Takeaways from the Heat’s road loss to the Nuggets on a night the defense struggled
Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 123-106 loss to the Denver Nuggets (35-20) on Wednesday night at Ball Arena. The Heat (28-27) fell to 1-2 on their four-game trip: It was a bad night for the Heat’s top-10 defense. The Nuggets didn’t miss a beat in their first game without injured star guard Jamal Murray, who sustained a torn ACL in his left knee earlier this week and will miss the rest of the season. Denver produced an efficient 123 points while shooting 53.9% from the field and 17 of 36 on threes while committing only 11 turnovers. Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, a leading MVP candidate, tur...
Stephen Curry scores 42 as Warriors rout Thunder
For weeks, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been predicting his team would string together multiple wins during this playoff push. On Wednesday, Golden State earned its first three-game win streak in nearly two months as Stephen Curry scored 42 points, Draymond Green had a triple-double and the Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 147-109, at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Warriors (27-28) used another all-pro scoring effort from Curry, who has now scored 30 or more points in seven-straight games, a superlative performance from Green and blistering shooting night from 3-point range to crui...
The Mercury News
Detroit Tigers pick up convincing series sweep against Houston Astros with 6-4 win
For three games at Minute Maid Park, the Detroit Tigers looked like a different team — and a much better team. After getting swept by Cleveland and falling into a four-game losing streak, manager AJ Hinch asked his players to respond. They most definitely got his message. The Tigers (6-6) swept the Houston Astros on Wednesday with a 6-4 win. Detroit scored three runs each in the second and fourth innings and got five innings from right-hander Michael Fulmer. During the three-game series, the Tigers scored 20 runs on 31 hits and 13 walks. They went 31-for-109 (.284) at the plate. The starting p...
Detroit Free Press
Carlos Rodón throws 20th no-hitter in White Sox history after losing perfect game in 9th inning of 8-0 win over Cleveland
CHICAGO — Carlos Rodón was originally slated to start for the Chicago White Sox on Monday but was scratched because of an upset stomach. He returned Wednesday and flirted with perfection against Cleveland before making history. Rodón threw the 20th no-hitter in Sox history, striking out seven in an 8-0 victory. He was perfect through 8 1/3 innings before hitting Roberto Pérez with a pitch. He then got the last two outs for the first Sox no-hitter since Lucas Giolito no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates last Aug. 25 at Guaranteed Rate Field. The ninth inning began with a close play at first. Josh Nayl...
Nick Neidert growing as MLB pitcher. His latest showing was against his hometown team as Marlins down Braves.
ATLANTA — Nick Neidert is a Georgia boy through and through. He grew up in the Atlanta area and had a standout prep career as a starting pitcher at Peachtree Ridge High in Suwanee, about a 30-minute drive from Truist Park, that led to him being a second-round pick in the 2015 MLB draft. Naturally, he was born and raised an Atlanta Braves fan and watching the likes of Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux. That made Wednesday a little more sentimental. It was a full-circle moment of sorts. There Neidert stood, making his second career MLB start for the Miami Marlins against the team that hel...
Magic showcase balance, beat Bulls to end 6-game skid
The Orlando Magic’s balance was enough to push them past the Chicago Bulls’ two All-Stars. James Ennis scored a season-high 22 points, going 5-for-6 from the 3-point line, to lead six players in double figures as the Magic ended a six-game losing streak with a 115-106 win over the Bulls on Wednesday at United Center. Wendell Carter Jr., facing his former team, posted 19 points and 12 rebounds to help power the Magic (18-37). Gary Harris and Michael Carter-Williams, who shook off a rolled ankle, each finished with 15 points, Terrence Ross had 11 and Cole Anthony had 10 for Orlando. Zach LaVine ...
Knicks get best of Zion Williamson, beat Pelicans for season-high fourth straight win
NEW ORLEANS – Not even Zion Williamson, the supernatural athletic phenomenon, could figure out the Knicks defense. Julius Randle, on the other hand, had all the answers. Playing his first career game against the Knicks, Williamson was flustered down the stretch by a blitzing defense as owner James Dolan watched his team win its season-high fourth straight Wednesday, 116-106. Randle was again the hero with 31 points, outdueling Williamson in a power-forward head-to-head battle. Williamson had 25 points but bombed in the fourth quarter, managing just four points on 1-of-4 shooting with two turno...
New York Daily News
Blues can't overcome another poor second period, lose to Avalanche, 4-3
ST. LOUIS — The Blues showed, once again, that they can hang with the Colorado Avalanche, which has the best record in the NHL. They just need to find a full 60 minutes. The second period may be the middle of the game, but it’s going to be the end of the Blues. The Blues have struggled in the period much of the season — they’ve been outscored 51-36 during the second this season — and on Wednesday night, Colorado scored three times to blow open a tight game and come away with a 4-3 win at Enterprise Center. The teams were even after one and the Blues scored two goals and created ample chances f...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Joel Embiid, Sixers earn 123-117 victory as Nets play without several stars in showdown
PHILADELPHIA — So much for Wednesday night’s game serving as a barometer to see if the 76ers are legitimate NBA championship contenders. All it basically determined was that the Sixers can hold off Kyrie Irving and a bunch of Brooklyn Nets role players. That’s the team they defeated, 123-117, in a much-anticipated Eastern Conference first-place showdown. The Sixers (38-17) have sole possession of first place with 17 games remaining. This victory also enabled them to win two of this season’s three meetings against the Nets (37-18). As a result, the Sixers hold the tiebreaker and will get the hi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Points becoming scarce as Hornets’ losing streak grows
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s becoming just about impossible lately for the Charlotte Hornets to score enough points to win an NBA game. Wednesday, it took until the final minute for the Hornets to reach 90, and that led to their third consecutive loss, this time to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-90, at Spectrum Center. The Hornets made just 34 of 84 shots from the field. The Hornets have now scored 93 or fewer points four times in their last eight games. They fell to 27-27 and continue sliding in the Eastern Conference standings. The Cavaliers (20-34) got 25 points off the bench from Taurean Prince. O...
The Charlotte Observer