NBA: Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 22 and the visiting Golden State Warriors never trailed in an emphatic 113-89 victory over the struggling Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
Tempers flared after Golden State’s Festus Ezeli pushed Toronto’s Tyler Hansbrough in the throat after they tangled under the basket with seconds remaining in the third. Hansbrough responded by chasing after Ezeli, shoving him and throwing a punch that failed to connect. Both players received double technical fouls and were ejected.
Terrence Ross scored 18 points for the Raptors, who matched their longest losing streak of the season with their fourth straight defeat.
• Blazers come from behind for win over Thunder: LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 115-112, spoiling Russell Westbrook’s third straight triple-double.
Westbrook, who fell and hit his face on teammate Andre Roberson’s knee in the final seconds, had 40 points 13 rebounds and 11 assists. He became the first player to string together three triple-doubles since LeBron James in 2009.
The Blazers overcame a 15-point, third-quarter deficit and tied it on a tip shot by Aldridge with 4:33 to go.
Rookie Mitch McGary came off the bench for a season-high 20 points for the Thunder.
• Surging Pacers hold off short-handed Cavaliers: With LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sidelined, Rodney Stuckey scored 19 points and George Hill had his first career triple-double in the Indiana Pacers’ 93-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Indianapolis.
Hill finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists as Indiana won for the seventh time in nine games, including twice over the Cavaliers in the past three weeks.
James sat out with soreness in his lower back, while Irving stayed home after hurting his left shoulder. The Cavs relied on J.R. Smith, who had 21 points, and Kevin Love, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
• Paul, Jordan lead Clippers past Grizzlies: Chris Paul had 19 points and 13 assists, DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Grizzlies 97-79 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Jamal Crawford also had 19 points, and J.J. Redick finished with 18. Matt Barnes added 13 for the Clippers.
Zach Randolph led Memphis with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Bishop keys Lightning win over Blackhawks
Ben Bishop made 28 saves for his second shutout, Steven Stamkos scored two goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 in Tampa, Florida.
Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Lightning, who returned home after a 3-2 road trip against Western Conference teams.
Stamkos has 11 goals and 17 points in nine games against Chicago. Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling stopped 25 shots.
• Blackhawks acquire D Timonen from Flyers: The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenseman Kimmo Timonen from Philadelphia on Friday for a 2015 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2016 fourth-rounder.
Timonen is set to return after being sidelined all season because of blood clots discovered in his leg and lungs last summer. The 39-year-old native of Finland has been expected to retire after this season, although the trade could change his plans.
In 1,092 NHL games, he has 117 goals and 454 assists. He ranks third among active NHL defensemen with 571 points while playing for Nashville and Philadelphia. Chicago also placed defenseman Johnny Oduya on injured reserve.
• Khudobin helps Hurricanes blank Capitals: Anton Khudobin stopped 28 shots to earn his first shutout of the season and help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 3-0 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Brett Bellemore, Jeff Skinner and Nathan Gerbe scored as the Hurricanes won for the fourth time in six games.
Carolina, last in the Metropolitan Division, moved three points behind seventh-place Columbus.
Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots for the Capitals, who have lost three straight.
• Halak sets Islanders’ single-season win record: Jaroslav Halak set the Islanders’ team record with his 33rd win of the season, and Ryan Strome scored a power-play goal in the first-period to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in Uniondale, New York.
Halak stopped 26 shots, but lost his shutout bid with 20.9 seconds left on Josh Jooris’ goal that cut Calgary’s deficit in half.
New York moved two points ahead of the rival Rangers for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Karri Ramo stopped 37 shots for the Flames.
Browns agree to terms with McCown
NFL: The Browns have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Josh McCown on a contract. McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay’s starter last season, reached agreement with Cleveland on Friday. The 35-year-old had also been in contract talks with the Buffalo Bills.
• Court says arbitrator erred in Peterson case: Adrian Peterson says he’s pleased to be “one step closer” to returning to the field.
U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled Thursday that the arbitrator erred in denying Peterson’s appeal of his suspension under the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The league countered by filing an appeal of Doty’s decision to a higher court and returning Peterson to the exempt list.
• Ravens cut defensive end Chris Canty: The Ravens released defensive end Chris Canty, who played two seasons in Baltimore. Canty was inactive for five games last season and had three games without a tackle. He finished with 33 tackles and a half-sack in 11 starts.
Boxer injured 7 years ago in fight dies
Miscellany: Oscar Diaz, a former welterweight boxing contender whose career ended when he sustained a debilitating brain injury in a fight nearly seven years ago, died Thursday in San Antonio. He was 32.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office had yet to determine a cause of death Friday.
Diaz was in a coma for two months and spent seven months in a hospital after collapsing before the 11th round of a nationally televised USBA welterweight championship fight against Delvin Rodriguez in 2008, when Diaz was 25.
• Vanderbilt AD says Stallings’ outburst handled: Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams says coach Kevin Stallings’ outburst after the Commodores’ win at Tennessee was “unfortunate” and he will handle the issue internally.
Stallings apologized Thursday night for his “inappropriate comment” caught by television cameras as he yelled at Commodores guard Wade Baldwin IV.
Williams says he and Stallings agree the coach’s offensive and inflammatory language toward a student-athlete was “inappropriate.”
• Azarenka beats Venus Williams for 1st time : Victoria Azarenka defeated Venus Williams for the first time, rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory to reach the final at the Qatar Open in Doha, Oatar.
A two-time champion in Doha, Azarenka made adjustments in the second set and took a 5-1 lead in the third. Azarenka had 36 winners in the match.
Williams entered the match with a 4-0 record against the Belarusian, who reached her first final in more than a year.
The 48th-ranked Azarenka will face No. 15 Lucie Safarova in the final on Saturday, who beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal.
• McIlroy to miss cut at Honda Classic: Rory McIlroy’s road to the Masters hit a speed bump Friday in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, when the world’s No. 1 player managed only one birdie in the rain, stumbled badly down the stretch and headed home for the weekend after a 4-over 74, the first time in nearly a year he had consecutive rounds over par. He shot 73 on Friday.
Alex Prugh (Ferris) shot an 6-over 76 to fall to 8-over for the tournament.
The cut officially will not be made until today because of a rain delay of nearly four hours.
• Lewis leads LPGA in Thailand: American Stacy Lewis opened a three-stroke lead in the Honda LPGA Thailand, shooting an 8-under 64 on Siam Country Club’s Pattaya Old Course in Chonburi, Thailand. The third-ranked Lewis, a three-time winner last year, had a 14-under 130 total.
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