NBA: Kobe Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA scoring list and had 10 points in the final five minutes to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night in Minneapolis.
Bryant needed nine points to move past Jordan and, after missing four of his first five shots, he knocked down a pair of free throws with 5:24 to play in the first half to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone on the NBA’s career scoring podium. Bryant finished with 26 points on 7-for-20 shooting and hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute to play that helped seal the victory.
Shabazz Muhammad had 28 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Only Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Malone (36,928) have scored more points than Bryant (32,310).
• Warriors win again: Stephen Curry scored eight of his 34 points in overtime, and Golden State won its 16th straight, 128-122 over the host New Orleans Pelicans.
Former WSU standout Klay Thompson added 29 points for the Warriors, whose franchise-long winning streak includes a club-record 10 straight road victories.
Tyreke Evans scored 34 points for the Pelicans, but fouled out with three minutes left in overtime.
• Thunder run past Suns: Russell Westbrook had 28 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, Kevin Durant added 23 points and eight rebounds and Oklahoma City won its sixth straight game, beating visiting Phoenix 112-88.
Westbrook recorded his eighth straight game of scoring at least 20 points, and getting five rebounds and five assists since his return from a broken hand. By halftime, he had 24, five rebounds and six assists.
No. 4 Louisville survives scare
Men’s College Basketball: Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell each scored 19 points and played big roles down the stretch in helping No. 4 Louisville survive UNC Wilmington 68-57 in Louisville, Kentucky.
A game that the Cardinals seemed to be gaining control of with an 18-point lead early in the second half was soon cut to 52-50 as the Seahawks went on a 15-0 run over 4:07.
That’s when Rozier asserted himself, scoring six of Louisville’s next 10 points in a run that included Harrell’s basket. UNCW cooled off after that, missing 10 of its final 13 shots to lose the first meeting between the schools.
• Vols knock off Butler: Josh Richardson scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime, and Tennessee rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to beat No. 15 Butler 67-55 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Butler led 37-25 after Kellen Dunham’s 3-pointer in the opening minute of the second half, but Richardson scored the game’s next eight points to spark a 12-0 run that tied the score. Tennessee took the lead for good on Armani Moore’s basket with 6:15 left.
Maple Leafs edge Kings in shootout
NHL: James Reimer helped the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 shootout win over Los Angeles, shutting out the visiting Kings in the tiebreaker.
Joffrey Lupul scored the lone goal for Toronto in the shootout. Tyler Bozak was denied by Jonathan Quick, and Mike Santorelli missed.
Reimer turned away Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown before Anze Kopitar missed for Los Angeles.
The Kings rallied from a 2-0 deficit and led 3-2 in the third before the Leafs forced the overtime.
• Saad lifts Blackhawks: Brandon Saad scored with 7:03 left in the third period, and host Chicago beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 for its 12th victory in the last 14 games.
After motoring past Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano, Saad took a centering pass from Jonathan Toews and lifted a shot past Jonas Hiller’s glove.
Toews also set up Patrick Sharp’s power-play goal as the surging Blackhawks dealt the Flames their fifth straight loss.
Virginia tops UCLA to claim NCAA title
SOCCER: Virginia beat UCLA 4-2 on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie to win the NCAA men’s soccer title in Cary, North Carolina.
The Cavaliers won the College Cup when Riggs Lennon slipped a low shot past diving UCLA goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. in the fifth round to claim their seventh national title.
Virginia led 2-1 after three rounds of penalty kicks with UCLA’s Gage Zerboni and Willie Raygoza both missing on blasts off the crossbar.
Patrick Foss of Virginia and Larry Ndjock of UCLA converted to set the stage for Lennon’s left-footed winner.
• Marta rallies Brazil: Five-time world player of the year Marta scored three goals to lead Brazil to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the U.S. women’s soccer team in the International Tournament of Brasilia.
Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe scored a goal each in the first 10 minutes to give the U.S. an early lead, but Marta scored in the 19th, 55th and 66th minutes to guarantee the hosts a spot in the final of the four-team competition.
Grace pulls away for win at Alfred Dunhill
GOLF: Branden Grace held his nerve while others faltered Sunday, pulling away for a commanding seven-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa.
Grace started the day with a one-shot advantage over Lucas Bjerregaard, but quickly widened the gap when the Dane had a bogey on the first and Grace birdied the second.
Bjerregaard fell away badly thereafter to card a 17-over 89, while Grace finished with a 4-under 68 and a 20-under total of 268 for the event. It was the 26-year-old South African’s fifth victory on the European Tour, and he became the first person to lead after all four rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
• Westwood prevails: Englishman Lee Westwood won his second Thailand Golf Championship with a one-stroke victory over Australian Marcus Fraser and Martin Kaymer of Germany at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand.
The 2011 champion was in a three-way lead with Fraser and Kaymer on 8 under with two holes to go but the German bogeyed the 17th while the Australian missed an easy par putt on the 18th, giving Westwood, who was watching in the clubhouse, the victory.
• Langers earn victory: Bernhard and Jason Langer won the PNC Father-Son Challenge, closing with a 13-under 59 for a two-stroke victory in the better-ball event in Orlando, Florida.
The Langers finished at 23-under 123 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club’s Grande Lake Orlando. Fourteen-year-old Jason jumped into the lineup Saturday when sister Christina withdrew because of back issues. Bernhard Langer earned $200,000.
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