Pacers top short-handed Cavs
UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers won for the seventh time in nine games by taking advantage of the absences of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Rodney Stuckey scored 19 points and George Hill had his first career triple-double in the Pacers’ 93-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hill finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists as the Pacers beat the Cavs for the second time in three weeks.
Cleveland lost for only the third time in their last 21 games. James sat out with soreness in his lower back, while Irving stayed home after hurting his left shoulder in Thursday’s win over Golden State.
In other NBA action:
— The Warriors bounced back from Thursday’s loss in Cleveland as Klay Thompson scored 25 points and Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry added 22 in Golden State’s 113-89 rout of Toronto. Draymond Green had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Warriors improved to 10-2 in the second game of back-to-backs.
— Paul Millsap scored 14 of his 20 points in the first quarter as Atlanta picked up its third straight win, downing Orlando 95-88. The Hawks trailed at halftime despite racing out to a 19-3 lead.
— LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Portland’s 115-112 win against Oklahoma City. Damian Lillard also had 29 points to help the Blazers withstand the performance by Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who had 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple-double in two nights.
— Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan had double doubles in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 97-79 rout of the Grizzlies at Memphis. Paul had 19 points and 13 assists, while Jordan added 15 points and 22 rebounds for the winners.
— Houston’s Terrence Jones scored a season-high 26 points in a 102-98 triumph against Brooklyn. James Harden had 15 points, collected 12 assists and made the tiebreaking free throw with 43 seconds left.
— San Antonio ended its four-game losing streak as Tony Parker scored 19 points and Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 17 and seven rebounds in a 107-96 triumph at Sacramento. The Spurs had just six turnovers and made 29 of 32 free throws.
— Chicago was a 96-89 winner against Minnesota behind Jimmy Butler’s 28 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Dunleavy made five 3-pointers on his way to 21 points in the Bulls’ seventh victory in nine games, which puts them a half-game ahead of Cleveland for third place in the East.
— The Wizards absorbed their sixth straight loss as Nerlens Noel had 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead Philadelphia’s 89-81 win against Washington. Robert Covington added 13 points and Jason Richardson had 12 to help the 76ers halt a five-game skid.
— Alexis Ajinca (ah-JYN’-kah) hit the go-ahead layup with 26 seconds left and scored a career-high 24 points to push New Orleans past Miami 104-102. Eric Gordon scored 20 points and Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists in the Hornets’ fourth consecutive win.
— Jordan Clarkson had 16 points to lead six Los Angeles Lakers in double figures during a 101-93 win over Milwaukee. Wayne Ellington scored 11 straight points in the final six minutes of the game to send the Lakers to their third straight win since a seven-game skid.
— Isaiah Thomas scored 28 points and Boston rallied from a 16-point, second-half deficit to beat Charlotte 106-98. Jonas Jerebko had 16 points and 10 boards for the Celtics, who won their third in a row despite the Hornets’ 25-1 run bridging the two halves.
— Utah got 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks from Derrick Favors in a 104-82 thumping of Denver. Trey Burke came off the bench to score 19 points as the Jazz won for the fifth time in seven games.
— New York’s eight-game losing streak is over after Shane Larkin’s three-point play in the final minute of the second overtime led the Knicks past Detroit 121-115. Andrea Bargnani (bahrn-YAH’-nee) scored 25 points and helped the Knicks rally from an 18-point deficit.
Rose has surgery
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls are optimistic that point guard Derrick Rose will be back before the NBA playoffs.
The team expects Rose to be out just four to six weeks after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. General manager Gar Forman described the procedure as minor and said that Rose was able to walk out of the hospital.
The team isn’t sure when the injury occurred. Rose had an MRI on Tuesday after complaining of knee pain.
Rose played in only 10 games last season before having surgery for a similar injury in November 2013, cutting short his long-awaited comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
First NBA black player dies
UNDATED (AP) — Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday at the age of 86. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the old Washington Capitals. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement the league “will strive to always honor his memory.”
Lloyd helped the Syracuse Nationals win the 1955 NBA title, joining teammate Jim Tucker as the first black players to play on a championship team.
Miami releases Hartline
UNDATED (AP) — The Browns and veteran quarterback Josh McCown have worked out a contract, which likely means Brian Hoyer has played his final game for Cleveland. McCown went 1-10 while completing 56 percent of his passes for 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as Tampa Bay’s starter last season.
In other moves:
— Arizona has released defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, allowing the three-time Pro-Bowl lineman to test the free agent market. The Cardinals are still interested in retaining Dockett, who has played his entire 11-year career with Arizona.
— The Philadelphia Eagles have released offensive lineman Todd Herremans. The 32-year-old started 132 games while playing his first 10 seasons in Philadelphia. The move saves the Eagles $2.8 million in salary cap money.
— The Redskins have announced that they have released defensive end Stephen Bowen and defensive lineman Barry Cofield, both of whom spent the last four years with the team.
— The Atlanta Falcons released wide receiver Harry Douglas and starting offensive guard Justin Blalock.
— Receiver Brian Hartline has been let go by the Miami Dolphins.
— The Ravens have dropped defensive end Chris Canty after two seasons with the team.
— The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2015 with tight end Zach Miller.
Wainwright might miss season opener
UNDATED (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis (ah-RAH’-mihs) Ramirez has announced that he will retire at the end of the season, his 18th in the majors.
The 36-year-old Ramirez hit .285 last year with 15 homers and 66 RBIs. He’s also a lifetime .285 hitter with 369 home runs and 1,342 runs batted in.
Elsewhere in major league camps:
— St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright won’t pitch in exhibition games until mid-March because of his abdominal strain suffered Monday. The delay could prevent him from starting the major league season opener against the Cubs on April 5.
— Outfielder Juan Pierre has announced his retirement after a 14-year major-league career that included a World Series championship with the 2003 Florida Marlins. He goes out ranked 18th in career stolen bases with 614. He was a .295 hitter who finished with 2,217 hits.
— Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders has undergone surgery on his left knee and could return to the team sooner than previously expected, perhaps in mid-April. Saunders tore cartilage Wednesday when he stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls.
Isles break deadline, keep Flames behind Wild
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have regained a two-point lead in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division, but the second-place Rangers now have three games in hand on their archrivals.
Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) set an Islanders record by picking up his 33rd win of the season, stopping 26 shots in a 2-1 decision over Calgary. Halak blanked the Flames until Josh Jooris (JOOR’-his) beat him with 21 seconds left.
Ryan Strome’s (strohmz) goal midway through the first period was the only scoring until Cal Clutterbuck added an empty-netter.
The Islanders moved within a point of East-leading Montreal by improving to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games.
The Flames remain one point behind Minnesota in the scramble for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Steven Stamkos (STAM’-kohs) scored twice and Ben Bishop handled 28 shots in Tampa Bay’s 4-0 win over Chicago. The Lightning pulled within three points of the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens and kept the Blackhawks 10 points behind Nashville for first place in the Central Division.
— Anaheim scored four times in the third period to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 victory against Los Angeles. Ryan Kesler and Emerson Etem (EE’-tehm) scored 90 seconds apart to tie the game before Corey Perry provided the last two goals, helping the Ducks increase their lead in the Pacific Division to 12 points over Vancouver.
— Boston blew a 2-0 lead before beating New Jersey 2-0 on Ryan Spooner’s first NHL goal, beating Cory Schneider at 2:46 of overtime. David Pastrnak (PAS’-tur-nak) had a goal and an assist to help the Bruins stretch their lead to four points over Florida for the final East playoff berth.
— Anton Khudobin (kuh-DOH’-bihn) picked up his first shutout of the season by turning back 28 shots in Carolina’s 3-0 win against Washington. Brett Bellemore, Jeff Skinner and Nathan Gerbe (GUR-bee) did the scoring as the Hurricanes dropped the Capitals eight points off the Metropolitan Division lead.
— Ryan O’Reilly assisted on the game-tying goal before netting the lone shootout tally in Colorado’s 5-4 verdict over Dallas. Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN’-luh), Nate Guenin (GEH’-nihn) and Gabriel Landeskog (LAN’-dehs-kahg) each had third-period goals for the Avalanche, the last one tying the game with 6:43 left in regulation.
Hawks get Timonen from Flyers
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Kimmo Timonen (KIM’-oh TEE’-muh-nehn) from Philadelphia for a 2015 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2016 fourth-rounder. Timonen is set to return after being sidelined all season because of blood clots discovered in his leg and lungs last summer.
Calgary loses its captain
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano (jee-ohr-DAN’-oh) has been sidelined indefinitely with an upper-body injury. The NHL’s top-scoring defenseman left Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in the third period after he was hauled down by Devils forward Steve Bernier (burn-YAY’). Giordano has 11 goals and 37 assists in 61 games.
League fines Couture
NEW YORK (AP) — San Jose’s Logan Couture has been fined $5,000 by the NHL for tripping Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith. Couture came from behind and used his skate to knock Smith to the ice in the third period of Detroit’s win Thursday night.
Logano wins pole
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano has won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Logano led the final session of qualifying with a blistering lap of 194.683 mph to beat out Kevin Harvick for the pole.
Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart were among 13 drivers who didn’t get on the track after failing to pass inspection.
Sprint Cup car stolen
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Travis Kvapil (KWAH’-pihl) will be on the sidelines for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after his car was stolen. The $250,000 stock car was taken from a hotel parking lot near the track and hadn’t been found in time for mandatory inspection before qualifying.
The No. 44 NASCAR Sprint Cup car is owned by small-budget Team XTREME, which doesn’t have a backup car to run.
The owner of one NASCAR sponsor offered a pit pass to every race the rest of the year to anyone who helped locate the Chevrolet.
Reed leads, Rory’s out
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy has missed the cut at the PGA’s Honda Classic. The world’s No. 1 golfer had just one birdie and bogeyed three of his last four holes for a 4-over-74 that left him 7-over for the tournament and four shots below the cut line.
Patrick Reed is the clubhouse leader at 6-under, but Brendan Steele was at minus-8 through four holes before the second round was suspended by rain.
WGC event moving
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Tour is completing plans to bring the Match Play Championship to Austin, Texas, starting in 2016.
Three people aware of the negotiations told The Associated Press that Texas-based Dell will be the title sponsor of the World Golf Championship event that features the top 64 players from the world ranking. The tournament would move to March, making it inviting for international players to stay in the US to play in the Masters.
CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Stacy Lewis shot an unblemished round of 8-under-par 64 for a three-shot advantage over Amy Yang after the second round of the LPGA Thailand event.
Former world No. 1 and two-time champion Yani Tseng (YAH’-nee sehng) was tied for first before carding a 72 to remain at 6 under.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — UTEP coach Tim Floyd has been suspended for a game by Conference USA for failing to leave the court quickly after receiving two technical fouls and getting ejected in a loss at Louisiana Tech. The league says Floyd violated the league’s conduct policy, which calls for an automatic suspension if a coach doesn’t leave the floor in a timely manner after an ejection. He will miss Saturday’s game at Southern Miss.