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Suns score 79 in first half, beat Hawks

Mon., March 3, 2014, midnight

NBA: Gerald Green hit 5 of 6 3-pointers in the first half to help the Suns score 79 points before the break, the most in the NBA this season, and Phoenix held on to beat the visiting Atlanta Hawks 129-120 Sunday night.

The first-half total was two shy of the US Airways Center record for points in a half. The previous high for Phoenix in any half this season was 67, but 63 percent shooting, including 12 of 18 on 3-pointers in the first half, shattered the team mark.

Green finished with 33 points and Phoenix tied a season high with 15 3-pointers and set a season high with its 129-point output.

Jeff Teague had 29 points and eight assists for the Hawks, and Mike Scott added 20 points.

Parker returns, leads Spurs past Mavs: Tony Parker had 22 points and seven assists in his return from a six-game absence, leading the San Antonio Spurs’ balanced attack in a 112-106 win over the visiting Dallas Mavericks.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, Vince Carter added 21 and Monta Ellis had 17 for the Mavericks, who have lost eight straight to the Spurs.

• Pacers win fifth in row: David West scored 25 points, Paul George added 22, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Utah Jazz 94-91 in Indianapolis for their fifth straight victory.

Sixers lose 14th straight: Tobias Harris scored a career-high 31 points and the host Orlando Magic beat the 76ers for the second time in less than a week, winning 92-81 to extend Philadelphia’s losing streak to 14 games.

Thunder’s Sefolosha sidelined: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha will miss four to six weeks with a left calf strain. He was hurt Friday. The 6-foot-7 defensive stopper from Switzerland had started 55 of the team’s 59 games this season and averaged 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds.

No. 6 Baylor suffers rare home loss

Women’s basketball: Averee Fields stole an errant pass and drove for a go-ahead layup with 12 seconds left and No. 11 West Virginia beat No. 6 Baylor 71-69 in Waco, Texas, the Lady Bears’ first conference home loss in four years.

West Virginia won its ninth consecutive game to match Baylor for the Big 12 lead with one game left in the regular season.

Odyssey Sims, the nation’s leading scorer, had 39 points in her final regular-season home game. But the senior guard also had a career-worst 10 turnovers.

Baylor had won 35 consecutive Big 12 home games since losing its final regular-season game of the 2009-10 season to Texas.

Vols snap Gamecocks’ streak: Isabelle Harrison had 20 points and 15 rebounds as No. 10 Tennessee defeated No. 4 South Carolina 73-61 in Knoxville, Tenn., to snap the Gamecocks’ 10-game winning streak in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Tar Heels dump Duke: Diamond DeShields scored 18 points while fellow freshman Allisha Gray scored all 12 of her points after halftime to help No. 14 North Carolina beat No. 7 Duke 64-60 in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the teams’ regular-season finale.

Purdue spoils Nebraska’s hopes: Courtney Moses had a season-high 29 points and No. 19 Purdue spoiled No. 16 Nebraska’s Big Ten title hopes with an 82-66 victory in West Lafayette, Ind.

Beavers rout Sun Devils: Ruth Hamblin had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots as Oregon State rolled over No. 20 Arizona State 66-43 in Corvallis, Ore.

Senators top Canucks in Heritage Classic

NHL: Cody Ceci scored a second-period goal and the Ottawa Senators downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 in the Heritage Classic played before a crowd of more than 50,000 people in the B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C.

The Senators posted their first win in three games and kept pace in the race for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Canucks suffered their ninth loss in 10 games and remained on the playoff bubble.

Bruins sweep Rangers: Tuukka Rask made 39 saves and defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and two assists to lift the visiting Boston Bruins to a 6-3 victory over the Rangers and their first season-sweep of New York in 31 years.

Miller wins in Blues debut: Patrik Berglund scored twice during St. Louis’ four-goal, third-period rally and the Blues beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 in Glendale, Ariz., in goaltender Ryan Miller’s debut.

Miller made 23 saves in his first game since being acquired by St. Louis in a five-player deal with Buffalo on Friday.

Hoosiers knock off No. 22 Buckeyes

Men’s basketball: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 20 points and Will Sheehey added 19, leading Indiana past No. 22 Ohio State 72-64 in Bloomington, Ind.

It was the second straight win for the Hoosiers (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten), both over ranked teams in the last four days.

LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 19 points each for the Buckeyes (22-8, 9-8) who lost their second straight.

• Villanova sets wins mark: Darrun Hilliard scored a career-high 26 points and No. 8 Villanova set a school record for regular-season wins with a 73-56 victory over Marquette in Philadelphia. The Wildcats (26-3, 14-2 Big East) have won four straight and 10 of 11.

Fischbacher surprise downhill winner

Winter sports: Andrea Fischbacher of Austria was the surprise winner of the delayed women’s downhill at Crans-Montana, Switzerland, claiming her first World Cup victory in four years.

Fischbacher skied down the new Mont-Lachaux slope in 1 minute, 34 seconds, beating compatriot Anna Fenninger by 0.15.

Jansrud tames home course: Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud of Norway overcame tricky racing conditions on his favorite home course to win a World Cup super-G race in Kvitfjell, Norway, ahead of Switzerland’s Patrick Kueng. It was a third career World Cup win for Jansrud, and all of those victories have been in this Norwegian resort of Kvitfjell.

Champion earns record $1.1M payday

Miscellany: Texas cowboy Richmond Champion, 21, earned $1.1 million in The American in Arlington, Texas, the richest one-day rodeo ever with a $2 million purse.

Champion won the bareback at AT&T Stadium to earn $100,000 and took the $1 million bonus offered to a qualifier who won an event against the top 10 in the National Finals Rodeo or Professional Bull Riding World Finals.

Delbonis earns first ATP title: Argentine Federico Delbonis won his first ATP title by defeating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Brazil Open final in Sao Paulo.

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