Saturday, January 4
Clippers rally past Mavs 119-112 after Paul leaves
DALLAS (AP) — DeAndre Jordan scored a career-high 25 points to match Blake Griffin, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied to beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-112 last night after Chris Paul left with a shoulder injury.
Jordan and Griffin combined for 10 points on a 16-2 game-closing run to wipe out a 110-103 deficit in the final 4 minutes. Jordan was 11 of 14 from the field and had 18 rebounds, while Griffin added 15 boards.
Dirk Nowitzki was a game-time decision with a sprained left ankle but hit six of his first seven shots and had 14 points at halftime on his way to 24 for the Mavericks.
Paul had 19 points at halftime before leaving with a sprained right shoulder midway through the third quarter.
Iguodala's buzzer-beating 3 beats Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — Andre Iguodala hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, David Lee scored 23 points and the Golden State Warriors won their eighth straight game with a 101-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks last night.
Stephen Curry added 22 points with nine assists and Klay Thompson 21 for Golden State, which recovered from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter to get back in the game and extend its road winning streak to five straight.
Antic finished with a career-high 16 points and Mack had 15 for the Hawks. Atlanta had won three of four and six of eight.
Iguodala was inbounding the ball with 2.8 seconds remaining near the Hawks' bench and had 6-foot-11 center Pero Antic defending him when he passed the ball to Curry near the halfcourt line.
Gasol, Marshall lead Lakers over Jazz 110-99
(Eds: Lakers 110, Jazz 99. Updates.)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pau Gasol had 23 points and 17 rebounds, and the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers used their sixth different starting point guard of the season last night in a 110-99 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Kendall Marshall was given the assignment by coach Mike D'Antoni, who has used 18 different starting lineups this season. He was the 14th player to start a game for the Lakers overall, finishing with 20 points and 15 assists in 40 minutes — all career highs.
Marshall's other three starts in the NBA came last season with Phoenix, and the Suns lost all three games despite his 37 assists. He spent 2½ weeks with the Delaware 87ers of the D-League before the Lakers signed him on Dec. 20.
The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for the Lakers, who concluded a four-game stretch against teams that are last in their respective divisions — including a 105-103 loss last Friday at Utah, a 111-104 loss against Philadelphia and a 94-79 loss to Milwaukee.
Ogwumike becomes all-time Pac-12 rebounding leader
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike had 33 points and 14 boards to become the Pac-12's all-time leading rebounder, and No. 4 Stanford beat Oregon 96-66 last night in the conference opener for both schools.
Bonnie Samuelson came off the bench to match her career best of six 3-pointers on the way to a career-high 21 points as the Cardinal (12-1, 1-0 Pac-12) kicked off the conference schedule with a dominant win at Maples Pavilion after another impressive preseason.
Ogwumike shot 15 for 19 in her team's 11th straight win since losing at No. 1 Connecticut on Nov. 11, an unbeaten run that includes a 76-70 victory against then-No. 3 Tennessee on Dec. 21.
Jillian Alleyne had 26 points and 13 rebounds for much-improved Oregon (9-3, 0-1), which had its seven-game winning streak snapped.
USC defeats No. 12 Colorado 55-45
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cassie Harberts scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead USC to a 55-45 win over No. 12 Colorado last night.
Harberts gave USC a 46-45 lead after converting two free throws with 3:08 to play. Brianna Barrett added a bucket and Harberts sunk three free throws and Desiree Bradley added two more free throws to seal the victory. USC outscored Colorado 11-0 over the final 4:01 of the game.
Bradley scored 11 points for the Trojans (9-5). The team shot 31 percent from the field overall and 76 percent from the line.
USC was dealt a blow in the first minute of the game as Trojans leading scorer Ariya Crook, who averages 16.3 points per game, left the game with a leg injury and did not return.
Brittany Wilson led Colorado (10-2) with 13 points and her twin sister Ashley added 12 points.
Boyd helps No. 23 Cal top Oregon State, 72-63
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Brittany Boyd scored 25 points, seven in the final six minutes as No. 23 California held off Oregon State, 72-63, in the Pac 12 opener for both schools last night.
Boyd, an All-Pac 12 player a year ago, converted a three-point play with 5:42 left to lift the Golden Bears into a tie at 48, then converted a pair of layups as part of a 11-1 run that put Cal in control of the game. Cal converted 9 of 11 from the line to secure the victory.
Boyd was 9 of 16 from the field, 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and had seven steals to lead Cal (9-3). Reshanda Gray and Afure Jemerigbe added 14 and 12 points, respectively, and Courtney Range added 10 more off the bench.
Jamie Weisner scored 14 of her 22 points in the first half to lead Oregon State (8-5).
UCLA beats Utah 55-38
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nirra Fields scored 21 points and Atonye Nyingifa added 14 and 10 rebounds as UCLA beat Utah 55-38 last night.
It was Nyingifa's fifth double-double of the season for the Bruins (7-7, 1-1 Pac-12).
UCLA made its first three shots of the game and jumped out to a 10-0 lead that it never relinquished. UCLA grabbed seven steals by the 11:27 mark and led 22-4. Utah chipped away with a 9-4 run late and trailed the Bruins at the half, 28-16.
Utah resolved some of its turnover issues in the second half and cut its deficit under 10 on a jumper by Potter with 14:04 remaining. But UCLA picked up its defensive effort and an aggressive Fields helped the Bruins pull away.
Emily Potter led Utah 7-5 (0-1) with 10 points and Michelle Plouffe was one of four Utes with at least six rebounds, as she pulled down 10.
Ben Lovejoy leads streaking Ducks past Oilers 5-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ben Lovejoy scored two goals in the first period, Jonas Hiller made 16 saves in his 10th consecutive victory and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 last night for their 12th win in 13 games.
Kyle Palmieri, Tim Jackman and Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Ducks, who improved to 16-0-2 at home this season and remained one point behind Chicago for the overall NHL lead.
Hiller extended his franchise-record winning streak for a goalie as the Ducks followed up their 11-1-1 December with their sixth consecutive win over the Oilers, who haven't beaten Anaheim since April 2012.
Boyd Gordon and Nail Yakupov scored in Edmonton's fourth straight loss. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 32 shots for the Oilers, who have lost 10 of 12 and are stuck at the bottom of the Western Conference.