Spurs outlast Warriors for 13th straight win

OAKLAND, Calif. – No matter the lineup or location, the San Antonio Spurs are rolling by way of the NBA once more this spring, simply the way in which they’ve for many of the last two decades.

Particularly against Golden State.

Tony Parker had 20 points and five assists, Danny Green scored 18 points and the short-handed Spurs outlasted the Warriors 99-ninety on Saturday night time for their 13th straight victory.

“I assume they believe in themselves and in the system, they usually just hold working it. Other than that, I do not really know what to tell you,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich stated. “They’ve simply obtained great character. They by no means give in, and I feel they like the challenge when guys are out. They seem to take pleasure in it.”

Tiago Splitter added 17 factors and 14 rebounds because the league-leading Spurs (fifty three-16) pulled away with an eleven-0 run early within the fourth quarter. San Antonio, riding its longest successful streak in seven years, is 2 video games ahead of Oklahoma Metropolis for the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.

The Spurs did it even while resting stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. They are 3-0 in opposition to Golden State this season, together with two wins in Oakland without their regulars, after eliminating the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs last yr.

“Everybody stepped up,” Parker stated. “When somebody’s not playing, it’s just different guys who will do it. And we belief one another.”

Stephen Curry scored 20 factors to go with six assists and six rebounds, and Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 boards because the Warriors head into a 5-day break on a bitter observe.

The Warriors (forty four-27) had won three straight but missed an opportunity to move up within the playoff chase after Portland lost at Charlotte. Golden State is still in sixth place in the West, 1 games behind the Trail Blazers and 1 ahead of Dallas.

San Antonio has won 51 of the past 59 conferences in opposition to the Warriors.

“We made some mistakes. It’s a disappointing loss. It’ll make us better,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “Hopefully we see them down the street again, however there is a purpose why they’re the very best staff in basketball.”

After wins at the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night and at Sacramento on Friday night time, Popovich rested two of his veterans as he so typically does all through the NBA’s marathon schedule. Duncan, Ginobili and Parker all sat out San Antonio’s 104-102 victory against the Warriors on Dec. 19.

Jackson has been trying to take an analogous method during the season’s stretch run, although the wins aren’t all the time following. Swingman Andre Iguodala was inactive for the third straight sport with tendinitis in his right knee, and backup middle Jermaine O’Neal returned after sitting out the earlier two video games.

Even with all the lineup adjustments, Jackson noticed the matchup towards the Spurs as a “benchmark” for the place his team stands. He joked earlier than the game that the Spurs are like a bunch of “outdated dudes” at a leisure center whipping a bunch of high school All-People due to their smarts and savvy.

And that’s simply what it looked like firstly.

The Spurs opened the sport on a 22-7 run and held the lead a lot of the means. After the Warriors moved within four within the fourth quarter, Green’s 3-pointer capped an 11-0 spurt that put San Antonio ahead 87-74.

The Warriors made one final push before the Spurs rapidly regrouped. Parker spun for a reverse layup and Green came again with one other 3 to stretch San Antonio’s lead again to ninety four-82 with 2:18 left, sending a lot of the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 headed to the exits.

“I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Popovich said. “Their effort with three games in 4 nights, this late in the season, and the again-to-again tonight, to finish off the three in 4 was real special as a result of everyone came off the bench and they gave the trouble they wanted to offer and I’m simply thrilled for them.”

The Spurs showed off all their best attributes via the game: smothering protection, precision passing and sharp taking pictures. The Warriors lastly discovered their touch late within the second quarter, once they scored 10 straight points and sliced San Antonio’s result in 50-47 at the half.

The teams traded scores for a lot of the third quarter, and the Warriors briefly took a one-level lead. The Spurs put collectively one other surge to go forward seventy six-69 entering the fourth quarter, and held on for their longest winning streak since rolling off thirteen in a row was from Feb. 13 to March 13, 2007.

“You don’t win 50-something odd games at this level and not have a good second unit,” said O’Neal, who had 9 points and seven rebounds. “They actually fly round.”

NOTES: Spurs reserve F Matt Bonner additionally sat out with a strained proper calf… San Antonio (15-1) and Golden State (thirteen-5) have probably the most wins within the NBA since the All-Star break… The Spurs and Warriors meet for the ultimate time this season April 2 in San Antonio.

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Davis’ 40 points, 21 boards power Pelicans

Davis' Monster Evening Fuels Pelicans In OT

 

NEW ORLEANS – Anthony Davis is getting even better while the New Orleans Pelicans close out one other difficult season.

Davis set career highs with 40 points and 21 rebounds, and Eric Gordon made two crucial free throws in additional time to guide the Pelicans to a 121-one hundred twenty extra time victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night time.

"My teammates inform me that they feed off my power and so they need me to be great so I can not be timid and do what it takes to help my staff win," mentioned Davis, who additionally blocked three photographs, making him the eight participant in NBA history with at the very least forty factors, 20 rebounds and three blocks in a game. "We're making an attempt to do a better job of constructing me comfortable down the stretch."

Tyreke Evans added 26 factors and Gordon had 19 for the Pelicans (27-39), who had lost two consecutive games. Gordon's foul pictures with 9.four seconds remaining gave the Pelicans a 121-117 lead.

"In overtime we did sufficient to squeak out a one-level win," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said.

Jeff Green, who led Boston with 39 factors, answered Gordon's free throws in time beyond regulation with a three-point play that trimmed New Orleans' result in 121-one hundred twenty with 5.7 seconds remaining. But the Celtics had been unable to foul on the inbounds play and New Orleans ran out the clock.

"No less than we played with higher poise on the finish of regulation and time beyond regulation," mentioned Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who blamed a defensive miscommunication for Boston not committing the late foul. "We gave ourselves a chance to win on the offensive end. Guys acquired a couple of stops, simply not sufficient at the finish."

Davis did not score in additional time however controlled the middle by grabbing six rebounds. He turned the first player in franchise historical past to have a minimum of forty factors and 20 rebounds in a game. He's averaging 32.three points in his last six games.

His earlier high for factors was Friday night when he scored 36 in a loss in opposition to Portland. Davis' 21 rebounds erased his earlier profession high of 19 against Orlando on Jan. 26.

"I believe he can do this 10 to 15 times a year just because he is so gifted and does issues for the precise reason," Williams said. "Obviously, he has nice athletic skill but some of that stuff is simply him. We attempt to put him ready where he is usually a dominant participant."

Green made three massive free throws late in regulation, tying it at a hundred and ten. Davis answered with a jumper for New Orleans, however Kris Humphries, who scored 16 factors, sent the game into overtime on a long jumper from the correct nook.

"That is a tricky one to swallow," mentioned Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, who scored 14 points. "(Humphries) hitting that big shot to ship it into extra time, we thought we could win. In the end we got here up quick."

Avery Bradley had 12 factors for the Celtics, who lost their fourth consecutive recreation.

Evans' layup with 5:33 remaining within the fourth quarter gave the Pelicans a 102-89 lead. Boston then closed with a 23-10 surge to pressure the extra interval.

It was similar to the previous two games when the Pelicans blew leads towards Memphis and Portland.

"We played defense within the fourth quarter and in time beyond regulation and received stops once we wanted it," Davis stated. "We got here up with the rebounds and made free throws."

The Celtics, who tried to push the tempo towards the defense-minded Pelicans, closed the primary half on a 17-eight run to take a 64-fifty seven halftime lead. Boston scored 39 factors within the second period.

Green had 20 factors on the break. He had a tying dunk with four:eleven left and a three-pointer with 2:35 remaining, giving Boston a fifty four-forty nine lead.

Recreation notes

The Pelicans completed 24-of-28 from the free-throw line, after making their solely two foul shots in the first half… Davis was 12-of-12 from the line, and has not missed an attempt in his past three games… The Pelicans have won their previous 5 games which have gone into overtime… New Orleans scored a season-excessive 70 points in the paint, and held Boston to forty six.

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NBA Prediction Tuesday Night Preview/Pick- Portland vs. Memphis

 

Portland Trail Blazers (42-21, 18-13 away) @ Memphis Grizzlies (36-26, 19-14 home) 03/11- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: MEM -3.5

Over/Under: 198.0

 

After dropping two games in the state of Texas, the Portland Trail Blazers hope to get it together as they will go into FedEx Forum on Tuesday night to battle the surging Memphis Grizzlies.

 

The Trail Blazers (42-21) dropped back-to-back games after giving away fourth quarter leads… first to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night losing 103-98 then on Sunday to the Houston Rockets falling in defeat 118-113 in overtime.

 

In both fourth quarter games, the Blazers were outscored by an average of 8.0 points, shooing 41.7 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe… Portland is among the league’s best from the free throw line with 80.7 percent.

 

That Blazers defensive collapse in the fourth quarter resulted in the Rockets outscoring Portland 33-21 to send the game into overtime.

 

That was a tough loss,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “A game, I thought we did a good job of controlling it for a good part of it. We had our opportunities to win it. They made some tough shots. I thought we overcame some adversity and still put ourselves in a position to win, but we didn’t close it out.”

 

Portland still ranks among the best with 107.7 points per game and LaMarcus Aldridge is doing his part in scoring averaging with 29.0 ppg and 14.5 rebounds on this five-game trip so far but the Blazers as a whole will need to play some defense if they want to end their road trip that takes them through the Southwest Division on a more positive note. After Memphis, they will travel back to Texas to face the San Antonio Spurs and than end the trip versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

 

Against Memphis in 24 games, Aldridge has struggled averaging only 15.9 points… his lowest against any other NBA team.

 

Having won back-to-back games and winners of four of five, the Memphis Grizzlies (36-26) is a team that seems to peaking at the right time and much of their success is because of their defensive intensity to provide them with a nice balance on both sides of the ball as everyone is getting involved.

 

Everybody is pitching in, and we are going to need everybody to continue to do that for the remainder (of the season),” guard Tony Allen said. “Be ready when their number is called.”

 

The Grizzlies have won four straight against the Trail Blazers and with their recent play, the oddsmakers have the confidence that they will get it done again by making them a (minus -3.5) point favorite against the visiting Blazers, but get the latest odds up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.

 

I too, have that confidence in the Grizzlies to continue playing with success the rest of the way and see them being able beat the Blazers come Tuesday night as they continue to make a strong playoff push.

 

Prediction/Pick- Memphis

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

Mavericks extend Pacers’ slide to 4 games

 

DALLAS – Devin Harris rolled via the lane, hit a layup and pumped his fist when the whistle blew for a foul.

Vince Carter tipped a unfastened ball 3 times earlier than emphatically grabbing the rebound, scowling whereas the play was nonetheless occurring in a sequence that led to a three-pointer.

The Dallas Mavericks have proven some combat to reply to their longest shedding streak of the season. Now it's time for the Indiana Pacers to do the same.

Harris and Monta Ellis scored 20 factors apiece and the Mavericks extended Indiana's season-long skid to four games with a one hundred and five-ninety four victory in opposition to the Jap Convention leaders Sunday evening.

The Mavericks had misplaced three straight, capped by a woeful defeat in Denver, before coming house to beat a pair of playoff teams in Portland and Indiana.

Dallas needed to rally past the Trail Blazers within the fourth quarter after blowing a 30-point lead, and the Pacers came back from 17 down within the first half and almost worn out one other double-digit deficit after halftime.

"In these two games, we've run the gamut of just about everything," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle mentioned. "The early big lead, dropping the entire lead, getting down and combating back. And tonight, this can be a high-two workforce within the league. We did it by protecting an actual even, strong disposition."

Paul George had 27 factors and 11 rebounds to steer the Pacers, who stayed a sport and a half up on Miami for the East lead after the Heat misplaced in additional time to Chicago.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 factors on a tricky taking pictures night time as the Mavericks swept the two-sport season sequence from the Pacers, who had been coming off their most lopsided loss in a 26-point defeat at Houston.

"Stay the course," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "It is a robust stretch of the schedule. We knew it was going to be tough. You're going to need to play at your finest to win at Dallas, at Houston."

Carter's gritty offensive rebound led to a 3-pointer from Harris, and the 37-yr-outdated Carter hit from lengthy vary a short while later to put Dallas up 87-seventy seven halfway by the fourth quarter.

"It is a spiritually uplifting play for our staff and all people in the enviornment," Carlisle stated. "You see a 37-12 months-outdated man go up three times and then tear it down. That is big time, and he's showing you the way a lot he needs to win."

Indiana was inside 89-87 when Harris, who had a season excessive in factors, had his fist-pumping three-level play and Nowitzki hit a pair of free throws.

Ellis, who matched huge males Nowitzki and Samuel Dalembert with eight rebounds, put the sport away in the closing 2 minutes with a pair of jumpers that gave the Mavericks one more double-digit lead at 102-92 with fifty six seconds left.

"We actually responded after shedding three in a row," stated Harris, who also had a season-excessive four steals. "Clearly we began off properly and ended properly, however had some trouble in between."

George was right on his scoring average from his final two journeys to Dallas, however the Pacers could not get the defensive stops wanted to make it three straight wins in Dallas.

"They simply made massive shots," George said. "Monta got scorching and hit a few large shots. Game over."

Lance Stephenson kept Indiana within the sport early with 18 first-half points on 7-of-eight taking pictures, but was limited by foul trouble in the second half and finished with 21. George Hill scored 20 for Indiana.

Shawn Marion scored 12 for Dallas, and Jose Calderon and Carter had 10 apiece. Dallas' reserves outscored Indiana's 41-4.

A sluggish offense had so much to do with the Pacers' early deficit, and their incapacity to complete a second-half rally.

In the first half, Indiana had one shot-clock violation and three other instances when the buzzer went off after a shot was taken. Then the Pacers hit just one basket in the last 4 minutes after getting inside 92-89 on shot inside by David West.

"They made more plays," Vogel mentioned. "That is the form of thing that's been occurring to us on a gamely basis it looks like."

Nowitzki had plenty of open seems in the first half however simply couldn't hit many, ending 2 of 8 with five points before halftime. He was three of 14 from the sector for the game.

 

Sport notes

Mavericks F Jae Crowder left the game with an belly pressure… Dallas recalled G Gal Mekel from the NBDL. He performed three video games for the Texas Legends in his first motion since proper knee surgery on Jan. 17… The Mavericks honored Mike Modano at halftime a night after his No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars in the same building… A fan gained $10,000 at halftime by getting three large, inflatable cube to land on a greenback signal, drawing an enormous roar from the group.

 

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NBA Prediction Thursday Night Preview/Pick- Heat vs. Spurs

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Miami Heat (43-15, 19-10 away) @ San Antonio Spurs (44-16, 21-8 home) 03/06- 8PM EST

 

Line: SAS -3.0

Over/Under: 209.0

 

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will clash for the second time this season on Thursday night in a rematch from last year’s NBA Finals.

 

The Heat look to bounce back after a tough 106-103 loss at the hands of the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night that saw LeBron James score just 22 points a night after going off for 61 points in a 124-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

 

Playing on the second of a back-to-back, it is safe say the four-time MVP James didn’t have much left in the tank after having the best night of career the night before. James went only 1 of 7 in the second half and spent most of the beginning of the fourth quarter on the bench.

 

I fought through it in the first half. Second half it just wasn’t there for me,” James said. “Got out of rhythm.”

 

Even with an exhausted James unable to perform to his fullest, the Heat (43-15) made a game of it and had their chances in the fourth quarter but just weren’t able to get over the hump as Michael Beasley and Dwayne Wade both scored 24 points apiece to help keep the Heat close.

 

We were able to push back in the fourth quarter and tie the game up,” Wade said. “But we had to exhaust so much energy trying to come back.”

 

With a Wednesday day off, Miami hopes to enter Thursday’s contest a little better rested as they look to sweep the regular-season series over the Spurs following a blowout 113-101 win back in Miami on Jan 26 that saw the Heat lead by as much as 29 points.

 

The Spurs (44-16) hope to have a better showing in the 3-point department come Thursday after going just 6 of 22 from beyond the arc back in Miami. The Spurs will also have a better compliment of starting players against the Heat on Thursday night after missing Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter in the first matchup.

 

San Antonio is 4-1 is their last five games and have been getting it done from long range distance and sharing the basketball, where in their 122-101 victory at Cleveland on Tuesday night, the Spurs hit 12 of their final 18 3-point attempts and the team combined for 39 assists on 43 field goals.

 

That doesn’t happen very often,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “We’ve been doing that really well all year long, but that’s a ridiculous ratio right there.”

 

Those numbers won’t come as easy as they did on Tuesday night for the Spurs but the oddsmakers have given San Antonio the edge making them a (minus -3.0) point favorite but stay up to date on the latest spread up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.

 

The Heat have dominated the Spurs of late winning their last five regular-season game but I will favor the Spurs to get it done at home in what is expected to be a great game.

 

Prediction/Pick- San Antonio

 

 

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Rockets cool off LeBron, survive late Heat comeback

HOUSTON – LeBron James was wiped out – and it confirmed.

Dwight Howard had 22 factors and 16 rebounds, James Harden added 21 factors and the Houston Rockets held James in examine Tuesday night time during a 106-103 victory towards the Miami Warmth.

James had a chance to tie the game with a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it surely was off – identical to most of his second-half photographs.

The four-time MVP completed with 22 factors, one evening after setting a club report with a career-excessive 61 against Charlotte. He acknowledged earlier than Tuesday's sport that he was "extremely tired" and that he spent most of the day sleeping.

James had 19 points by halftime, but appeared to pull at times in the second half and spent the first half of the fourth quarter on the bench. He was 1 for 7 after the break.

"I fought by way of it in the first half. Second half it just wasn't there for me," James stated. "Obtained out of rhythm."

Still, the Warmth minimize their deficit to a few when Michael Beasley hit a 3-pointer with 21.2 seconds left. Harden threw the ball away after that, and Howard by chance hit James in the face after they both went up to attempt to grab an extended move.

James lay on the court holding his damaged nostril for just a few seconds earlier than getting up and slowly strolling to the bench. He has been sporting a protective mask to guard his nostril.

James remained in the game after a timeout, then missed the desperation 3 with Howard in his face.

"I knew I had to put up a heave over top of him," James mentioned. "I felt like I received a very good look – just a little lengthy."

The Rockets used the phrase composed repeatedly after the game to describe their play.

"There's no need for us to get fearful," Howard mentioned of the workforce's mindset after Beasley's three. "Situations like that, the best thing we are able to do is stay composed. If we level our finger or put our heads down, it offers the other crew confidence. That is one thing we've been attempting to work on all yr."

Dwyane Wade had 24 points for the Warmth after sitting out Monday night. Beasley also scored 24, a season excessive.

Miami by no means led, but tied it twice within the fourth quarter. Houston used an 11-2 spurt to take a 104-95 lead with less than three minutes remaining.

"We were able to push again in the fourth quarter and tie the sport up," Wade stated. "But we needed to exhaust a lot energy attempting to come back back."

Houston led by thirteen early within the fourth before two separate runs by the Warmth tied it at ninety one with 7 minutes remaining. The additionally tied it at 93 before Houston used its late run to close it out.

"We did some great things," Rockets coach Kevin McHale mentioned. "We made some plays… I assumed during stretches on this recreation we performed rather well."

The Heat had made consecutive three-pointers to cut the lead to seven early within the fourth quarter when Chris Andersen blocked a shot by Donatas Motiejunas. Andersen stood underneath the basket after the block and taunted Motiejunas, drawing a technical foul.

Miami then used an eight-zero run, which included a three by Beasley, to cut it to 88-87 with 8½ minutes left.

Houston opened the second half with a 9-2 run capped by Chandler Parsons' dunk over James. Shane Battier had a basket for Miami after that, but Houston reeled off six straight points to increase the result in sixty eight-56.

An airball on a three-point attempt by Wade was considered one of three missed pictures by the Heat in that span.

The Rockets were up by 9 quickly after that when Harden launched a protracted alley-oop to Howard, who barely grabbed it in time to sail over Chris Bosh for the dunk.

Howard picked up a foul with about 5 minutes left in the first half when he bumped into James as he was driving to the basket, inflicting him to lose control of the ball, which bounced off James' masks.

A reverse layup by James and a free throw by Wade within the last 20 seconds of the first half minimize Houston's lead to fifty three-fifty two at halftime.

The Rockets jumped out to a 7-0 lead and had been up 39-32 on the end of the first quarter.

Notes

Corridor of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon, and Houston Texans stars Andre Johnson and Arian Foster attended the game, as did Minnesota Vikings operating back Adrian Peterson and former Astros pitcher and 7-time Cy Younger Award winner Roger Clemens… James stated the very best compliments he received following his large game towards Charlotte came from the 2 most important ladies in his life. "My mom and my spouse saying how proud they had been of me and that I by no means cease to amaze them," he stated. "So it is always nice when your loved ones gives you that kind of gratitude and response."

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LeBron returns to guide Heat past Nuggets

Warmth Win Thriller On LeBron's Birthday

 

DENVER – LeBron James returned from a groin harm on his birthday and wasted no time finding his capturing contact.

James scored 26 points and the Miami Warmth beat the skidding Denver Nuggets 97-ninety four Monday night time regardless of losing Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole throughout the game.

"They left me open on the 3-level line. I took 9 3s and all of them felt good," said James, who transformed five. "The groin wasn't an issue at all."

James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday throughout the Warmth's extra time loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming again to help ship the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss.

He actually did not thoughts going back to work on his birthday.

"No, it isn't special," he stated. "It's particular to go out there with my teammates, to be again in good type and be out there and help them win a ballgame on the highway."

Chris Bosh had 17 factors and Ray Allen thirteen, together with six in the remaining 5:08, as Miami received for the ninth time in 11 video games.

Ty Lawson scored 26 points to guide the Nuggets, who dropped their second straight to Miami on the Pepsi Middle after winning the previous 10. The dropping streak is their longest since dropping the final eight video games of the 2002-03 season.

"These guys just made performs at the end and we missed a couple of photographs, and that was all she wrote," Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur mentioned. "But I feel we're starting to get it. We're making an attempt to turn this thing round. Obviously, we're on a seven-sport dropping streak but hopefully we will turn this thing round and get back over500."

While the Heat acquired James again, they have been with out Wade and Cole for much of the game.

Cole left midway via the third quarter after taking a fall at the end of a driving layup try and hitting his face on the floor.

He had come into the game in place of Wade, who did not return after halftime because of again spasms.

Cole went up for a shot against Lawson, who was called for a foul, and fell awkwardly face first to the floor. Cole remained down for a number of minutes whereas being tended to by trainers before being helped to his toes and assisted off the ground to the locker room for remedy.

"He went back and after a few minutes he was positive," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He's just going to have a fat lip tomorrow."

Joel Anthony came in for Cole and made both free throws.

Trailing by 9 on the break, the Warmth opened the third quarter with a 13-zero run, regaining the lead on a 3-pointer by James. Denver fought again to take a seventy seven-72 lead into the fourth quarter, getting successive baskets from Randy Foye and a dunk from Timofey Mozgov to assist offset one other 3 by James.

The groups alternated scores for a lot of the fourth quarter, with neither letting the opposite pull away. After Lawson hit a 3 to place Denver up ninety-89, James and Allen converted jumpers on consecutive possessions for a 93-ninety Miami lead with 1:36 remaining.

Wilson Chandler's two-handed dunk acquired Denver within some extent with 50.7 seconds left however Miami answered with a 3-pointer by Michael Beasley off a feed from James, who completed with 10 assists.

"That was a huge shot," James mentioned. "It was nice for his confidence. For me, I did not even second-guess it. I trust my teammates."

Foye's layup with 25.1 seconds remaining pulled the Nuggets to ninety six-ninety four. Allen was fouled with 15.four seconds left and made one in every of two free throws. Lawson's off-balance three-point strive hit off the rim and the rebound went out of bounds off Miami, giving Denver one final likelihood with 1.8 seconds left. With Udonis Haslem in his face, though, J.J. Hickson didn't get the inbounds pass off within 5 seconds, turning the ball back over to Miami, which ran out the final moments.

Arthur hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left within the second quarter, giving the Nuggets a fifty five-46 lead at halftime.

Miami, which led by as many as eight factors early, had a 6-zero burst capped by Beasley's operating bank shot to get to 46-43 with 2:19 left in the second. The Nuggets closed out the period by scoring nine of the following 12 points, starting with successive dunks from Kenneth Faried and Chandler.

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, a former Nugget, missed his third consecutive sport because of a sore back… James has scored in double figures in 525 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in NBA historical past… Chandler has scored 10 or extra factors in eleven straight video games and 19 of his last 21… The Heat improved to 9-1 against Western Conference opponents.

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Dragic, Green lead Suns in rout of Clippers

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LA – Jeff Hornacek and Doc Rivers performed towards each other for thirteen seasons in the NBA. This was the primary time they matched up as head coaches in a sport that counted, and Hornacek’s Phoenix Suns gave the Los Angeles Clippers a not-so-subtle reminder of how quickly turnovers can turn into quick-break factors.

Goran Dragic had 26 factors and eight assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, Gerald Green added 21 points off the bench, and the Suns ended the 12 months with a 107-88 rout of the Clippers on Monday night time.

The Clippers went up in opposition to a team that started the day averaging a league-greatest 19.1 quick-break points, and allowed 18 for the game. Phoenix scored the first 9 factors, seven off three Clippers turnovers. The Suns converted 20 turnovers into 20 points total, including a three-point play by Dragic that gave them a 45-34 lead with four:fifty five left within the first half.

“That is our game. We try to play a quick, up-tempo sport, and I believe issues are going to be much better if you happen to play like that,” Dragic said. “Taking part in a half-court game is de facto powerful for us, so now we have to push the ball and try to get everyone involved. And when we get into the open courtroom, we’ve got all those open shooters.”

The Suns have received 10 of their final 12 after a 9-9 start and path the defending Pacific Division champion Clippers by a half-sport for the top spot.

“It was an enormous win for us, especially in L.A.,” Dragic said. “We knew it was going to be a tough sport. They seem to be a really good crew, a playoff staff, and they have a number of stars. So our job was to play them strong – especially within the first half – and pressure them to play our rhythm. We did an excellent job of that.”

Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford every scored 15 points for Los Angeles, while Chris Paul had 11 factors and 7 assists. It was essentially the most lopsided loss of the season for the Clippers, who beat the Suns the previous three times they hosted them – by an average margin of 20 factors.

“I feel we did a great job of being actually unselfish and looking for one another,” stated Channing Frye, who put the clamps on Griffin following his 40-point effort over Utah on Saturday night.

“We had 26 assists, so we did a greater job of pushing the pace and executing. It’s not like we’re shooting off the wall, but guys are taking the best photographs more often than not. Hopefully we are able to keep in mind how onerous we played tonight and may continue that into the brand new 12 months so we will stay in that groove we’re in.”

The Suns have been 12 for 31 on three-pointers towards the Clippers, who got here in with the league’s finest defense against 3-level shooting (32.7 %).

Dragic, who averaged solely 9.2 points in his 17 previous video games towards the Clippers, powered the Suns to a 61-forty halftime lead with 20 factors. Green added 14 within the second quarter, including a trio of 3-pointers that helped gasoline a sixteen-4 run in the remaining four:08 of the half.

“We generally tend every now and again to go into a lull and give up some straightforward baskets, but tonight I thought we were actually alert,” Hornacek mentioned. “After they rolled to the basket, we had been there to help. And once they kicked it out, the fellows have been rotating. We simply challenged each shot, they usually did not have a lot of simple pictures.”

Los Angeles received no nearer than sixteen within the second half. Griffin and Paul both sat out the fourth quarter with the Clippers trailing 88-59 via three.

“They simply kept pushing it at us,” Paul mentioned. “On an evening like this when our offense isn’t going, we’ve got to have the ability to depend on our protection. Tonight we couldn’t. I don’t assume they caught us off guard. We knew how they have been going to play. They hit us within the mouth early, they usually just dominated us through and through. Luckily it solely counts as one loss.”

Eric Bledsoe, who came in as Phoenix’s main scorer with an 18.four common, played his first sport against the team he spent his first 4 NBA seasons with and completed with seven factors and 4 assists in 31 minutes.

Sport notes

This will be the first time in franchise historical past that the Clippers make it to New Yr’s Day with out a dropping streak of greater than two games in a full season… Griffin has drawn a league-excessive 123 fouls. The Suns fouled him six instances… Not one of the Clippers’ different eleven losses have been by more than 14 points… Los Angeles C

DeAndre Jordan

played 21 scoreless minutes in the first half with 12 rebounds. He completed with two points and 19 boards… The Clippers took their only lead, 14-13, on a pair of free throws by Griffin.

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Eagles nab NFC East title thanks to late pick

Eagles Win NFC East

 

ARLINGTON, Texas – Nick Foles and Philadelphia's high-scoring offense wanted slightly assist from the defense to ensure it was the identical previous sad ending for the Dallas Cowboys.

Foles threw two touchdown passes, one to NFL speeding champion LeSean McCoy, and Brandon Boykin had a game-sealing interception to assist the Eagles beat the Cowboys 24-22 in a win-or-go-house sport for the NFC East title Sunday night.

The Cowboys misplaced to a division rival with a playoff berth on the road for the third straight year, and no person can blame Tony Romo for this crushing loss.

Kyle Orton, filling in two days after Romo underwent back surgery, had Dallas about 40 yards from area goal range with 1:forty nine remaining. But he threw behind Miles Austin on the first play, and into the arms of Boykin.

"We stored fighting. We believed in one another," stated Foles, who was 17-of-26 for 263 yards after throwing for less than eighty in a 17-three loss to Dallas at dwelling. "When the offense was struggling, the protection picked us up."

The Eagles (10-6) will host New Orleans in a wild-card recreation Saturday night time, whereas the Cowboys (8-eight) have now dropped a finale to every division rival the past three seasons and have missed the playoffs 4 straight years. Dallas is 136-136 since the begin of the 1997 season.

"It is unthinkable, actually, to me to be sitting here three years in a row and this game finally ends up placing us at500 and this recreation eliminates us from going to the playoffs," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated.

McCoy, who had a 3-yard scoring catch, rushed for 131 yards to finish with 1,607 yards and turn out to be the primary Philadelphia operating again to win the dashing title since Corridor of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949.

"With the stats and the information, none of that stuff means anything, in case you do not win in the long run," McCoy mentioned. "That is crucial thing."

The Eagles gained the division for the primary time since 2010 a yr after going 4-12, which led to Andy Reid's departure and the hiring of Chip Kelly and his fast-paced offense from Oregon.

Dallas trailed 24-16 when Orton threw a 32-yard touchdown go to Dez Bryant. Orton went back to Bryant for the 2-level conversion, however Cary Williams dove to punch the ball away.

However the Eagles, with the second-ranked offense in the NFL, could not run out the clock towards the league's worst defense. Foles even tried to throw on third down, however had to slide wanting the first down when no person was open.

Boykin took care of things from there.

"It definitely wasn't our greatest, but some guys got here up with some huge plays after we needed them to," said Connor Barwin, who knocked down a fourth-down go earlier within the fourth quarter.

Romo was the quarterback for losses the previous two seasons to the New York Giants and Washington – and towards the Eagles in the identical scenario in 2008.

The Cowboys have been down 10-zero early in the second quarter and by no means led, however nonetheless discovered a solution to make it interesting with out Romo and defensive leader Sean Lee, who was out with a sprained neck.

Regardless, Dallas is barely the third team in NFL historical past to complete with three straight 8-8 data, based on STATS. And those are in Jason Garrett's three full seasons as coach.

"You feel an amazing sense of pleasure about how the staff played, how they fought, how they scratched, how they clawed, how they battled," Garrett said. "However having mentioned that, we didn't get the job accomplished."

Orton, who was 30-of-forty six for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his first begin in two years, was the primary Dallas starter not named Romo in an elimination recreation since a playoff loss to Carolina with Quincy Carter beneath center in the course of the 2003 season.

The Cowboys weren't shy about throwing with out Romo.

Trailing by one, Dallas tried to go on fourth-and-1 from the Philadelphia forty early in the fourth quarter, and Barwin knocked down Orton's throw to DeMarco Murray, who was open in the flat.

That decision came after Garrett called a timeout moments earlier than the Eagles would have been known as for a false begin on fourth down from the Dallas 1. The defense bailed him out by stuffing Foles on a sneak.

After the Cowboys' failed fourth-down try, Foles led a steady march to Bryce Brown's 6-yard run for an eight-point lead with 6:09 remaining.

Game notes

Cowboys K

Dan Bailey

had three subject targets and made his final 21 of the season. He was 28 of 30… McCoy had 134 yards from scrimmage and completed with 2,146 to interrupt

Brian Westbrook

's workforce file of 2,104 from 2007… Murray had 51 yards rushing and completed with 1,124, essentially the most for Dallas since

Emmitt Smith

had 1,203 in 2000… Eagles WR

DeSean Jackson

had 28 yards for No. 2 on the franchise's single-season receiving yardage listing with 1,332. Mike Quick had 1,409 in 1983.

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Syracuse rallies late for win over Minnesota

 

Hunt, Syracuse Battle Past Minnesota

 

HOUSTON – Syracuse coach Scott Shafer needs his crew could have held its massive lead over Minnesota and cruised to an easy win within the Texas Bowl on Friday evening.

However he discovered it becoming that the Orange needed to eke out the victory, contemplating the number of close video games they performed this season.

Terrel Hunt scrambled 12 yards for a landing with 1:14 remaining to raise Syracuse to a 21-17 victory over the Golden Gophers.

"It will have been nice if we might have just knocked them out and gained by 17 or one thing," Shafer mentioned. "That is type of not our method this yr. I believe it was appropriate that we won in that style."

Brisly Estime set up Hunt's touchdown with a 70-yard punt return. Estime would have scored if not for a sort out by punter Peter Mortell.

"Brisly is as fast as a jitterbug," Shafer said. "We felt that he may give us something."

It was the second-longest punt return in Texas Bowl history.

"We most likely outpunted our protection," Minnesota coach Jerry Kill stated.

Syracuse (7-6) led 14-3 entering the fourth quarter earlier than Mitch Leidner threw two landing passes and a 2-level conversion to place the Gophers up 17-14.

After the Orange regained the lead, Minnesota attempted two lengthy passes to the tip zone on the ultimate performs. The first slipped by Drew Wolitarsky's arms, and the second, as time expired, was knocked down near the top zone.

Minnesota (8-5) bought a boost to begin the second half when Kill returned to the sideline for the primary time since Sept. 28 earlier than Syracuse came back to send the Gophers to their sixth consecutive bowl loss and second straight on this bowl.

Kill began the game in the press field, where he had noticed his workforce since coming back from a depart of absence to treat and manage his epilepsy. Kill has had 5 seizures on sport day in two-plus seasons at Minnesota. He took the leave of absence in October and returned a few weeks later.

"I felt I would do something I can to assist," Kill said about becoming a member of his workforce on the sideline. "I'm undecided if it helped or not. Evidently, it did not because we did not win the game."

Hunt completed with 188 yards passing and 74 speeding with two scores to earn MVP honors and a ten-gallon cowboy hat.

Leidner completed with 205 yards passing, Maxx Williams had five receptions for seventy six yards and a touchdown, and Wolitarsky had 94 yards receiving and a rating.

Syracuse tried a forty five-yard area aim with about 3½ minutes left, however it sailed wide proper. Robert Welsh sacked Leidner on third down on the subsequent drive to pressure a punt and arrange the successful drive.

The Gophers took their first lead when Syracuse bit on a play-action fake that left Wolitarsky extensive open for a 55-yard landing cross that made it 15-14 early in the fourth quarter. Leidner then hit Mike Henry for the 2-level conversion to push the result in 17-14.

Players and coaches on the sideline jumped around wildly after the touchdown, whereas Kill smiled and stood nearly still amid the chaos.

Hunt was penalized for intentional grounding on third down of the following drive by Syracuse, forcing a fourth-and-25 and a punt by the Orange.

Jerome Smith rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown for Syracuse, and Estime had five receptions for forty seven yards.

Minnesota minimize it to 14-9 when Williams received in entrance of two defenders for a 20-yard touchdown reception from Leidner on the first play of the fourth quarter. It was the Gophers' first landing on offense for the reason that second quarter of a 24-10 win over Penn State on Nov. 9. The Gophers attempted a 2-point conversion, but Leidner was sacked.

The Orange used a clock-consuming, 15-play drive capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Hunt to push the lead to 14-three with about three minutes left within the third quarter. Syracuse used run after run to pound the ball on that drive, and had an 18-yard run by Smith and a 17-yard scamper by George Morris to keep it going.

Syracuse took a 7-0 lead when Smith scored on a 1-yard run early in the second quarter. That drive was helped by a nifty catch by Christopher Clark, who stretched out to grab a 19-yard reception with a defender in his face just earlier than stepping out of bounds.

Minnesota minimize it to 7-3 on Chris Hawthorne's 41-yard subject purpose as time expired within the first half.

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Blazers weather Paul’s 34, edge Clips in OT

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – LaMarcus Aldridge wasn't even sure he was going to play in opposition to the Clippers.

Portland's high scorer and rebounder had his knowledge tooth eliminated Sunday. So on Thursday night, he was nonetheless in some ache. Worse, he hadn't had a lot to eat. However Aldridge got here out and had 32 points and 10 rebounds for the Path Blazers in a 116-112 additional time victory over the Clippers.

"I've had nothing but soup for the last 4 days," he mentioned. "So I used to be a little bit fearful about my vitality ranges."

Ultimately, he didn't actually have a turnover as the shocking Blazers upped their report to an NBA-greatest 24-5. Portland has received seven of its past eight video games, and the Blazers have dropped just two at residence this season.

The Clippers, enjoying the second sport of a back-to-again, mounted a challenge after trailing by as many as 11 factors within the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin had 35 points and eleven rebounds, while Chris Paul finished with 34 factors and sixteen assists.

Aldridge hit a fadeaway with 39 seconds left in extra time, and Portland went ahead 110-109.

Griffin missed a layup on the opposite finish earlier than Nicolas Batum made a pair of free throws to make it 112-109 with 26.5 seconds to go. After Griffin dunked to narrow it again, Damian Lillard made two free throws for Portland.

Portland clung to a 114-112 lead with thirteen.4 seconds left and padded it with Wesley Matthews' foul shots. Paul missed a three-level attempt as time ran out.

Aldridge scored all of Portland's discipline goals in extra time, and completed along with his ninth recreation this season with not less than 25 factors and 10 rebounds, second only to Minnesota's Kevin Love.

As for his enamel? "It is a bit of bit throbbing," he mentioned, shrugging.

It was the second of again-to-back losses for the Clippers. Earlier Thursday, the NBA stated its referees made a mistake once they ejected Griffin within the staff's one hundred and five-103 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday night.

Griffin bought his second technical with 10:forty three left after struggling with Andrew Bogut, following Warriors ahead Draymond Green to the showers after they acquired into it at the end of the third.

"A typical foul should have been known as on Griffin for initially making an attempt to dislodge the Warriors' Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him," Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, said in a press release.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he thought Griffin handled the state of affairs nicely.

"Everyone seems to be a target at some point of their profession," Rivers mentioned. "You simply have to play by means of it."

It was the second ejection for the Clippers in as many games. Forward Matt Barnes was ejected with fifty six seconds left within the third quarter of a 120-116 OT win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday evening. Barnes fouled Love.

"It is a long season. We're in a nasty ejection rut proper now," Rivers stated. "We'll get out of it."

Nobody acquired tossed Thursday.

Mo Williams made back-to-back 3s to give Portland a 34-22 lead within the first half. The Clippers responded with a 9-0 run to close to 34-31, but Aldridge scored six straight factors in an 8-2 run and Portland stretched the margin to forty two-33.

Paul's 3-pointer closed the Clippers to within forty seven-46 at the intermission.

Dorell Wright hit a 3-pointer that gave the Blazers an 84-seventy five lead early in the fourth quarter.

But the Clippers clawed back in, and Paul's pull-up jumper made it ninety seven-96 for Los Angeles' first lead of the second half. After Aldridge's tip-in, Paul added another jumper to provide the Clippers a 99-98 lead, then nailed a step-again 21-footer from the corner with 9.three seconds left.

Undaunted, Batum hit a three-pointer to tie it at 101 with 5.3 seconds to go. Paul missed a 17-footer to send the sport into time beyond regulation.

"I obtained proper where I wished to – I probably tricked myself an excessive amount of, I do not even know if they'd a foul to provide," Paul mentioned. "And with 5 seconds left, I believe I went slightly too quick as a result of I believed they were going to try to use one in all their fouls. I didn't assume I might end up as extensive open as I was – I've got to make that shot. "

Recreation notes

The sport was the primary of three meetings between the two groups this season. The Clippers claimed final season's series three-1… The Clippers' 14 first-quarter factors are the fewest they've scored in the first quarter…

DeAndre Jordan

completed with 19 rebounds earlier than fouling out in extra time… Barnes additionally fouled out in OT.

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Dez apologizes, left early to hide his tears

IRVING, Texas – There is only one man in the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room late Monday mid-day: Dez Bryant.

The Cowboys wide receiver provided a third apology to reporters regarding his actions after leaving area with 1: 21 to play within the fourth quarter of a 37-36 reduction to the Green Bay Packers.

Bryant apologized upon Twitter Sunday night while producing an appearance at a children’s medical center and during a 15-minute chat with reporters at Valley Ranch.

“First and foremost, allow me to start by saying that was not the right action to take was to walk back in [the locker room], ” Bryant said before a gaggle of reporters surrounding their locker. “I wasn’t looking at this that way, how people are portraying this, how I looked, which I clearly understand. Everyone in this locker room, they realize, they understood my frustration, dropping like that, that’s hard. I know I am a very emotional player. I’ve been that way. I got to do a better job associated with controlling my emotions. I feel such as there was no way I could have sitting there and watched them leg the ball and shake anybody of those players’ hands. Just because from the fashion of how we lost. And it also was heartbreaking. It had absolutely nothing to do with my teammates. Nothing. Since I honestly felt like we performed great, we just didn’t complete. ”

Bryant said he wasn’t punished simply by team officials and coach Jerrika Garrett spoke to his celebrity receiver about not doing it once again.

“He realized me, but at the same time, basically such as what y’all said, it’s exactly how people will look at it, inch Bryant said. “Like I mentioned, nobody in this locker room, no one in this organization had any problem simply because they know what kind of guy I am. inch

BryantI was extremely emotional. I cried when I had the locker room. I did not want to show that stuff around the sideline.

- Dez Bryant

When quarterback Tony Romo threw his 2nd interception of the fourth quarter, sport officials reviewed the pick simply by Tramon Williams. After the interception had been confirmed Bryant walked to the locker room.

Bryant said he didn’t want to begin crying on the sidelines because he has been so upset as the reason why this individual left the field.

“I just addressed it along with him dead on, ” Garrett said of the discussion with Bryant. “Dez is a fantastic football player plus he’s a fantastic young man. He enjoys playing the game of football. He or she plays it with a tremendous amount associated with passion and emotion. He has a lot of passion and emotion for our soccer team and his teammates. He had been frustrated at the end of that ballgame. He or she said ‘Coach, I just couldn’t deal with it when I saw those guys within our stadium taking a knee in a video game we should have won. ‘ He or she said, ‘I don’t want to do some thing stupid with everybody watching and so i wanted to remove myself from that will situation. ‘

“I certainly understood that and told him why it’s important not to do this in the future. We all have that exact same kind of investment in that ballgame, really difficult for everybody when things avoid go well and he needs to realize how to handle that. I think he’ll deal with that better in the future. He had been very apologetic to me and has been concerned about the situation. Again, we’ll manage it the right way next time. ”

It’s the second period this season Bryant has made headlines with regard to his actions on the sideline, subsequent outbursts at Romo and restricted end Jason Witten that were captured on camera during a loss towards the Detroit Lions in October, a game title in which Dallas blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead.

Video released during the week next game of Bryant’s interactions along with Romo seemed to indicate the recipient was trying to encourage the quarterback, not berate him. Bryant afterwards acknowledged that Witten and then-inactive defensive end DeMarcus Ware had been trying to calm him down and obtain him to focus on the Cowboys’ last desperation play, saying they served appropriately as leaders.

Bryant admits he’s looking to juggle being professional and enthusiastic.

“I believe handling everything, ” Bryant stated. “I have not been doing that will. Handling my emotions and all that will kind of stuff professional. I can 100 % agree to that. But I’ll be therefore tuned into the game, so centered on the game. Not caring about digital cameras. I don’t care, have not already been caring about who’s looking. I am a football guy. I avoid care about the stuff that comes with soccer. I justthe overall game and sometimes I need to understand is to do a better job, it’s hard times, which I realize that, but basically just handling those crisis. ”

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NFL Week 15 QB Report

Matt Cassel, Kellen Clemens, and Ryan TannehillUSA AS WE SPEAK Sports activities, Getty PhotosMatt Cassel, left, Kellen Clemens and Ryan Tannehill led their teams to shocking victories Sunday.

Our weekly deep dive into NFL quarterback play. Many due to our associates at ESPN Stats & Information for supplying analysis and information to drive this post. Do not forget that Total QBR runs on a scale of zero-a hundred. The size for traditional passer ranking is zero-158.three.

OF NOTICE

Matt Cassel
Passer rating: 116.6
QBR: 96.3
Analysis: Cassel’s 382 yards had been essentially the most by a Minnesota Vikings quarterback in three years. He was aggressive all through, driving 25 “exterior” passes (defined as outside the numbers). He completed 19 of them for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He also scorched the Philadelphia Eagles’ blitz, finishing 10 of thirteen passes against it for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Finally, he capitalized on his chemistry with receiver Greg Jennings, completing 11 of the 13 passes he targeted him on. Included in that group were three passes thrown no less than 20 yards downfield.

Kellen Clemens
Passer score: 126.7
QBR: 95.7
Analysis: Clemens’ hot start lifted the St. Louis Rams to an early lead they by no means relinquished against the New Orleans Saints. He accomplished seven of eight passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter, the first a number of-landing quarter of his profession. Each scoring passes came towards the Saints’ blitz, and he was not sacked for the primary recreation all season. Prior to Sunday, he had taken a minimum of two sacks in every game he had performed in.

Ben Roethlisberger
Passer score: ninety five.2
QBR: 90.1
Evaluation: Roethlisberger accomplished his first 12 makes an attempt, including seven within the first quarter because the Pittsburgh Steelers took a 21-zero lead against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers performed the quick sport towards the Bengals, and it worked. Roethlisberger tried only two passes that traveled at the least 15 yards downfield. One was intercepted. Of his 191 whole yards, 114 got here after the catch. The Bengals didn’t strain him a lot, however Roethlisberger completed all three of his passes when under duress, together with one for a touchdown.

Ryan Tannehill
Passer score: one hundred twenty.6
QBR: eighty two.2
Analysis: Before Sunday, Tannehill had the NFL’s No. 21 QBR in the fourth quarter. But in the Miami Dolphins’ victory Sunday against the New England Patriots, Tannehill accomplished seven of 11 passes for 2 touchdowns. He had success driving the ball downfield all through the sport, completing 12 of 18 passes for 217 yards and a landing on throws that traveled at the very least 10 yards in the air. Receiver Mike Wallace caught a season-excessive 4 of these 12 completions (in seven targets) for ninety yards.

Cutler

Jay Cutler
Passer score:

102.2

QBR:

eighty four.7

Analysis:

Aside from a number of forced balls toward favored receiver

Brandon Marshall

, Cutler produced an encouraging performance against the

Cleveland Browns

. He missed on seven of 13 passes towards Marshall, two of which were intercepted, but accomplished sixteen of 18 passes to all different receivers. Cutler accomplished all but one in every of his 12 passes on third down, for 151 yards and two scores, and his QBR on third downs this season is 91.5, the second-finest mark in the NFL. Likewise, he continued his good work within the fourth quarter, completing five of seven makes an attempt for two touchdowns. His QBR in the fourth quarter this season is an NFL-high ninety five.2.

Eli Manning
Passer score: 31.9
QBR: 2.1
Analysis: Manning produced his worst single-game QBR since not less than 2006, which his way back to ESPN’s database goes. His five interceptions tied a New York Giants single-sport document, and gave him the franchise career record of 169. He threw eleven passes that traveled more than 10 yards downfield, but only two have been complete and four have been intercepted. His 5.zero yards per attempt on all throws had been a season low. For good measure, he also took three sacks and fumbled twice. (He lost neither.)

ROUNDING OUT THE WEEK

Colin Kaepernick
Passer ranking: 108.8
QBR: ninety three.4
Briefly: Kaepernick accomplished 15 of 21 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ normal strain, better than he usually does in such conditions. Coming into Week thirteen, Kaepernick had thrown extra interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (5) towards four or fewer cross-rushers.

Rivers

Philip Rivers
Passer ranking:

120.zero

QBR:

ninety two.four

Briefly:

Rivers tried 20 passes and threw for 166 yards, each season lows, as the

San Diego Chargers

emphasised their floor game in a road victory towards the

Denver Broncos

. Rivers has more than 20 makes an attempt in 117 of his 126 profession begins.

Alex Smith
Passer ranking: 158.three
QBR: ninety.7
Briefly: Here’s how you avoid the errors involved in doing more than what is necessary: Smith threw five display passes, completing all of them, and 5 play-motion passes Sunday. Of his 287 yards, 217 got here after the catch. He attempted only five passes that traveled greater than five yards downfield.

Carson Palmer
Passer rating: one hundred.eight
QBR: 86.6
Briefly: Palmer prevented a turnover for the second consecutive sport, each of which have been victories for the Arizona Cardinals.

Luck

Andrew Luck
Passer score:

82.eight

QBR:

seventy nine.7

Briefly:

Luck is 20-10 as an NFL starter, the sixth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win in no less than 20 instances in his first two seasons.

Tom Brady
Passer score: eighty five.7
QBR: seventy one.7
Briefly: Brady has played 5 games in his profession at Miami during the months of December or January. He has lost 4 of them.

EJ Manuel
Passer score: one zero five.zero
QBR: seventy one.three
Briefly: Manuel rebounded from a horrid start (two for seven within the first quarter with an interception) to complete 15 of his closing 17 passes towards the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cousins

Kirk Cousins
Passer ranking:

ninety four.8

QBR:

sixty three.four

Briefly:

Cousins’ 381 passing yards have been probably the most by a

Washington Redskins

quarterback since 2010. He threw two interceptions, and general the Redskins dedicated seven turnovers, however it’s worth noting Cousins had the group in place to win in uncommon fashion. Over the past 26 seasons, teams with at the very least seven giveaways are now 1-56.

Peyton Manning
Passer rating: ninety two.four
QBR: 61.5
Briefly: Manning had been clicking on deep passes getting into Thursday night’s game against the Chargers, having completed eight throws that traveled not less than 15 yards downfield in each of his previous two games. He completed one other four such throws (in 5 makes an attempt) within the first quarter, but just one extra (in five makes an attempt) over the ultimate three.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Passer score: 91.3
QBR: 60.zero
Briefly: Fitzpatrick’s 4 touchdown passes tied a career high and doubled his previous excessive this season with the Tennessee Titans.

Nick Foles
Passer rating: 103.5
QBR: fifty nine.four
Briefly: Foles has two interceptions in two games after going 238 passes without one.

Romo

Tony Romo
Passer score:

113.1

QBR:

fifty nine.zero

Briefly:

Romo doubled his season whole of fourth-quarter interceptions by throwing two Sunday. Since 2006, he has thrown an NFL-excessive seven interceptions when his crew is tied or leading by one possession within the fourth quarter or additional time of eventual losses.

Matt Ryan
Passer rating: 86.5
QBR: fifty three.7
Briefly: An interception and a misplaced fumble gives Ryan 18 turnovers this season, tying the profession high he set as a rookie in 2008.

Russell Wilson
Passer rating: 86.3
QBR: 49.1
Briefly: Wilson has began in 23 victories because the begin of the 2012 season, the most by a quarterback over his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era.

Andy Dalton
Passer rating: 86.4
QBR: forty seven.2
Briefly: Dalton attempted a season low three passes that traveled at least 15 yards downfield, completing a season-low certainly one of them.

Matt Flynn
Passer ranking: 80.zero
QBR: 46.8
Briefly: All 4 of Flynn’s landing passes got here when the Dallas Cowboys despatched 4 or fewer go-rushers.

Newton

Newton

Cam Newton
Passer score:

118.9

QBR:

39.6

Briefly:

Newton accomplished seven of 10 passes for 139 yards in opposition to the

New York Jets

‘ blitz. That average of thirteen.9 yards per try towards added stress was the highest of his profession with a minimum of 5 makes an attempt.

Matt McGloin
Passer ranking: fifty seven.1
QBR: 36.5
Briefly: McGloin committed 5 turnovers Sunday after limiting himself to 3 in his earlier 5 video games.

Mike Glennon
Passer score: 75.5
QBR: 35.8
Briefly: Glennon confronted four or fewer move-rushers on 37 of his 38 dropbacks, but was nonetheless sacked 4 occasions by the San Francisco 49ers.

Brees

Drew Brees
Passer score:

80.4

QBR:

35.5

Briefly:

Brees had a tough day towards the St. Louis Rams, throwing extra incompletions (five) than completions (four) on third down. He completed simply two of seven passes that traveled no less than 15 yards downfield, his second-worst completion share on such throws this season. The lowest got here towards the Seahawks (0-for-eight).

Geno Smith
Passer rating: sixty eight.6
QBR: 34.6
Briefly: Smith took four sacks in opposition to the blitz Sunday, and his 25 sacks in such conditions this season is the second-most in the NFL.

Chad Henne
Passer ranking: 73.5
QBR: 30.1
Briefly: Henne took 5 sacks Sunday, despite the fact that he confronted added pressure on 20.5 % of his dropbacks, the fourth-lowest share for all quarterbacks in Week 15.

Jason Campbell
Passer ranking: sixty seven.6
QBR: sixteen.7
Briefly: Campbell threw incomplete on six of seven third-down passes, but three had been dropped.

Case Keenum
Passer score: 42.three
QBR: three.1
Briefly: Two interceptions, 4 sacks and a fumble (not misplaced) led to a season-low QBR. Sunday also brought Keenum’s seventh consecutive sport with a completion proportion below 60.

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Suns hold back the Warriors

Bledsoe Sparks Suns Previous Warriors

PHOENIX, AZ – Taking on the NBA’s many prolific backcourt, Eric Bledsoe plus Goran Dragic more than held their very own.

Bledsoe have scored seven of his 24 factors in the fourth quarter and Dragic added 21 points to help the particular Phoenix Suns hold off Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors 106-102 Sunday night for their fifth directly win.

“For this game, facing one of the best 1-2 punches in the game right now, it was challenging, ” Bledsoe said. “We feel good about ourselves. ”

Bledsoe added 8 rebounds and eight assists plus Channing Frye added 20 for your Suns, who snapped a six-game losing streak against Golden Condition.

Curry obtained 30 points, including 20 within the second half, and Klay Thompson added 19 for the Warriors, that have lost three of four. Jesse Lee added 18 points plus 13 rebounds for his 5th straight double-double.

“I am finding that the guys within the suit and tie want it a lot more than the guys in uniform, ” Players coach Mark Jackson said. “It’s disappointing right now. We are going to be great, but it’s disappointing to once more lose in the same fashion.

“We see it. Everyone sees it. But I avoid see anybody in uniform with this same passion. Enough is enough at some time. We are watching the same movie each and every night. ”

The Warriors lost even though Curry and Thompson bettered their forty-four points-per-game average and went the combined 6 for 11 upon 3-pointers.

“We think our guards can get any of them, ” Suns trainer Jeff Hornacek said. “Those are usually two great guards that they have upon that team and our men fought them all game. ”

Golden State trailed by as many as nine in the 3rd quarter, but pulled to inside 76-75 on Curry’s 3-pointer that will capped a 10-2 Golden Condition run.

Marreese Speights brought the Warriors even initially since 3: 41 of the 1st quarter, sinking a 3-pointer along with 1: 15 left in the 3rd to knot the score from 81-all.

Yet Golden State, which surrendered the particular lead for the final time a few minutes into the game, could not pull forward despite Curry’s best efforts.

“They did an excellent job of fighting back in this, but we did a great work of staying solid, ” Bledsoe said.

Phoenix, az opened the fourth quarter leading 81-80 and stretched the lead to 6 on Bledsoe’s jumper with nine: 20 to go. Curry made it 92-91 on a 3-pointer with 7: forty-nine left, but Marcus Morris strike a jump shot and additional a free throw to stretch the particular lead to 95-91.

Thompson made two free includes with 5: 21 left to slice the Suns’ lead to one together a chance to give Golden State the particular lead, but his 3-point try bounced off the back iron.

Bledsoe and Frye hit consecutive 3-pointers to put the particular Suns ahead 102-95 with three or more: 19 left. Curry answered having a long 3-pointer from the top of the crucial to make it 102-100 with 1: thirty seven left.

“With those guys you never know, inch Dragic said. “Even when you’re upward 15, they still can earn the game. ”

Curry missed a forced 15-footer with the shot clock running straight down while defended by P. L. Tucker and Bledsoe made 2 free throws to secure the earn.

“He performed good defense. I couldn’t obtain a shot off, ” Curry mentioned. “I tried to draw a nasty and get him up in the air yet he didn’t go for it. ”

Tucker hit their only 3-pointer and Gerald Eco-friendly added four points as the Suns closed the first quarter on a 10-4 run to take a 33-27 lead.

Phoenix extended the lead to 59-46 with 1: twenty-seven left in the first half, yet Curry scored five points in order to lead a 7-0 run that will brought the Warriors back to 59-53 at halftime.

Online game notes

The particular Suns had three 20-point scorers for the first time this season… Curry has obtained 20 or more in 10 directly games… Dragic has three directly 20-plus point games for the 3rd time in his career and for the 1st time with the Suns… Frye started the very first half 5 for 5 from your floor, including 3 for three or more from beyond the 3-point range, until ending the streak on the half-court heave at the halftime buzzer… Before the Warriors’ six-game winning ability in the series, Phoenix had earned seventhe row… Golden State F

Andre Iguodala

skipped his 12th straight game using a left hamstring strain. The Players are 5-7 since his injuries.

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Seahawks pick off Eli, manhandle Giants

Seahawks Shut Out Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Everybody knows how cozy the Seahawks are in Seattle. They discovered one other place that looks like house, and it is a pretty good choice contemplating what the Meadowlands will host in February.

Seattle manhandled the New York Giants 23-0 Sunday for its sixth road win, holding the hosts to 181 yards. That is the most effective Seahawks highway team of their history at 6-2. They’re 6-0 at residence.

Ought to they return to New Jersey this season, it will be for the Super Bowl.

“I do assume that’s advantageous to us,” star cornerback Richard Sherman mentioned after grabbing two of a career-worst five interceptions thrown by Eli Manning. “Anytime you’re comfy with a stadium and seen a locker room and the time zone change and the weather, it helps. You get in a routine, get a rapport with the place you’re at.”

The Seahawks have quite an opportunity to be at MetLife Stadium once more if they proceed to perform the best way they did in opposition to the overmatched Giants (5-9).

“Simply being human, you already know about it,” coach Pete Carroll stated of the primary outside Super Bowl in a chilly climate metropolis. “It isn’t vital now. When the time comes, if we put ourselves in place to try this..”

Marshawn Lynch scored on a twisting, triple-effort 2-yard run, Steven Hauschka kicked three area goals and Russell Wilson toyed with New York’s protection. The second-year quarterback ran for 50 yards, threw for 206 and a landing earlier than sitting out the previous couple of minutes.

Wilson has 23 wins, essentially the most for a quarterback in his first two seasons in the Tremendous Bowl era.

“It does matter,” Wilson mentioned of the 23 victories. “Profitable plenty of video games is actually important. It is what we come to do every single day, to have a championship day, have a championship yr.”

The Seahawks (12-2) are already in the playoffs and are closing in on the NFC West title and their greatest total document. They went 13-3 in 2005 earlier than shedding to Pittsburgh within the Tremendous Bowl.

New York (5-9) will probably be deep into its offseason by the Tremendous Bowl with its first shedding record since 2004.

“It in all probability pretty much shows why we’re on this scenario where we have only 5 wins and they’re the highest of the NFC and taking part in great football,” said Manning, who has tied his profession high with 25 interceptions.

It was Seattle’s first shutout since a 58-zero romp over Arizona on Dec. 9 final 12 months. The Giants lost 38-zero to Carolina in Week three.

“We’re not taking something away from their protection,” coach Tom Coughlin mentioned. “They’re No. 1 in the league for a purpose, they’re a good defensive workforce.

“There is not any excuse for what went on out there. We stored turning the ball over, and put our protection back out there over and again and again.”

Cornerback Byron Maxwell, who has stepped in so capably for Brandon Browner (groin damage), also acquired two picks. Earl Thomas had the opposite.

The Giants lost prime receiver Victor Cruz to a concussion in the fourth quarter. Cruz is 2 yards in need of his third straight 1,000-yard season.

Hauschka, who is clutch from lengthy distance (14 for 15 from beyond forty yards), made 49- and forty four-yarders, plus a 24-yard discipline objective.

Seattle’s prime-ranked protection had New York off-kilter so badly that three of Manning’s interceptions had been into tight coverage. Maxwell and Sherman had clearer pictures on the ball than Manning’s meant receivers.

“We wanted to verify we affected the sport,” Sherman mentioned.

One interception got here on a desperation cross to end the half and Thomas’ choose within the closing period was off a deflection.

Sherman’s first decide led to Lynch’s good short run for a 10-0 lead. Lynch seemed to be taking place several instances, however went into full Beast Mode to energy into the top zone.

Lynch actually was handiest as a receiver with six catches for 73 yards. He rushed for forty seven.

Hauschka’s forty four-yarder made it 13-0 at halftime, then Sherman acquired his sixth interception of the season.

Maxwell’s second pick led to Wilson’s 12-yard TD go to Doug Baldwin, the 17th touchdown New York has yielded off a turnover.

Recreation notes

Wilson has 50 landing passes in his short pro career… Carroll, who was Jets head coach in 1994, suggested with a laugh that individuals forget the last recreation he was on the house facet within the Meadowlands… The Giants had been shut out in the first half for the second successive week. They gained only fifty four yards in the opening two durations and didn’t get into Seattle territory till halfway through the fourth quarter… Giants T

James Brewer

damage his ankle and RB

Peyton Hillis

was being tested for concussion symptoms.

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Panthers (10-4) pull away, cripple Jets’ playoff hopes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After one winning streak glided by the wayside final week, the Carolina Panthers wish to begin one other.

Cam Newton threw for 273 yards and a touchdown, Captain Munnerlyn had two sacks and returned an interception for a score and the Panthers defeated the New York Jets 30-20 on Sunday.

Newton was an environment friendly sixteen of 24 passing, together with a 72-yard touchdown on a display cross to DeAngelo Williams because the Panthers bounced back from their worst lack of the season, a 31-thirteen defeat last Sunday to the New Orleans Saints.

Williams had 81 yards dashing and 87 yards receiving for the Panthers (10-4), who’ll get one other crack at the Saints next Sunday in a sport that would determine the NFC South division title and who’ll get a first-round bye within the NFC playoffs.

Geno Smith was 15 of 28 for 167 yards with a touchdown go and one costly interception in the fourth quarter for the fading Jets (6-8), who can be eliminated from playoff competition if Baltimore wins at Detroit on Monday night.

Jeff Cumberland had a touchdown catch, and rookie defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson bulldozed his manner for a 1-yard landing run on a objective-line play.

The turning point got here within the fourth quarter with the Panthers main 16-thirteen.

The Jets had a chance to take the lead, however failed to select up a primary down and Ryan Quigley’s punt was blocked by Jason Williams and downed on the Jets 14. 4 plays later, bruising fullback Mike Tolbert bowled his means into the top zone on a 1-yard run to make it a two-possession sport.

”That play actually kind of sparked us,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera stated of Williams’ blocked punt.

On New York’s next series, Munnerlyn then stepped in entrance of a slant route, intercepted Smith and returned it to 42 yards for a touchdown. It was Munnerlyn’s fifth career interception return for a touchdown, a franchise file.

It was also somewhat revenge for the Panthers’ secondary, which Jets receiver Santonio Holmes known as ”the weakest hyperlink” of Carolina’s protection. The Panthers allowed Drew Brees to throw for 313 yards and four touchdowns in the loss last week on the Superdome.

”Captain is a dynamo and had a extremely good week of follow and it confirmed,” Rivera said. ”I advised him he set the bar really excessive for next week.”

The Panthers broke open a 6-6 tie late in the first quarter when Newton faked a screen pass to the left, spun around and threw back to the other aspect of the sector to a large-open Williams. The 30-year-outdated running again beat linebacker David Harris to the proper sideline and turned it up the sphere, getting a smothering block from wide receiver Brandon LaFell en path to a seventy two-yard landing reception.

Graham Gano, who had earlier hit from 35 and 22 yards out, tacked on his third discipline objective of the first half from forty yards to offer the Panthers a sixteen-6 lead at halftime.

The Jets ran for ninety three yards within the first half – essentially the most towards the Panthers in nine weeks – but could only manage a pair of field objectives by Nick Folks.

Carolina led by 10 in the third quarter and Rivera went for a knockout blow on a fourth-and-2 on the Jets 14. However Quinton Coples broke up a move by Newton and the Jets briefly seized the momentum. Smith drove the Jets 86 yards on nine plays with Richardson, a 6-foot-three, 294-pound defensive deal with, capping the drive on a 1-yard touchdown plunge to trim the lead to 16-13.

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No. 19 Louisville survives Cincinnati in OT

Louisville Captures Keg Of Nails With OT Win

 

CINCINNATI – Teddy Bridgewater created several excellent escapes with the game found on the line. Brendon Kay hobbled around on a bad ankle and matched him inside the fourth-quarter cold. It went down to overtime for the next year inside a row.

Many ending for this Ohio River rivalry.

Bridgewater rallied No. 19 Louisville in the 4th quarter, and Dominique Brown ran 2 yards for a touchdown inside the initial overtime Thursday evening for a 31-24 victory over Cincinnati in the Cardinals' farewell to the American Athletic Conference.

"I told my mom which I wanted to cry, yet tears of joy," Bridgewater said. "I'm so proud of this team. We have a lot of heart.

"Coach tells you all time to ride the wave. We rode it. Then Cincinnati rode it for a while, yet we knew you might ride it again and we did."

The comeback clinched the initial AAC title for Central Florida, that had a one-game lead over Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2) heading into the final weekend. UCF qualified for the school's initial BCS call by locking up the league's automatic berth.

Louisville will play a team within the Atlantic Coast Conference inside the Russell Athletic Bowl inside Orlando, Fla.

"It was great to see this team finish the means they finished," coach Charlie Strong mentioned. "We talk about a team with a great deal of resiliency along with a lot of heart. There were high expectations this season."

For the second year inside a row, the Ohio River rivals went to overtime to determine whom gets the Keg of Nails, this time for the foreseeable future with Louisville (11-1, 7-1) exiting for the ACC upcoming season.

The Cardinals claimed 34-31 in overtime inside the rainfall inside Louisville last season. This one went to overtime on a wet, raw evening whenever Cincinnati's Tony Miliano kicked a 26-yard field goal with 7 seconds left.

An interference penalty inside the end zone set up Brown's 2-yard run to open overtime.

The Bearcats got the ball plus wound up with a fourth-and-14 at the 29, plus Kay's pass went off the hands of Anthony McClung at the 6, ending Cincinnati's initial overtime game at Nippert Stadium since 2003. The Bearcats might be headed to the Belk Bowl.

Bridgewater was 23-of-37 for 255 yards with three touchdowns, 2 of them inside the fourth quarter. He eluded 3 tacklers for a 14-yard run on fourth-and-12 to keep 1 touchdown drive going, plus completed it by scrambling away from defenders plus throwing an off-balance pass for a 22-yard score.

"We're athletic at protective end, plus we were grabbing air a great deal of occasions," Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We had him inside the grasp. That fourth-down run, which was clearly the one which took the air from our defense."

Bridgewater and Kay kept topping every different in the fourth quarter, however, Cincinnati's sixth-year senior didn't have 1 more big play left in him. He was 22-of-40 for 304 yards with two interceptions plus 2 touchdown scrambles, one of that left him woozy.

For Louisville, the game amounted to a farewell.

The Cardinals head off to the ACC next season, leaving Cincinnati behind. Louisville advertised the final Big East football title last season, beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl and was favored to win the first AAC championship.

A reduction at house to Central Florida ended the Cardinals' possibilities of winning the league's BCS bowl berth. Cincinnati's thin hopes were extinguished by the loss Thursday.

Both defenses rank inside the top 10 nationally for fewest points and yards permitted. They dug in during a cold rain which produced it tougher to throw and catch the ball, till the two quarterbacks lit up in the 4th quarter.

Bridgewater rallied Louisville with 2 sensational plays. He slipped away from three tackles for his 14-yard run on fourth-and-12, then ran around in the backfield avoiding rushers before throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Damian Copeland with 8:08 left, ending up on his back after the off-balance throw.

"The plays Teddy prepared inside that fourth quarter," Strong said with admiration. "I thought he was sacked. Then he breaks free and gets the ball to Damian Copeland."

Kay responded with a 57-yard completion which set up Ralph David Abernathy IV's touchdown run, and Bridgewater paired it with a 4-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker along with a 24-21 lead with 2:26 to go – merely enough time for Kay to lead the Bearcats inside range for a tying field goal.

Kay hurt his left ankle found on the starting drive of the next half plus played the rest of the game with a pronounced limp. He went for an MRI following the game. He also got dazed on his second touchdown run, getting hit difficult by 2 defenders as he crossed the goal line inside the 3rd quarter.

"That's how tough the child is," Tuberville mentioned. "We can't state enough regarding him. I'm proud he was my quarterback for the last 9 games."

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Trail Blazers handle Bucks en route to 8th straight win

MILWAUKEE – The Portland Path Blazers stored up their robust begin and prolonged the Milwaukee Bucks’ early-season woes.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points, Damian Lillard added 19 and the Trail Blazers acquired their eighth consecutive victory, beat the Bucks ninety one-eighty two on Wednesday evening.

Portland held the lead throughout the second half but had difficulty pulling away till late within the fourth quarter.

“We obtained a win. That’s all I’m worried about,” mentioned Portland guard Wesley Matthews, who had 15 points, all within the first half to assist the Blazers complete a sweep of a four-recreation Japanese Convention highway trip.

“To complete a road journey undefeated and to do it with the defense and vitality that we had in the second half is great,” Portland coach Terry Stotts mentioned.

Luke Ridnour scored 13 points to guide the Bucks, who misplaced their sixth in row and eight of 10 on the season. They last won on Nov. 6 against Cleveland. Portland’s last loss got here an evening earlier against Houston.

“Our margin of error is very small,” Bucks coach Larry Drew mentioned. “We’re trying to dig ourselves out of a gap and the one way to do that is to play each possession like it should be the last possession. Portland is hot, evidently, however we had been proper there however just could not get over the hump.”

Milwaukee pulled inside six factors late in the fourth on Caron Butler’s 3-pointer. However, Lillard had a breakaway dunk and a three of his personal to place Portland up 89-78 – matching the Blazers’ largest lead of the game.

The Bucks received no closer than seven again.

“We are in positions to win games but in the fourth quarter we’re simply making errors,” Milwaukee’s Zaza Pachulia mentioned. “We have to maintain getting better individually and as a staff as a result of no one is pleased in this locker room.”

Portland shot simply 41 percent for the game whereas winning for the tenth time in 12 video games this season.

“Our mentality is correct. We’re pondering grasping, we’re considering `win’ like we’re purported to,” Matthews said.

Bucks guard O.J. Mayo, who had nine factors, added to the Bucks’ damage woes when he sprained his left ankle.

Portland opened the third quarter on a eight-0 run to take a sixty one-fifty one lead. The Blazers took an 11-level lead late within the quarter when Nicolas Batum hit a 3 as he fell to the court.

The Bucks responded as Ersan Ilyasova scored his first factors of the competition when he made a three, then adopted it with a leaner within the lane to cut the deficit to 70-sixty four at the end of the quarter.

Portland held a fifty three-fifty one lead on the half. The second quarter ended with an alternate of conventional three-point plays.

Lillard drew a foul after making a reverse layup on a powerful drive to the basket. Ridnour then made an acrobatic floater alongside the baseline whereas being fouled because the clock wound down. Ridnour, who has been battling a back damage, had 11 first-half points for the Bucks.

Milwaukee shot 50 % over the primary two quarters, in comparison with practically 49 p.c for the Blazers. Milwaukee completed the sport at forty four %, whereas Portland connected on simply 41 percent of its photographs.

Stotts mentioned he was disenchanted together with his staff’s first-half defense.

“Within the first half, there were three or 4 occasions where we had an opportunity to actually nail down a defensive possession and it appeared like (Milwaukee) came up with the ball and finished the play.”

Matthews, returning to the sector where he starred in faculty for Marquette, scored thirteen points within the first quarter, including a trio of 3-level subject targets, but the Bucks held a 24-23 lead.

Notes

Ilyasova and Butler returned to the Bucks’ lineup after lacking time due to accidents. Ilyasova noticed his first action since Nov. 2. Brandon Knight remained out with a sore hamstring. Ten gamers noticed action within the opening period for the Bucks, who dressed solely eight gamers for a Nov. 13 sport in opposition to Orlando… Portland has gained eight in a row in the same season for the primary time since a thirteen-sport streak in December 2007.

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Murray’s 3 TDs rally Cowboys past Raiders

Cowboys Rally Past Raiders

Lions Earn Rare Thanksgiving Day Win

ARLINGTON, Texas – Tony Romo was sick, and it wasn’t because he had just watched the Oakland Raiders return a fumble for a touchdown on the opening kickoff.

After the Dallas quarterback caught a virus the night before Thanksgiving, his top two running backs were there to help out.

DeMarco Murray ran for three touchdowns, backup Lance Dunbar led Dallas with a career-high 82 yards rushing and the Cowboys overcame the shock of Oakland’s early score to beat the Raiders 31-24 on Thursday.

Romo still did his part. He was behind 7-0 before taking his first snap, and his offense didn’t have a yard in the second quarter when he took the field down 21-7 with less than two minutes remaining before halftime.

Five completions from Romo later, Murray scored on a 4-yard run 10 seconds before halftime and set the stage for a second-half rally that put the Cowboys (7-5) two games above500 for the first time since late last season.

Dallas is at least temporarily ahead of Philadelphia (6-5) atop the NFC East.

“To have the opening kickoff fumbled and returned for a touchdown and then be down a couple of scores in the first half, nobody blinked,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “The momentum kind of turned and I think guys started feeling pretty good and it just continued.”

Dallas was without kick returner Dwayne Harris because of a hamstring injury, and rookie replacement Terrance Williams gave the Raiders a touchdown with a fumble on the opening kickoff.

Greg Jenkins picked up the ball at the 23 after it squirted away from the pile and outran everyone to the pylon. The play was upheld on review after replay showed Williams’ knee hitting the turf just as the ball was coming out.

Matt McGloin, an undrafted rookie quarterback making his third career start, had a strong first half for the Raiders.

But without much help from the league’s fifth-best rushing attack, his offense stalled in the second half as Oakland (4-8) clinched an 11th straight season without a winning record since going to the Super Bowl during the 2002 season.

Rashad Jennings rushed for 35 yards on 17 carries – a 2.1-yard average – and had both of Oakland’s offensive touchdowns. Darren McFadden carried just five times for 13 yards in his return after missing three games with a hamstring injury.

The Raiders finished with 50 yards rushing – 1 more than their season low – while the Cowboys went in with the league’s 29th-ranked rushing offense and had 144 yards on the ground, their second-best total of the year.

“The game boiled down to, in the second half we wore down,” said Raiders coach Dennis Allen, the league’s youngest head coach, who was making his first appearance near the Dallas suburb of Hurst, where he grew up. “They were able to run the ball, and we weren’t able to get off the field.”

Murray had just 25 yards after his third TD but ran for another 38 to help Dallas burn the clock with a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter. Most of the late damage came on a drive to Dan Bailey’s 19-yard field goal to put Dallas up by 10 with 1:56 left.

Murray, who tied the score at 7-all on a 2-yard run the first play after a fumble by McGloin late in the first quarter, also had 39 yards receiving.

“I was just playing like I always play,” Murray said. “I’m not worried about anything else. I’m just doing the best I can do and trying to help this team win.”

Dunbar, who went out with a left knee sprain in the fourth quarter, sparked the tying and go-ahead touchdown drives in the second half, highlighted by a 45-yard run that led to a 4-yard scoring pass from Romo to Dez Bryant, who had seven catches for 61 yards.

McGloin, who was 18-of-30 for 255 yards, converted five straight third downs with passes on a pair of touchdown drives in the second quarter.

He also had a throw to Andre Holmes that was ruled a touchdown on second-and-goal from the 16. After the call was overturned on replay, Jennings scored from the 1 to put Oakland ahead 14-7.

Holmes, who played seven games for Dallas last season before he was sent to the practice squad, had career highs with seven catches for 136 yards. His previous high was 33 yards.

After McGloin completed a 21-yard pass to Holmes on the first play of the second half, the Raiders didn’t get another first down until the fourth quarter.

“We did start slow but this team is getting to that point where there is no panic anymore,” said Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr, who was burned repeatedly by Holmes but had an interception to stop a potential tying drive by the Raiders in the fourth quarter.

Game notes

Raiders G guard

Mike Brisiel

injured a knee on Oakland’s first offensive play and didn’t return… CB

Mike Jenkins

, who spent his first five seasons with the Cowboys, had a tackle for loss, a pass breakup and a forced fumble before leaving with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter.

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Colts at Cardinals odds, prediction, and preview

Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA AT THIS TIME Sports

The Indianapolis Colts (7-3) tackle the Arizona Cardinals (6-4) this Sunday in Phoenix, AZ. Arizona is four-1 at residence and Indianapolis is four-1 on the road. The Cardinals are riding a 3 sport profitable streak, however the groups they have crushed throughout the streak have combined for 5 wins on the season. The Colts are their hardest opponent in over a month.

The Colts have a great file at 7-3, however their last three video games have been rocky. In week 9, the Colts needed a fifteen level fourth quarter to beat the struggling Houston Texans. In week ten, the Colts had their worst sport of the season with Andrew Luck throwing three interceptions in a 38-8 loss at home to the St. Louis Rams. Last week, the Colts bought again on track with a 30-27 win in opposition to the Tennessee Titans. It was a superb bounce again win, but a sample of first half deficits appears to be forming.

A obvious statistical difference between the 2 teams is their speeding defenses. The Cardinals are second in the league, limiting opponents to 81.4 yards per sport while the Colts are 28th , allowing 126.1 yards per recreation. Indianapolis’ dashing protection is probably not exploited by Arizona as a result of the Cardinals have the 25th ranked rushing assault at 85.6 yards per sport.

I believe predicting a winner in this recreation comes right down to the x-issue. Colts QB Andrew Luck is the x-factor. His leadership and overall talent level make up for being on the highway in opposition to a good staff. Not having WR Reggie Wayne will make it a close recreation, but the Colts will pull it out in the long run. Colts win 24-21.

Game data

Date: November 24, 2013

Begin time: 4:05 PM ET

Location: Phoenix, AZ

TV: CBS

Line: Arizona -1

Over/Below: 45

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