Warriors whip Mavs 108-85 for 5th straight win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jordan Crawford scored 19 points, Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the surging Golden State Warriors routed the Dallas Mavericks 108-85 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
Klay Thompson added 14 points to help the Warriors go ahead by 24 points early in the fourth quarter and create more space behind them in the crowded Western Conference standings. Golden State is sixth in the West, three games ahead of Dallas and Memphis.
Former Warriors fan favorite Monta Ellis scored 15 points, and Dirk Nowitzki had 12 points and six rebounds in a disappointing display by Dallas. The Warriors outshot the Mavericks 51.2 percent to 36.6 percent and outrebounded Dallas 46 to 40, showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder past Rockets
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 42 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 106-98 on Tuesday night.
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and got the best of nemesis Patrick Beverley. During last year's playoffs, Beverley dived for the ball and ran into Westbrook's right knee as a timeout was being called, causing the injury that ended Westbrook's season and cost him about half of this season. It was their first meeting since the incident.
Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Thunder, who had lost two straight.
Former Thunder guard James Harden scored 28 points, Chandler Parsons scored 19 and Dwight Howard had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets. Houston had won five straight, including victories over Miami, Indiana and Portland.
Ginobili leads Spurs past Bulls 104-96
CHICAGO (AP) - Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 as the league-leading San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 104-96 on Tuesday night.
Kawhi Leonard added 16 for San Antonio, which won its seventh straight and 10th in its last 11. The Spurs maintained their hold on the NBA's best record, staying ahead of Oklahoma City and Indiana, who both started play Tuesday a half-game behind the Spurs.
San Antonio jumped out to a big lead early, taking a 61-33 advantage into halftime, including 18 from Parker. That helped them improve to 24-6 on the road, the NBA's best mark away from home.
Benn scores OT winner, Stars beat Blues
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jamie Benn scored 3:42 into overtime, giving the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, one night after teammate Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.
Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Roman Polak ended lengthy goal droughts for the Blues, who lost for the first time in five games with new goalie Ryan Miller.
Colton Sceviour, among two call-ups by the Stars with Peverley out indefinitely and teammate Alex Chiasson also hospitalized due to emotional distress after his teammate's "cardiac event," scored on a power play in the first period.
Miller robbed the other call-up, Chris Mueller, with a glove save from point-blank range with 2:16 to go in the third. But he couldn't corral a shot by Benn, the Stars captain, that gave Dallas its fourth win in five games.
CUSA-TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO-EAST CAROLINA
ECU tops UTSA 79-76 in C-USA tourney's first round
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Akeem Richmond scored 36 points, including a school-record 11 3-pointers, as 12th-seeded East Carolina beat No. 13 seed Texas-San Antonio 79-76 in the first round of the Conference USA tournament on Tuesday night.
Paris Campbell added 20 points for ECU, which will face fifth-seeded UTEP on Wednesday.
Richmond moved into 4th on the NCAA list for most 3-point field goals made in season and is now tied with Jack Leasure for 9th all-time with 411 in his career.
ECU used a 21-2 run - including four 3-pointers by Richmond - to open up seven-point lead with 10:49 remaining.
Devon Agusi's 3 with 5 seconds left pulled UTSA within two but, after Prince Williams made 1 of 2 free throws on the other end, Agusi missed a trey and the Pirates held on for the win.
Agusi paced the Roadrunners with 21 points.
Marshall gets past Florida Atlantic 63-59
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Chris Thomas scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds as No. 14 seed Marshall topped 11th-seeded Florida Atlantic 63-59 in a first round game of the Conference USA tournament Tuesday night.
Kareem Canty added 12 points for Marshall, which will face sixth-seeded Old Dominion on Wednesday.
The Thundering Herd overcame a poor shooting performance by forcing 15 FAU turnovers and grabbing 14 offensive rebounds.
Marshall took a 36-29 lead into halftime and 3-pointers by Canty and Thomas pushed the Thundering Herd's lead to 11 with 8:32 remaining.
The Owls used a 9-0 run to pull within two, 55-53, with 3:52 to play but would get no closer.
Thomas and Tamron Manning each made a pair of free throws in the final minute to hold off Florida Atlantic.
Marquan Botley scored 26 and Pablo Bertone added 21 for the Owls.
Prairie View tops MVSU 79-63 in SWAC tourney
HOUSTON (AP) - Demondre Chapman came off the bench to score 17 points and block four shots as No. 8 seed Prairie View A&M beat ninth-seeded Mississippi Valley State 79-63 in the first round of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday night.
Tre Hagood finished with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists while Jules Montgomery scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Prairie View. Montrael Scott scored 13 points, John Brisco 11 and Louis Munks 10.
PVAMU, which lost both regular-season games against Mississippi Valley State, will take on top-seeded Southern in the quarterfinals on Wednesday - a rematch of the 2013 SWAC tournament championship game.
Jordan Washington hit two free throws with 13:41 to play, pulling MVSU within four, before the Panthers used a 16-4 run to make it 53-39 with 8 minutes remaining. The Delta Devils trailed by double digits the rest of the way.
N. Texas edges Rice in C-USA tournament, 63-62 OT
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Chris Jones made two free throws to push the game into overtime and won it with two more as No. 10 seed North Texas edged 15th-seeded Rice in the first round of the Conference-USA tournament Tuesday.
Rice led 62-58 with 1:51 left in overtime. Then Brandan Walton hit a 3-pointer on North Texas' next possession. Rice missed four-straight free throws and Jones made both of his with 11 seconds left. Marcus Jackson missed a shot at the buzzer.
Walton scored 17 for North Texas and Jordan Williams added 11 and 14 rebounds.
North Texas closed regulation on a 7-0 run, with a Walton 3-pointer, a Williams layup and two Jones free throws with 23 seconds left. Rice's Keith Washington missed a game-winning shot.
Rice was led by Austin Ramljak with 17 points, Sean Obi's 12 and Seth Gearhart's 11.
North Texas will play No. 7 seed Tulane Wednesday.
Abreu has 3 hits, Beckham homers to pace White Sox
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - John Danks pitched four-hit ball for five innings and Jose Abreu went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 7-6 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.
Danks, making his second start of the spring, struck out one and walked three as he continued his buildup to the regular season. Gordon Beckham hit a solo home run in support of Danks.
Paul Konerko and Dayan Viciedo each had an RBI as the White Sox got 12 hits, six off Rangers starter Joe Saunders.
Saunders, signed last week to compete for a spot in the Texas starting rotation, gave up three runs and six hits in three innings, striking out four. Tommy Hanson, another starting rotation candidate, pitched the next four innings.
Adam Rosales drove in a run with a sacrifice fly off Sox reliever Mitchell Boggs in the eighth as the Rangers rallied for five runs to take the lead.
Texans release Daniels and McCain
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans have released tight end Owen Daniels and cornerback Brice McCain.
Daniels has spent his entire eight-year career with the Texans and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2012.
He played just five games last season after breaking fibula in his right leg and finished with just 252 yards receiving. One of his best seasons came in 2012 when he had 62 receptions for 716 yards and a career-high six touchdowns.
McCain was a sixth-round draft pick by Houston in 2009 and appeared in all 16 games last season with one start.
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