December 27, 2010 in Sports

In brief: Boozer, Rose lead Bulls past Pistons in OT

 
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After blowing a fourth-quarter lead and getting a little help from Carlos Boozer (5), the Bulls were able to put away the Pistons.
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NBA: Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and Derrick Rose added 23 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 95-92 in overtime Sunday night in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Rose also had eight assists. Tayshaun Prince led Detroit with 17 points. Former EWU standout Rodney Stuckey added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Detroit sent the game to overtime when Charlie Villanueva tipped home a missed shot with 0.6 seconds left. The Pistons missed three shots on the possession, but grabbed all three offensive rebounds.

• Griffin has 18th straight double-double in win: Rookie Blake Griffin posted his 18th straight double-double with 28 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 2:52 remaining, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat visiting Phoenix 108-103 to end a streak of nine straight losses to the Suns.

Eric Gordon scored 24 points and Baron Davis added 15 points and nine assists to complement Griffin’s 24th double-double of the season.

Newly acquired Mickael Pietrus scored a season-high 25 points off the bench for Phoenix. Two-time MVP Steve Nash finished with 21 points and 15 assists. Grant Hill had 19 points and seven rebounds.

• Parker, Spurs beat short-handed Wizards: Tony Parker had 20 points, 14 assists and six assists and the NBA-leading Spurs beat the short-handed Washington Wizards 94-80 in San Antonio.

San Antonio shot 10 of 24 from long range.

Manu Ginobili had 21 points and George Hill added 11.

Rashard Lewis, acquired last week from Orlando, had 21 points for Washington, playing without suspended forwards Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee. They were suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.

• Gay scores 30 points in Grizzlies’ win: Rudy Gay scored 30 points, Zach Randolph had 18 points and 16 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 104-90 victory over the host Indiana Pacers.

O.J. Mayo and Marc Gasol added 17 points each for Memphis. The Grizzlies improved to 5-11 on the road and 13-17 overall.

Danny Granger led the Pacers with 29 points and five rebounds. Roy Hibbert had 14 points and Mike Dunleavy had 10 for Indiana (13-15).

• Mavs’ Carlisle has knee surgery, will miss game: Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has undergone minor knee surgery and will miss the team’s next game at Oklahoma City.

Mavericks spokeswoman Sarah Melton said Carlisle had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Assistant coach Dwane Casey will lead the team tonight against the Thunder. Carlisle is expected back on the bench Tuesday night at home against Toronto.

Lecavalier scores 2, including OT winner

NHL: Vincent Lecavalier’s second goal of the game – a power-play tally 1:13 into overtime – gave the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Steven Stamkos gave Tampa Bay the game’s first lead with his 28th goal. Zach Bogosian and Fredrik Modin scored for the Thrashers.

• Pens’ Crosby extends points streak to 24 in loss: Penguins star Sidney Crosby scored with 3:22 remaining to extend his points streak to 24 games, but Erik Karlsson had two goals and an assist to lead the Senators to a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh in Ottawa.

Jason Spezza also had three points for Ottawa, but left in the second with an upper-body injury.

Crosby’s 30th goal spoiled Brian Elliott’s shutout bid.

• Ovechkin breaks out of slump, leads Caps to win: Alex Ovechkin had a goal to end an eight-game drought and added an assist for the Washington Capitals, who held on to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in Raleigh, N.C.

Mathieu Perreault and David Steckel also scored for the Capitals. They have won three of four and swept the Hurricanes on their home ice for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

Tuomo Ruutu pulled the Hurricanes within one goal 30 seconds into the third period by deflecting in Jay Harrison’s slap shot. Semyon Varlamov then stopped the final six shots he faced, finishing with 33 saves to help Washington improve to 4-0 in the season series.

• Blackhawks activate Hossa, put Kane on IR: The Blackhawks activated forward Marian Hossa from injured reserve and recalled goaltender Hannu Toivonen from their AHL affiliate in Rockford.

The Blackhawks also put forward Patrick Kane on injured reserve.

The 31-year-old Hossa is fourth on the team with eight goals.

Toivonen was 5-5-3 with one shutout and a 3.12 goals-against average in 16 appearances for Rockford. The former first-round draft pick was acquired in a trade with St. Louis in March.

• Ex-NHL player’s daughter dies in crash: New Mexico State Police say the 18-year-old daughter of former NHL center Pierre Turgeon was killed when the pickup truck she was driving crashed into the trailer of a semi-truck at an intersection.

Police say Elizabeth Turgeon of Cherry Hill Village, Colo., died at the scene about 100 miles east of Albuquerque early Thursday. Lt. Eric Garcia confirmed Sunday that the teen was the former NHL player’s daughter.

A passenger in the pickup was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police say dense fog was a contributing factor in the crash, as well as Turgeon’s failure to stop at the intersection.


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