December 15, 2012 in Sports

Johnson’s buzzer-beater sparks Nets

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson celebrates after hitting the game-winning shot against Detroit.
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NBA: Joe Johnson made a jumper from just inside the arc as time expired in the second overtime, giving the Brooklyn Nets a 107-105 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday in New York.

Johnson finished with 28 points for the Nets, scoring their final five in the second extra period. Gerald Wallace added 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Deron Williams scored 17 points and Andray Blatche had 16 for the Nets, who blew a 17-point lead, missed their first six shots in the second overtime, and still managed to win their second straight.

• Nuggets return home, topple Grizzlies: Andre Miller scored all of his 18 points in the second half, including four free throws in the final 10.2 seconds, and the Denver Nuggets edged the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 99-94.

Andre Iguodala scored 20 points for the Nuggets, who came off a grueling eight-day, five-game road trip to win their fourth in a row at home.

Rudy Gay had 21 points for Memphis, which has lost three straight games for the first time this season.

Elsewhere in the NBA: Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Serge Ibaka added 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 113-103 on Friday night for their 10th straight win. It’s the franchise’s longest winning streak since November 1996, when the Seattle SuperSonics won 11 in a row. … James Harden scored 21 points and Greg Smith added 20 to help the Houston Rockets defeat the Boston Celtics 101-89 in Houston. Paul Pierce led Boston with 18 points. … Paul George scored 28 points and George Hill had a triple-double to lead Indiana past Philadelphia 95-85 at Indianapolis. George scored 14 points during a third-quarter flurry that changed the game. Hill had 15 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. … Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, reserve Jodie Meeks added 24 as the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-96 victory over the Wizards at Washington. … J.J. Redick had 16 points and Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 17 rebounds to help Orlando defeat Golden State 99-85, snapping the Warriors’ five-game road winning streak. … Monta Ellis scored a season-high 33 points, Brandon Jennings added 16 and the Bucks picked up their fourth consecutive victory, 90-86 over the Cavaliers at Cleveland. … Jared Dudley had a season-high 22 points to help Phoenix to a 99-84 victory over the visiting Utah Jazz. The Suns have won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 21-23 and have yet to win three straight this season.

Walker closes in on barrel title at NFR

Rodeo: Barrel racer Mary Walker closed in on a season championship in her first National Finals Rodeo, finishing third at 13.90 seconds in the ninth round at Las Vegas.

The 53-year-old Walker, from Ennis, Texas, leads the standings with $233,302 with one round left.

In all-around, Trevor Brazile clinched his record 10th world championship and seventh in a row Monday night and has earned $298,626 in 2012.

Schwartzel shares lead in South Africa

Golf: Charl Schwartzel shot an 8-under 64, surging into a share of the lead after two rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa.

The South African is tied with first-round leader Gregory Bourdy of France, who had a 65. Schwartzel won in Thailand last weekend, his first title since the 2011 Masters.

Schwartzel and Bourdy are at 13-under 131, four strokes ahead of South Africa’s Darren Fichardt (68).

• Garcia catches fire ahead of darkness: Spain’s Sergio Garcia birdied five of his first 12 holes in the Johor Open for a share of the lead in the suspended second round in Johor, Malaysia.

Garcia was 9 under overall with eight holes left when darkness forced the suspension of play in the Asian Tour event at rainy Horizon Hills.

• Popovic solid again at Australian PGA: Daniel Popovic maintained a share of the lead after the second day of the Australian PGA in Coolum, Australia.

Popovic, who nearly gave up golf earlier this year to care for his ill father, followed his opening-round 64 with a 2-under 70, including a double-bogey seven on the par-5 15th.

The Tour rookie is tied with Zhang Xinjun (67) at 10 under, two shots clear of the field at the Palmer Coolum resort course.

Gut wins downhill; Vonn crashes

Snow sports: Lara Gut of Switzerland made the most of good conditions to win a World Cup downhill in Val D’Isere, France, while Lindsey Vonn’s bid for a fifth straight win in speed events this season ended in a crash.

Vonn lost her balance and veered to the left, landing heavily into the netting. After a few moments, the American got back up and managed to ski to the bottom unassisted, suggesting she has no serious injury.

There was better news for the U.S. ski team as Leanne Smith finished in second place, with Switzerland’s Nadja Kamer in third.

• Humphries races to eighth straight win: Canada’s Kaillie Humphries raced to her eighth straight World Cup bobsled victory, edging American Jamie Greubel by 0.27 seconds in a race at La Plagne, France.

Tour de France picks Yorkshire for 2014

Miscellany: The 2014 Tour de France will start in the northeastern English county of Yorkshire.

The Tour has begun once before in Britain – in London in 2007.

• Italian cycling champ banned 3 months: Three-time Italian cycling champion Giovanni Visconti has been banned for three months for seeing banned physician Michele Ferrari.

• Lochte sets world record: Ryan Lochte broke his own world record in the 200-meter individual medley at the short-course world championships in Turkey.

The Olympic star finished the eight laps in 1 minute, 49.63 seconds.


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