Durant throws down 42 in win over Rockets
NBA: Kevin Durant scored 42 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the visiting Houston Rockets 106-98 on Tuesday night.
Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and got the best of nemesis Patrick Beverley. During last year’s playoffs, Beverley dived for the ball and ran into Westbrook’s right knee as a timeout was being called, causing the injury that ended Westbrook’s season and cost him about half of this season. It was their first meeting since the incident.
• Warriors stay hot: Jordan Crawford scored 19 points, Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the surging Golden State Warriors routed the Dallas Mavericks 108-85 at Oakland, Calif., for their fifth straight win.
Klay Thompson added 14 points to help the Warriors go ahead by 24 points early in the fourth quarter.
Golden State is sixth in the West, three games ahead of Dallas and Memphis.
• Spurs win streak reaches seven: Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 as the league-leading San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 104-96t.
• Blazers drop third straight: Marc Gasol scored 19 points and the Memphis Grizzlies solidified their hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot with a 109-99 victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.
Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers, who lost their third straight, with 32 points.
• West, Bynum lead Pacers: David West scored 24 points and Andrew Bynum grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in his Pacers debut, helping suddenly struggling Indiana pull away late for a 94-83 win over visiting Boston. Indiana ended its longest losing streak of the season at four.
• Tucker suspended: The NBA has suspended Phoenix starting forward P.J. Tucker for one game for elbowing Blake Griffin in the chin in the Suns’ loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday night.
Three NCAA men’s coaches fired
College basketball: Tennessee State has fired men’s basketball coach Travis Williams after only two seasons. Williams posted a 23-40 record that included a 5-25 mark this year.
UNC Wilmington fired coach Buzz Peterson. Peterson went 42-82 in four seasons with the Seahawks.
Bowling Green announced it will not renew the contract of seven-year men’s basketball coach Louis Orr. He was 101-121 in seven seasons.
Stars win in overtime
NHL: Jamie Benn scored 3:42 into overtime, giving the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues, one night after teammate Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.
Colton Sceviour, among two call-ups by the Stars with Peverley out indefinitely and teammate Alex Chiasson also hospitalized due to emotional distress after his teammate’s “cardiac event,” scored on a power play in the first period.
Peverley is undergoing testing to determine what triggered his collapse during the game at Columbus.
General manager Jim Nill said that Peverley is in stable condition and has been communicating with teammates and friends since he was hospitalized Monday night. Nill said doctors are focused on finding a long-term solution to Peverley’s irregular heartbeat.
Bayern Munich reaches quarters
Soccer: Bastian Schweinsteiger scored in the 55th minute, and defending champion Bayern Munich tied Arsenal 1-1 to reach the Champions League quarterfinals on 3-1 aggregate.
In the night’s other match, Diego Costa scored twice to lead Atletico Madrid over visiting AC Milan 4-1 for a 5-1 aggregate win.
• Newcastle manager punished: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been given a seven-match ban by the English Football Association for head-butting an opposing player during a Premier League match.
NASCAR bans cool-down laps
Motor sports: Moving swiftly to address driver safety concerns, NASCAR on Tuesday banned cool-down laps and will start allowing teams to hook up cooling units to their engines on pit road — the first major changes to the popular new knockout qualifying format unveiled this season.
The decisions were made during a conference call with crew chiefs. Several people who participated told The Associated Press that NASCAR initially said teams could use external fans on pit road to cool the engines. But after nearly unanimous objection, NASCAR relented on the use of cooling units.