Steph Curry scores 35 points but Warriors fall to Trail Blazers, 108-106
In a nationally televised game billed as a matchup between MVP candidates, it took until the final minutes to get the duel between Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard so many had anticipated. Curry (35 points on 13-of-28 shooting, 5 for 14 from 3-point range) was the game’s high-scorer, but was bested by Lillard in the final 4 1/2 minutes, in which Lillard scored 10 points and drew a key charge as the Warriors fell to the Trail Blazers, 108-106, Wednesday night in Portland on ESPN. Following a disappointing effort against the Lakers Sunday, the Warriors (19-17) opened up the game with a 10-0 lead...
The Mercury News
Villanova loses Collin Gillespie, but wins Big East regular-season title with a 72-60 victory over Creighton
VILLANOVA, Pa. — The excitement of Senior Night and the chance to win its seventh Big East regular-season championship in the last eight years Wednesday night made it an extra-special night at Villanova for its rematch against Creighton. But the enthusiasm was significantly dampened with 6 minutes, 38 seconds left in the first half when Collin Gillespie, the Wildcats’ point guard and floor leader, injured his left knee in a knee-to-knee collision with the Bluejays’ Damien Jefferson. And things looked like they were going to completely fall apart for the 10th-ranked Wildcats in the second half ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Host Magic squander big lead as Hawks hit 3-pointers for comeback win
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic went from a near-certain victory to a stinging defeat and now they’ll limp into the All-Star break on a five-game losing streak. Trae Young scored 32 points, including two key free throws with 8.0 seconds left, as the Atlanta Hawks rallied from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter and stunned the Magic with a 115-112 victory Wednesday night before a crowd of 3,969 at Amway Center. Orlando (13-23) led 106-90 with 6:08 to play but watched Atlanta (16-20) roar back behind its 3-point shooting. Atlanta knocked down a 3 on six straight scoring possessions, gett...
James Harden greeted by mix of cheers and boos as Nets beat Rockets in star’s return to Houston
The Nets’ offensive firepower is best summed up by Rockets head coach Stephen Silas’ frustration. With his team down 23 in the third quarter, Silas said he told his team just to chip away and get the deficit down to 10. The Rockets did just that, and were met with an 8-0 run that extended the game back out of reach. The Nets have enough offensive weapons to border on unfair, one superstar poached from the Rockets, another just as electrifying as Houston’s former MVP, and a third that has been out 12 of Brooklyn’s last 13 games due to both the league’s health and safety protocols and a hamstrin...
New York Daily News
Sixers cap first half with 131-123 OT victory over Jazz
PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid finished with 40 points and 19 rebounds to lead the 76ers to a 131-123 overtime victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center. Tobias Harris, who missed the previous two games with a right knee bruise, scored 11 of his 22 points in the extra session as the Sixers concluded the first half of the season with a 24-12 record. Their first game after the NBA All-Star break is against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 11. Meanwhile, the Jazz (27-9) have lost consecutive games for just the second time this season. Utah has also lost three of...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Plumlee, Smith each notch triple-doubles as Pistons dispose of Raptors, 129-105
With the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors both missing players because of injuries and COVID-19 contact tracing, their matchup didn’t seem to have much flair. The Pistons were missing their top five leading scorers this season, but still played their most entertaining game of the season. The backups had a record-setting performance — with a pair of triple-doubles — and dispatched the Raptors, 129-105, on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla, where the Raptors are playing their home games this season. Mason Plumlee had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Dennis Smith Jr. 10 po...
The Detroit News
Missouri moves closer to allowing guns on public buses and trains
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a measure that would allow some passengers to carry guns on public buses and trains. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Adam Schnelting, R-St. Peters, would apply only to people who have a state-issued concealed carry permit for firearms. Schnelting said the legislation, which has been sought for at least a decade, is aimed at giving riders a way to defend themselves. "I believe this legislation will discourage criminal activity on our public transit systems," Schnelting said. Under current law, it is a crime to board...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Missouri holds off Florida, wins on Dru Smith's buzzer-beating layup
Playing for the first time in more than a week at a place where no Missouri team has ever won, Cuonzo Martin’s Tigers came to Florida on Wednesday with postseason seeding stakes on the line. After weeks of stops and starts, perhaps this was indeed the turning point of Mizzou’s season. The Tigers can thank Dru Smith. The senior guard played like a first-team All-Southeastern Conference guard and scored the game-winning basket just before the final buzzer in a 72-70 victory, the finishing touches on one of the best games he’s played in two years for the Tigers. Smith finished with 17 points, nin...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Warriors’ Kelly Oubre out vs. Trail Blazers with left wrist injury
Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr. has been ruled out for Wednesday night’s game at Portland with a sprained left wrist. Oubre suffered the injury during Tuesday’s practice after falling hard on a dunk attempt. “It was scary,” said head coach Steve Kerr, adding Oubre’s status for Thursday’s game in Phoenix is not yet determined. After a shooting slump to open the season, Oubre has been among Golden State’s most productive scorers and reliable defenders, averaging 20.1 points on 50.2% shooting (43% from 3-point range), 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals over his past 15 games. Oubre and forwa...
The Mercury News
Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters, 37 and mom of three, accepts Miami Open wild card
MIAMI — Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters, twice retired and now a 37-year-old mother of three, accepted a wild card to play in the Miami Open tennis tournament, which begins March 22 at Hard Rock Stadium. It will be her first time back since 2012. She won the event in 2005 and 2010. The affable Belgian, one of the most popular players on tour and a four-time Grand Slam champion, made her return to the tour last February after a seven-year hiatus; but her comeback was interrupted by the pandemic. She initially got the itch to come back while playing exhibition matches with fellow TV commentator...