Pistons halt Spurs’ winning streak at 11
NBA: Greg Monroe had 26 points and 16 rebounds as Detroit snapped San Antonio’s 11-game winning streak with a 119-109 victory over the short-handed Spurs on Friday in Auburn Hills, Mich.
San Antonio played without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and the Pistons led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter. It was 65-52 at halftime, and although the Spurs cut the deficit to seven in the fourth, they fell short against a Detroit team that equaled its highest point total of the season.
• Harden leads Rockets’ win over Blazers: James Harden had 35 points and 11 assists, and Chandler Parsons scored 20 to help Houston beat Portland 118-103 in Houston.
Harden went 13 for 16 from the field and 4 of 5 from 3-point range, putting on an individual show in the last game at the Toyota Center before the NBA’s All-Star weekend comes to town. Harden was chosen as a reserve for the West squad, making his first All-Star team.
• Raptors snap Pacers’ home win streak: Rudy Gay scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, rallying Toronto to a 100-98 victory over Indiana in Indianapolis.
David West scored 30 points and Paul George had 26 as the Pacers’ 15-game home winning streak came to an end.
• Wizards continue marked improvement: The Washington Wizards held Brooklyn without a field goal for nearly 9 minutes during the first half, withstood a second-half slump and held on for an 89-74 victory in Washington, their latest win over a team near the top of the standings.
The Wizards have taken eight of their last nine at home, a stretch that includes wins over Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Chicago, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers.
• Also in the NBA: LeBron James scored 30, Dwyane Wade added 20 and the Miami Heat dominated the middle two quarters on the way to an easy 111-89 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Miami. … Kobe Bryant shrugged off a scoreless first half to finish with 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point second-half deficit to beat Charlotte 100-93. … Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and nine rebounds, scoring 12 points down the stretch to rally visiting New York over Minnesota, 100-94. … Kevin Durant scored 21 points, Thabo Sefolosha had a season-high 18 and Oklahoma City rode a 21-0 run in the third quarter to a 127-96 win over Phoenix at Oklahoma City.
• 76ers’ Richardson out for season: Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Richardson started 33 games for the Sixers this season, averaging 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.21 steals across 28.4 minutes per game.
Snedeker in contention again
Golf: Brandt Snedeker goes into the weekend at Pebble Beach with another chance to win, this time without golf’s biggest stars in his way.
Snedeker played bogey-free at tough Spyglass Hill on Friday for a 4-under 68, giving him a share of the lead with Ted Potter Jr. in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Hunter Mahan was among those one shot behind. With one more round before everyone has played all three courses, the leaderboard was a big traffic jam.
Snedeker has been runner-up the last two weeks – four shots behind Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines, four shots behind Phil Mickelson in Phoenix. Woods is not playing this week, while Mickelson stumbled down the stretch at Spyglass Hill for a 71 and was six shots off the lead.
• Langer, Pernice Jr. off to fast start: Bernhard Langer and Tom Pernice Jr. each shot 6-under 66 to tie for the first-round lead at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla.
Langer, who holed out a bunker shot to win this tournament in a playoff in 2010, birdied three of the last four holes at Broken Sound.
Pernice was even through eight holes, but played the next six holes in 6 under, including an eagle at No. 5 when he holed a pitching wedge from 128 yards, to charge into contention.
Defending champion Corey Pavin, Roger Chapman, Fred Funk, Scott Simpson and two players making their Champions Tour debuts – Rocco Mediate and Bart Bryant – were a shot back after 67s.
Eriksson gets big goal in Stars’ win
NHL: Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn scored power-play goals, Loui Eriksson added a third-period score and the Dallas Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in Dallas.
Eriksson gave the Stars some breathing room when he corralled Alex Goligoski’s cross-ice pass and fired a wrist shot past Anaheim goaltender Viktor Fasth with 7:14 remaining.
Goligoski, who was a healthy scratch Wednesday in Edmonton, added two assists for Dallas, which earned its third consecutive win.
American Clukey second in luge
Winter sports: Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger clinched the overall luge World Cup title by beating American Julia Clukey by 0.295 seconds at Mount Van Hoevenberg near Lake Placid, N.Y.
Geisenberger won her first women’s world championship Saturday at Whistler, British Columbia, after four straight years as runner-up. And she celebrated her 25th birthday on Wednesday.
Canadian Alex Gough was third.