Thursday, February 11
Curry flirts with triple-double, Warriors top Suns 112-104
PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Curry nearly had a triple-double before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Golden State Warriors stormed into the All-Star break on an 11-game winning streak with a 112-104 victory over the free-falling Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
Curry had 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the defending NBA champions. At 48-4, the Warriors have the best record through 52 games in NBA history, one win better than the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers. Those Bulls finished the season with a league-record 72 wins.
Klay Thompson added 24 points for Golden State.
Archie Goodwin scored 20 and Markieff Morris 19 for the Suns, who have lost nine straight and 24 of 26. Rookie guard Devin Booker added 15 points and a career-best 10 assists.
Celtics rally late, overtake Clippers in overtime 139-134
BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas had 36 points and 11 assists, including a fade away jumper that sent the game to an extra period, to help the Boston Celtics overtake the Los Angeles Clippers 139-134 in overtime on Wednesday night.
Jared Sullinger added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jae Crowder finished with 19 points, and Avery Bradley added 18 points as the Celtics won their eighth straight at home.
Boston played the second half without big man Kelly Olynyk. He left late in the first half with a bruised right shoulder.
The Clippers led by five late in regulation, but went without a field goal for more than three minutes.
Chris Paul led the Clippers with 35 points and 13 assists. J.J. Redick added 27 points and DeAndre Jordan finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds.
Love injured as Cavs down Kobe, Lakers 120-111
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kobe Bryant's final game in Cleveland was reduced to a sideshow when Cavaliers forward Kevin Love re-injured his surgically repaired left shoulder in the first half of a 120-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 35 points and LeBron James 29 for the Cavs, who head into the All-Star break with one of their "Big 3" injured.
Love quickly left the floor late in the second quarter after he got hurt while working in the post against Bryant. He did not return in the second half, and the Cavs did not provide any specifics about his injury.
Bryant finished with 17 points in his last performance in Cleveland. Lou Williams scored 28 to lead the Lakers, who have dropped 13 of 15.
Cavs' Kevin Love re-injures left shoulder against Lakers
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has re-injured his surgically repaired left shoulder.
Love, whose shoulder was dislocated in last year's playoffs, left the floor in the final minute of the first half of Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Love turned toward Cleveland's bench and said "it's my shoulder" before heading straight to the locker room for treatment. Love's left arm hung limply to his side as he exited.
It's not clear how or when Love got hurt.
At halftime, the Cavs only said Love will not return in the second half. The team is expected to provide more information following the game.
The loss of Love in last year's first round derailed Cleveland's NBA title hopes. Still, the club signed him to a maximum contract this summer.
Love came in averaging 15.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Cousins, Collison lead Kings past 76ers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Darren Collison scored 21 of his 25 points after halftime to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 114-110 comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Rajon Rondo added 14 points, eight rebounds and 15 assists for the Kings, who snapped a four-game losing streak overall and six-game skid on the road while winning for just the second time in their last 10. It also allowed Sacramento to enter the break on a positive note following a tumultuous week that included rumors of the impending dismissal of coach George Karl.
Rookie Jahlil Okafor tied his career high with 26 points to go with 10 rebounds, and Robert Covington scored a career-high 29 points for the 76ers, who played without top big man Nerlens Noel.
Sacramento coach Karl says meeting with Divac positive
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sacramento Kings coach George Karl says he has a positive outlook after meeting with team general manager Vlade Divac amid a losing streak and speculation about his job.
Karl said Wednesday before the Kings-76ers game in Philadelphia that he and Divac are on the same page.
Karl says Divac wants the team to win more games right now, and that's fine. Karl says "everyone should want to win more games."
Karl and Divac met Tuesday in Philadelphia as the Kings are on a four-game losing streak, having lost eight of their last 10 games.
Divac said in a statement that Karl "is our coach and we're collectively working through our issues."
Karl declined to offer more specifics about their meeting.
Kings star DeMarcus Cousins and Karl have struggled to work together. The All-Star center has not hid his emotions or frustrations.
Karl says he thinks the team's current funk is temporary.
CAL ST-FULLERTON-CS NORTHRIDGE
CSUN rallies to beat Cal State-Fullerton 75-67
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tre Hale-Edmerson and Jerron Wilbut combined to score 25 of their 29 points in the second half to help Cal State Northridge rally and beat Cal State-Fullerton 75-67 Wednesday night.
Hale-Edmerson finished with 15 points and Wilbut 14.
Kendall Smith had 18 points with eight rebounds and Aaron Parks scored 14 for CSUN. Olalekan Ajayi tied a season high with 10 rebounds.
Lionheart Leslie made a layup that put Fullerton up 51-44 with 11 minutes to play, but CSUN scored 17 of the next 19 points to open up an eight-point lead as the Titans went six minutes, 44 seconds without a field goal. They made just 2 of 6 free throws and committed two turnovers over that span.
Malcolm Brooks' layup with 4:16 left ended Fullerton's drought and trimmed its deficit to 63-57, but it was too little, too late. The Matadors made 12 of 16 free throws from there to seal it.
Leslie led the Titans (9-14, 2-8) with 14 points, on 6-of-8 shooting, and nine rebounds.
SAN JOSE ST-UNLV
UNLV rallies to beat San Jose State 64-61
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Patrick McCaw scored 16 points, Ike Nwamu added 15 and UNLV rallied to beat San Jose State 64-61 on Wednesday night to end a three-game skid.
Trailing by 13 at halftime, McCaw scored five of 14 unanswered points and the Rebels rallied to within 53-50 on his free throw.
The Spartans replied with a 7-0 run, but UNLV pulled ahead 61-58 on Jerome Seagears' layup with 59 seconds left.
UNLV's Derrick Jones Jr. added a pair of free throws, then Ryan Welage hit a 3 to pull the Spartans within 63-61. Seagears hit a free throw for a 64-61 lead and San Jose State's Cody Schwartz missed a potential game-tying 3 at the buzzer.
Jones scored 14 with a career-high 18 rebounds and Seagears added 13 points for the Rebels (14-11, 5-7 Mountain West).
Brandon Clarke scored 15 points and had 14 boards for the Spartans (8-16, 3-9), Welage had 11 points and Frank Rogers grabbed 10 rebounds.
SAN DIEGO ST-FRESNO ST
Fresno State hands San Diego State its 1st MWC loss, 58-57
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Marvelle Harris had 20 points, five assists and four steals and Fresno State handed San Diego State its first Mountain West Conference loss in a 58-57 victory Wednesday night.
Zylan Cheatham hit two free throws with 42.4 second left to pull San Diego State within 58-57. Harris ran down the clock, missed a long 3-pointer and the Aztecs called timeout with 7.6 seconds remaining.
Trey Kell was off the mark on a fade-away jumper and San Diego State was whistled for basket interference with 0.8 seconds left.
Cullen Russo had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Fresno State (16-8, 7-4), which was without its top two rebounders. The Bulldogs were outrebounded 41-29 but forced 18 turnovers.
Jeremy Hemsley led San Diego State (18-7, 11-1) with 18 points and Kell added 16.
San Diego State made three 3-pointers during a 14-0 run for a 26-14 lead, but Fresno State answered with a 12-0 run to tie it at 26-all on Julien Lewis' long jumper. San Diego State held a 30-29 halftime lead.
Belt, Giants agree at $6.2 million just before hearing
PHOENIX (AP) — First baseman Brandon Belt and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $6.2 million, one-year contract.
The deal was completed just before the scheduled start of their salary arbitration hearing Wednesday. The agreement was $200,000 below the midpoint between the $7.5 million Belt had asked for and the $5.3 million the Giants had offered when figures were exchanged last month. Belt made $3.6 million last year, and Giants general manager Bobby Evans expressed interest in signing Belt to a multiyear contract before the 2016 season.
Belt traveled to Florida in February 2014 for an arbitration hearing that was avoided at last minute when the sides settled just beforehand to avoid what would have been the team's first hearing since catcher A.J. Pierzynski in 2004.
The 27-year-old Belt batted .280 with 18 home runs and 68 RBIs last year as the Giants missed the playoffs. In 2014, Belt returned from concussions to help lead the Giants to their third World Series in five years.
AP Source: Los Angeles Kings place Ehrhoff on waivers
A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings have placed veteran defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on waivers.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Kings have not announced the move.
The 12-year NHL veteran is on his third team in three seasons after signing a one-year contract with Los Angeles last summer. He has two goals and nine assists while averaging 15 minutes of ice time in 40 games this season.
The move came after Ehrhoff had an assist in a 9-2 win at Boston on Tuesday.
Ehrhoff played for Pittsburgh last season. He spent the previous three seasons in Buffalo before having the final seven years of his 10-year, $40 million contract bought out by the Sabres.
USC AD Pat Haden suffers episode of light-headedness
LOS ANGELES (AP) — USC athletic director Pat Haden has been taken to his doctor after becoming faint on campus.
Sports information director Tim Tessalone says Wednesday's episode is similar to one that the 63-year-old Haden suffered last October before a game against Notre Dame that briefly sent Haden to the hospital.
In this case, Tessalone says Haden was walking back from a campus meeting when he felt light-headed and sat down.
Tessalone says medical personnel arrived to help him but Haden was alert, talking and even walked to his office before he was taken to see his doctor, apparently at a hospital.
There's no word on his condition.
Haden, who has a pacemaker, announced last week that he will retire on June 30.