Thursday, January 31, 2019

NBA Game Recap: Los Angeles Lakers (123) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (120) - 1/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Los Angeles Lakers (123) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (120) - Date: 1/31/2019 Feb 01, 2019LOS ANGELES LeBron James had 24 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a 17-game injury absence, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 123-120 in overtime Thursday night after blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead.James came up one assist shy of a triple-double. He made 5 of 7 free throws and had no fouls in 40 minutes of his first game since Christmas at Golden State when he strained his left groin. Football Tipsters. The Lakers were 6-11 during the longest absence of his 16-year career.Tied 118-all, James scored the go-ahead basket in overtime. Lance Stephenson drove for a flailing layup, hitting Boban Marjanovic in the nose with his left elbow while getting fouled. He completed the three-point play that kept the Lakers ahead 123-118.Avery Bradley and Lou W illiams missed on the same possession, and Williams missed a free throw when Stephenson got called for a technical in a tussle with Bradley.Williams couldn't get a potential tying 3-pointer off in the right corner before the final buzzer.Stephenson added 20 points, including a career-high-tying five 3-pointers for the Lakers. Brandon Ingram added 19 points, and Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Selections. They enjoyed strong support from the Staples Center crowd as the visiting team.Williams led the Clippers with 24 points. Patrick Beverley added 17.Tobias Harris hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in regulation, tying it at 112-all after the Clippers fought back after trailing by 14 early in the fourth.The Lakers led by seven with just under two minutes to play, but the Clippers erased the deficit on baskets by Williams and Marjanovic before Harris scored from near the right baseline.James scored fi ve of the Lakers' first seven points in the fourth for a 94-85 lead.The Clippers made 5 of 7 free throws to close to 103-101.The Lakers gained a 14-point lead near the end of the third quarter on Stephenson's 3-pointer. Sports Betting Profit. They outscored the Clippers 33-22 in the period.TIP-INSLakers: They improved to 11-13 on the road. ... James is the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, where he will captain the Western Conference team. ... Kyle Kuzma (left hip strain) and Josh Hart (left knee tendinitis) also returned.Clippers: Bradley played with a sore right knee and then strained his right quad during the game. ... Longtime fan Billy Crystal joined retiring play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler to call the game. ... F Danilo Gallinari (low back spasms) missed his seventh straight game. He will join the team on its upcoming road trip and likely return either Sunday at Toronto or Tuesday at Char lotte.UP NEXTLakers: At Golden State on Saturday in the second game of their six-stop Grammy road trip.Clippers: At Detroit on Saturday to start a six-game Grammy trip.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: Cal Irvine (66) vs. Cal Santa Barbara (62) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Cal Irvine (66) vs. Cal Santa Barbara (62) - Date: 1/31/2019 Feb 01, 2019SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Max Hazzard scored eight of his 15 points in overtime and Jonathan Galloway had three critical plays in the last 2:17 and UC Irvine outlasted UC Santa Barbara 66-62 on Thursday night in a battle for first place in the Big West Conference.Hazzard had a pair of 3-pointers early in OT to put the Anteaters up 62-56. Sports Bettors Email Leads. The Gauchos answered with 3s from Jaquori McLaughlin and Devearl Ramsey but those were sandwiched around an offensive rebound slam by Galloway to keep Irvine on top 64-62 going into the last minute.The Anteaters used up the shot clock but when Eyassu Worku missed, Galloway came up with the offensive rebound. Baseball Picks. That led to Hazzard being foule d with 13.9 seconds to go and he made it a two-possession game. Just for good measure, Galloway blocked UCSB's last shot.Collin Welp had 12 points and Tommy Rutherford 11 for the Anteaters (18-5, 6-1), who have won nine straight league games on the road since losing at UCSB last January.Amadou Sow had 13 points for Santa Barbara (15-5, 4-2), which was 9-0 at home and off to its best start since 1998-99. McLaughlin added 12 points and Ramsey 11.

NCAAB Game Recap: Gonzaga (93) vs. BYU (63) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Gonzaga (93) vs. BYU (63) - Date: 1/31/2019 Feb 01, 2019PROVO, Utah Brandon Clarke scored 23 points and Rui Hachimura added 20 to lead No. 4 Gonzaga to a 93-63 win over BYU on Thursday night.Clarke and Hachimura each grabbed nine rebounds as well. Corey Kispert had 16 points and Josh Perkins dished out 10 assists for Gonzaga. Sports Handicapper Leads. The Bulldogs shot 37 of 63 (59 percent) from the field - including 10 of 20 from 3-point range.Gonzaga (20-2, 7-0 West Coast Conference) has won 28 straight road games against WCC opponents and 21 consecutive league games overall. Both streaks lead the nation.T. J. Haws scored 16 points and Zac Seljaas had 12 to lead the Cougars. Yoeli Childs added 12 points and seven rebounds.BYU (13-10, 5-3) lost for the second time in three games after shooting just 37 percent from the field.Gonzaga took control on both ends of the floor almost from the opening tip. Best Free Sports Picks. The Bulldogs used a 12-1 run fueled by back-to-back 3-pointers from Zach Norvell Jr. and Kispert and a pair of dunks from Hachimura to sprint out to a 19-6 lead.BYU struggled to generate offense early. Sports Handicappers Rankings. The Cougars missed 10 of their first 13 shots before making three straight to chip away at the deficit. Jahshire Hardnett capped the string of baskets with a 3 that cut Gonzaga's lead to 23-18.That's as close as BYU got. The Cougars quickly went ice cold again. BYU missed nine shots in a row and finished the first half 9 of 33 (27 percent) from the field.Gonzaga took advantage by stringing together an 18-2 run. Hachimura bookended a spurt that gave the Bulldogs a 41-20 lead with a layup and a dunk.BYU closed to 54-40 with 13:07 remaining on consecut ive baskets from Nick Emery and Seljaas. Kim Tillie drained a 3 and Hachimura followed with back-to-back layups to stop the Cougars from getting closer. Gonzaga eventually built an 87-57 lead with 4:08 left after Kispert, Clarke and Geno Crandall combined to help the Bulldogs make five straight baskets over a three-minute stretch.THE BIG PICTUREGonzaga: Since the start of conference play, Gonzaga has played like a team poised to be a Final Four contender. There's a distinct chance the Bulldogs could run the table in the WCC.BYU: Long first-half shooting droughts doomed any faint upset chances the Cougars possessed. Gonzaga kept Childs in check when it mattered and BYU's guards could not knock down enough shots from the perimeter to relieve pressure around the basket.UP NEXTGonzaga hosts San Diego on Saturday.BYU hosts Loyola Marymount on Saturday.---More college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/-Top25

NBA Game Recap: Philadelphia 76ers (113) vs. Golden State Warriors (104) - 1/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Philadelphia 76ers (113) vs. Golden State Warriors (104) - Date: 1/31/2019 Feb 01, 2019OAKLAND, Calif. Warriors coach Steve Kerr figured it would be a tough challenge for DeMarcus Cousins to keep up with Joel Embiid at this stage, given Cousins has just returned from almost a yearlong absence recovering from a serious Achilles tendon injury.Embiid had 26 points and 20 rebounds to spoil Cousins' home debut with the Warriors, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped Golden State's NBA-best 11-game winning streak with a 113-104 victory Thursday night.Philadelphia hadn't won a game in the series in nearly six years. Ben Simmons also scored 26 points and JJ Redick added 15 points for the Sixers, who grabbed 16 offensive rebounds to give them 10 or more in five straight games and 11 of 15.''It's a fantastic win. Handicapper Return on Investment.& nbsp;This group - myself included - we have not beaten Golden State,'' 76ers coach Brett Brown said. ''To do it on the road, to do it in front of their fans against a team that is this good and had won that many in a row, it is a good night.'' Embiid missed all five of his 3s and committed eight turnovers but also had five assists and two steals.''I wanted that matchup,'' Cousins said.Stephen Curry scored 41 points with 10 3-pointers to go with six assists, and Cousins contributed seven points, six rebounds and six assists.Kevin Durant hit a 3-pointer with 4:52 remaining to trim the deficit to 102-96, but Draymond Green fouled moments later and received a technical for arguing.Durant finished with 25 points on 11-for-24 shooting but missed seven of his eight 3-point tries.Curry's baseline 3 with 2:46 remaining cut Philadelphia's lead to 106-101, and he hit another with just more than a minute left to make it a six-point game.Cu rry shot 14 for 27, 10 of 18 on 3s, and knocked down a long 3 midway through the first while doing a scissor-kick in the air before throwing his arm up to celebrate moments later.''Shots didn't fall in the second half,'' Curry said. ''They didn't get frazzled by any of our runs.'' Golden State's Alfonzo McKinnie hit all five of his shots for 11 points making his first career start in his 56th game after Klay Thompson was a late scratch because of an illness.The Warriors will try to get back on track at home Saturday against the Lakers, who left Oracle Arena on Christmas night with a 127-101 win despite losing LeBron James in the third quarter to a left groin strain. James returned from a 17-game absence Thursday night against the Clippers for his first game since the injury.Cousins went 3 for 10 and played 25 minutes in his sixth game overall since coming back from surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon he hurt last Janu ary with New Orleans.''Obviously I'm still not where I want to be,'' Cousins said. ''... I'm working my tail off. Just be patient.'' The Sixers went ahead 95-84 late in the third on Embiid's basket, outscoring Golden State 42-26 in the quarter.Golden State, which has a double-digit winning streak for the sixth consecutive season and is coming off a 5-0 road trip, shot 46.6 percent and was 11 of 38 from deep.The Warriors had their 10-game winning streak against the Sixers snapped, along with a six-game unbeaten run in the series at Oracle.HONORING JACKIEKerr wore a Jackie Robinson T-shirt before the game on what would have been the Hall of Famer's 100th birthday and ahead of Black History Month.''For those of us in the sports world Jackie Robinson probably represents Black History Month as well as any person that possibly could, the impact he made and the adversity he faced and the success he had and the roads he paved f or so many people in this country was very inspiring,'' Kerr said.TIP-INS76ers: F Wilson Chandler injured his right quadriceps in the third and didn't return. ... Hockey Handicappers. The Sixers are 14-5 against Western Conference opponents, the top mark for any East team facing the other conference. ... Redick has scored in double figures in 59 straight games dating to March 26, 2018, vs. Denver. ... Sports Picks. The 76ers' previous victory in the series was a 104-97 win on March 2, 2013, at Philly. ... Philadelphia made 19 free throws to have its streak of games with 20 or more snapped at 34.Warriors: Thompson was named an All-Star reserve, his fifth straight selection. The Warriors have at least three All-Stars in four straight seasons for the first time since 1960-63. ... Durant has 20 or more points in 37 of the last 39 games. ... Gree n had 10 more assists to give him 92 assists to 16 turnovers in his last 10 games, including 68 assists and 12 turnovers in the past seven. ... F Jonas Jerebko shared a photo of new daughter, Celine, born at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday to join big sister, Izabel. He planned to head back to the hospital after the game to see the baby and wife, Johanna.UP NEXT76ers: At Sacramento on Saturday night.Warriors: Host the Lakers on Saturday night, when former Golden State center JaVale McGee will receive his championship ring.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: Pacific (42) vs. Loyola Marymount (60) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Pacific (42) vs. Loyola Marymount (60) - Date: 1/31/2019 Feb 01, 2019LOS ANGELES James Batemon scored 19 points with four assists and three steals and Loyola Marymount held Pacific to one point in the last eight minutes, turning a tense game into a rout Thursday night.Dameane Douglas scored 15 points for the Lions (16-6, 4-4 West Coast Conference) and made his last five at the free throw line. Mattias Markusson scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, including a pair of dunks in the runaway final minutes.Pacific (12-11, 2-6) had largely kept it a one- or two-possession game through the first 12 minutes of the second half, not allowing a LMU lead larger than six points.Lafayette Dorsey led the Tigers with 12 points and Jahlil Tripp added 11, but the game got away after Zach Cameron cut the deficit to 43-41 with 8:35 remaining. Pacific was 0-for-8 shooting with three turnovers down the final stretch, outsc ored 17-1.

NCAAB Game Recap: Pepperdine (83) vs. Portland U (58) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Pepperdine (83) vs. Portland U (58) - Date: 1/31/2019 Feb 01, 2019PORTLAND, Ore. Kameron Edwards and Colbey Ross each scored 14 points and Pepperdine handed Portland its ninth straight loss, eight in West Coast Conference, in an 83-58 romp on Thursday night.The Waves picked up their first win at the Chiles Center since 2013.Pepperdine's defense held the Pilots to just 20 first-half points as the Waves cruised to a 26-point halftime advantage.Edwards hit 4 of 9 from the field and pulled down a dozen rebounds while Ross hit all six of his free throws while dishing nine assists. Pepperdine (11-11, 4-4) shot a crisp 55 percent from the floor and had 23 assists on 29 made baskets, hitting 10 of 22 from beyond the 3-point line.Portland (7-16, 0-8) was just 18 of 59 from the floor (30.5 percent), including 7 of 30 from distance. Hockey Predictions.& nbsp;The Pilots did not have a scorer reach double figures. Jojo Walker led the effort with nine points.

NCAAB Game Recap: Arizona (88) vs. Arizona State (95) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Arizona (88) vs. Arizona State (95) - Date: 1/31/2019 Feb 01, 2019TEMPE, Ariz. Remy Martin scored a career-high 31 points, eight in overtime, and Arizona State ended a six-game losing streak against arch-rival Arizona with a 95-88 victory over the Wildcats on Thursday night.Rob Edwards added 19 points for the Sun Devils (15-6, 6-3 Pac-12) in Bobby Hurley's first win over Sean Miller's Wildcats since becoming the Arizona State coach four seasons ago. Zylan Cheatham had 11 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, two games after grabbing 20 boards at UCLA.Ryan Luther and Justin Coleman scored 19 apiece and Kyle Randolph 17 for the Wildcats (14-8, 5-4), who have lost three straight. Arizona was without guard Brandon Williams with an ankle injury.Arizona State scored the first seven points of the overtime, Martin's 3-pointer putting the Sun Devils ahead 90-83 with 3:08 to play. Arizona never got closer tha n four again.Arizona State led most of the first half and through the early stages of the second but never by much.White's dunk capped a 6-0 spurt that put Arizona State up 34-27 with 44 seconds left in the half. Coleman and Luther each sank a 3 in the waning second of the half to cut the Sun Devils' lead to 36-33 at the break.Rumello White's dunk, followed by Martin's 3-pointer, gave Arizona State its biggest lead, 44-35, with 18:52 left.But the Wildcat used a 10-2 run to get back into it, Coleman's' 3-pointer cut it to 46-45 with 16:31 left.Arizona took its first lead since the opening minutes on Randolph's running bank shot that gave Arizona a 61-59 lead 8:13 remaining and Luther's second 3 of the half put Arizona ahead 67-61. Martin brought the Sun Devils back, sinking consecutive 3s and scoring on a reverse layup in traffic to put Arizona State ahead 73-72 and Cheatham's dunk had Arizona State up 75-72 with 3:20 left.The teams traded baskets from there before Coleman's 3 tied it at 83-83 with 24 seconds left and the game headed to overtime.BIG PICTUREThe Sun Devils desperately needed this one to stay relevant in the Pac-12 with Washington coming to town next week. And Arizona State did most of the damage from the guard spot. Martin and Edwards were a combined 12-for-23 from the field, 8-for-13 on 3s.Arizona welcomed the return of Chase Jeter, who missed the two losses in Los Angeles with a sore back, but couldn't come up with the big plays it needed in the overtime in the loud, packed Wells Fargo Arena. Unlike previous years, the crowd was not dominated by Arizona fans.UP NEXTArizona: Wildcats host Pac-12 leader Washington on Thursday night.Arizona State: Sun Devils look for their fifth victory in six games when they host Washington on Thursday night.

NCAAB Game Recap: Connecticut (67) vs. Central Florida (73) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Connecticut (67) vs. Central Florida (73) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019ORLANDO, Fla. B. J. Sports Handicapping Software. Taylor led the way with 21 points Thursday night, but it was UCF's relentless effort that won the day, including a clutch 3-point bucket from Aubrey Dawkins with 1:37 left that resulted in a 73-67 victory over UConn.Colin Smith added 11 points and reserve Ceasar DeJesus scored 11 as the Knights' bench outscored their counterparts 23-4.UCF (16-4, 6-2 American Athletic Conference) had a stranglehold on the opponents' basket for most of the game until UConn began heating up. Free Sports Picks. The Huskies nailed 6 of 12 from 3-point range and shot 53 percent from the field in the second half.Jalen Adams was cooking after the break, anchoring multiple mini-runs for UConn throughout the second half.The guard scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half for the Huskies (12-9, 3-5). Christian Vital scored 10 points and Josh Carlton contributed 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.UCF clawed a few critical balls away late, leading to a parade at the free-throw line where they hit 15 more than UConn.The interior for UCF was instrumental in gaining control of the game. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The Knights had a plus-10 scoring advantage inside as both teams grabbed 30 rebounds.Tacko Fall got things started for the Knights, controlling the opening tip and the early momentum. The big man scored the game's first five points, then blocked Jalen Adams on a baseline jumper on one end and finished off an and-1 on the other. The Huskies responded with a 5-2 run to get within two points, but that was the closest they'd get as the Knights would eventually go on a 14 -4 run to push their lead to as many as 15.Adams struggled mightily for UConn, nearly going scoreless in the first half while committing four turnovers. But with 2:33 left in the half, UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins was called for a technical, gifting Adams with two free throws which he knocked in, getting him on the scoreboard.Adams then hit a 3-pointer from the right corner before the buzzer to cut the Huskies deficit to 34-22 at halftime.GILBERT MISSES GAMEUConn guard Alterique Gilbert missed his first game of the season after injuring his left shoulder against Wichita State in the teams' previous contest. The Huskies redshirt sophomore is the third leading scorer (13 points) and second on the team in minutes (29.2 per game).BIG PICTUREUConn: With the Huskies loss on Thursday night, they fall to 0-4 on the road this season, bringing up some of the same struggles that befell them last season when they finished 2-9 in the opponent's gym.UCF: The Knights victory marks their 11th overall at home this season and their 10th consecutive. This was UCF's first season sweep of UConn and its fourth straight win in the series.UP NEXTUConn: The Huskies play ECU at home on Sunday.UCF: The Knights host No. 13 Houston on Feb. 7.).

NCAAB Game Recap: Oregon State (76) vs. Colorado (74) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Oregon State (76) vs. Colorado (74) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019BOULDER, Colo. Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 21 points, Tres Tinkle had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Oregon State to a 76-74 win over the Colorado Buffaloes on Thursday night.Ethan Thompson had 14 points, including a dunk that ignited an 8-4 run late to help the Beavers (13-7, 5-3 Pac-12) to the win.McKinley Wright led Colorado with 18 points and Evan Battey had six of his 16 points late in the second half. Colorado lost for just the third time at home this season.The game was close throughout the second half and went back-and-forth in the final three minutes. Battey and Ethan Thompson traded buckets to tie it at 69 late. Oregon State's Gligorije Rakocevic broke the tie with two free throws and, after a Colorado turnover, Tinkle was fouled and drained both foul shots to give Oregon State a 73-69 lead with 37.2 seconds left.Thompson Jr. gave the Buffaloes hope when he went 2 of 4 from the line in the final minute but Wright - who knocked down a 3 to make it a one-point game with a second left - missed a desperation shot at the buzzer to send Colorado to its sixth loss in eight conference games.Colorado (11-9, 2-6) used a pair of 9-0 runs and survived a four-minute scoring drought to take a 40-35 lead at halftime. Todays Free Sports Picks. The Buffaloes had just 18 points with 6:45 left but outscored the Beavers by 10 until Thompson Jr. hit a shot just before the break to cut it to five.Neither team shot well from the foul line. Colorado came into the game hitting 71 percent of its free throws but was 10 of 20 from the line until Wright hit four straight to make it 65-65 before the last media timeout.Oregon State struggled from the line in the second half. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained< /a>. The Beavers missed four straight at one point and were 15 of 25 on free throws in the game.BIG PICTUREOregon State: The Beavers were stumbling after winning their first three conference games but are now positioned to make a run to the top of the Pac-12. After Saturday, Oregon State plays three straight home games.Colorado: The Buffaloes played five of their first seven conference games on the road and it showed in the standings. Colorado, including Thursday's loss, has seven of its last 11 at Coors Events Center to try to gain traction in the Pac-12.UP NEXTOregon State: At Utah on Saturday.Colorado: Hosts Oregon on Saturday night.--------More college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Portland State (76) vs. Weber State (75) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Portland State (76) vs. Weber State (75) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019OGDEN, Utah Deante Strickland nailed a deep 3-pointer to give Portland State the lead with 24 seconds left and the Vikings held on to beat Weber State 76-75 on Thursday night.Derek Brown added a pair of free throws with four seconds left to make it a four-point lead for Portland State (9-11, 4-5 Big Sky).Weber State (13-8, 7-3) had the lead for 37 minutes and led by as many as 12 points in the second half. Portland State had two 8-0 runs in the final nine minutes.Jamie Orme led the Vikings with 18 points. Holland Woods scored 16 and Brown added 12.Jerrick Harding had 28 points and Zach Braxton scored 15 for the Wildcats.Portland State had a 19-6 edge on the offensive glass and outrebounded Weber State 44-27.The Wildcats entered the game with a shot to tie Northern Colorado (8-2) for first place in the conference standings.

NCAAB Game Recap: Sacramento State (74) vs. Idaho State (58) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Sacramento State (74) vs. Idaho State (58) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019POCATELLO, Idaho Marcus Graves scored 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added six assists to lead Sacramento State to a 74-58 victory over Idaho State on Thursday night.Sacramento State (9-9, 3-6 Big Sky Conference) rebounded from a 94-92 overtime loss to Eastern Washington in its last outing and a 72-70 defeat to Idaho State (7-12, 3-7) on Jan. 12.Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa added 16 points for the Hornets, who shot 55 percent from the floor. Joshua Patton had 12 points and Bryce Fowler chipped in 10.Brandon Boyd scored 17 points and Jared Stutzman had 12 for Idaho State, which has lost five straight since its win against the Hornets.Mauriohooho-Le'afa hit back-to-back 3s to spark a 22-11 run that helped build a 42-22 halftime advantage. Patton had two dunks and scored all 12 of his points in the first half. The Bengals pulled to 56 -48 with 8:24 remaining but didn't get closer.

NBA Game Recap: Brooklyn Nets (114) vs. San Antonio Spurs (117) - 1/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Brooklyn Nets (114) vs. San Antonio Spurs (117) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019SAN ANTONIO Derrick White scored a career-high 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn 117-114 on Thursday night, their 16th straight win at home over the Nets.Fresh off his seventh All-Star selection, LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points, including a critical three-point play in the final minute, and 13 rebounds for the Spurs. DeMar DeRozan added 15 points and 10 rebounds in his return from a three-game absence because of a sore left knee.After failing to make the All-Star Game as a reserve, D'Angelo Russell pressed his case to replace injured selection Victor Oladipo. Russell had 25 points, nine assists and four turnovers in 33 minutes for Brooklyn.The Nets eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game even without Spencer Dinwiddie, their third-leading scorer.Brooklyn shot 47 percent from th e field and had 30 assists, which was four off its season high.Joe Harris and DeMarre Carroll had 18 points each for the Nets.Brooklyn, which had won seven of eight coming in, erased a 12-point deficit in the first half and led 97-90 with eight minutes remaining before San Antonio rallied.Aldridge's three-point play after a foul on his own follow-up shot put the Spurs ahead 115-111 with 51.1 seconds remaining. Aldridge added two free throws with 3.6 seconds left, and Shabazz Napier missed a 26-footer at the buzzer that would have tied the game.The Spurs have won the first three games of a four-game homestand.TIP-INSNets: Brooklyn's last win in San Antonio was Jan. 22, 2002, when Jason Kidd had 28 points and 11 rebounds in a 92-86 victory at the Alamodome. ... Dinwiddie missed his fourth straight game with torn ligaments in his right thumb. Leading Handicappers. The Nets are 2-1 without the 6-foot-6 guard. . .. G Caris LeVert missed his 39th straight game with a dislocated right foot. ... Brooklyn was also without Allen Crabbe (sore right knee) and Jared Dudley (strained left hamstring). ... Nets rookie Rodions Kurucs plays with Spurs forward Davis Bertans on the Latvian national team.Spurs: A San Antonio player has participated in the All-Star Game in 21 straight seasons, the longest streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. ... Aldridge, Kevin Durant, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are the only players to play in the All-Star Game in seven of the last eight seasons. ... Bertans had to exit with 1:23 remaining in the first half after taking a blow to his left brow that caused a cut. He returned in the second half with a bandage over his left eye. ... Patty Mills became the 20th player to play 10,000 minutes with the Spurs.ABSOLUTELY BATTYThe game was delayed for 2 1/2 minutes early in the first quarter when three bats began hovering just above the court. Offici als had players return to the bench as stadium staff, security and ballboys attempted to shoo the bats away with towels. A stadium official eventually brought out a net, but the bats were scared up to the rafters. Some fans shouted ''Manu! Manu!'' in tribute to recently retired Manu Ginobili, who swatted a bat with his hands in November 2009.KNOW YOUR WORTHDeRozan failed to make the All-Star Game for the first time since 2015, snapping a streak of three straight appearances. DeRozan made four All-Star appearances while with the Toronto Raptors before being traded to the Spurs in the offseason.''I'm not going to sit here and be sad,'' DeRozan told the Express-News. ''I know the caliber of player I am. I can never be the one to say I should have made it over this guy. I'm not worried about it. Last year wasn't my last one, pretty sure of that.'' UP NEXTNets: At Orlando on Saturday night.Spurs: Host New Orleans on Satu rday night.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: Eastern Kentucky (66) vs. Eastern Illinois (67) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Eastern Kentucky (66) vs. Eastern Illinois (67) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019CHARLESTON, Ill. Josiah Wallace made two free throws in the final seconds to give Eastern Illinois a 67-66 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night.Eastern Illinois (13-9, 6-3 Ohio Valley Conference) was up 39-30 at the break and led for most of the second period until Nick Mayo scored under the basket and followed with three free throws to give Eastern Kentucky a 65-62 advantage with 3:40 remaining in the game. Eastern Illinois' Mack Smith hit a jumper and Wallace split a pair of free throws to trail by one before Wallace was fouled with 17 seconds remaining and made both free throws.The Colonels had a chance for the win but Mayo and Kelvin Robinson both missed jump shots in the final seconds.Smith finished with 17 points, Wallace totaled 14 and Cam Burrell had 10 points to go with 10 rebounds. Ben Harvey chipped in 11 po ints for the Panthers, who have won three of their last four games.Dujuanta Weaver had 18 points and Mayo scored 15 while grabbing 10 rebounds for Eastern Kentucky (10-12, 3-6).

NCAAB Game Recap: Murray State (68) vs. Jacksonville State (88) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Murray State (68) vs. Jacksonville State (88) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019JACKSONVILLE, Ala. Jason Burnell had 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, Marlon Hunter scored 24 points, and Jacksonville State defeated Murray State 88-68 on Thursday night in a showdown for first-place in the Ohio Valley Conference.Murray State's Ja Morant, averaging 24.1 points and 10.5 assists per game, scored 22 points for the Racers (16-4, 7-2 OVC). He had 11 assists and six rebounds but was 7 of 18 from the field, including 1 of 7 from 3-point distance. Soccer Handicappers. Tevin Brown scored 17 points but missed nine of his 13 3-pointers. Free Soccer Picks. The Racers were 7 of 27 from 3-point range.Burnell had his 10th double-double of the season for the Gamecocks (16-6, 8-1). Money Cappers. Ty Hudson had 15 points and five assists.Jacksonville State led 41-34 at halftime after shooting 53 percent. The Gamecocks were even hotter in the second half, shooting 62 percent to finish at 58 percent overall.Jacksonville State went up by double digits early in the second half and the lead reached 77-57 after a 3-pointer by Burnell with 4:45 to go.Although both teams lost their previous OVC game, they entered tied for first place in the conference. Jacksonville State takes sole possession of the lead and Murray State falls into a second-place tie with Belmont and Austin Peay.

NHL Game Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets (3) vs. Winnipeg Jets (4) - 1/31/2019

NHL Game Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets (3) vs. Winnipeg Jets (4) - Date: 1/31/2019 / WINNIPEG, Manitoba Kyle Connor scored with 1:14 remaining to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 victory over the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Winnipeg won its sixth consecutive home game and handed the Blue Jackets their four straight loss overall. Mark Scheifele scored his team-leading 26th goal of the season for the Jets, with captain Blake Wheeler getting his 54th assist. Mason Appleton and Jack Roslovic also scored, and Jacob Trouba had two assists. Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves in the opener of a three-game homestand. Artemi Panarin got his 20th goal and added an assist for Columbus. Josh Anderson had a power-play goal and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored. Seth Jones contributed a pair of assists. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 22 shots for the Blue Jackets. Columbus leading scorer Cam Atkinson was hit in the face by a puck during w armups and replaced by Mark Letestu. Best Sports Handicappers Free Picks. The Blue Jackets led 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after two, but Roslovic tied it at 8:47 of the third when his hit shot went into the corner with 17 seconds left on a Winnipeg power play. Winnipeg killed off a penalty with six minutes left and then Bobrovsky made a big save on Mathieu Perreault. Wheeler helped open the scoring after a Columbus turnover when he set up Scheifele for a one-timer that beat Bobrovsky at 4:34 of the first. Ryan Murray sent the puck between the skates of a Winnipeg defender right to Panarin's stick and he fired it over Hellebuyck's glove to tie it at 8:52. Panarin has a three-game point streak with a pair of goals and three assists. Anderson got the go-ahead goal on a power play when Panarin found him in the slot at 13:30. Appleton made it 2-all when his backhand hit Bobrovsky and trickled under the netminder at 13:21, but 57 seconds later Bjorkstrand regained the lead for the Blue Jackets. UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Home against St. Louis on Saturday. Jets: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: South Dakota State (86) vs. Oral Roberts (80) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: South Dakota State (86) vs. Oral Roberts (80) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019TULSA, Okla. Mike Daum had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead all five South Dakota State in double-figures scoring as the Jackrabbits beat Oral Roberts 86-80 on Thursday night.David Jenkins added 18 points, Skyler Flatten had 14 with eight rebounds and Alex Arians had 11 points for SDSU. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. Tevin King scored all his 10 points in the second half and finished with eight rebounds and three steals.King hit a 3-pointer that gave the Jackrabbits the lead for good and sparked a 16-4 run that made it 40-29 with three minutes left in the first half. Daum scored eight points during that stretch.SDSU led by as many as 20 points and it was 76-62 with five minutes to play. Oral Roberts hit three 3s during a 13-4 run that trimmed its deficit to five points with 57 seconds left but Flatten answered with a 3-pointer 29 seconds later and the Jackrabbits held on from there.Kevin Obanor led Oral Roberts (8-16, 4-5) with 17 points, Sam Kearns scored 16 and Emmanuel Nzekwesi added 14 points and nine rebounds.Daum it 17th in Division I history with 2,826 career points, six behind Otis Birdsong (Houston, 1973-77) on the NCAA's all-time scoring list. Chris Clemons, a senior at Campbell, is 15th with 2,836 - 14 behind Larry Bird.

NCAAB Game Recap: Fairfield (49) vs. Manhattan (62) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Fairfield (49) vs. Manhattan (62) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019NEW YORK Tyler Reynolds and Ebube Ebube each posted career highs as Manhattan walloped Fairfield, 62-49 in a Metro Atlantic contest Thursday night.Reynolds put up 17 points and grabbed a career-best six boards while Ebube scored a career-high 15 points and grabbed eight boards.With the score tied at 20-20, Manhattan went on a 16-6 run to close the half and go into the break with a 36-26 advantage. Sports Bettors Email Leads. The Jaspers opened the second half on a quick, 6-0 run, but Fairfield cut its deficit to 10 points on three occasions in the second half.Manhattan (5-16, 3-6) shot 51 percent from the floor (23 of 45), including 8 of 15 from deep, and dominated the glass, outrebounding the Stags 37-25.Jonathan Kasibabu had nine points for Fairfield (6-16, 3-7), which did not have a scor er reach double figures.

NCAAB Game Recap: Cleveland State (65) vs. Detroit U (78) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Cleveland State (65) vs. Detroit U (78) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019DETROIT Freshman Antoine Davis, second nationally in scoring, had 29 points despite a poor shooting night and Detroit Mercy defeated Cleveland State 78-64 on Thursday night.Davis, the national leader in 3-pointers and 3-pointers per game, was only 2 of 12 from distance and made 6 of 22 overall. His point total got a big boost from the 15 free throws he made in 17 attempts.Backup guard Derrien King scored 13 points and Willy Isiani had 11 points for the Titans (9-13, 6-4 Horizon League). Gerald Blackshear Jr. added 14 rebounds.Freshman Rashad Williams led the Vikings (6-17, 1-9) with 19 points. He made 5 of 10 3-pointers. Algevon Eichelberger scored 13 points and Stefan Kenic added 11.Cleveland State led 20-19 midway through the first half before Detroit Mercy closed with a 19-8 run for a 38-28 halftime lead. Football Picks Today. The Titans went up by 19 early in the second half and Cleveland State did not threaten.

NCAAB Game Recap: Western Carolina (105) vs. Chattanooga (96) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Western Carolina (105) vs. Chattanooga (96) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. Sophomore Marcus Thomas poured in a career-high 32 points and Onno Steger added a career-best 30 points as Western Carolina snapped a three-game skid with a 105-96 victory over Chattanooga on Thursday night.Thomas came off the bench to make 12 of 17 shots, including 6 of 7 from 3-point range. He added six rebounds and three assists. Steger sank half of his eight 3-point tries and 14 of 15 free throws for the Catamounts (6-17, 3-7 Southern Conference). Carlos Dotson pitched in with 18 points and 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season. Freshman Kameron Gibson hit two 3-pointers and scored 12 for Western Carolina, which shot 57 percent from the floor and 56 percent (14 of 25) from distance.Steger hit three free throws with 47 seconds left and nailed a 3-pointer with nine ticks left to pull the Catamounts into a 46-46 tie at intermission. Best Free Sports Picks. Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 16:20 left to play to give Western Carolina the lead for good.Freshman Kevin Easley paced the Mocs (10-13, 5-5) with 25 points, one off his career high. Donovann Totaley scored 19, but he missed all five of his shots from beyond the arc as Chattanooga shot just 36 percent from deep.

NCAAB Game Recap: Morehead State (76) vs. SIU Edwardsville (83) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Morehead State (76) vs. SIU Edwardsville (83) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. Tyresse Williford scored 23 points, sinking 10 of 13 free throw attempts, David McFarland scored 18 and SIU-Edwardsville defeated Morehead State 83-76 Thursday night, overcoming a 14-point deficit.Brandon Jackson scored 13 for SIU-Edwardsville (7-14, 3-6 Ohio Valley Conference), which has won two of its last three games.Jordan Walker paced Morehead State (8-14, 4-5) with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists, De'Von Cooper added 14 points and James Baker 10.A Walker 3-pointer gave Morehead State a 14-12 lead with 14 minutes left in the first half, and AJ Hicks stole the ball and drained a 3 pushing the lead to 34-18 nine minutes later.The Cougars cut that down to 40-32 by halftime and caught up, 53-all midway through the second half. McFarland and Treavon Martin made back-to-back shots that pushed SIUE into a 6 6-63 lead and the Eagles could never catch up in the last seven minutes.Williford made four free throws and McFarland two in the last 18 seconds to keep Morehead State at bay.

NCAAB Game Recap: UTEP (86) vs. Marshall (91) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: UTEP (86) vs. Marshall (91) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019HUNTINGTON, W. Va. Jon Elmore made almost half of Marshall's field goals as he totaled a career-high 44 points to help the Thundering Herd get past UTEP 91-86 on Thursday night and halt a three-game skid.Elmore was 14 of 23 from the floor to fall just short of dropping in half of Marshall's 31 field goals. He also drained 7 of 12 from beyond the arc and was 9 of 10 from the foul line. He had 18 points by halftime. C. J. Burks totaled 18 points with five assists and Jannson Williams added 11 points with eight blocked shots.Marshall (13-9, 6-3 Conference USA) had won five straight to open conference play before dropping three in a row.The Herd trailed for most of the first half until Elmore scored in the paint to tie at 37-37 going into the break. Marshall pushed its advantage to 58-46 at the 14:25 mark before UTEP rallied to take a 65-64 lead with 8:57 left on two Evan Gilyard free throws. It was short-lived as Burks completed a 3-point play, Williams added two free throws and Elmore drained a 3 for a 72-65 lead with 7:54 left.Nigel Hawkins and Efe Odigie had 22 points apiece for UTEP (7-13, 2-7). Odigie also pulled down 20 rebounds.

NHL Game Recap: Philadelphia Flyers (3) vs. Boston Bruins (2) - 1/31/2019

NHL Game Recap: Philadelphia Flyers (3) vs. Boston Bruins (2) - Date: 1/31/2019 / BOSTON Travis Sanheim scored a power-play goal 2:56 into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Thursday night to extend their season-best winning streak to six. Sanheim assisted on Oskar Lindblom's tying goal with 9:24 left in the third period, then beat Tuukka Rask with a long wrist shot in the final seconds of a power play after Brad Marchand was sent off for tripping. Claude Giroux also scored for Philadelphia, and Jakub Voracek had two assists. Carter Hart made 23 saves for the resurgent Flyers, who have won seven of eight to improve to 22-23-6 and took the season series against the Bruins 2-1. David Pastrnak scored both goals for the Bruins. Rask, out with a concussion since Jan. 19, stopped 38 shots in his return. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks< /a>. The Bruins lost their third straight. NBA Handicappers. Travis Konecny, who drew the penalty on Marchand in OT, assisted with Sean Couturier on Sanheim's winner from the left circle. Pastrnak scored a power-play goal 3:05 into the game to put the Bruins up 1-0, beating Hart with a one-timer from the left circle off Torey Krug's pass with 42 seconds remaining on Giroux's tripping penalty. Pastrnak reached 30 goals for the third straight season when he tipped in a shot by Bergeron 5:11 into the second, putting Boston up 2-1. Giroux beat Rask on a breakaway with 44 seconds left in the first to tie it at 1. It was just the eighth shot of the period for the Flyers, who got their offense going in the second period and outshot the Bruins 17-7, then continued to pressure Boston in the third. Rask stopped Scott Laughton on a penalty shot 6:22 into the third, but the Flyers tied it with 9:24 left on Li ndblom's power-play goal from the slot off a pass from Voracek. Rask entered the game tied with Cecil ''Tiny'' Thompson as the winningest goaltender in club history with 252 victories. He was playing in his first game since Jan. 19, when a collision with New York Rangers' Filip Chytil left him with a concussion in the Bruins' final game before the All-Star break. NOTES: Boston RW David Backes played in his 900th NHL game. ... F Joakim Nordstrom returned to the Bruins lineup after missing 10 games with a leg fracture. ... Philadelphia D Shayne Gostisbehere missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Voracek has assists in six of seven games. ... Hart had 39 saves in a 4-3 win over the Bruins on Jan. 15 in Philadelphia. UP NEXT:Flyers: Host Edmonton on Saturday afternoon to open a five-game homestand. Bruins: At Washington on Sunday afternoon.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: VMI (66) vs. NC Greensboro (93) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: VMI (66) vs. NC Greensboro (93) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019GREENSBORO, N. C. Demetrius Troy and Isaiah Miller scored 20 points apiece to help UNC Greensboro beat VMI 93-66 on Thursday night for its sixth consecutive win over the Keydets.Troy was 8-of-11 shooting, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, while Miller made 9 of 15 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds. Francis Alonso hit three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points for UNCG (20-3, 9-1 Southern Conference). Sports Tipsters. The Spartans have won six in a row overall - their third such streak this season - and 13 of their last 14.Troy scored the first seven points in a 15-0 run that made it 37-22 when he hit a jumper with 3:36 left in the first half. VMI trimmed its deficit to nine points early in the second half but Miller answered with a 3-point play as UNCG scored 21 of the next 24 poi nts and led by at least 20 over the final 16 minutes.Bubba Parham led VMI (7-15, 1-9) with 12 points. Soccer Picks. The Keydets have lost three in a row and eight of their last nine.The Spartans have won at least 20 games in three consecutive seasons for the first time in program history.

NCAAB Game Recap: Austin Peay (77) vs. Tennessee Tech (66) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Austin Peay (77) vs. Tennessee Tech (66) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019COOKEVILLE, Tenn. Terry Taylor had 18 points and eight rebounds, Chris Porter-Bunton added 15 points, and Austin Peay dominated Tennessee Tech for a 77-66 win on Thursday night.The Governors (15-7, 7-2 Ohio Valley Conference) scored 10 straight and jumped to a 17-5 lead after Tennessee Tech (7-15, 3-6) scored the opening basket. Austin Peay had a double-digit lead from 24-14 with 7:27 left in the first half until Hunter Vick's 3-point play cut the deficit to 75-66 with 32 seconds left in the game.Zach Glotta added 12 points and Jabari McGhee scored 10 for the Governors. Austin Peay had its largest lead at 49-26 early in the second half.Vick and Jr. Clay had 14 points each for the Golden Eagles.Austin Peay committed just nine turnovers while Tennessee Tech had 24.

NCAAB Game Recap: Siena (55) vs. Monmouth (66) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Siena (55) vs. Monmouth (66) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019WEST LONG BRANCH, N. J. Deion Hammond hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points and Monmouth shot 55 percent in the second half to pull away for a 66-55 victory over Siena on Thursday night.Diago Quinn didn't miss a shot and scored 10, while Louie Pillari came off the bench to finish with 10 points - all in the second half - and five rebounds for the Hawks (7-16, 6-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).Quinn had eight points in the first half to help Monmouth take a 28-27 lead into intermission. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. The Saints (9-12, 4-4) managed to pull even twice in the second half but couldn't grab the lead. Siena trailed 58-55 after two Evan Fisher free throws with 2:08 remaining, but Pillari hit a bucket and 1 of 2 free throws to ignite an 8-0 run to close out the game for Monmouth.The Hawks hit 11 of 20 shots in the second half, while Siena hit just 9 of 26 (35 percent). Monmouth had a 10-0 advantage in fast-break points and beat the Saints at home for a sixth straight time.Sloan Seymour topped Siena with 15 points on five 3-pointers, while Fisher scored 14.

NCAAB Game Recap: Wofford (76) vs. Mercer (67) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Wofford (76) vs. Mercer (67) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019MACON, Ga. Fletcher Magee scored 23 points to lead Wofford to a 76-67 victory over Mercer on Thursday night for its ninth straight win.Wofford (18-4, 10-0) remains undefeated atop the Southern Conference standings. Mercer (8-14, 3-7) has lost two in a row and four of its last six.Magee was 7-of-14 shooting with five 3-pointers and moved to third all-time in the program with 2,224 career points. Nathan Hoover added another five 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Cameron Jackson chipped in 12.Cory Kilby scored 16 points to lead five in double-figure scoring for Mercer. Fardaws Aimaq grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and added seven points.Wofford took the lead for good five minutes into the game and built a 40-37 halftime advantage. Mercer pulled to 66-63 with 4:40 remaining. Fletcher answered with a 3-pointer and the Bears didn't get closer.

NCAAB Game Recap: Louisiana Tech (61) vs. Florida Atlantic (69) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Louisiana Tech (61) vs. Florida Atlantic (69) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019BOCA RATON, Fla. Xavian Stapleton finished with 19 points and nine rebounds and freshman Karlis Silins added 14 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double to power Florida Atlantic to a 61-51 victory over Louisiana Tech on Thursday night.The two reserves for the Owls (13-9, 4-5 Conference USA) combined to sink 11 of 20 shots while their teammates made just 9 of 36. Anthony Adger added 14 points. He made just 1 of 10 shots, 1 of 8 from distance, but nailed 11 of his 13 free throws.The Owls, who never trailed, shot 36 percent from the floor and 22 percent from beyond the arc, but hit 24 of 30 free throws.Amorie Archibald hit five 3-pointers and scored 18 points to pace the Bulldogs (15-8, 5-5). DaQuan Bracey added 14 points and four of Louisiana Tech's seven assists. Louisiana Tech shot 34.5 percent from the floor and m ade 12 of 18 at the foul line.Florida Atlantic has already passed last year's win total under first-year coach Dusty May. Handicappers Watchdog. The Owls notched their second win in six tries against the Bulldogs.

NBA Game Recap: Milwaukee Bucks (105) vs. Toronto Raptors (92) - 1/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Milwaukee Bucks (105) vs. Toronto Raptors (92) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019TORONTO Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points, Khris Middleton had 18 and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Raptors 105-92 on Thursday night, ending Toronto's season-best home winning streak at 10 games.D. J. Wilson scored a career-high 16 points and Eric Bledsoe had 14 as Milwaukee (37-13) clinched the season series with their third victory in four meetings with Toronto this season. Sports Bettors Phone Leads. The Bucks stayed atop the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Raptors (37-16).The victory ensures the Bucks will have the best winning percentage in the East through Feb. 3, meaning Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer will represent the conference at next month's NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina.Milwaukee, which has won eight of nine, had not won the se ason series against Toronto since 2012-13.Pascal Siakam scored 28 points and Kawhi Leonard had 16 for the Raptors, who had not lost at home since Dec. 9 to the Bucks. Fixed Games. Toronto's franchise record for consecutive home victories is 12, done twice.Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto, which has lost three of four.Trailing by 24 points midway through the third, the Raptors fought back to 98-92 on a driving layup by Leonard at 1:59 of the fourth. After Leonard couldn't convert a fast break on Toronto's next possession, Antetokounmpo made a pair of free throws to push the lead back to eight with 1:24 left.Leonard failed to extend his career-high 22-game streak of scoring at least 20 points.Toronto came in having made at least 12 3-pointers in a season-high five straight games but missed 12 of their first 13 attempts. Sports Handic apping Service Winning Streaks. The Raptors shot 7 for 27 from 3-point rangeRaptors guard Danny Green left after five minutes because of flu-like symptoms and did not return until the start of the third quarter. He went scoreless in 13 minutes.Ibaka scored 10 points in the first and the Raptors led 25-22 after one. Milwaukee connected on 7 of 11 3-point attempts in the second and outscored Toronto 34-22 to lead 56-47 at halftime.Milwakee led 78-54 on Wilson's dunk at 6:16 of the third, but Toronto rallied to cut it to 87-76 heading to the fourth.TIP-INSBucks: Eight of Milwaukee's first 10 points came off Toronto turnovers. ... Middleton was named an All-Star reserve, his first selection. ... G Malcolm Brogdon returned to the starting lineup after missing Tuesday's win at Detroit because of a bruised sternum, while G Sterling Brown returned after missing one game because of a sore right wrist.Raptors: G Kyle Lowry was named an All-Star reserve, his fifth selection. ... Lowry had missed 19 consecutive 3-point attempts against Milwaukee this season before connecting in the third. ... G Malachi Richardson (right knee) was inactive.UP NEXTBucks: Visit Washington on Saturday night.Raptors: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: Xavier (73) vs. Georgetown (80) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Xavier (73) vs. Georgetown (80) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019WASHINGTON James Akinjo scored 10 of his 23 points during a rally with just under five minutes to play to spark Georgetown past Xavier 80-73 on Thursday night.Akinjo hit a 3-pointer with 4:56 remaining to give the Hoyas a 67-66 lead as they closed on a 16-7 surge. Akinjo made two 3s and four free throws during the stretch. Baseball Picks. Trey Mourning added a 3-pointer, and Jamorko Pickett scored on a putback that made it 75-70 with 38 seconds to go before Akinjo sealed it at the line.Akinjo was 6-of-10 shooting, made four 3-pointers and all seven of his free throws. Josh LeBlanc added 17 points for Georgetown (14-7, 4-4 Big East Conference), which travels to No. 14 Villanova on Sunday.Naji Marshall scored 16 points to lead Xavier (11-11, 3-6), which has lost four straight. Paul Scruggs added 15 points and Quentin Goodin had 14. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The trio each made three of Xavier's 12 3-pointers. The Musketeers play at Creighton on Sunday.

NHL Game Recap: New York Rangers (4) vs. New Jersey Devils (3) - 1/31/2019

NHL Game Recap: New York Rangers (4) vs. New Jersey Devils (3) - Date: 1/31/2019 / NEWARK, N. J. Mika Zibanejad capped his second career hat trick with the winning goal with 4:36 to play and the New York Rangers rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Thursday night. Zibanejad also had an assist on Chris Kreider's goal, and linemate Mats Zuccarello had three assists, including the backhand pass that set up Zibanejad's backhand winner. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The line had eight points. Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves, including a stop on a tip by Brian Boyle after the Devils pulled goaltender Keith Kinkaid. Nico Hischier, Marcus Johansson and Egor Yakovlev scored for New Jersey. Kinkaid finished with 21 saves. Kreider gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead early in the third period with a shot from the right circle that Kinkaid should have stopped. Yakovlev got his second career goal after being set up by Johansson between the circles less than a minute after Kreider scored. Point Shaving. The winner came after the Rangers controlled play in the Devils' zone for more than a minute and got the puck to Zibanejad for his 20th goal of the season. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. There were four goals in the first two periods, all in the power play. The Devils got the first two from Hischier and Johansson in the opening 16:18, while Zibanejad scored both for New York. Zibanejad got his first on a deflection with two seconds left in the first period. It came five seconds after Johansson was penalized for interference. His 19th goal came with 3:24 left in the second period when he one-timed a Zuccarello pass into the top corner of the net. Hischier gave New Jersey the l ead with a shot from the left circle 5:10 after the opening faceoff. Johansson made a head-first dive to poke a loose puck into an open net after Brian Boyle shot hit off the post. NOTES: Devils placed D Sami Vatanen on injured reserve with a concussion sustained Monday against Pittsburgh. D Eric Gryba was recalled from Binghamton (AHL) but did not play. ... Rangers F Brett Howden is going to be out 3-4 weeks with a sprained knee. He was hurt Tuesday against Philadelphia. ... NHL MVP Taylor Hall missed his 15th straight game for the Devils with a lower body injury. He resumed skating on Sunday. ... Yakovlev spent more than 30 seconds on his knees in front of Kinkaid after his skate blade broke late in the first period. ... Lundqvist played in his 841st game for the Rangers, tying him with Vic Hatfield for seventh in franchise history. UP NEXTRangers: At Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Devils: At Montreal on Saturday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.co m/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: Purdue (99) vs. Penn State (90) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Purdue (99) vs. Penn State (90) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Carsen Edwards scored 38 points, including 20 in the first half and a four-point play in overtime, to lead No. 17 Purdue past Penn State 99-90 on Thursday night.Ryan Cline added 20 points and Trevion Williams scored 10 for the Boilermakers (15-6, 7-2 Big Ten), who led for all but 4:33 to win their sixth straight.Lamar Stevens scored 24 points, Rasir Bolton added 18, Myles Dread scored 14 and Josh Reaves picked up 11 for the Nittany Lions (7-14, 0-10), who lost their eighth straight. Mike Watkins had 10 points and 11 rebounds.Purdue led by as many as 17 in the first half and by eight with 5:45 to play in regulation before Stevens and Dread helped lift Penn State. Winning Sports Handicappers. The duo combined to go 9 for 10 from the free-throw line over the next five minute s, and Dread nailed a pair of 3-pointers before Bolton gave Penn State its first lead of the game. His mid-range jumper made it 85-83 with 54 seconds left.Edwards drove for a tying layup with 5 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Early in the extra period, he was fouled while making his eighth 3-pointer of the game, and he hit the free throw to put Purdue ahead by six.The Boilermakers scored the first eight points and were 7 for 7 from the foul line in overtime.Purdue dominated the first 11 minutes thanks to Edwards, who hit five of his six first-half 3-pointers in that span to help spot the Boilermakers a 31-14 lead. He finished 8 of 15 from beyond the arc.But Penn State got back-to-back 3s from Rasir Bolton that sparked its offense. World's Best Handicapper. The Nittany Lions put together a 23-10 run over the final 6:31 before Aaron Wheeler made it 50-44 at the buzzer with Purdue's 10th 3-pointer of the half.BIG PICTUREPurdue: After holding off No. 6 Michigan State in their last outing, the Boilermakers had to fend off another hard-charging team. Sports Picks Today. Their resilience against Big Ten competition should help them in March.Penn State: Coach Patrick Chambers has said his team is close to breaking out of its funk, and the Nittany Lions looked like it, playing their most inspired game since the eight-game skid began.UP NEXTPurdue: Hosts Minnesota on Sunday.Penn State: Visits Northwestern on Monday.---More college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Iona (74) vs. Marist (78) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Iona (74) vs. Marist (78) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y. Isaiah Lamb scored 15 points and Ryan Funk twice made three free throws to help Marist defeat Iona 78-74 on Thursday night.Marist led by 10 or more points for much of the second half. Iona was within 67-62 with 3:21 remaining before the Red Foxes pushed the lead to 10 once more when Funk made three free throws with 2:25 to go. Sports Handicapping. The Gaels put together another rally and were within two after a pair of free throws by Rickey McGill with 29 seconds left.Marist's Brian Parker then missed two free throws and after Asante Gist missed a 3-pointer for Iona, Funk again made three free throws and Marist was up by five. Ben Perez hit a 3-pointer to cut it to two again for Iona but the Gaels had to foul and Darius Hines made a pair for the Red Foxes to close the scorin g.Funk scored 11 points, including 6 of 6 from the line, and Hines finished with 14 points for Marist (8-13, 3-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).E. J. Crawford had 22 points and eight rebounds for Iona (7-13, 5-4). McGill and Gist scored 14 each and McGill added eight rebounds and seven assists.Marist led 47-34 at halftime.

NCAAB Game Recap: Rice (65) vs. Charlotte U (61) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Rice (65) vs. Charlotte U (61) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019CHARLOTTE, N. C. Ako Adams scored 16 points, including a pair of clutch free throws with seven seconds left and Rice edged Charlotte 65-61 Thursday night, just the second win on the road this season for the Owls.Robert Martin added 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting with three 3-pointers and pulled down seven rebounds. Money Cappers. Trey Murphy III scored 12 points and had three steals. Handicappers Watchdog. The Owls (9-13, 4-5 Conference USA) made half their 22 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc.Jon Davis led the 49ers (5-16, 2-8) with 28 points and four blocked shots. Milos Supica scored 14 with nine boards and three assists and Malik Martin chipped in 11 points. Charlotte has lost four straight.Rice led for much of the game before falling behind 58-53 with 3:41 remaining. Charlotte used runs of 12-0 and 6-0 while Rice was slumping through a stretch of making just 4 of 15 shots, 0- of 3 from distance.The Owls finished on a 12-4 pace to regain the lead and hold on with Adams scoring eight points in the last 3:34.

NBA Game Recap: Indiana Pacers (100) vs. Orlando Magic (107) - 1/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Indiana Pacers (100) vs. Orlando Magic (107) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019ORLANDO, Fla. Terrence Ross scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Orlando Magic beat Indiana 107-100, handing the Pacers their fourth straight loss Thursday night.Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando after being selected to the All-Star team for the first time. D. J. Augustin's 20 points for the Magic included nine free throws in the final 1:26.Orlando broke a four-game losing streak and snapped an eight-game skid against Indiana.Myles Turner had 27 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who have not won since losing All-Star guard Victor Oladipo to a knee injury. Bojan Bogdanovic added 21 points for Indiana.Ross came off the bench and shot 11 of 18, including five 3-pointers. He made three steals in the fourth quarter.Vucevic scored six points while the Magic were taking an 11-0 lead. Handicappers Watchdog. The Pacers erased that deficit quickly, but never went ahead until Darren Collison drove for a layup and three-point play with 9:56 left in the third quarter. Fixed Games. That came during a 17-4 run in which Turner scored 10 points, lifting Indiana to a 65-57 lead, its largest of the game.Ross converted two straight steals into points to pull Orlando back in front early in the fourth, and Vucevic's basket put the Magic ahead for good at 91-89.HONOREDVucevic was chosen as an Eastern Conference reserve, becoming the Magic's first All-Star since Dwight Howard in 2012. Vucevic entered averaging 20.7 points and 12 rebounds per game.TIP-INSPacers: G Tyreke Evans missed his third game with a sore back. He will join the team in Miami and hopes to play Saturday. ... G Corey Joseph started his first game of the season. ... After posting the NBA's best record in December, the Pacers went 7-7 in January.Magic: F Jonathan Isaac had a career-high 13 rebounds. ... Ross has made at least three 3-pointers in 24 games.UP NEXTPacers: At the Miami Heat on Saturday night.Magic: Home against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Dallas Mavericks (89) vs. Detroit Pistons (93) - 1/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Dallas Mavericks (89) vs. Detroit Pistons (93) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019DETROIT Andre Drummond had 24 points and 20 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the short-handed Dallas Mavericks 93-89 on Thursday night.Before the game, the Mavericks traded Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews to the New York Knicks in a seven-player deal . Dallas acquired Kristaps Porzingis, but for this game the Mavericks were significantly undermanned. In addition to the players they dealt, they also were without star rookie Luka Doncic, who sat out with left ankle soreness.Detroit still had its problems with the depleted Mavericks, falling behind by 14 in the first half. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The Pistons were down 74-65 in the fourth before going on a 14-4 run. Sports Handicapper Leads. The game was close the rest of the way.Up by three, Detroit fouled Jalen Brunson with 5.4 seconds left. Brunson made the first free throw and missed the second, and Drummond came up with the rebound and was fouled. A 53 percent free throw shooter on the season before the game, Drummond calmly made both shots to seal the win.MILESTONESBlake Griffin had 24 points for Detroit and finished with 445 in January, the highest-scoring month in team history. Free Sports Betting Picks. The previous record was held by Isiah Thomas, who had 442 points in March 1983.Drummond passed Bill Laimbeer to become the Pistons' career leader in offensive rebounds.TIP-INSMavericks: Dallas has lost four of five. ... The Mavericks fell to 1-8 in the second half of back-to-backs.Pistons: Reggie Jackson had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.UP NEXTMavericks: Visit th e Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.Pistons: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports---Follow Noah Trister at www. Twitter.com/noahtrister

NCAAB Game Recap: Drexel (69) vs. William & Mary (75) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Drexel (69) vs. William & Mary (75) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019WILLIAMSBURG, Va. Chase Audige scored 17 points and William & Mary stormed back from an eight-point halftime deficit to knock off Drexel, 75-69, snapping a five-game Colonial Athletic Association losing streak Thursday night.The Tribe knocked off Drexel 84-66 in Philadelphia, but dropped games to Hofstra, Northeastern, Elon, North Carolina Wilmington and Charleston.James Butler dunked with :04 left in the first half to send the Dragons into intermission with a 39-31 advantage, but William & Mary rallied with a 17-3 run to surge into a 52-46 lead. Drexel retook the lead briefly when Troy Harper hit two free throws with 5:12 left for a 63-62 advantage, and the Tribe scored seven straight points to reclaim the lead for good.Justin Pierce scored 16 points and Nathan Knight added 14 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, blocked six shots and dished fiv e assists for William & Mary (8-14, 4-6).Camren Wynter had 17 points and nine rebounds for Drexel (10-13, 4-6).

NCAAB Game Recap: North Texas (61) vs. Old Dominion (72) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: North Texas (61) vs. Old Dominion (72) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019NORFOLF, Va. Justice Kithcart had 13 points as Old Dominion topped North Texas 72-61 on Thursday night.B. J. Stith had 12 points for Old Dominion (17-6, 7-3 Conference USA), which earned its fourth straight home victory. Kalu Ezikpe added 12 points and Xavier Green had 11.Michael Miller had 17 points for the Mean Green (18-4, 6-3). Ryan Woolridge added 17 points and seven assists. Umoja Gibson had 14 points.The Monarchs never trailed and led 36-28 at the break. North Texas pulled to 45-40, but Ahmad Caver hit a 3-pointer to spark a 19-10 surge and the Monarchs had a 14-point lead with about six minutes left. Caver finished six points and nine assists.Old Dominion matches up against Rice at home on Saturday. North Texas takes on Charlotte on the road on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights,http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC,https://www.stats.com

NCAAB Game Recap: Youngstown State (75) vs. Oakland (74) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Youngstown State (75) vs. Oakland (74) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019ROCHESTER, Mich. Darius Quisenberry scored eight of his 23 points in the final two minutes, including a key pair of free throws, and Youngstown State beat Oakland 75-74 on Thursday night.Quisenberry's layup with 1:49 left tied it at 66 and Garrett Covington's 3-pointer nine seconds later gave the Penguins (7-16, 3-7 Horizon League) the lead for good.Quisenberry made layups twice after Oakland made two free throws and then Braden Norris split a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to two for the Golden Grizzlies (10-13, 6-4). Best Bets of the Day. That gave Quisenberry the opportunity to make it a two-possession lead by sinking a pair of free throws with four seconds left.Jaevin Cumberland's 3-pointer at the buzzer for Oakland made the final margin one.Oakland led by as many as eight in the second half and stayed in front for the first 7 1/2 minutes of the period. Youngstown State took the lead at the end of a 12-3 run and the game was tied five times with eight lead changes before the two-minute mark.Covington and Michael Akuchie added 11 points each for the Penguins.Brad Brechting set career highs with 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Cumberland added 19 points.

NCAAB Game Recap: Towson (77) vs. NC Wilmington (76) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Towson (77) vs. NC Wilmington (76) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019WILMINGTON, N. C. Brian Fobbs scored 24 points and made two free throws with five seconds remaining to lift Towson to a 77-76 victory over UNC Wilmington on Thursday night.Fobbs knocked down 9 of 13 shots, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and matched his career high with 11 rebounds for the Tigers (8-15, 4-6 Colonial Athletic Association). Free Sports Picks of the Day. Towson won in Wilmington for the first time since beating the Seahawks 79-73 on Jan. 2, 2013. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Seahawks (8-15, 4-6) came in having won eight of the last 10 meetings overall.Fobbs fouled Jaylen Fornes on a 3-point attempt with 12 seconds left in the game and the junior guard sank all three, the last after being iced by a timeout , to give Wilmington a 76-75 lead. Fornes fouled out when he nailed Fobbs on a drive to the basket and Fobbs hit the first one before the Seahawks tried to ice him with a timeout. It didn't work as the Tigers avenged a 67-61 loss to the Seahawks earlier this season.Dennis Tunstall, Jordan McNeil and reserve Tobias Howard all scored 11 for Towson.Fornes led the Seahawks with 19 points. Devontae Cacok picked up his NCAA-leading 17th double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

NCAAB Game Recap: Tulane (65) vs. East Carolina (66) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Tulane (65) vs. East Carolina (66) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019GREENVILLE, N. C. Isaac Fleming scored five of his 11 points in the final four minutes to help East Carolina pull away to beat Tulane 66-65 on Thursday night and snap a five-game skid.Caleb Daniels scored five straight points to give Tulane a 54-53 lead with 5:29 to play. Jayden Gardner answered with a layup, Fleming scored the next five points and the Pirates had a 66-54 lead with 3:02 left. Jordan Cornish's 3-pointer pulled Tulane to 60-58 with 2:11 remaining. East Carolina shot 6 of 6 from the line and Cornish hit a 3 at the buzzer to end it.Gardner had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead East Carolina (9-11, 2-6 American Athletic Conference). Seth LeDay added 13 points and Dimitrije Spasojevic had 10.Daniels had 17 points to lead four in double-figure scoring for Tulane (4-16, 0-8). Cornish finished with 10 points and five assists.

NCAAB Game Recap: UL Monroe (81) vs. Coastal Carolina (92) - 1/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: UL Monroe (81) vs. Coastal Carolina (92) - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 31, 2019CONWAY, S. C. Zac Cuthbertson had 29 points and Devante Jones scored 25 while dishing out seven assists as Coastal Carolina held on to beat Louisiana-Monroe 92-81 to win its fourth straight Sun Belt Conference game on Thursday night.Coastal Carolina (11-9, 5-3) had dropped three in a row before kicking off its current win streak.The Chanticleers, who led throughout, took a 46-35 advantage into the half. Coastal Carolina opened the second half with a 15-6 run, capped by Cuthbertson's 3-pointer to go up 61-41. freepick. The Warhawks answered with three unanswered 3s to close to 61-50 with 12:18 remaining. ULM closed to 65-57 after Daishon Smith, who finished with 21 points and four steals, drained his fourth trey of the game.The Warhawks closed to 87-81 with 47 seconds remaining after Smith made two free throws. Jones answered with two free throws and Culbertson slammed home a dunk for the final points of the night.Coastal Carolina hit 53 percent (27 of 51) from the floor while limiting the Warhawks to 24-of-53 shooting (45 percent).Travis Munnings had 23 points and eight rebounds for ULM (11-9, 4-4).

NBA Game Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 1/31/2019 - 10:35 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 30, 2019The Los Angeles Clippers hope to benefit from a string of opponents that currently sit in the bottom half of both conference standings. Football Tipsters. They'll get another shot when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.The Clippers didn't take advantage Monday night and lost 123-118 to the visiting Atlanta Hawks, who have the fifth-worst record in the NBA.The Clippers still hold the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings, two games ahead of the Lakers, but coach Doc Rivers said his team needs to arrive with a better mindset than it showed against the Hawks."I thought we showed up and just thought we were going to win," Rivers said. "I just go back to what I said at the beginning of the year. We're just not good enough to do that. < a href="https://www.cappertek.com/accessPicks.asp?sport=SOCCER">Soccer Picks. That's for teams with a 1/8Stephen 3/8 Curry or a 1/8Kevin 3/8 Durant on them, but that's just not us." The Lakers could be getting their own superstar back against the Clippers.LeBron James has missed the past 17 games with a strained groin, but has been practicing in full since last weekend and Los Angeles could certainly use James, who leads the Lakers in scoring (27.3), rebounding (8.3) and is second to Rajon Rondo in assists (7.1).Lakers coach Luke Walton would not commit to playing James against the Clippers, however, telling reporters that he wants to stay cautious."We'll see how he feels (Thursday)," Walton said. "We'll take it from there. We'll keep prepping as if he's not going to play, and hope that he's healthy enough to start." The Lakers have also been without second-leading scorer Kyle Kuzma the past two games. He has be en bothered by a sore hip, and team doctors are hoping the rest will get him back to 100 percent. Starting point guard Lonzo Ball also has missed the past four games with a sprained ankle."It's next man up, but we'd love to have those guys (back)," Lakers guard Josh Hart told reporters after the loss to Philadelphia.The Lakers have gone 6-11 since James was injured in a Dec. 25 win against the Golden State Warriors.One of those losses came against the Clippers on Dec. 28, when Kuzma and Ball combined for 43 points in the 118-107 loss.The Clippers had just one starter score in double figures in the win, but Lou Williams produced his season high of 36 points off the bench.The Lakers will be the fourth of five straight opponents for the Clippers who entered Thursday outside a playoff spot.The Clippers knocked off the Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings last weekend, but then lost to the Hawks, who are 12th in the Eastern Conference."I just thought (the Haw ks) competed harder, and that's unusual for our team," Rivers said. "It's an 82-game season, it happens. It's just no fun when it does happen.If our guys are honest with themselves, I think they would agree with that." Whether the Lakers have James back or not, the Clippers need to be ready for any type of lineup."We have to be prepared and ready," Clippers forward Tobias Harris said. "It's the NBA, and it's a part of a long season. It's easy to say that now, but at the same time, we go out there and we play and they lace up their shoes just like us." --Field Level Media

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NCAAB Game Preview: Gonzaga vs. BYU - 1/31/2019 - 11:00 PM EST

NCAAB Game Preview: Gonzaga vs. BYU - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 30, 2019Fourth-ranked Gonzaga is one triumph away from a 22nd straight 20-win campaign.BYU is angling to delay that milestone while producing its own memorable performance.The Cougars aim to break Gonzaga's 10-game winning streak when the West Coast Conference rivals meet on Thursday night in Provo, Utah.The Bulldogs (19-2, 6-0 WCC) have been crushing opponents by an average of 36.2 points during the 10-game run. Free Sports Picks Daily. The streak includes two of the top three winning margins in school history -- the program-record 61-point victory over Denver on Dec. 21 and a 59-point trouncing of Santa Clara last Thursday.The steamrolling of the Broncos was Gonzaga's 27th straight conference road win, the longest active streak in the nation.But BYU (13-9, 5-2) has been tough at home with a 10-1 record, and the fans were boisterous and loud during last Thursday's 71-66 win over Saint Mary's. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The players are hoping for a repeat performance."I thought the crowd was unbelievable all night," standout junior forward Yoeli Childs told reporters. "I was really impressed with our fans. I feel like they did a great job giving us an energy boost and I think they honestly had a big effect on the Saint Mary's players." Gonzaga has won in its past four visits to Provo, but coach Mark Few has never found the 18,987-seat Marriott Center to be an easy place to play."You gotta amp up your toughness, you gotta take care of the ball -- that's of supreme importance," Few told reporters. "And, obviously, be able to kinda have your defense travel." Only Kansas (29) and Duke (22) have longer streaks of 20-win seasons than Gonzaga, which h as also posted 30-victory campaigns in three of the past four seasons.Junior forward Rui Hachimura isn't caught up with the total number of victories, but he sure liked the effort in the 98-39 thrashing of Santa Clara when the Bulldogs set a program record with just two turnovers."Before we start a game, we talk about making a statement that we're No. 1 in the country," Hachimura told reporters. "It doesn't matter who we are against. We have bigger goals." Hachimura averages a team-best 19.9 points while junior forward Brandon Clarke (16.3 points, team-leading 7.7 rebounds) and sophomore guard Zach Norvell Jr. (15.7 points) also average over 15 points per game. Clarke is four blocked shots away from tying Austin Daye's school record of 70, set during the 2008-09 campaign.Senior point guard Josh Perkins is running the offense well with averages of 11 points and 6.6 assists while committing just 40 turnovers in 21 games.Childs paces BYU with conference-leading averages of 22.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. He has scored at least 20 points in six straight games and 15 times overall. He has 12 double-doubles this season and 32 in his career.Junior guard TJ Haws also is dangerous. He averages 17.6 points and leads the Cougars in assists (5.2) and 3-point baskets (43).BYU also enters the contest with a growing confidence after winning four of its last five games.The Cougars also committed just two turnovers in their last game as the offensive showing against Saint Mary's pleased coach Dave Rose."I think our execution on the offensive end was maybe as good as it been," Rose said afterward. "You don't play many games where you just turn the ball over twice and have no turnovers in the second half." --Field Level Media

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NBA Game Preview: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors - 1/31/2019 - 10:35 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 30, 2019Joel Embiid and DeMarcus Cousins are scheduled to go head-to-head for just the second time in their careers Thursday night when the Philadelphia 76ers look to end the Golden State Warriors' 11-game winning streak in a game in Oakland, Calif.Both teams enter their first meeting of the 2019 season riding the momentum of lopsided wins.The 76ers (33-18) celebrated the return of Jimmy Butler from a three-game absence with a 39-point first quarter that led to a 121-105 romp at the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.One night earlier, the Warriors (36-14) capped a 5-0 trip with a 132-100 shellacking of the Indiana Pacers in a game that kept them undefeated since Cousins made his season debut on Jan. 18.The Warriors have won 10 straight against the 76ers, including the last six times Philadelphia visited Oakland. Embiid has been on the court for just one of those six road losses, that coming when he was harassed into seven turnovers and totaled only 12 points in a 135-114 blowout last season.Cousins will be making his Warriors home debut after averaging 15.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 21.8 minutes on the club's five-game trip."I'm super-hyped," Cousins told reporters this week of his pending introduction to his new fans. "I've seen it from the sidelines on how crazy they get into it." Cousins thrilled his former fans in Sacramento in his only previous meeting with Embiid. Gambling Profit. That occurred in a 102-100 home win for the Kings on Dec. 26, 2016. Cousins capped a 30-point, seven-rebound night with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 20.9 seconds left, before blocking a potential game-winning 3-pointer by Embiid.A rookie at the time, Embiid countered Cousins with 25 points and eight rebounds, but he also commi tted eight turnovers.Afterward, they turned into respectful rivals."I thought I did a pretty good job on (Cousins)," Embiid told reporters, "but he scored when it mattered." Added Cousins in the home locker room: "That kid is special, man. All jokes aside, I really think he's a good player. Sports Handicapping Sites. This is my first time ever interacting with Embiid and also feeling how physical he is as well. His talent is through the roof. Once he gets a better understanding of the game, it's going to be scary." After taking off the 76ers' trip-opener Saturday in Denver for rest, Embiid contributed 28 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to the win over the Lakers.Butler added 20 points, five rebounds, six assists and five steals, joining the 76ers' preferred starting lineup with Embiid, Wilson Chandler, JJ Redick and Ben Simmons for just the 21st time this season.The 7 6ers are 15-6 in those games.The Warriors likewise are expected to be at full strength for the matchup of two of the NBA's top teams, with Draymond Green slated to return after being a healthy scratch at Indiana.Kevin Durant will be seeking a 15th consecutive win over the 76ers, with the first 11 having come while a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.--Field Level Media

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NBA Game Preview: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors - 1/31/2019 - 8:05 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 30, 2019The Milwaukee Bucks will be trying to win the season series with the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night when they visit Scotiabank Arena.The Bucks have not won a season series against the Raptors since the 2012-13 season, but there could be greater significance to the result come playoff time this season.The teams are battling for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Bucks at 36-13 holding a half-game lead over the Raptors (37-15). Sports Betting Profit. The first-place finisher earns home-court advantage for all conference playoff series.By winning the four-game series, the Bucks also would earn the tiebreaker with the Raptors. Winning Sports Handicappers. The teams have not split a season series since 2008-09.The Raptor s lost the first two meetings before winning 123-116 in Milwaukee on Jan. 5. Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam each scored 30 points for the Raptors in that game. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 43 points and 18 rebounds -- one short of his career best in each category -- for the Bucks."It's a big one (Thursday)," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Wednesday."We need to see where we are against these guys again. We played very well the last time. We were highly motivated after a disappointing loss in San Antonio (125-107 to the Spurs on Jan. 3). We are highly motivated again. It should be a good test, a good barometer." The Raptors have had three days off since defeating the Dallas Mavericks 123-120 on Sunday to salvage one victory from a three-game trip that started with losses to the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets.The game Thursday could also determine which coach will represent the Eastern Conference at the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, N. C. -- Milwa ukee's Mike Budenholzer or Nurse.The Raptors need to win Thursday and then Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers for a chance to overtake Milwaukee in the standings and give Nurse the coaching spot in the All-Star Game. Free Winning Sports Picks. The Bucks also would have to lose to the Washington Wizards on Saturday for the Raptors to have the better winning percentage.The Raptors have won a season-best 10 consecutive home games. The Raptors' last loss at home was Dec. 9 against the Bucks.Milwaukee is coming off a 115-105 victory at the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, a game in which it did not have guards Malcolm Brogdon (bruised sternum) and Sterling Brown (swollen right wrist).Pat Connaughton, who had played in only eight of the previous 23 games, filled the void by matching his season best with 16 points."Unbelievable," Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe said. "Pat's been great all season when he does play. He always stays ready; he's a veteran. He's a professional, so he puts in the work. As I always say, just glad to see him come in and play well and we win." "We saw it a couple games ago how ready he is," said Budenholzer, referring to Connaughton's contributions in the comeback win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. "He's a professional and it's great to have him for us." Antetokounmpo finished with 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.The Raptors used the three days to get in some quality practice time. Center Jonas Valanciunas (left thumb surgery), who last played on Dec. 12, has been able to participate in full practices and is expected to return in early February.With OG Anunoby having returned from an absence for personal reasons, the Raptors' second unit is taking shape."We're finding our groove a little bit," Raptors reserve guard Norman Powell said."It's always somethin g, whatever it is, personal reasons or injury, a guy misses a certain amount of games and we're trying to get a feel for putting them back in, guys getting comfortable with the rotations being put back in."Now that everybody is really back besides J. V. we're really getting a feel for the rotation, feel for one another and hopefully we can continue to grow our chemistry." --Field Level Media

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NBA Game Preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. San Antonio Spurs - 1/31/2019 - 8:35 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. San Antonio Spurs - Date: 1/31/2019 Jan 30, 2019San Antonio is riding a three-game winning streak built on impressive offensive production when it hosts the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday at the AT&T Center.But the Spurs shouldn't expect rays-of-sunshine accolades from venerable coach Gregg Popovich.The Spurs have received just the opposite, especially in the minutes following their 126-124 win over hapless Phoenix on Tuesday. Popovich fumed about his team's play and said it was "fortunate to win the game." "They outplayed us, outcoached us, out-physicaled us, out-executed us," Popovich said. "We had no respect for them or for the game. We didn't play with each other. It was a pathetic performance, and Phoenix got robbed." The Spurs ultimately was victorious thanks to a buzzer-beating jumper from Rudy Gay and double-figure scoring from seven San Antonio p layers.LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 29 points and 14 rebounds, while Davis Bertans scored 18 and Marco Belinelli added 17. Gay hit for 16 points, Derrick White rolled in 15 and Patty Mills and Bryn Forbes tallied 12 points each for San Antonio."It wasn't our best game," said Aldridge, who scored only nine points in the second half, but grabbed 10 rebounds over the last two periods. "We didn't execute well down the stretch, but we've lost some games that we should have won, too. Sports Handicapping Services. This is one that we kind of dodged a bullet and got a win." Thursday's game is the third of a four-game homestand that immediately precedes San Antonio's annual Rodeo Road Trip. Free Soccer Picks. This year the Spurs will play eight consecutive games away from home while the AT&T Center is be ing used for the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo.The Nets head into south Texas on the heels of a 122-117 home win over Chicago that allowed Brooklyn to improve to 11-3 in January, matching a franchise record for wins in the month that was previously reached in 1983, 2002 and 2013."As we move toward the All-Star break, everyone's fatigued, but we just found a way," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. "We found a way tonight -- it wasn't pretty at all. Handicapper Return on Investment. The guys did a good job of closing it out." D'Angelo Russell led all scorers with 30 points, his ninth 30-point game this season after posting only seven in his first three NBA seasons combined.Shabazz Napier added 24 points in the win for the Nets, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 18 points, and Joe Harris and DeMarre Carroll tallied 17 and 11 points, respectively, in the victory.The win was Brooklyn 9;s ninth straight at home and allowed the Nets to match its victory total from all of last season in the team's 52nd game of the season (28-24)."That's good to hear," Atkinson said. "That says we are ahead of schedule -- so happy about that, happy for our guys, happy for our organization. It's a good accomplishment so far. Obviously, we want more." This will be the first of two meetings between the teams this season, with San Antonio visiting on Feb. 25.The Spurs own a 70-21 all-time edge on Brooklyn and have won 41 of the 45 games played in the Alamo City, including 15 straight. Brooklyn has not beaten the Spurs in San Antonio since Jan. 22, 2002.--Field Level Media

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NHL Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Winnipeg Jets - 1/31/2019 - 8:05 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Winnipeg Jets - Date: 1/31/2019 Time: 8:00 PM EST Venue: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3C 5S5 / The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to snap a season-high three-game losing streak when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night. Professional Handicappers. The Blue Jackets have been outscored 11-6 during their skid. Best Free Sports Picks. They also are dealing with questions about the future of superstar sniper Artemi Panarin, who could be headed to free agency after his agent announced this week that he would not negotiate a contract extension until after the season. Columbus is firmly entrenched in the playoff race entering its contest against the first-place Jets at Bell MTS Place." We've said all along we're going to make hard decisions if we have to, but our focus is on getting our team better and making it as competitive as possible for this spring but also into the future obviously," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said of the prospect of losing both Panarin and starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to free agency." If we have to make a hard decision, we will," Kekalainen added. In Tuesday's home defeat to Buffalo, Panarin posted a pair of assists for his team-leading 17th multi-point game and fourth in the last seven contests (six goals, four assists). Best Sports Handicapping Services. The Central Division-leading Jets returned with a pair of road tests on the East Coast, losing 3-1 at the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday but rebounding to rally past the Boston Bruins in a 4-3 shootout win the next night in a tough back-to-back set to start the run to April. Hampered by an ankle injury, hu lking defenseman Dustin Byfuglien missed the final 10 games leading up to the break. There was talk of his imminent return in Philadelphia or Boston, but Jets coach Paul Maurice ruled him out, and Thursday's home game against Columbus also appears doubtful. Fellow blueliner Ben Chiarot returned from a lower-body injury and recorded an assist in Boston. The Jets have also been without top-six forward Nikolaj Ehlers, who has missed the last 10 games with an upper-body injury." We're in a good position and were playing our best hockey going into the break," said Jets forward Blake Wheeler, second in the NHL with 53 assists. "We're trying to work toward playing our best hockey toward the end of the season and see where that puts us." At the All-Star Game in San Jose last weekend, Wheeler represented the Jets for the second time while teammate Mark Scheifele played in his first contest.--Field Level Media

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NHL Game Preview: New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils - 1/31/2019 - 7:05 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils - Date: 1/31/2019 Time: 7:00 PM EST Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, N. J., 07102 / The New York Rangers were victimized Tuesday by a New Jersey-born goalie. Free Soccer Picks. The Rangers will hope for better fortunes against the NHL's Garden State team Thursday, when they visit the New Jersey Devils in a battle of Metropolitan Division teams on the outside of the playoff picture. Sports Betting Profit. The Rangers were off Wednesday after suffering a hard-luck loss Tuesday, when they fell 1-0 to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. Professional Sports Handicappers. The Devils have been off since Monday, when they returned from the All-Star break by beating th e host Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3. The loss Tuesday snapped a three-game winning streak for the Rangers, who appeared to be in pretty good shape when the little-used Anthony Stolarz, who hadn't played since Dec. 15 due to a lower body injury, drew the start at goalie for the Flyers instead of red-hot rookie Carter Hart. But Stolarz, who grew up about 35 miles away from Manhattan in Edison, N. J., made his homecoming a memorable one by stopping all 38 shots he faced to garner his second NHL shutout. His effort was particularly notable given Stolarz preserved that 1-0 lead for nearly 59 minutes." It's 1-0 (fewer than) two minutes into the game," Rangers head coach David Quinn said afterward. "But you don't give up another one the rest of the game, you feel like your chances are going to be pretty good. We just weren't able to capitalize on our chances." The Devils were the beneficiary of a surprising performance in net Monday night, when K eith Kinkaid stopped 37 shots against the Penguins. The win was the first since Jan. 4 for Kinkaid, whose status as New Jersey's no. 1 goalie has been threatened by emerging rookie MacKenzie Blackwood. Kinkaid said having more than a week off served as a chance for a mental reset." A break -- a little extended break, too -- it's nice to refresh and not think about hockey," Kinkaid said following Monday's game. "Just focus on the things you need to do." Kinkaid will be rewarded with a second straight start Thursday, when he will likely oppose Rangers No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who sat out Tuesday's game in favor of backup Alexandar Georgiev. Lundqvist, who played in the All-Star Game last Saturday, hasn't been in net for New York since Jan. 19, when he earned the win by making 27 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Lundqvist is 36-17-8 in 61 regular season appearances against the Devils. Kinkaid is 2-1-0 in four care er games against the Rangers. The Devils will be without defenseman Sami Vatanen, who suffered a concussion Monday when he absorbed a hit into the boards from Penguins center Derick Brassard. It is the second known concussion in the last year for Vatanen, who was also injured in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Tampa Bay Lightning in April.--Field Level Media

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