Sixers still at a loss…Blazers, Warriors still streaking
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors continued their lengthy streaks, which wasn’t good news for the Sixers.
The 76ers are 0-15 for the first time since 1972-73, when they set an NBA record for losses in a season. They rallied from a 20-point deficit in the first half and led early in the fourth quarter before falling 99-91 to Brooklyn. Alan Anderson bailed out the Nets by scoring 10 of his 12 points in the final period.
Joe Johnson had 21 points and Brook Lopez scored 19 as the Nets won for only the second time in their last eight games.
Philadelphia became the eighth team in NBA history to begin the season with at least 15 straight losses. They are three away from tying the 2009-10 Nets for most consecutive losses to begin a season.
Meanwhile, Portland picked up its ninth straight win as Wesley Matthews hit six 3-pointers and scored a season-high 28 points in the Trail Blazers’ 105-97 decision over Charlotte. Damian Lillard had 22 points and Robin Lopez added 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the Blazers deal the Hornets their seventh consecutive loss.
Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry drained six 3-pointers and had 28 points before sitting out the fourth quarter of Golden State’s 111-96 triumph at Orlando. Harrison Barnes added 16 points for the Warriors, who led by as many as 27 in the second half of their seventh straight victory.
Also in the NBA:
— Toronto’s winning streak is at six games after DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and Lou Williams added 22 in a 126-115 downing of Atlanta. The Eastern Conference leaders have won 11 of 12 to match the best 12-game stretch in the franchise’s 20-year history.
— San Antonio earned a 106-100 win over Indiana behind Manu Ginobili’s (MAN’-oo jih-NOH’-bleez) 28 points. The Spurs were without coach Gregg Popovich, who missed the game after undergoing what the team is calling a minor medical procedure.
— Houston improved to 12-3 as James Harden delivered 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in a 102-89 triumph over Sacramento. Isaiah Canaan (kah-NAHN’) made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points, while Donatas Motiejunas (doh-NAH’-tahs moh-tee-YOU’-nus) had 21 points in the Rockets’ third straight win.
— Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL’) had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ seventh win in eight games, 99-93 over the Lakers in Los Angeles. Mike Conley added 19 points and Zach Randolph chipped in 16 as the Western Conference leaders improved to 13-2.
— Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and Chris Paul had 23 to lift the Los Angeles Clippers past Detroit 104-98. Blake Griffin added 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Clippers, who trailed by one heading into the final period.
— Tyson Chandler set season highs with 17 points and 25 rebounds against his former team in helping Dallas pull out a 109-102 overtime victory against New York. The Mavericks also received a season-high 30 points from Dirk Nowitzki.
— Gerald Green was 6-for-11 from beyond the arc while scoring 24 points in the Suns’ 120-112 win over Denver in Phoenix. Eric Bledsoe’s 20 points helped the Suns win for the fifth time in six games and end the Nuggets’ five-game winning streak.
— Milwaukee trounced Minnesota 103-86 behind Larry Sanders’ 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. Brandon Knight scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter of the Bucks’ fifth victory in seven games.
— Reggie Jackson scored 22 points and Oklahoma City snapped a six-game skid with a 97-82 victory over Utah. Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points and Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) added 20 for the Thunder.
— Cleveland is back at .500 after LeBron James scored 29 points and Kevin Love added 21 in the Cavaliers’ 113-87 thrashing of Washington. Kyrie Irving added 18 points to the win.
Heels, Gators, Bruins beaten at the Bahamas
UNDATED (AP) — Three of college basketball’s top-25 teams were knocked off in the Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinals in the Bahamas.
Alex Barlow scored 17 points and Kelan Martin came off the bench to score 17 more as Butler downed fifth-ranked North Carolina 74-66. The Bulldogs put together a 16-4 run over a 5½-minute stretch of the second half to turn a 43-41 lead into a 59-45 cushion.
D’Vauntes (deh-VAWN’-tehs) Smith-Rivera made a jumper with 3.4 seconds left in overtime to give Georgetown a 66-65 victory over No. 18 Florida. Smith-Rivera led all scorers with 17 points.
Bahamas native Buddy Hield poured in 24 points and Frank Booker added 11 to lead Oklahoma’s 75-65 victory against No. 22 UCLA. The Bruins used a 7-0 run to take a 57-49 lead midway through the second half before Hield scored 10 straight points to put the Sooners ahead.
Second-ranked Wisconsin fared better in the Bahamas as Frank Kaminsky provided 16 points and eight rebounds in the Badgers’ 72-43 romp over Alabama-Birmingham. The Badgers had runs of 14-2 and 17-2 to turn the game into a laugher.
In other top-25 finals:
— Arizona took the Maui Invitational as Stanley Johnson had 18 points and nine rebounds to push the third-ranked Wildcats past No. 15 San Diego State 61-59. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson provided 14 points to help the Wildcats improve to 6-0.
— Freshman Jahlil Okafor (jah-LIHL’ OH’-kah-fohr) had a season-high 24 points and fourth-ranked Duke improved to 6-0 by pounding Furman 93-54. The Blue Devils shot 58 percent, outscored Furman 54-18 in the paint and held a 40-27 rebounding advantage.
— Louisville gave Rick Pitino his 700th victory as a college coach by downing Cleveland State 45-33. Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the sixth-ranked Cardinals, who allowed just four points over the final 12 minutes.
— Kyle Wiltjer scored a career-high 32 points to lift No. 10 Gonzaga past Georgia 88-76 on Wednesday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals. Kevin Pangos added 22 points, six assists and three steals for the 5-0 Bulldogs.
— D’Angelo Russell dropped in 22 points and Marc Loving added a career-high 18 to lead No. 16 Ohio State to a 91-64 win over Campbell. The Buckeyes put together a 17-2 run in the first half to pull away.
— Freshman reserve Jevon Carter scored 28 points and No. 21 West Virginia forced a school-record 36 turnovers in a 103-72 win over VMI. The 6-0 Mountaineers are off to their best start since opening 11-0 on their way to the 2010 Final Four.
Jets, Redskins do quarterback shuffle
UNDATED (AP) — Washington will start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. In announcing the decision, coach Jay Gruden said he feels like McCoy gives his 3-8 team a better opportunity to win.
The Redskins are 0-3 since Griffin returned from an ankle injury and have scored only one touchdown in each of the last two games.
The 2-9 New York Jets have announced that Geno Smith will get the start at quarterback over Michael Vick for the game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. Smith last started on Oct. 26 in a loss to the Bills in which he threw interceptions on three consecutive possessions and was benched.
Houston has placed quarterback Ryan Mallett on injured reserve with a chest injury, meaning Ryan Fitzpatrick will start on Sunday against Tennessee. Fitzpatrick started the first nine games before being benched during the bye week in favor of Mallett, who went 1-1 as the starter.
In other NFL news:
— The Indianapolis Colts have claimed outside linebacker Shaun Phillips off waivers from Tennessee and they waived linebacker Victor Butler to clear room on the 53-man active roster.
— Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (ray-OH’-lah) has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness for striking New England’s Zach Moore late in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots.
Isles all smiles, while Ryan causes crying by Rangers
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders remain the NHL’s hottest team, although they needed a few extra minutes before winning on Wednesday.
John Tavares scored a power-play goal at 4:36 left in overtime to send the Isles to their 10th victory in 11 games, 3-2 over Washington. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) tied the game late in the second period with his second power-play goal of the night. Braden Holtby held the Isles at bay in the third period and most of OT until Tavares allowed New York to improve to 16-6-0 and climb within one point of the Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Canadiens.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
— Ryan Callahan victimized his ex-teammates with two goals and an assist in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 verdict over the New York Rangers. Steven Stamkos added a goal and two assists in the Lightning’s second victory over the Rangers in 10 days.
— Pittsburgh beat Toronto 4-3 as Blake Comeau (KOH’-moh) completed his second career hat trick by scoring 2:53 into overtime. Evgeni Malkin furnished a goal and two assists to help the Penguins stay tied with the Islanders for the Metropolitan Division lead.
— Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist while Los Angeles scored four times in the first period of a 4-0 win at Minnesota. Martin Jones stopped 28 shots in his first shutout of the season and fifth of his career.
— Detroit won for the fourth time in five games as Pavel Datsyuk (DAHT’-sook) scored twice in the second period of a 5-2 win over Philadelphia. The Flyers have lost six of their last seven.
— Karri Ramo (KAH’-ree RAH’-moh) posted his third career shutout with a 32-save effort in Calgary’s 2-0 win at San Jose. Jiri Hudler (YEER’-ee HOOD’-lur) did the scoring in the Flames’ fifth victory in seven games.
— Bryan Bickell (BIK’-ul) scored the game-winner with 5:17 left in Chicago’s 3-2 win at Colorado. Jonathan Toews (tayvz) and Andrew Sharp also scored Calvin Pickard, who made a career-high 42 saves.
— Bryan Little scored a power-play goal and Michael Frolik (froh-LEEK’) had a short-handed tally as Winnipeg downed Buffalo 2-1. Ondrej Pavelec (AHN’-dray PAV’-uh-lehk) stopped 19 shots and blanked the Sabres until Chris Stewart scored 5 ½ minutes into the third period.
— Nick Bjugstad (BYOOG’-stad) scored 21 seconds into Florida’s 1-0 win against Carolina. Al Montoya turned back 22 shots after Roberto Luongo (loh-AHN’-goh) left with an upper-body injury midway through the game.
Brodeur given chance to make Blues
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Martin Brodeur (broh-DOOR’) is getting a chance to revive his record-setting goaltending career.
He will practice starting Friday with the St. Louis Blues, who’ve lost goalie Brian Elliott indefinitely with a lower body injury.
The 42-year-old Brodeur said earlier this month he’s been working out and hoped to land a job. The team announced the invitation on its web site and general manager Doug Armstrong said in a brief release that Brodeur had agreed to practice through early next week.
Brodeur is the NHL leader with 688 wins and 124 shutouts and won three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils. He hasn’t played since last season.
Four-time Cup champion, hockey analyst dead at 75
MONTREAL (AP) — Former Montreal Canadiens forward Gilles Tremblay (JEELS TRAHM’-blay) has died at age 75.
He played his entire nine-year career with Montreal, scoring 168 goals and adding 162 assists over 509 regular-season games. Tremblay won four Stanley Cups and later enjoyed a 30-year career as a hockey analyst.
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Gurley knee surgery a success
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia says tailback Todd Gurley has had successful surgery to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Gurley suffered the season-ending injury in No. 8 Georgia’s win over Auburn on Nov. 15. Before the injury, Gurley passed Garrison Hearst for second place on Georgia’s career rushing list, behind Herschel Walker.
DBacks close to an agreement with Cuban outfielder
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is in the process of agreeing to a $68.5 million, six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The person said several additional steps were necessary but the agreement was likely to be finalized in the next few days. The 24-year-old Tomas hit .375 for Cuba with two homers and five RBIs in 16 at-bats during last year’s World Baseball Classic.
Minimum rises to $507G
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s minimum salary is rising to $507,500 next year from $500,000 based on a cost-of-living adjustment called for in the collective bargaining agreement. The commissioner’s office says that the minor league minimum for a player signing a second major league contract goes up to $82,700 from $81,500. The minimum for a player signing an initial big league contract rises to $41,400 from $40,750.
Australian cricketer Hughes dies of head injuries
SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian cricket player has died, two days after being struck on the head by a cricket ball during a match. The Australian team doctor says 25-year-old Phillip Hughes never regained consciousness following his injury Tuesday. Hughes died today from bleeding on the brain.