San Jose Sharks’ offense dries up in loss to Colorado Avalanche
SAN JOSE, Calif — Two days after scoring six goals against the Colorado Avalanche, the Sharks on Wednesday couldn’t find a way to get a single shot past against Philipp Grubauer. The Sharks were held to 16 shots through the first two periods and were shut out by Grubauer and the Avalanche in a 4-0 loss at SAP Center, as the two teams split their two-game series. Goalie Martin Jones finished with 34 saves as the Sharks fell to 1-3-0 on their seven-game homestand. Grubauer had 26 saves as he shut out the Sharks for a second time this season. Mikko Rantanen and Samuel Girard scored the Avalanche’...
The Mercury News
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
Blues power (play) their way past Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Through thick and thin, the Honda Center has been a friendly port in recent seasons for Blues hockey. That was the case once again Wednesday with the Blues winning their eighth straight at Anaheim, 3-2, with all three goals coming on the power play. The bad news is that the Blues don’t play at the Honda Center again this season. OK, maybe in the playoffs but the Ducks are last in the West at 6-12-5. As for the Blues (13-8-2), winners of three straight, their four remaining games with Anaheim will be played in St. Louis, beginning with a March 26 contest at Enterprise Center. ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bulls close out 1st half of season with 128-124 road win against Pelicans
The Chicago Bulls wrapped up the first half of this unorthodox NBA season with a 128-124 road victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. The Bulls led by 19 in the second half before withstanding a charge by the Pelicans in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to four. The Bulls backcourt combined for a dominant performance. Zach LaVine led all scorers with 36 points and had eight assists, while Coby White added 25 points.The Bulls enter the All-Star break at 16-18 and showing visible signs of progress in their first season under coach Billy Donovan. They are on pace to easily exc...
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...
Terry Rozier's big third quarter helps Hornets rout Timberwolves to go 3-3 on trip
The Charlotte Hornets blew out the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday to go 3-3 on their road trip. An 18-point third quarter by Terry Rozier put this one out of reach, with the Hornets leading by 30 midway through the fourth quarter of a 135-102 victory. The Hornets now have a week off for the All-Star break and they sure need it. Cody Zeller and Devonte Graham both missed this game, and P.J. Washington left in the second half with an ankle sprain. Rozier finished with 31 points, Gordon Hayward scored 23, and rookie point guard LaMelo Ball added 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Ri...
The Charlotte Observer
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