Head coach Gerard Gallant is now signed through the 2018-19 season after receiving a two-year extension. The deal was announced a day after vice president and general manager Dale Tallon got a three-year extension.
Hickey leaves Dolphins
MIAMI (AP) -€” The Miami Dolphins have announced the departure of general manager Dennis Hickey after two years with the team. The Dolphins went 8-8 last season and are 5-10 this season, in part because of unproductive draft choices and other unsuccessful personnel moves during Hickey's tenure.