AP Thursday Sports Roundup
Warriors still perfect at home...Westbrook has special triple-double
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors improved to an NBA-best 57-6 by routing Utah, 115-94, for their 46th straight regular-season home win dating to last season. Klay Thompson scored 23 points while Steph Curry wound up with 12 points and 10 assists on a quiet night for the reigning MVP of the league.
Draymond Green added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists as Golden State improved to 28-0 at Oracle Arena this season.
In other NBA action:
— Russell Westbrook had 25 points, a career-high 20 assists and 11 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 120-108. According to STATS, that's the first triple-double with at least 20 points and 20 assists since Rod Strickland did it for the Washington Wizards in 1998. It was Westbrook's 30th career triple-double.
— The Cleveland Cavaliers started a four-game road trip on the right note by beating Sacramento, 120-111, behind LeBron James's 25 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Kyrie Irving led all five Cavs starters in double figures with 30.
— The Miami Heat's five-game winning streak did not survive a trip to Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and Khris Middleton made four free throws in the closing seconds to help the Milwaukee Bucks hold off the Miami Heat 114-108.
— The Boston Celtics are pretty near unbeatable at home. The Celtics scored their 14th straight home victory, 116-96 over Memphis. Isaiah Thomas scored 16 of his 22 points in the third quarter when Boston turned a three-point deficit into a 16-point lead. The Celtics have not lost in Boston in more than two months, a span that has seen them climb from ninth in the East into the conference's No. 3 seed.
—Center Andre Drummond had 25 points and 17 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 102-96. Marcus Morris scored 20 points, including two 3-pointers during a decisive fourth-quarter run. The Mavs have lost four straight.
— The New York Knicks routed Phoenix 128-97. Carmelo Anthony and Sasha Vucavic shared scoring honors with 23 apiece.
— James Harden scored 29 points, Dwight Howard had 21 points and 18 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 118-104. The Rockets have won three of four to climb back to .500.
— Kemba Walker scored 35, and the Charlotte Hornets held off the New Orleans Pelicans, 122-113, for their 11th win in the last 13 games. Courtney Lee had 16 points and Nicolas Batum added 15 as all five Charlotte starters reached double figures in the Hornets' fifth straight victory.
Blues outlast Blackhawks in shootout...Kings back on top in Pacific
UNDATED (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk scored the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks for their fourth straight win.
David Backes and Troy Brouwer scored in the third period for the Blues. Jake Allen stopped 33 shots through overtime to earn his 22nd win of the season. Patrik Berglund and Brouwer also had goals in the tiebreaker.
Chicago is tied with Dallas for first place in the Central Division, though the Blackhawks have the tiebreaker with 40 regulation and overtime wins. The Blues are a point behind.
In other hockey:
— Jeff Carter scored with 2:10 left in overtime after the Los Angeles Kings blew a three-goal lead in the third period before rallying for a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Kings reclaimed the Pacific Division lead from Anaheim with their seventh victory in nine games.
— Semyon Varlamov (vahr-LAY'-mawf) stopped 37 shots, Nathan MacKinnon got his 21st goal and the Colorado Avalanche beat Anaheim 3-0. That ends the Ducks' 14-game point streak.
— William Nylander scored the tying goal late in regulation and Nikita Soshnikov had the only goal of the shootout to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders. That ends the Islanders' four-game win streak.
— Calgary's Mikael Backlund scored in overtime to give the Flames a 3-2 victory over Nashville.
— Markus Granlund scored 1:42 into overtime to help the Vancouver Canucks beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2.
Blues host Blackhawks next Jan. 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Outdoor hockey is coming to St. Louis. The NHL said before the St. Louis Blues' game against the Chicago Blackhawks that the teams will play in the Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on Monday, Jan. 2. That's one of four outdoor NHL games scheduled for next season.
The NHL said Toronto will host Detroit in the Centennial Classic on Jan. 1 at BMO Field to celebrate the league's 100th anniversary. Pittsburgh will host Philadelphia on Feb. 18 at Heinz Field in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. In another outdoor game, Winnipeg will host Edmonton in the Heritage Classic on Oct. 23 at Investors Group Field.
Kane cleared...Halak out 4-6 weeks
UNDATED (AP) — Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane won't face NHL disciplinary action after the league ruled that a rape allegation made against the player last offseason was unfounded. The league announced it reached its finding after completing an independent review of the allegations. Charges were never brought against Kane.
In other hockey news:
— The New York Islanders will be without starting goalie Jaroslav Halak for the next six weeks due to a lower body injury suffered Tuesday night. Thomas Greiss, who finished the win over the Penguins to help Halak get his 200th career victory, will likely get the bulk of the starts the rest of the regular season and into the start of the playoffs.
— Arizona defenseman Jarred Tinordi has been suspended for 20 games without pay for violating terms of the NHL's performance-enhancing substances program. He has 17 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Canadiens and Coyotes this season.
Free agent period opens
UNDATED (AP) — The window for NFL teams to spend on the acquisition of free agents has opened and the flurry of activity has begun.
The defending Super Bowl champ Denver Broncos find themselves without a quarterback now that Brock Osweiler has agreed to a deal with Houston, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
He went 5-2 as a starter with the Broncos last season when Peyton Manning was injured. Osweiler was considered the successor to the five-time NFL MVP, who retired on Monday.
— The Bears have agreed to a four-year contract with Super Bowl champion linebacker Danny Trevathan. The 25-year-old was the leading tackler on the league's No. 1 defense and helped Denver win the championship last season.
— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Lions have agreed to a five-year contract with free agent wide receiver Marvin Jones. He caught 65 passes for 816 yards and four touchdowns last season for the Cincinnati Bengals. After losing Calvin Johnson to retirement, the Lions needed a receiver they could put opposite Golden Tate.
— The Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year, $47.5 million contract with three-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack. The deal makes the longtime Cleveland starter the NFL's highest-paid center, with an average salary of $9.5 million.
— The Dolphins have acquired linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell and the No. 13 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft in a trade with Philadelphia. The Eagles get Miami's No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
— The Giants came to agreement on a pay cut for wide receiver Victor Cruz, only hours after New York GM Jerry Reese spent $200 million on free agents Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison and Janoris Jenkins. Cruz confirmed on Twitter the reduction that will cut his salary from $7.9 million to $1.3 million. But Cruz can make up to $5.5 million in incentives. He is coming off two injury-plagued seasons, and didn't play at all last year.
— All-Pro running back Doug Martin is staying in Tampa, re-signing for five seasons. Martin will get more than $35 million, with $15 million guaranteed.
— The Seattle Seahawks retained one of their key defensive starters by agreeing to terms with cornerback Jeremy Lane. Terms weren't released but NFL.com says it's a four-year deal.
— The Chargers say they've agreed to a two-year contract with tight end Antonio Gates, just hours before he was set to become an unrestricted free agent. The 2016 season will be Gates' 14th with the Chargers.
— The Eagles and quarterback Chase Daniel have agreed on a three-year contract, according to a person familiar with negotiations. Daniel spent the past three seasons backing up Alex Smith in Kansas City, where new Eagles coach Doug Pederson was the offensive coordinator. With Philly, he will serve as a backup to Sam Bradford.
— A person with direct knowledge of the agreement says free agent nose tackle Ian Williams has reached a new five-year deal to remain with the San Francisco 49ers. The 26-year-old had 65 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble last year during the 49ers' 5-11 finish.
— Defensive end Charles Johnson has agreed to take a major pay cut to return to the Panthers. The NFC champs have announced that the nine-year NFL veteran has re-signed with the team after being released last week in a salary cap move. They also announced that they re-signed All-Pro fullback Mike Tolbert to a two-year deal.
— Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (hah-LOH'-tee NAH'-tah) has agreed to a two-year deal to continue playing with the Detroit Lions. Agent Mike McCartney's Twitter account said Wednesday that the 32-year-old Ngata had agreed to a two-year deal to stay in Motown.
— Guard Ramon Foster has signed a three-year deal with the Steelers, just hours before the veteran would have become a free agent. Foster has been Pittsburgh's starting right guard for each of the last four seasons.
— The New Orleans Saints and former Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener agreed to the terms of a five-year contract. The addition of Fleener, a four-year veteran who caught 54 passes for 491 yards and three touchdowns last season, helps fill a void left by tight end Ben Watson's departure for Baltimore.
— The price for acquiring running back DeMarco Murray for the Tennessee Titans couldn't have been much cheaper. The Titans reworked Murray's contract, and they confirmed Wednesday they swapped fourth-round picks with the Eagles in a trade the running back's agency announced Monday night.
— The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a five-year contract with former Browns offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz. That helps the Chiefs shore up their line with Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson hitting free agency.
Chiefs busted for tampering
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have been penalized for having impermissible contact with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin during last year's free agency.
The Chiefs have been stripped of their third-round pick this April and sixth-round pick next year and fined $250,000. Chiefs coach Andy Reid was also fined $50,000 and general manager John Dorsey fined $25,000.
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement the club intends to appeal the penalties.
Maclin signed a $55 million, five-year deal with Kansas City.
Duke wins in ACC tournament
UNDATED (AP) — No. 19 Duke opened ACC tournament play with a 92-89 win over North Carolina State in the second round.
Freshmen Brandon Ingram and Luke Kennard each scored 22 for the 23-9 Blue Devils, who will face Notre Dame in the quarterfinals.
Sub-.500 Holy Cross makes it in
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Malachi Alexander scored 26 points and Holy Cross capped its stunning run to the Patriot League title and an NCAA Tournament berth with a 59-56 victory over Lehigh.
The Crusaders are 14-19 and failed to win a conference road game during the regular season. Once the tournament started, the Crusaders won at Loyola, beat top-seeded Bucknell, won at Army, then knocked off second-seeded Lehigh.
The Crusaders are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.
Stewart to start back rehab
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Doctors are pleased at the pace Tony Stewart's broken back is healing and have given the three-time NASCAR champion a rehabilitation program aimed to get him back in a race car.
Stewart was injured Jan. 31 in an all-terrain vehicle accident. He suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra and has missed the start of the season, his last as a NASCAR driver.
Stewart-Haas Racing says there is no timetable for Stewart's return.
US women nip Germany 2-1
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Alex Morgan and Samantha Mewis scored and the United States rallied to beat Germany 2-1 to win the SheBelieves Cup.
The World Cup champion Americans were 3-0-0 in the four-team event. Germany finished second.
NBA great, Hall of Famer, Olympic gold winner in 1952 dead at 86
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Clyde Lovellette, the Hall of Fame forward who led Kansas to the 1952 national championship before helping the U.S. win gold at the Helsinki Olympics, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 86.
Lovellette's family said that he died at his home in North Manchester, Indiana.
A two-time All-American, Lovellette had 33 points and 17 rebounds in the Jayhawks' victory over St. John's in the NCAA title game. The performance helped him earn tournament MVP honors.
Lovellette went on to play 12 years in the NBA with stops in Minneapolis, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Boston. He retired in 1964 as a four-time All-Star who helped his teams win three championships.