NBA: Jason Kidd broke out of an awful shooting slump to score a season-high 21 points, and Jason Terry and Shawn Marion provided solid scoring as reserves, helping the Dallas Mavericks beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 109-100 on Wednesday night and end a six-game losing streak.
Kidd made 8 of 12 shots after going 1 of 14 over his previous two games.
The club made a similar turnaround, going from five straight losses by at least 10 points each – their worst such stretch since their woeful days in the mid-1990s – to a convincing win over the two-time defending champions.
Pau Gasol scored 23 points as the Lakers lost for the second time in their last 10 games. Kobe Bryant had 21 points and 10 assists, and Lamar Odom had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
• Batum’s season high powers Blazers: Nicolas Batum scored a season-high 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 94-90 overtime victory against the Sacramento Kings at Sacramento, Calif.
Meanwhile, the Blazers said center Marcus Camby will need surgery on his left knee. Camby hurt his knee in Portland’s victory Monday night over Minnesota.
• Streaking Hornets win in overtime: Marcus Thornton broke up an inbounds pass with 14 seconds left in overtime and then finished a fast break with a reverse layup, lifting host New Orleans to a 103-102 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies that extended the Hornets’ winning streak to six.
• Clippers win but Griffin’s streak ends: Blake Griffin had 29 points and eight rebounds, ending his streak of double-doubles at 27 games, and the host Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 126-111 to win their third in a row. The Wolves’ Kevin Love had 26 points and 11 rebounds for his NBA-leading 29th straight double-double.
• Nets call end to Anthony deal: New York Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov told the team to end trade talks with the Denver Nuggets involving Carmelo Anthony, saying he was unhappy with how it played out in public, that it took too long, got too expensive and cost the team games.
The Russian billionaire said there was no chance that the trade would be resurrected.
• Cavaliers receive more bad news: Cleveland Cavaliers starting guard Mo Williams will be sidelined for several weeks with a lingering hip injury.
The Cavs (8-32) have been ravaged by injuries. Center Anderson Varejao is out for the season with a torn ankle tendon and is expected to undergo surgery this week. The team is also missing guards Anthony Parker (strained back) Christian Eyenga (sprained ankle) and forwards Leon Powe (knee surgery) and Joey Graham (strained quad).
No. 14 Purdue wins on Johnson’s jumper
JaJuan Johnson’s jumper with 3 seconds left gave No. 14 Purdue (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) a 63-62 win over Penn State (10-8, 3-4) at West Lafayette, Ind.
Johnson, who finished with 25 points, was wide open after an inbounds pass and calmly drained an 18-footer from the right wing.
• No. 1 Ohio State cruises: David Lighty scored 18 points and Ohio State (19-0, 6-0 Big Ten) wasn’t tested in its first game as No. 1, rolling over Iowa (7-11, 0-6) 70-48 at Columbus, Ohio.
• San Diego State continues to roll: D.J. Gay scored 20 points and Billy White had 10 of his 12 during a decisive 13-3 run, and No. 6 San Diego State (20-0, 5-0 Mountain West) beat visiting Air Force (10-7, 1-3) 68-55 to extend the country’s longest active winning streak to a school-record 20 games.
• No. 10 Texas buries No. 11 A&M: Jordan Hamilton scored 27 points and No. 10 Texas (15-3, 3-0 Big 12) snapped No. 11 Texas A&M’s (16-2, 3-1) 13-game winning streak with an 81-60 win at Austin, Texas.
Injury problems pile up for Rangers
NHL: The injury-plagued New York Rangers lost two more key forwards when Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko were ruled out for several weeks.
A few hours before their 7-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Rangers said that Dubinsky, who has a team-high 17 goals and 38 points, will be sidelined three to four weeks because of a stress fracture in his left leg. Fedotenko is expected to miss two to four weeks (sprained left shoulder).
Non-seniors file in record numbers
NFL: Cam Newton and Nick Fairley of national champion Auburn are among 56 non-seniors who applied for April’s NFL draft – a record total, but only three more than last year.
The uncertainty surrounding the league’s labor situation does not appear to have had a significant effect on underclassmen opting to declare for the draft. The NFL’s released list is the fifth time in seven years that more than 50 players were granted what the league calls “special eligibility.”
• Panthers hire McDermott: New Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera says he’ll be hands-on with the defense. Old friend Sean McDermott will help him.
Less than a week after he was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles, McDermott was hired to be Rivera’s defensive coordinator in Carolina.
Twins sign pitcher Pavano to 2-year deal
Baseball: Carl Pavano is headed back to the Minnesota Twins with a $16.5 million, two-year contract.
Pavano went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA and seven complete games last season to help the Twins win the A.L. Central title. The right-hander pitched 221 innings, the second-highest total in his injury plagued career.
In other news, the San Diego Padres and reliever Chad Qualls agreed to a $2.55 million, one-year contract; the Washington Nationals finalized their trade to acquire left-hander Tom Gorzelanny from the Chicago Cubs for three minor league prospects; and the Oakland A’s added another arm to their deep corps of relievers, finalizing a $10.5 million, two-year contract with free-agent lefty Brian Fuentes.
Lamely takes early lead at Bob Hope
Golf: Derek Lamely shot a 9-under-par 63 in the first round of the Bob Hope Classic, playing the final 10 holes in 8 under to take a one-stroke lead over J.J. Henry and Jhonattan Vegas.
Lamely had an eagle and six birdies in that 10-hole stretch on the Palmer Private course at La Quinta, Calif. But the leaders realize their first-round scores mean little in the PGA Tour’s only five-day event over four fairly generous courses.
Alex Prugh (University of Washington/Ferris High) opened with a 1-over 73.
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