AP Thursday Sports Roundup
Warriors crush Bulls
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors got off to a rocky start on their just-completed, three-game road trip, but they are coming home following their second straight blowout victory.
Stephen Curry provided 25 points, tied a season high with 11 assists and grabbed seven rebounds as the Warriors crushed the Bulls 125-94 in Chicago. Klay Thompson finished with 20 points and Harrison Barnes had 19 for the defending champions, who were never threatened as they improved to an NBA-best 20-4 on the road.
The Warriors' trek began with an 18-point loss to Detroit before they knocked off the Cavaliers and Bulls by a combined 65 points. They are a league-leading 39-4 and 2 1/2 games ahead of the second-place San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference standings.
The Bulls missed 19 of 20 3-point attempts in losing for the fifth time in seven games.
In other NBA action:
— Chandler Parsons scored seven of his game-high 30 points in overtime to push Dallas past Minnesota 106-94. The Mavericks overcame both a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit and the absence of Dirk Nowitzki to earn their fourth consecutive overtime win at home. The Wolves lost despite a strong performance by rookie Karl-Anthony Towns, who had 27 points and season highs of 17 points and six blocks.
— Kevin Love had 17 points and 18 rebounds in Cleveland's 91-78 dismantling of the Nets in Brooklyn. LeBron James also had 17 points in helping the Cavaliers rebound from Monday's 34-point loss to Golden State.
— Kevin Durant poured in 26 points and Russell Westbrook came within two rebounds of a triple double in Oklahoma City's sixth consecutive victory, 109-95 against Charlotte. Westbrook finished with 16 points, 15 assists, eight boards and five steals as the Thunder moved a season-high 20 games over .500.
— DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points and Toronto claimed its season-high, sixth straight win by downing Boston 115-109. Jonas Valanciunas had his eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds to help the Raptors stretch their lead in the Atlantic Division to 5 1/5 games over the Celtics.
— Marcus Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scored 22 points and Andre Drummond had another double-double in Detroit's 123-114 win at Houston. Drummond chipped in 17 points and 11 boards for the Pistons.
Philadelphia had been 0-25 against Eastern Conference foes until Jahlil Okafor scored 20 points and Ish Smith had 13 and 11 assists in the 76ers' 96-87 win over the Magic in Orlando. Hollis Thompson added 17 points for the 76ers, who are 6-38 overall following their second victory in three games.
— The Knicks are back at .500 at 22-22 after Carmelo Anthony delivered 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in a 118-111 overtime triumph against Utah. Robin Lopez finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Kristaps Porzingis had 16 points, five boards and three blocks in 29 minutes before fouling out.
— John Wall contributed 18 points and 10 assists as Washington sent Miami to its sixth loss in seven games, 106-87. Bradley Beal also scored 18 points against the Heat, who played without Dwyane Wade because of shoulder soreness.
— Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore scored 23points apiece in Atlanta's 104-98 verdict over the Trail Blazers in Portland. Al Horford finished with 16 points and eight rebounds to help the Hawks overcome C.J. McCollum's game-high 28 points for the Blazers.
— Sacramento was a 112-93 winner against the Lakers behind DeMarcus Cousins' 36 points and 16 rebounds. Rudy Gay added 16 points and six boards to the Kings' third consecutive win.
Pelicans' Gordon out after surgery
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Pelicans say Eric Gordon is expected to be out for four to six weeks following successful surgery to repair his fractured right ring finger.
The starting shooting guard was injured during the New Orleans' victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night.
Gordon is averaging 14.9 points and has hit 101 3-pointers in 41 games.
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Tar Heels' winning streak in double digits
UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked North Carolina remains unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference following a convincing win over a state rival.
Brice Johnson had 27 points and 11 rebounds in the Tar Heels' 10th straight win, 83-68 against Wake Forest. North Carolina reeled off 12 straight points late in the first half and went up by 27 after halftime.
The Tar Heels turned 19 turnovers into 21 points and improved to 17-2 overall, 6-0 in the ACC.
In other top-25 finals:
— Ryan Arcidiacono hit a go-ahead layup with 32.4 seconds to play and Daniel Ochefu made a crucial block to preserve the lead in fourth-ranked Villanova's 72-71 win at Seton Hall. Josh Hart had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Wildcats' ninth straight win.
— Sixth-ranked West Virginia absorbed its first home loss of the season as Javan Felix scored the Texas Longhorns' final nine points in a 56-49 win at Morgantown. Felix finished with 17 points to help the Longhorns withstand Jonathan Holton's 10 points and 14 rebounds.
— Michigan State suffered its third straight loss as Shavon Shields scored 28 points in Nebraska's 72-71 win over the 11th-ranked Spartans. Denzel Valentine finished with 24 points, six rebounds and six assists, but he missed a shot just before the buzzer to send the Cornhuskers to their fourth consecutive win.
— Al Freeman scored all 11 of his points after regulation as 13th-ranked Baylor outlasted Kansas State 79-72 in double overtime. Taurean Prince had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the 15-3 Bears, while Johnathan Motley added 15 points on 7 of 7 shooting.
— Sheldon McClellan scored 19 points and No. 15 Miami halted a two-game skid by downing Boston College, 67-53. Ja'Quan Newton added 12 points to the Hurricanes' 11th straight win over the Eagles.
— No. 17 Louisville hammered Florida State 84-65 as Quentin Snider scored 20 points and Damion Lee added 14. Chinanu Onuaku had 14 rebounds and 11 points for his fifth straight double-double, all coming in ACC play.
Bills have NFL's first full-time female coach
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have made Kathryn Smith the first full-time female member of an NFL coaching staff.
Smith has been hired as the Bills' special teams quality control coach. She spent last season working as an administrative assistant for Bills coaches on Rex Ryan's staff. Before that, Smith had a 12-year run working in various capacities for the New York Jets, including a player personnel assistant from 2007-13.
AP Source: Browns' Gordon applies for reinstatement
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied to the NFL for reinstatement. That's according to a person with direct knowledge of the process.
Gordon was banned for a year in February for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. He failed an alcohol test last year, wiping out his 2015 season.
Gordon will have to prove sustained abstinence during his suspension in order to be reinstated.
Pro Bowl coaches picked...Carr subs for Rodgers
HONOLULU (AP) — Kansas City's Andy Reid will coach one team and Green Bay's Mike McCarthy will be on the other side for the Pro Bowl on Jan. 31.
Players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. The Pro Bowl format first was used in the 2014 game.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was added to the Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. Carr originally was an alternate.
Lucroy wants out of Milwaukee
UNDATED (AP) — Veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy says the Milwaukee Brewers should trade him as the team begins a rebuilding process.
Lucroy says he wants to go to a World Series, and that's not going to happen with the Brewers in the foreseeable future. In six major league seasons with Milwaukee, the 29-year old has batted .282 with 66 home runs and 337 RBIs.
Lucroy says he hasn't demanded a trade and wouldn't show up at spring training with a bad attitude. He has two years left on his contract.
In other major league developments:
— A person familiar with the deal says free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo and the NL champion New York Mets have agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract. Bastardo was 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA and one save in 66 games last season for Pittsburgh last season, striking out 64 in 57 1/3 innings.
— Junichi Tazawa and the Boston Red Sox have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a non-guaranteed, one-year contract worth just under $3.4 million. The 29-year-old right-hander was 2-7 with three saves and a 4.14 ERA in 61 relief appearances last year.
— The Detroit Tigers have finalized their $132.75 million, six-year contract with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton. Upton hit .251 with 26 homers and 81 RBIs for the San Diego Padres last season.
— The Colorado Rockies finalized a three-year $27.5 million package with outfielder Gerardo Parra. The two-time Gold Glove winner is a lifetime .277 hitter.
Blues top Wings
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues are within striking distance of first place in the NHL's Western Conference and Central Division following a big win against another playoff hopeful.
Brian Elliott turned back 29 shots and Dmitri Jaskin scored the eventual game-winner in the third period to send the Blues past the Red Wings 2-1 in Detroit. Elliott was within 2:13 of becoming the first netminder in 69 games to blank the Wings until Henrik Zetterberg beat him with a power-play goal.
Ty Rattie also scored as the Blues climbed within five points of Chicago in the West and Central races.
Detroit remains in a second-place tie with Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division, three points behind Florida.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Third-period goals by Alex Tanguay and Francois Beauchemin lifted Colorado past Buffalo 2-1. Beauchemin set up Tanguay midway through the final period before scoring with just 32 seconds left to send the Avalanche to their third win in four games.
— Rickard Rakell snapped a 1-1 tie with 6:19 remaining in Anaheim's 3-1 triumph over Minnesota. The Ducks won for the third time in four games and dealt the Wild their fifth straight regulation loss.
Ward on IR
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have placed veteran goalie Cam Ward on injured reserve with a concussion. Ward is 14-11-5 this season with a 2.41 goals-against average, stopping 90.5 percent of the shots he faces. The Hurricanes are 3-0-2 in his last five appearances.
Murray, Isner advance in Melbourne
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray continues to be a rude guest at the Australian Open.
The second-seeded Murray maintained his perfect record against Australian opponents when he defeated Sam Groth 6-0, 6-4, 6-1 in a second-round match. It was his 17th consecutive win against players from Down Under.
American John Isner and 13th Milos Raonic also advanced to the third round. The 10th-seeded Isner won a pair of tiebreaks in a 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 victory over Marcel Granollers.
Women's third seed Garbine Muguruza had little trouble winning her second-round match, beating Kirsten Flipkens, 6-4, 6-2. No. 14 Victoria Azarenka, 15th seed Madison Keys and No. 18 Ana Ivanovic also advanced.
The Ivanovic match was suspended when a female spectator fell on the stairs at Rod Laver Arena. Ivanovic was up a service break and leading 4-3 in the first set when medical personnel rushed to the woman's aid in the upper level of the 15,000-seat stadium. Tournament organizers said the woman was treated in the stadium before taken away on a stretcher for observation.
American Vania King was a loser in her second-round match.