Lakers score 51 in 3rd quarter, blast Knicks

 

L. A. – With Knicks president Phil Jackson watching from a luxurious suite excessive above the courtroom, his new crew's teetering playoff hopes bought an enormous shove from his previous group's incredible offensive present.

Xavier Henry scored 22 points, Nick Young hit five 3-pointers whereas scoring 20 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers set a franchise file with 51 points within the third quarter of their 127-96 victory over New York on Tuesday evening.

Although the Lakers have sixteen NBA championships and a luminous listing of former superstars, these groups by no means had a quarter to match to the 12 magical minutes played after halftime by Los Angeles' present patchwork roster.

And no Knicks defense had ever given up fifty one factors in a quarter till this staff did it in a key sport for its postseason chase. New York dropped three games behind Atlanta for the eighth playoff spot in the Jap Conference.

"We hit photographs everywhere," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni stated. "It is infectious. If you begin taking good photographs, they begin getting in, and even the hard shots start entering into."

Certainly, the Lakers hit 19 of their 26 photographs with six three-pointers, stretching an eight-level halftime lead to 30. Nine players contributed a discipline purpose to the spree, led by nine factors from Chris Kaman in his first recreation motion in March.

"It feels good, but it solely lasts one evening," stated Henry, who played exceptionally nicely with a torn ligament in his taking pictures wrist. "We've just received to be encouraged for the remainder of the season from it."

Kent Bazemore scored 18 points as the Lakers received consecutive video games for the first time in additional than three weeks with a season-excessive 82 factors from their reserves, including Henry and Younger.

Jodie Meeks had four three-pointers as Los Angeles completed one three-pointer shy of the only-recreation club record in the course of the Lakers' highest-scoring game of the season. 5 players hit multiple 3-pointers, together with three apiece for Henry and rookie Ryan Kelly.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for the Knicks, who have misplaced two straight after an eight-sport winning streak. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 factors and Amare Stoudemire had sixteen within the Knicks' seventh straight highway loss to the Lakers since 2007.

"On the finish of the day, it's simply particular person pleasure," mentioned J.R. Smith, who had 12 points. "It's important to have delight in guarding your man, guarding the ball, and we simply did not have that the final three quarters."

The Knicks are assured of a dropping season with their forty second loss, and the Hawks have two games in hand in the playoff race. Those excessive stakes and Jackson's looming presence weren't sufficient to spur New York to a competent defensive efficiency.

"I believed we came out ready to play," New York coach Mike Woodson mentioned. "I imply, we held them to 14 factors in the first quarter, and then that second and third quarter, all hell broke loose. We just didn't have any reply for them from a defensive standpoint. I thought the plan was good starting the game, and after they went to their bench, they got here out blazing and we simply couldn't management them."

Jackson's fiancee, Lakers government Jeanie Buss, watched from the second row. The eleven-time NBA champion coach arrived late at the constructing the place he received five titles with the Lakers, who declined to re-hire him early last season, infuriating much of their fan base.

With Pau Gasol sidelined by vertigo, Kaman had thirteen points and nine rebounds because the Lakers' starting center. Steve Nash also sat out for the seventeenth time within the Lakers' final 18 games.

The Lakers missed thirteen of their 18 pictures in a 14-point first quarter, however rolled off a 22-4 run in 5 1/2 minutes to open the second. Meeks and Jordan Hill then expanded the Lakers' lead with a 12-zero run early within the third before the Lakers really bought rolling.

 

Sport notes

Young converted a four-point play in the third quarter. He has six of the Lakers' nine four-level plays this season, each franchise data… Gasol will be re-examined Wednesday before the Lakers decide whether he'll travel with them to Milwaukee and Minnesota this week… Metta World Peace, the former Knicks and Lakers ahead, attended the game. New York waived the former Ron Artest on Feb. 24. He bought a rousing ovation from the Staples Center crowd when he appeared on the scoreboard in the first half, and he sat in Jackson's field during the second half.

 

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Rams deny sloppy Saints from clinching playoff berth

ST. LOUIS – The New Orleans Saints appeared like a team playing out the string. And, though the St. Louis Rams are out of rivalry yet once more, they are not going quietly.

Drew Brees threw interceptions that led to touchdowns on the Saints’ first two possessions and the Rams got huge days from Zac Stacy, Robert Quinn and on special teams in a 27-16 victory Sunday.

Quinn had two sacks, giving him an NFC-leading 15, for a go rush that took the warmth off a young secondary. His quarterback hit on the Saints’ first snap of the game altered the flight of the ball on T.J. McDonald’s interception.

The Saints (10-4) missed their first probability to clinch a playoff berth, trailing 24-3 on the half, however made it look respectable with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. They’re unbeaten at residence, but simply 3-four on the road and play at Carolina with the NFC South lead on the line next week.

Kellen Clemens threw for two TDs within the first quarter, matching his greatest performance in seven games because the fill-in starter for Sam Bradford. The Rams (6-eight) recovered an onside kick to set up a discipline aim within the first quarter, and Michael Brockers blocked a discipline-purpose attempt at the end of the half.

Brees was 39 for fifty six for 393 yards, however with just one touchdown.

The Rams performed one in all their strongest video games of the yr a week after getting eliminated, and the franchise is assured of a 10th consecutive season and not using a successful file.

St. Louis’ offense had a pleasant day in opposition to Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who had an extended interview with the Rams in January before joining New Orleans.

The Rams have upset the Saints within the last two meetings in St. Louis. They were 2-14 in 2011, but one of the victories came against New Orleans, which totaled 13 wins that yr.

Stacy shook off an early injury scare and set a franchise rookie report with 106 yards by halftime, bettering the likes of Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, Steven Jackson and Jerome Bettis. Stacy finished with 132 yards on 27 carries.

Brees scored on a 1-yard sneak early within the fourth quarter and threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston with three:07 to go. The Saints recovered an onside kick, but their comeback ended when Garrett Hartley was wide left on a 26-yard subject-purpose attempt.

Last week, Brees turned the quickest in NFL history to 50,000 yards passing whereas throwing for 4 TDs in a 31-13 victory over Carolina at residence. Brees was intercepted twice within the first quarter for the primary time in a decade, placing the Rams in prime scoring position on the first and killing a drive on the second.

The Saints trailed 17-zero early within the second quarter, unable to overcome Brees’ misfires.

Quinn had maybe his best sport of the 12 months. On his second sack, he stripped Brees and then recovered the fumble within the third quarter to assist preserve the Saints down.

Cory Harkey broke three tackles on a 31-yard landing catch the first play – just his seventh reception of the yr after Brees’ first interception.

Brees floated a rollout geared toward Jimmy Graham, who was in triple-protection, and Trumaine Johnson snared another underthrown cross at the aim line. The Rams drove ninety three yards, helped by a pair of personal penalties, and made it 14-zero on Clemens’ 4-yard go to a large-open Lance Kendricks.

The Rams followed up with good execution on an onside kick by kicker Greg Zuerlein recovered in the air by a leaping Stedman Bailey, establishing a subject purpose for a 17-0 cushion early in the second quarter.

Clemens got an opportunity to use the victory formation the Rams apply after Brockers blocked Hartley’s 36-yard field-objective attempt with two seconds left.

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Knicks end 9-game skid, drop Nets to 5-14

Knicks Snap Nine-Game Slide

 

NEW YORK – The "laughingstocks" won in a laugher.

The Knicks resembled the division champions of a period ago rather than the greatest losers in New York, outplaying and even out-talking the Brooklyn Nets, who seem like the genuine Big Apple busts.

Carmelo Anthony had 19 factors and 10 rebounds, Iman Shumpert scored a season-high 17 points, and the Knicks finished a nine-sport losing streak with 113-83 romp Thursday night time in the first meeting of the period between the city rivals.

"I think everybody looked like they had that feeling that we were exhausted of losing," Anthony stated. "It demonstrated from the tipoff."

The Knicks (4-13) snapped the tie with the Nets (5-14) for the majority of losses in New York, winning the game and the group with a dominant 2nd half that acquired Spike Lee and the rest of the enthusiasts wearing glowing blue and orange cheering perhaps the Knicks' most total performance of the time of year.

Andrea Bargnani have scored 16 before he had been ejected in the 4th quarter, Knicks enthusiasts roaring in assistance of him position up to Kevin Garnett.

Brook Lopez had 24 factors and nine rebounds for the Nets, who again performed without Paul Pierce, Deron Williams, or a lot passion in the second half.

"We're having difficulties but we're heading to arrive out of this, guy, that's the only way to think," Garnett mentioned. "I'm not going to think anything else."

The sport has been nationally televised, as all four matchups are this time of year, but neither team had been giving followers much reason to watch. Nets coach Jason Kidd mentioned Tuesday that both groups "stink," and Anthony not really only agreed but added that the Knicks had been the "laughingstock" of the league.

Nobody has been laughing at the Knicks on this evening.

New York made a season-high 16 3-pointers in 27 attempts (59 percent), rediscovering a stroke that offers been missing all period after it arranged an NBA report for makes in 2012-13, and led by as many as 34 factors.

Shumpert, who has already been the subject of business rumors and offers struggled, hit five 3s and additional six rebounds.

The Nets hung in while the Knicks produced 16 of their first 21 shots general and trailed by just seven at halftime.

"You've obtained to give the Knicks credit. They came (for) the season shooting around 32 %. Tonight they appeared like the group of last calendar year where they made a lot of 3s," stated Kidd, who played for the Knicks last season. "When they started the game off it didn't seem as if they were heading to miss. But we stayed the course."

Until the third quarter, that is, when their season-long woes in that period came back and the Knicks outscored them 34-16.

When the public deal with announcer urged supporters to stand and cheer before the fourth, they responded by booing, clearly sick of watching Brooklyn get hammered over the prior 12 minutes yet again.

Tensions rose a couple of situations, chiefly in the 4th quarter when Bargnani and Garnett grew to become tangled as Bargnani fell to the court while trying to package out. Both players, along with Amar'e Stoudemire, were called for technical fouls, and Bargnani has been hit with a 2nd and thrown out shortly after when he made an appearance to say something toward Garnett after producing a jumper.

Garnett wouldn't discuss the incident, stating "I don't understand Italian" – though Bargnani insisted whatever he said was in English. He furthermore downplayed the swap.

"The most important matter is that we earned the online game, we played a excellent game and we've actually got to begin to develop on this," Bargnani stated.

There were also double technicals and words exchanged after Andray Blatche set a hard pick on Shumpert in the first half, but that was about all the combat the Nets demonstrated on the way to their sixth straight home reduction.

Both teams were booed during the intro of beginning lineups by split fan bases who are united in their early-season disgust. The Nets thought they were a championship contender after obtaining Garnett and Pierce from Boston, the centerpieces of a roster that will cost more than $180 million in income and luxury taxes. The Knicks are 2nd to the Nets in payroll but had never gotten going after losing Tyson Chandler to a broken leg in their fourth sport of the time of year.

But they were the much better team right from the suggestion. The Knicks made 12 of their first 14 shots and were forward 30-15 after Anthony's 3-pointer with 2:36 staying in the opening one fourth.

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There was a minute of silence before the video game for Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first dark president, who died Thursday at 95. Commissioner David Stern called Mandela "one of the most powerful and inspirational leaders on earth and a great friend of the NBA.".. The Knicks will attempt to end their seven-game house skid Fri against Orlando.

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Flynn, Packers play to rare tie with Vikings

Vikings, Packers Play To Tie

 

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers’ losing streak without Aaron Rodgers is over, though the frustration continues in Titletown.

A tie did little to lift spirits in chilly Green Bay.

Backup quarterback Matt Flynn threw for 218 yards and helped spark a rally from a 16-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to the Minnesota Vikings early in the fourth quarter. But the teams could only muster field goals in overtime and had to settle for a 26-26 draw Sunday.

“It’s an empty feeling. You go out there and didn’t lose the game,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “But you feel like you didn’t accomplish what you set out to do.”

Same sentiment in the Vikings’ locker room, where one player held tightly to a hot cup of coffee to warm up following a game that started with temperatures in the upper teens.

“I view it as a loss, personally. We gave up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter,” defensive end Jared Allen said. “I don’t have a sister, but I’m going to say it’s like going to prom with your sister.”

For a while, the match was full of heart-racing drama.

Mason Crosby hit from 20 yards at 10:28 of the extra period and Blair Walsh connected from 35 with 3:54 left.

Greg Jennings, playing his first game at Lambeau Field as a member of the Vikings (3-8-1), dropped a third-down pass with 2:11 left. The Packers (5-5-1) also stumbled on their next possession.

One last chance for the Vikings went nowhere with 1 second left, and the teams walked off with the first tie in the NFL since the Rams and 49ers ended 24-24 on Nov. 11, 2012.

At least the 77,000-plus frigid fans got to witness a bit of history – this was first game to end in a tie under the new overtime rule instituted last year that continues the extra period if both teams open it with field goals. A touchdown by either team would have ended the game.

Jacksonville and Houston both kicked field goals to open OT in a game on Nov. 18, 2012, then the Texans won it with a touchdown.

“I think to everybody around here, it feels like a loss, for sure,” Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk said.

The Packers are also in unfamiliar territory with so much instability at quarterback. It’s been that way since Rodgers – perhaps the most irreplaceable player in the NFL – hurt his left collarbone on the first series of a 27-20 loss to the Bears on Nov. 4 that started the winless string.

Flynn, Rodgers’ former backup who was re-signed last week, replaced the ineffective Scott Tolzien and finished 21 of 36 for 218 yards and a touchdown. He nearly led Green Bay back from a 23-7 deficit early in the fourth quarter to a win.

Flynn caught a break in overtime after a third-down sack was called off by a holding penalty on Vikings safety Robert Blanton. He followed with three long completions, including a 34-yarder to the leaping Jarrett Boykin to the 7.

Two runs by Eddie Lacy (110 yards on 25 carries) got the Packers to the 2, but Flynn misfired on third down to set up Crosby’s kick.

Adrian Peterson had 146 yards and a score on 32 carries. He and Toby Gerhart (91 yards on eight carries) dented the Packers’ worn defense in overtime, but could not get in the end zone. The Vikings settled for Walsh’s kick.

That was it for the scoring. The fans bundled up in parkas and knit caps to brave temperatures in the upper teens had to settle for a draw.

Some positives for the Packers: a maligned defense stopped two late fourth-quarter drives; Lacy’s running; Flynn’s play in relief. And the tie being less damaging than a loss would have been in the division race.

“Looking at the guys’ eyes in the huddle, I don’t think there was any doubt,” Flynn said. “I’m proud of the guys for fighting, but we just have to finish.”

Things looked bleak for them early in the fourth quarter after Walsh’s 29-yard field gave Minnesota 23-7 lead.

Up to that point, Christian Ponder was the best quarterback on the field. He connected with Rhett Ellison for a 12-yard touchdown pass that helped give the Vikings build a 16 point lead.

Ponder finished 21 of 30 for 233 yards. Maybe the quarterback carousel has finally come to a halt in Minnesota, though afterward Ponder was focused on a missed opportunity.

“We let it get out of our hands,” he said. “It’s unfortunate we’re not walking away with our third victory.”

 

Game notes

Jennings was booed heartily by Packers fans after the first of his two catches, totaling 29 yards… Audie Cole finished with 13 tackles and a sack starting for leading tackler and MLB Erin Henderson, who missed the game for a personal matter… CB Sam Shields missed a second straight game for the Packers with a hamstring injury… Tolzien finished 7 of 17 for 98 yards, but had an entertaining 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter after putting a spin move on a defender before stumbling into the end zone… The only other tie between the teams was a 10-10 draw on Nov. 26, 1978.

 

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Eagles hold off Redskins to claim first place

Eagles Dangle On To Declare First Place

 

PHILADELPHIA – For the Philadelphia Eagles to go worst-to-first in the NFC East, they had to win at dwelling.

Bye-bye, shedding streak.

Nick Foles threw for 298 yards and spun free for a touchdown, LeSean McCoy ran for two scores and the Eagles snapped a 10-sport dropping skid at Lincoln Financial Area with a 24-sixteen victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

A year after ending four-12 beneath Andy Reid, Chip Kelly had guided his Eagles (6-5) to the division lead. They’re a half-sport ahead of idle Dallas (5-5).

The defending division champion Redskins rallied in the fourth quarter but fell quick, dropping to 3-7.

“I do not take a look at it globally,” Kelly said. “We have five video games in December and we put ourselves in place where these games are meaningful. We’ll see where we’re at Dec. 29.”

The Eagles hadn’t received at dwelling in 413 days since defeating the New York Giants on Sept. 30, 2012. They’re going to enter their bye week on a 3-recreation successful streak, having turned things around after consecutive house losses final month.

“Not one particular person on this group was defeated,” Foles stated. “All people in our locker room believed we can win and if you feel that manner, it’s something special. Now we have to keep the momentum going.”

Down 24-zero in the fourth quarter, the Redskins rallied behind Robert Griffin III’s TD passes of 62 yards to Darrel Young and 41 yards to Aldrick Robinson and each 2-point conversions.

RG3 then drove the Redskins to the Eagles 18 earlier than his pass off his back foot was intercepted by Brandon Boykin in the long run zone.

“I was trying to throw the ball at the back of the top zone,” he mentioned. “It did not get to the place I wished it to go. Clearly I was on my heels. Something I can positively learn from.”

Foles did not throw any TD passes after tossing 10 previously two video games. But he still hasn’t thrown an interception this year, extending his streak to 199 passes with out a pick. Foles tied an NFL document with seven TD passes in a win at Oakland two weeks ago and adopted it with three more in a victory at Green Bay.

McCoy finished with 77 yards speeding and seventy three receiving. He leads the NFL with 1,009 yards on the bottom. Foles had a profession-finest 47 yards rushing.

“We’re all enjoying as one,” McCoy stated. “Earlier within the 12 months, the offense was enjoying good and protection wasn’t or defense was taking part in good and offense wasn’t. Now we’re clicking.

The Redskins started their last drive at their 4 with three:26 left after a 70-yard punt by Donnie Jones. Griffin accomplished a 28-yard go to Santana Moss on third-and-25 and Washington finally moved to the 18 earlier than the pick.

Griffin was 17 of 35 for 264 yards and ran for forty four yards.

“Took us till the fourth quarter to make a couple plays,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan stated. “We had our opportunity on the end. Just could not take advantage of it.”

A 33-27 win at Washington in the season opener kick-began the Kelly Period and raised expectations in what was imagined to be a rebuilding 12 months. The Eagles lost the next three video games earlier than winning 5 of seven. Foles replaced an injured Michael Vick in the first half of a victory on the Giants on Oct. 6, and has led the Eagles to a 4-1 document since.

The Redskins could not generate a lot offense till Griffin connected with Younger after scrambling early in the fourth quarter. He hit Nick Williams on the conversion.

Robinson made a nice adjustment to catch Griffin’s underthrown deep go for the subsequent score, and RG3 dived in from the 2 for the conversion.

But Washington couldn’t full the comeback.

Foles ran in from the 4 for a 7-zero lead, even showing some athleticism with a spin transfer after getting hit at the 2 after which reaching for the top zone. A 49-yard go to McCoy set up the rating.

One play after Brent Celek turned a decent-end display cross into a forty two-yard gain, McCoy ran in untouched from the 1.

The Redskins drove to the Eagles eight before Griffin was sacked by Connor Barwin and fumbled. The ball popped straight up and was recovered by Fletcher Cox.

The Eagles turned that right into a 24-yard discipline aim by Alex Henery to make it 17-0.

McCoy left briefly after injuring his right hamstring within the second quarter and scored on a 1-yard run to place the Eagles up 24-0 in the third.

Game notes

LB

Mychal Kendricks

(knee), S

Earl Wolff

(knee), and CB

Bradley Fletcher

(pectoral) had been Philadelphia’s injured defensive starters… Redskins TE

Jordan Reed

(concussion), DE

Stephen Bowen

(knee) and WR

Leonard Hankerson

(knee) left the game… The Eagles lost their first four residence video games this season.

 

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Alabama slogs its way past Mississippi State

No. 1 Alabama Stays Unbeaten

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Alabama appeared lethargic, uninspired, sloppy and downright extraordinary towards a middling Southeastern Conference crew on Saturday.

And the highest-ranked Crimson Tide nonetheless discovered a approach to win by almost two touchdowns.

T.J. Yeldon rushed for one hundred sixty yards and AJ McCarron threw two landing passes as Alabama overcame 4 turnovers to beat Mississippi State 20-7 on Saturday night time.

“We sometimes battle here and we did again tonight,” Alabama coach Nick Saban mentioned. “However give Mississippi State credit score, that they had a great gameplan. They played very physical and we could not management the road of scrimmage.”

It was the bottom scoring recreation of the season for Alabama (10-0, 7-zero SEC), which led 10-7 midway through the third quarter before pulling away.

Alabama has seemed invincible over the previous two months, profitable seven straight games by no less than three touchdowns. However that aura wasn’t wherever to be found at Davis Wade Stadium, with Saban’s bunch trying curiously mortal after last week’s emotional victory over LSU.

“We got here out sluggish and we have been sluggish to the top.” Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood stated.

Mississippi State (four-6, 1-5) stored the game far nearer than most anticipated, however could not take advantage of Alabama’s errors. Tyler Russell started for the injured Dak Prescott and completed 15 of 24 passes for 144 yards and an interception earlier than leaving with a shoulder damage when the Bulldogs have been attempting to rally in the fourth quarter.

McCarron tossed two rare interceptions and Yeldon had a pricey fumble that led to Mississippi State’s only landing, however Alabama survived to arrange a a lot-anticipated Iron Bowl with Auburn.

Mississippi State had two chances to get back into the game within the fourth quarter after McCarron’s second interception and a fumble by Kenyan Drake gave the Bulldogs subject position in Alabama territory.

However with out Russell, Mississippi State’s offense went nowhere. Freshman Damian Williams did not connect on any of his five pass makes an attempt – though two of them had been good passes that were dropped.

“If you’re going to beat that group, you’ve got to make performs,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said.

Mullen stated Russell felt his throwing shoulder “pop” after making an attempt to make a tackle following his interception late within the third quarter. He played the subsequent collection, however struggled to throw and Mullen made the swap.

McCarron completed 18 of 32 passes. His first interception within the second quarter was his first in 139 cross attempts. It was the third one hundred-plus streak without an interception during his profession.

Alabama parlayed a methodical 14-play, fifty nine-yard opening drive into Cade Foster’s 33-yard subject purpose and a three-zero lead.

But the next 4 drives were brutal for the Crimson Tide’s offense, which managed just two first downs during that span.

Mississippi State tried to take benefit with a protracted drive halfway through the second quarter, but it bogged down on the 7 and Evan Sobiesk missed a 24-yard subject aim that might have tied the sport.

A few minutes later, the Tide finally broke by way of with Yeldon’s 50-yard run down the sideline to Mississippi State’s 28. McCarron hit Brian Vogler five performs later for an 18-yard landing move with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter to give Alabama a 10-0 halftime lead.

The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Vogler made a nifty transfer on the purpose line, catching the go and sidestepping a Mississippi State defender before diving into the end zone. It was his first career landing.

It seemed like that will be all the respiration room Alabama wanted, however the errors continued in the second half. Yeldon fumbled after a ten-yard run and Mississippi State’s Beniquez Brown recovered at Alabama’s forty eight.

The Bulldogs then drove downfield and scored because of Russell’s well timed passes and a stroke of luck. Russell fumbled simply in need of a landing, but proper sort out Charles Siddoway fell on the ball in the end zone to drag Mississippi State inside 10-7.

McCarron’s eleven-yard go to Norwood pushed the Tide forward 17-7 with 5:forty six left within the third quarter.

Alabama’s protection held an opponent to seven factors or less for the sixth time this season. The Tide’s punter Cody Mandell might have been the team MVP, averaging 55 yards on 4 punts to continually put Mississippi State in bad subject position.

“He did a unbelievable job,” Saban mentioned. “He had a fabulous night on a windy evening. A kind of large kicks was into the wind.”

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Pacers (8-0) roll past Griz to stay unbeaten

Pacers Remain Good

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INDIANAPOLIS – Eight straight wins aren’t sufficient for the right Pacers.

They have far larger plans.

The NBA’s last unbeaten group remained undaunted Monday night time, getting 23 points from Paul George and the primary triple-double of Lance Stephenson’s profession to run previous Memphis 95-79 and complete a brutal 5-sport in seven-day stretch with a sweep.

Indiana extended its franchise-best start to eight-0, becoming the seventh group to attain the feat since 2000 and the 18th workforce in league history to start a season eight-zero, in accordance with STATS.

“Everything we’re capturing for is attainable, but we have a long approach to go, loads of work to do,” coach Frank Vogel mentioned. “It was probably our most complete game.”

The Pacers made no secret of this season’s plan – dethroning two-time defending NBA champion Miami. One of the simplest ways to do that, they figured, was earning the No. 1 seed in the Japanese Conference and so far, nobody has been in a position to contact them. The Pacers have already got a 3½-game lead over Miami and Atlanta in the East.

Indiana is displaying no signal of slowing down, both.

Quite than look fatigued after again-to-again wins last Tuesday and Wednesday and two extra again-to-back wins Friday and Saturday, one thing Vogel stated he had never been part of beforehand, the Pacers appeared to get stronger Monday.

They once more dominated the glass, outrebounding Memphis 30-15 within the first half and ending with a 45-32 advantage. They again relied on suffocating protection, which held Memphis (3-4) to a season-low level whole and practically 20 factors below its season scoring average (98.5). And again they were content to share the honors.

George scored seven points throughout a key 9-3 stretch to close out the third quarter. That gave Indiana a seventy two-55 lead.

Stephenson, who’s taking part in the best basketball of his profession, completed with 13 points, 11 rebounds, a career-excessive 12 assists and only one turnover. Roy Hibbert added five more blocks to his league-main total (35), George Hill finished with thirteen points in his third sport again from a hip damage and Luis Scola added 12 factors off the bench.

Indiana may very well be making things even tougher for opponents soon, too. Vogel mentioned earlier than the sport that former All-Star Danny Granger, who once led the Pacers in scoring for five straight seasons, will start figuring out Tuesday and will return to practice as soon as Wednesday. Vogel didn’t say when Granger would return to the rotation. Granger has not played this season because of a strained left calf.

For now, although, fans seem content material with the way issues are going. During the final minutes, they even serenaded Pacers gamers with chants of “un-de-feat-ed.”

However the Pacers aren’t content with that.

“We’re not looking at this eight-0 start,” mentioned George, the NBA’s Most Improved Player last season. “We need to enjoy it, but we must let our strengths continue to guide us to victory. Everybody helps, everybody is doing their job.”

For Memphis, it was a tough night.

Marc Gasol, who showed his frustration at occasions in the course of the second half, finished with 15 factors and 6 rebounds. The one different Memphis players to succeed in double-figures were two guys with Hoosier State ties – Zach Randolph had 12 and Mike Conley added eleven.

The Grizzlies shot just 41 percent from the sphere and have been solely 6 of 19 from three-level vary, and after a 15-three run put Memphis in an 80-fifty five deficit just 83 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies never had an opportunity.

“They’re the very best defensive team in this league, they really compress the paint, it was arduous for any of us guards to get in there and make something happen,” Conley stated. “They have a whole lot of size, they’ve got great guards that play nice `D’ and so they made us take contested shots.”

The Pacers jumped to a thirteen-8 lead in the opening minutes, scored the ultimate six factors of the first quarter to make it 23-16 after which methodically pulled away in the second. Although Memphis closed to forty six-39 at halftime, the Pacers put it away with the spurt spurred by George and Stephenson that eventually made it eighty-55.

“Everybody’s on the same web page, everyone’s enjoying collectively and all people’s enjoying good,” Stephenson mentioned. “When we play like that, no one can cease us.”

Indiana now gets a three-day break before enjoying another back-to-back – hosting Milwaukee on Friday and visiting Chicago on Saturday.

Sport notes

Indiana led at halftime for only the second time this season… Memphis continued its trend, profitable all of its even-numbered video games and shedding all of its odd-numbered video games… The Pacers have received the last three on this collection and are now 14-3 all-time towards the Grizzlies in Indy… Grizzlies forward Quincy Poindexter left the sport within the second quarter with a fractured nose and did not return.

 

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Schroder banned a game for cousins hit

Hawks’ Schroder Suspended One Sport

 

Atlanta Hawks rookie guard Dennis Schroder has been suspended one game for placing DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings within the groin, the NBA announced Thursday.

The incident occurred early in the fourth quarter of Atlanta’s a hundred and five-100 win Tuesday evening as Schroder tried to combat via a screen set by Cousins. No foul was called on the play.

Cousins took difficulty with the officials, suggesting he’s being singled out by referees based on previous on-courtroom behavior that has led to a number of suspensions by the NBA and the Kings.

“I took an affordable shot to my lower area,” Cousins advised reporters after the sport. “They [the refs] simply blew it off. I assume as a result of it was me. However as quickly as something happens on the opposite finish, as a result of it’s me, they run to the digicam.”

Later in the fourth quarter, Cousins was assessed a flagrant foul for shoving Al Horford. That call was downgraded to a personal foul, but Kings coach Mike Malone did wind up pulling Cousins from the sport halfway via the fourth quarter.

Schroder, the 17th decide in June’s NBA draft, will miss Thursday evening’s sport towards the Denver Nuggets.

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Miami and Savannah State played a 12 minute fourth quarter

Miami and Savannah State only performed 57 minutes Saturday (USA At this time Sports Photos)

Earlier Saturday, Louisville and Florida Worldwide agreed to a working clock over their recreation’s ultimate minutes. Then Miami and Savannah State went out and one-upped them.

Yes, that’s appropriate. The groups chopped three minutes off the final quarter, a special solution than the Cardinals and Panthers got here up with. With three minutes to go within the third quarter of Louisville’s 72-0 win over FIU, the teams agreed to let the clock run on regular stoppages in play for the final 18 minutes.

Entering the fourth in Miami, the Hurricanes led seventy seven-7. The betting line before the game had Miami favored by 60 points, the third time Savannah State has been a 60 point or bigger underdog since 2012.

Miami paid Savannah State $375,000 for the game, a considerably smaller sum than the $900,000 that Ohio State paid Florida A&M. In that sport, Ohio State’s Kenny Guiton set the college report for landing passes with six — all within the first half — and the Buckeyes gained 76-zero.

Miami was the fourth crew that scored 70 or extra on Saturday. In addition to Louisville and Ohio State, Baylor beat Louisiana-Monroe 70-7.

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Tyrann Mathieu shows up right away with huge play in the first quarter of his NFL debut

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The Arizona Cardinals’ selection of Tyrann Mathieu in April’s draft was a pretty basic high reward decide.

The final time we saw the defensive again in a recreation that counted he was creating havoc on the LSU defense (that was the 2011 season, as a result of he was suspended for the complete 2012 campaign), making performs in a ton of various methods. So when a blur in a crimson and white jersey caught up to Rams tight finish Jared Cook within the open subject on what looked like a positive landing and punched out the ball from behind, was there any question it was Mathieu?

Mathieu showed up with an enormous momentum turner in the first quarter of his NFL debut, and his first game in more than a 12 months-and-a-half, inflicting a fumble just before Cook crossed the objective line. The ball was recovered by Arizona in the long run zone.

Aside from being a fairly disappointing play for Prepare dinner, an enormous free-agent addition for the Rams, it was a play that was fairly typical of Mathieu’s school profession.

Mathieu seems to all the time discover his means around the ball and make something occur, which is why the Cardinals drafted him in the third round regardless of an extended listing of off-area issues. Cook was working all alone within the open area after splitting the middle of the Cardinals’ defense, and regarded to have a 45-yard rating before Mathieu made an awesome hustle play to drive a turnover. Mathieu had a nice preseason as effectively, establishing a task within the Cardinals protection. It’s shocking he did not look rusty after a yr out of soccer. To date he has appeared like the same type of participant he was as an All-American at LSU.

The pressured fumble on Prepare dinner is just one play in the first quarter of Mathieu’s career, but it’s a really positive first step for him.