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Spurs edge Jazz, push streak to 11

Tue., Feb. 21, 2012

NBA: Tony Parker scored 23 points and Matt Bonner hit five 3-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Utah Jazz 106-102 at Salt Lake City for their 11th consecutive victory.

Richard Jefferson’s 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left sealed the victory for the Spurs, who have not lost on the road since Jan. 29 in Dallas.

Al Jefferson led the Jazz (15-16) with 20 points while Paul Millsap added 16. The loss was Utah’s fifth straight against the Spurs (23-9). The Jazz fell below .500 for the first time since Jan. 2.

The Spurs kept the NBA’s longest win streak alive despite trailing by as many as eight points in the first half and 10 in the third quarter.

Tim Duncan added 20 points for San Antonio.

Williams outplays Lin to lead Nets past Knicks: Linsanity ran into reality: All-Star Deron Williams wasn’t getting embarrassed by the Harvard guy again.

Williams scored a season-high 38 points, outplaying Jeremy Lin and leading the New Jersey Nets to a 100-92 victory over the Knicks in New York.

Lin began his remarkable run against the Nets about two weeks ago, but Williams and the Nets were ready for him this time.

Lin finished with 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, but Williams outscored him 36-11 through three quarters, when the Nets led by 18. Lin shot only 7 of 18 and the Knicks lost for only the second time in 10 games since his emergence against the Nets on Feb. 4.

Carmelo Anthony, clearly rusty in his return from a seven-game absence with a strained right groin, shot 4 of 11 and scored 11 points.

Bryant, Bynum lead Lakers over Blazers: Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, Andrew Bynum had 14 points and 19 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers roared to a 30-point lead early in the second quarter before holding on for a 103-92 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in L.A.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum scored 18 points apiece as Portland couldn’t quite recover from the lowest-scoring first quarter in club history, getting no closer than 10 points late in their fourth loss in six games.

More bad injury news for Oden: There appears to be no end in sight for Greg Oden and his troublesome knees.

The Portland Trail Blazers said that a procedure to clear debris out of Oden’s left knee resulted in another microfracture surgery. Oden had the surgery in Vail, Colo. Although it was originally expected to be an arthroscopic procedure to clean out the 7-footer’s knee, the surgeon determined there was additional damage.

The former No.1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft has now had two microfracture surgeries on his left knee, and one on his right. He has also undergone surgery for a fractured left kneecap.

The Blazers say Oden will not play this season.

Oden, who has not played in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009, has appeared in 82 career games for the Blazers, averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds.

No. 13 Baylor rallies to defeat Longhorns

Men’s Basketball: Quincy Acy had 22 points and 16 rebounds to power No. 13 Baylor to a tough 77-72 win over Texas at Austin, Texas.

Baylor rallied from a 12-point deficit early in the second half and Acy scored seven straight points to push the Bears to a five-point lead with under 3 minutes to play. Johnathan Holmes made a 3-pointer to pull Texas within 71-70 before Pierre Jackson made six consecutive free throws to put the game away for Baylor (23-5, 10-5 Big 12).

J’Covan Brown, scored 18 to lead the Longhorns (17-11, 7-8), but had a critical turnover with 12 seconds left that prevented Texas from shooting for a tie.

Irish down Cardinals, eye Big East title

Women’s Basketball: Skylar Diggins scored 21 points and freshman Kayla McBride added 15 to lead No. 3 Notre Dame over No. 16 Louisville 68-52 at Louisville, Ky., moving the Fighting Irish one step closer to a Big East title.

Notre Dame (26-2, 13-1) controls its destiny in its quest for its first regular-season league championship since tying Connecticut for it in 2001 on its way to the national title.

The Fighting Irish are a game up in the loss column against the Huskies with a game left against South Florida on Saturday before playing at Connecticut next Monday.

Antonita Slaughter scored 12 points for the Cardinals (19-8, 8-6).

No. 11 Penn State upends No. 8 Ohio State: Nikki Greene had 25 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 11 Penn State beat No. 8 Ohio State 84-66 at State College, Pa., clinching at least a share of its first Big Ten title since 2004.

Mia Nickson also had a double-double with 18 points and 15 boards. She and Greene combined for 25 points and 19 rebounds alone in the first half as the Lady Lions (22-5, 11-3) built a 15-point halftime lead.

It was more than enough cushion against the Buckeyes (23-4, 10-4), who never got closer than 13 the rest of the way.

Karlsson, Spezza lead Senators to victory

NHL: Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each scored twice, Craig Anderson made 28 saves and the Ottawa Senators beat the New York Islanders 6-0 in Uniondale, N.Y., for their third straight win.

The Senators (31-22-8) moved within two points of first-place Boston in the Northeast Division and one point behind Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Castaway prevails despite tough draw

Horse Racing: Castaway didn’t mind an outside starting spot in the least.

The Bob Baffert-trained horse pulled away on the home stretch to win the $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, Ark.

Another Baffert horse, Secret Circle, added to his big day with a win in the second of the two Grade 3 races.

Castaway won his last time out at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 12. He started from the 11th position, but went out early with Majestic Stride in the Southwest before running away from the field down the stretch.

“Everyone said we drew bad when we got the 11, but I wasn’t bothered by that,” assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said. “You put them in from the rail out, so they’re not in the gate that long.”

Jake Mo finished second, followed by Jerry Reckless.

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