NBA: The Golden State Warriors won their franchise-record 15th straight game, with Stephen Curry scoring 29 points and Klay Thompson adding 25, Saturday in a 105-98 victory over the host Dallas Mavericks.
The Warriors became the 12th NBA team to open a season 20-2. Steve Kerr, in his first season, is the first coach to start that fast.
Curry and Thompson each scored 17 in the first half as Golden State ran out to a 28-point lead.
• Portland snaps two-game losing streak: LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds, Damian Lillard added 18 points and the Portland Trail Blazers finished their five-game road trip with a 95-85 victory over the host Indiana Pacers.
Portland had lost two straight overall and four straight on the Pacers’ home court.
C.J. Watson had 23 points and Eastern Washington alum Rodney Stuckey added 14 for the struggling Pacers, who have lost eight straight. It’s Indiana’s longest losing streak since an eight-game skid in December 2009.
• Grizzlies sneak past Sixers: Mike Conley hit the tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and scored a career-high 36 points, leading the Memphis Grizzlies past the Philadelphia 76ers, 120-115 in Philadelphia.
The Grizzlies rallied from 18 points down over the final 7 minutes of regulation to keep the Sixers winless at home.
Michael Carter-Williams had an triple-double for the Sixers with 16 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
No. 1 Kentucky rolls No. 21 North Carolina
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Devin Booker and Willie Cauley-Stein each scored 15 points and top-ranked Kentucky shook off the shock of losing junior forward Alex Poythress by rolling past No. 21 North Carolina 84-70 in Lexington, Kentucky.
With Poythress courtside two days after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in practice, the Wildcats (11-0) combined depth, length and strong shooting to post a convincing win over the Tar Heels (6-3).
• No. 3 Arizona moves to 10-0 with win over Michigan: Stanley Johnson scored 17 points, Gabe York added 15 and No. 3 Arizona crushed struggling Michigan 80-53 in Tucson, Arizona.
The Wildcats (10-0) dominated inside, outscoring Michigan (6-4) 42-16 in the paint and grabbing 14 more rebounds for their 28th consecutive home win.
• No. 10 Kansas holds off No. 13 Utah: Perry Ellis scored 14 points, including the go-ahead basket in the closing minutes, and No. 10 Kansas (8-1) held on after blowing a 21-point second-half lead to beat No. 13 Utah (7-2) 63-60 in Kansas City, Missouri.
No. 18 California upset by Long Beach State
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Devin Hudson scored 14 points, hauled in 12 rebounds and sank the game-winning bucket in overtime to lift Long Beach State to a 58-56 upset win in overtime over No. 18 California in Long Beach, California.
Long Beach State (8-1) used a 21-0 run midway through the first period to build a lead that California (7-2) whittled down in the second half.
Backstrom’s hat trick leads Capitals
NHL: Nicklas Backstrom had his first career regular season hat trick, Braden Holtby made 26 saves, and the Washington Capitals held on to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 in Washington, D.C.
Central Valley High School alum Tyler Johnson (with 4:24 remaining) and Matthew Carle (with 2:31 left) scored late in the third period to pull the Lightning within one, but Eric Fehr’s empty netter sealed it.
• Ducks win seventh straight: Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the host Winnipeg Jets 4-1 for their seventh consecutive win.
• Senators’ Cameron earns first NHL win: Dave Cameron earned his first win as an NHL coach when Bobby Ryan and Mikka Zibanjad scored in a shootout to lift the Ottawa Senators over the host Boston Bruins 3-2.
Cameron took over the team after Paul MacLean was fired Monday. The Senators lost to Los Angeles 5-3 Thursday night in Cameron’s debut.
Stranges, Langers share Father/Son lead
GOLF: Curtis and Tom Strange saved par from a greenside water hazard on the 17th hole and finished with a 10-under 62 for a share of the first-round lead with Bernhard and Jason Langer in the PNC Father/Son Challenge scramble event at Orlando.
Bernhard Langer turned to 14-year-old son Jason after daughter Christina withdrew because of back issues.
Defending champions Stewart and Connor Cink were a stroke back at The Ritz Carlton Golf Club along with Johnny and Andy Miller, Vijay and Qass Singh, and Hale and Steve Irwin.
Jack and Jack II Nicklaus had a 67.
• Day and Tringale win Franklin Templeton Shootout: Jason Day and Cameron Tringale overcame a slow start to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Florida, by a shot. Day and Tringale shot a 7-under 65 in the better-ball final round to finish at 32 under at Tiburon Golf Club. They each earned $335,000.
Hanyu retains Grand Prix Final title
ICE SKATING: Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu successfully defended his Grand Prix Final title after extending his lead with a masterful free skate performance in Barcelona, Spain, worth a personal best score.
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia won the women’s final, while Canadian skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won in pairs, and fellow Canadians’ Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje won in ice dance.
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