Conference leaders get easy wins…Sixers still winless
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s conference leaders added another victory to their totals.
The West-leading Memphis Grizzlies improved to 11-2 as Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL’) matched a career high with 32 points in a 117-100 victory over Boston. Zach Randolph added 16 points and 16 rebounds, Jon Leuer had a season-best 19 points, and Mike Conley finished with 15 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies.
Toronto is the first 10-win team in the Eastern Conference after Lou Williams scored a season-high 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas (val-an-CHOO’-nuhs) added 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 124-83 laugher against Milwaukee. The Raptors capped a 6-1 homestand by almost matching a team record for largest margin of victory set in a 96-54 rout of Miami in March 2008.
The Philadelphia 76ers’ perfectly-awful season got a little worse.
The Sixers carried a one-point lead into the second quarter before they fell to 0-12 with a 122-96 loss to Phoenix. Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points and Markieff Morris had 18 for the Suns, who went on a 20-4 run during their 41-point second quarter. Phoenix shot 69 percent in the first half and easily shook off the early challenge to win its third straight game.
The Sixers are six away from tying the longest season-opening losing streak in NBA history.
In other NBA action:
— Golden State is 9-2 after carrying a 28-point into the fourth quarter of a 101-88 win over Utah. Andre Iguodala (ig-ah-DAH’-lah) led six Warriors in double figures with 17 points off the bench as Golden State won its fourth in a row.
— Portland hammered Chicago 105-87 behind Damian Lillard’s 21 points, nine assists and six rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and nine boards in the Trail Blazers’ sixth consecutive win.
— Tony Parker scored 28 points on 12 of 18 shooting in just 25 minutes as San Antonio thumped Minnesota 121-92. Danny Green scored 18 points for the Spurs, who were 13 of 21 from 3-point range and 55 percent from the field.
— Washington handled Cleveland 91-78 as John Wall delivered 28 points, seven assists and six rebounds. LeBron James scored 22 points on 8-for-21 shooting, but the Cavaliers committed 19 turnovers and shot 36 percent to finish with a season-low in points.
— The Mavericks crushed the Los Angeles Lakers 140-106 in Dallas as Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points and Chandler Parsons added 21. The Mavs shot a season-high 62 percent in winning their sixth straight overall and fourth in a row against the Lakers.
— Kenneth Faried (fah-REED’) and Arron Afflalo (af-LAH’-loh) each had 19 points in Denver’s 117-97 trouncing of New Orleans. Wilson Chandler had 18 in the Nuggets’ fourth victory in five games.
— Jeff Teague (teeg) scored a season-high 28 points and Paul Millsap had a double-double as Atlanta downed Detroit 99-89. Millsap finished with 15 points, snared 12 rebounds and helped the Hawks end a two-game skid after blowing a 19-point lead.
— Jarrett Jack scored 23 points off the bench and Brooklyn halted a fiveg-game losing streak by downing Oklahoma City 94-92. Joe Johnson scored 17 points and Brook Lopez had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
— Evan Fournier (FOHRN’-yay) scored 21 points and Tobias Harris chipped in 17 and 16 rebounds as Orlando rallied to send Charlotte to its fourth straight loss, 105-100. Nikola Vucevic (voo-SEH’-vihch) had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who trailed by 23 in the second half.
Martin out with broken wrist
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin is out indefinitely with a fractured wrist on his shooting hand.
He suffered the injury midway through the first quarter of Wednesday’s win over New York and still finished with 37 points. Martin shot 6-for-9 from 3-point range and had 34 points following the injury.
George sets goal for return
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana All-Star Paul George continues to make progress from the broken leg he suffered in August. He could begin limited work on the basketball court as early as next week.
George has been cleared to work on a treadmill in a pool as part of his rehabilitation. George is hoping to make a full recovery before April.
George broke his right leg in two places after running into a basketball stanchion in Las Vegas.
Peterson appeal won’t be heard by Goodell
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson’s hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2. And it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’).
The NFL has announced that longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson will preside over the proceedings involving the Minnesota Vikings star running back. Goodell has the authority to decide whether to hear the appeal himself or appoint someone else.
Peterson has not played since the opening week of the season while dealing with child abuse allegations in Texas. He’s been on paid leave and pleaded no contest on Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.
Goodell suspended Peterson earlier this week for the rest of the season and told Peterson that he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for his violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Bills leave town
DETROIT (AP) — The Buffalo Bills made it out of snow-buried western New York heading for Detroit where their home game with the Jets will be played Monday night. Some of the Bills had to be picked up on snowmobiles from their homes after snow storms this week dumped seven feet on portions of the region.
Fans are being offered free tickets to the Bills-Jets game.
The plan is for the Bills to return to Buffalo after the game, but there is a chance the plans to host Cleveland on the following Sunday could be impacted by the conditions.
Rays named 3 finalists
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Raul Ibanez (ee-BAHN’-yehz), Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu (wah-kah-MAHT’-soo) are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tampa Bay said interviews with the finalists will be scheduled for the week of Dec. 1. Maddon left the Rays after nine seasons to manage the Chicago Cubs.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Wildcats crush BU
UNDATED (AP) — The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats gave another glimpse of just how dominant they could be this season.
Aaron Harrison scored 19 points and Devin Booker added 15 to lead the Wildcats’ sharp-shooters in an 89-65 rout of Boston University. Kentucky shot 59 percent, outscored the Terriers 44-16 in the paint and had a 39-12 edge in bench points while also forcing 22 turnovers.
The Wildcats are 4-0 following easy wins over fifth-ranked Kansas and unranked Boston University this week.
Elsewhere in top-25 hoops:
— Fourth-ranked Duke will take on Stanford in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic final at Brooklyn. Freshman center Jahlil Okafor (jah-LIHL’ OH’-kah-fohr) had 16 points and eight rebounds to carry the Blue Devils past Temple 72-54 at the Barclays Center. The Cardinal defeated UNLV 89-60 in the semifinal opener, setting up a meeting between coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF’-skee) and former Duke standout Johnny Dawkins.
— Chris Jones scored 18 points and backcourt mate Terry Rozier added 17 as No. 7 Louisville knocked off Marshall 85-67. Forward Wayne Blackshear delivered 12 of his 16 points by halftime.
— Michael Frazier II scored 16 of his 21 points after halftime as eighth-ranked Florida rallied to beat Louisiana-Monroe 61-56 in overtime. Florida (2-1) trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half and squandered an eight-point lead in the final 2:31 of regulation before prevailing.
— Ninth-ranked Virginia silenced George Washington 59-42 as Justin Anderson scored 18 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 15. The 4-0 Cavaliers limited George Washington to three field goals in the first 17 minutes of the second half.
— Texas won the 2K Classic in New York as Jonathan Holmes had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the 10th-ranked Longhorns’ 71-55 win against California. The Longhorns overcame the absence of leading scorer Isaiah Taylor, who injured his left wrist in Thursday’s victory.
— No. 17 Connecticut has advanced to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title game by downing Dayton 75-64 in San Juan. Ryan Boatright had 20 points and Rodney Purvis added 19 for the 3-0 Huskies.
— Matt Costello had 13 points and 11 rebounds as No. 19 Michigan State overpowered Loyola of Chicago 87-52. Branden Dawson and Marvin Clark Jr. each scored 15 for the 2-1 Spartans.
— Chris McCullough had 20 points, nine rebounds and a key steal down the stretch as the 23rd-rated Orange held off Iowa 66-63 in the 2K Classic consolation game. Rakeem Christmas bounced back from his foul-plagued performance Thursday with 18 points to help Syracuse move to 3-1.
— Freshman Kyle Kuzma scored 19 points and Delon Wright had 13 to help No. 25 Utah beat UC Riverside 88-42. Kuama went 3-for-4 from 3-point range after scoring just one point in the Utes’ first two contests.
Isles win again
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders continue to show they are true contenders after missing the playoffs six of the previous seven seasons.
The Isles blew a two-goal lead before Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo (oh-POH’-soh) scored shootout goals to complete their 5-4 win over the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins in Pittsburgh. Matt Martin, Nikolay Kulemin and Ryan Strome (strohm) scored in a 95-second span of the first period to put the Islanders ahead 3-1. Strome also had two assists to help the Islanders improve to 13-6-0, two points behind the Pens.
Also in the NHL:
— Alex Khoklachev (KOHK’-lah-chehv) scored the lone shootout goal in the seventh round to complete Boston’s comeback in a 4-3 triumph at Columbus. The Bruins trailed 2-0 in the third period until Dennis Seidenberg, Matt Fraser and Daniel Paille (PY’-ay) scored consecutive goals for the B’s.
— Eric Gelinas (ZHEH’-lih-nah) set up second-period goals by Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK’) and Tuomo Ruutu (TWOH’-moh ROO’-too) in New Jersey’s 2-0 shutout of Edmonton. Cory Schneider turned back 27 shots in his second shutout of the season and 14th of his career while running his season-opening start streak to 20 games.
— The New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres were snowed out following the storms in western New York. The game will be made up on Feb. 20.
Sarkisian says Shaw will play vs. Bruins
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian (sahr-KEE’-zee-ehn) confirms cornerback Josh Shaw will play for the Trojans in their rivalry showdown against UCLA on Saturday, although his role hasn’t been determined.
Shaw served a 10-game suspension for lying to the school about how he sprained both of his ankles shortly before the season began. The former team captain was reinstated earlier this week after authorities determined no criminal charges would be filed against him.
Two share lead
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Spain’s Carlota Ciganda carded five birdies for a 67 that gave her a share of the lead with Paraguay’s Julieta Granada who scrambled for a 71. They were at 7-under 137 going into the weekend.
Morgan Pressel (PREH’-sehl) shot a 66 and is one shot out of the lead.
U.S. Women’s Open champ Michelle Wie (WEE) shot a 5-under 67 to trail by two shots.
GOLF-WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Stenson leads after two
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Henrik Stenson birdied two of his closing three holes to seize a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and two others in the second round of the World Tour Championship. Stenson’s 6-under-par 66 put him at 10 under in his bid to defend a title for the first time.
McIlroy, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and England’s Danny Willett were tied for second at 8 under par.
SPORTS BETTING/NEW JERSEY
Betting ban remains in Garden State
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Sports betting in New Jersey remains a longshot.
A federal judge says the state cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost the state’s struggling horse racing and casino industries.
The ruling was the expected outcome since the judge has ruled similarly in the past.
New Jersey officials are expected to appeal to a higher court.
The state said it was seeking to end a prohibition and that it would not regulate sports betting.