(Houston, TX) — James Harden scored 28 points as the Rockets crushed the shorthanded Spurs 109-93 at the Toyota Center. Chris Paul added 18 points and nine assists as Houston won its second straight since its 17-game winning streak came to an end. The 53-and-14 Rockets are two games ahead of the Warriors for the best record in the NBA. San Antonio was without LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard. Bryn Forbes and Derrick White scored 14 each for the Spurs, who are 3-and-11 in their last 14. They fell out of the top eight seeds in the West. The Spurs have made the playoffs every season since 1996-97.
Thunder Zap Kings
(Oklahoma City, OK) — Russell Westbrook notched his 20th triple-double of the season as the Thunder took down the Kings 106-101 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Westbrook finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to help Oklahoma City earn its third straight victory. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George chipped in with 21 points apiece for the Thunder, who are fourth in the West at 40-and-29. De’Aaron Fox scored 11 points and dished out 10 assists for Sacramento. The Kings have dropped three of their last four to fall to 21-and-47.
Milwaukee Bucks 121, Memphis Grizzlies 103
Oklahoma City Thunder 106, Sacramento Kings 101
Houston Rockets 109, San Antonio Spurs 93
Portland Trail Blazers 115, Miami Heat 99
Mavs Open Road Trip Tonight At Knicks
(New York, NY) — The Mavericks open up a four-game road trip tonight in New York against the Knicks. Dallas will also make stops in Toronto, Brooklyn and New Orleans on the trek. The Mavs sit at 21-and-46 after Sunday’s 105-82 home loss to Houston. New York has lost seven straight to dip to 24-and-43.
Mavs’ Matthews Out With Broken Leg
(Dallas, TX) — Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews has a broken bone in his right leg and will likely miss the rest of the season. Matthews suffered the injury in Saturday’s win over Memphis. The team announced it’s a fracture to the right proximal fibula, just below the knee. The 31-year-old is averaging 12.7 points this season, his third with the Mavs.
Columbus Blue Jackets 5, Montreal Canadiens 2
Washington Capitals 3, Winnipeg Jets 2 (OT)
Vegas Golden Knights 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2
New York Rangers 6, Carolina Hurricanes 3
Ottawa Senators 5, Florida Panthers 3
St. Louis Blues 4, Anaheim Ducks 2
San Jose Sharks 5, Detroit Red Wings 3
Los Angeles Kings 3, Vancouver Canucks 0
Stars Resume Road Trip Tonight In Montreal
(Montreal, Quebec) — The Stars resume their six-game road trip tonight in Montreal against the Canadiens. Dallas opened the trek with a 3-1 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Stars sit at 38-25-and-6, good for the top wild card in the West with 82 points. The Habs have just 62 points.
Rangers Cruise Past Royals
(Surprise, AZ) — The Rangers scored four runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 5-1 win over the Royals in Surprise. Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre plated a run each for Texas. Starter Jesse Chavez tossed three perfect innings. The Rangers play the Brewers today in Maryvale.
MLB Grapefruit League
Baltimore Orioles 8, Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Washington Nationals 5, Detroit Tigers 4
Boston Red Sox 6, Toronto Blue Jays 4
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Atlanta Braves 0
Minnesota Twins 2, New York Yankees 1
MLB Cactus League
Kansas City Royals (ss) 4, San Diego Padres 0
Milwaukee Brewers 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 6
San Francisco Giants 6, Oakland Athletics 5
Cleveland Indians 4, Texas Rangers (ss) 2
Colorado Rockies 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
Los Angeles Angels 4, Cincinnati Reds 3
Texas Rangers (ss) 5, Kansas City Royals (ss) 1
Chicago White Sox 4, Seattle Mariners 2
Astros Visit White House
(Washington, DC) — President Trump is honoring the World Series champs at the White House. At a ceremony yesterday, Trump said the Astros had an “incredible victory” over the Los Angeles Dodgers and called it a “victory for the ages.” He noted that many of the Astros’ hearts were heavy because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in south Texas.
Astros Face Mets Today
(Port St. Lucie, FL) — The Astros are back on the diamond today facing the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie. Gerrit Cole will get the ball for the ‘Stros.
Report: Cowboys’ Scandrick Wants Out
(Frisco, TX) — Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick is making his intentions clear. ESPN reports Scandrick has asked Dallas to release him so he can become a free agent. The 31-year-old is under contract through 2019, but he got lost in the shuffle by the end of last season. The Cowboys were going with rookies Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis on the outside, while playing safety Xavier Woods in the slot. Byron Jones is also expected to switch positions from safety to corner. Dallas can save 1.4-million-dollars by moving on from Scandrick.
Cowboys Re-Sign Pierce
(Irving, TX) — The Cowboys are bringing back defensive tackle Brian Price. The team has re-signed Price, who was an exclusive rights free agent. The 23-year-old had right tackles and three quarterback pressures in eight games last season. He missed the second half of the year with a knee injury.
NCAA Tournament Begins Tonight
(Dayton, OH) — The NCAA Tournament begins tonight with the First Four in Dayton. Sixteenth seeds LIU Brooklyn and Radford square off for the right to play top-seeded Villanova. The winner of 11th-seeded UCLA and St. Bonaventure moves on to get a shot at sixth-seeded Florida. The other two First Four games in Dayton are tomorrow.