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Thompson’s career-high 27 sparks win

Thu., March 22, 2012

NBA: Rookie Klay Thompson scored a career-high 27 points, David Lee added 25 and the visiting Golden State Warriors ended a four-game losing streak with a 101-92 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

The Warriors trailed 58-51 midway through the third quarter before Thompson sparked a 20-5 run. He hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play to give the Warriors a 60-58 lead. Thompson, the former Washington State standout, also got the assist on Brandon Rush’s wide open 3-pointer that gave Golden State the lead for good, 63-60.

Thompson, whose .440 3-point percentage coming in led all rookies, sank three 3s in the first quarter.

Knicks knock off 76ers: Amare Stoudemire had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the visiting New York Knicks to their fifth straight victory, 82-79 over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jeremy Lin scored 18 points and Carmelo Anthony had 10 to help the Knicks pull within three games of the Atlantic Division leaders.

Griffin has sour homecoming: Kevin Durant had 32 points and nine rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 19 points and the host Oklahoma City Thunder shut down Blake Griffin and beat the Los Angeles Clippers 114-91.

Playing in his hometown, Griffin was held to a career-low seven points.

Anderson has hot hand for Magic: Ryan Anderson hit seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points, Dwight Howard added 28 points and 16 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off the Phoenix Suns 103-93 in Orlando, Fla.

Turiaf signs with Heat: Former Gonzaga University standout Ronny Turiaf talked with Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra, and got recruiting calls from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

The Miami Heat put on the press, and Turiaf was impressed.

“I was actually quite shocked, to tell you the truth,” Turiaf said. “I was not expecting Dwyane and LeBron to reach out to me.”

They did, and the Heat recruiting pitch worked. Turiaf signed with the Heat, and the 6-foot-10 center is expected to practice with his new club for the first time today.

Turiaf was waived by Denver earlier this month after being included in a three-team trade between the Wizards, Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers.

Pacers’ Foster retires: Indiana post player Jeff Foster retired after 13 seasons in the NBA, all with Indiana, because of chronic back problems. He was the last remaining member of the Pacers team that reached the NBA finals in 2000.

Rangers defeat reeling Red Wings

NHL: Ryan Callahan ripped a shot in off a goal post 2:42 into overtime to lift the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers over visiting Detroit 2-1, sending the injury-riddled Red Wings to their sixth straight loss.

Sabres continue late rush: Ryan Miller made 34 saves for his sixth shutout and the Buffalo Sabres continued their late-season push for a playoff spot with a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo, N.Y.

The Sabres improved to 11-2-4 in their past 17 games.

Navokov stays with Islanders: Last season, Evgeni Nabokov chose to stay away from the New York Islanders. Now, after one season on Long Island, the veteran goalie likes it so much he is going to stick around for another year.

Nabokov, 36, agreed to terms with the Islanders on a one-year, $2.75 million extension that will keep him from becoming a free agent.

Muamba alive after receiving 15 shocks

SOCCER: Fabrice Muamba’s heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes and “in effect, he was dead in that time,” a team doctor in London said .

The 23-year-old Bolton midfielder collapsed during an FA Cup match against Tottenham on Saturday after suffering from cardiac arrest. He was taken to London Chest Hospital where he’s improving and talking to doctors after needing 15 shocks from a defibrillator.

Medics tried unsuccessfully to revive Muamba for 48 minutes on Saturday before he arrived at the hospital, Bolton team doctor Jonathan Tobin said. It took another 30 minutes, after 15 shocks from a defibrillator, before the player’s heart started beating again on its own.

It is too early to say if he will return to the field.

“I went to see Fabrice last night,” Tobin said. “He said, ‘Hi Doc.’ I asked him how he was and he said, ‘Fine.’ ”


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