Thursday Sports Update – Rockets Top Knicks

(New York, NY) — James Harden knocked down a career-high 61 points and hauled in 15 rebounds as the Rockets topped the Knicks 114-110 in New York. Harden tied Kobe Bryant for the most points by a visiting player at MSG and has scored at least 30 points in 21 consecutive games. There have been only three longer such streaks in NBA history, all by Wilt Chamberlain. Eric Gordon contributed 20 points to the win. Houston is 5-and-4 in its last nine games. The Rockets return home tomorrow night against Toronto.

76ers Rally To Beat Spurs

(Philadelphia, PA) — The 76ers rallied from an eight-point deficit with two minutes remaining to defeat the Spurs 122-120 in Philadelphia. Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 33 points and 19 rebounds. Ben Simmons added a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists as the Sixers won for the fifth time in six games. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 26 points but was not on the court for the final possession. Rudy Gay added 17 points for San Antonio, which has lost four of its last six.

NBA
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Indiana Pacers 110, Toronto Raptors 106
Houston Rockets 114, New York Knicks 110
Brooklyn Nets 114, Orlando Magic 110
LA Clippers 111, Miami Heat 99
Boston Celtics 123, Cleveland Cavaliers 103
Charlotte Hornets 118, Memphis Grizzlies 107
Philadelphia 76ers 122, San Antonio Spurs 120
Atlanta Hawks 121, Chicago Bulls 101
Detroit Pistons 98, New Orleans Pelicans 94
Utah Jazz 114, Denver Nuggets 108

Mavericks Home For Pair Of Weekend Games

(Dallas, TX) — The Mavericks will be home for two games this weekend. They will host the Detroit Pistons tomorrow night. On Sunday, they will wrap up a three-game homestand against Toronto. Dallas snapped a four-game skid Tuesday with a 106-98 decision over the Clippers with Dennis Smith Junior returning to the lineup after a six-game absence.

Nowitzki Invited To NBA Three-Point Contest

(Dallas, TX) — Dirk Nowitzki has been invited to compete in the three-point contest at the NBA All-Star Weekend on February 16th in Charlotte. The 40-year-old and 13-time All-Star selection is probably playing in his final NBA season. He has played all 21 of his seasons with the Mavericks.

Woods To Play Torrey Pines

(La Jolla, CA) — Tiger Woods is kicking off his 2019 PGA Tour today at Torrey Pines in the Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is no stranger to the tournament, having won it seven times. After dealing with health problems more than a year ago, Woods is reportedly optimistic this time around. He tees off at 1:40 p.m. Eastern. Ryan Palmer tees off at 10:10am.

Stars Off For All-Star Break

(Dallas, TX) — The Stars are off until next Wednesday for the NHL All-Star break. Miro Heiskanen will represent Dallas at the All-Star Game, which is Saturday in San Jose. After beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on Saturday, the Stars own the first Wild Card spot in the West with 52 points.

NHL
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Montreal Canadiens 2, Arizona Coyotes 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 6, Washington Capitals 3
Minnesota Wild 5, Colorado Avalanche 2
St. Louis Blues 5, Anaheim Ducks 1
Nashville Predators 2, Vegas Golden Knights 1
Carolina Hurricanes 5, Vancouver Canucks 2

Rangers Holding Mini-Cap

(Dallas, TX) — While the Rangers do not open spring training until next month in Arizona, the club is holding a mini-camp in Dallas at the MLB Urban Youth Academy with manager Chris Woodward watching. The Rangers are planning on using Joey Gallo strictly in the outfield this season after alternating him between first, third and the outfield the last four years. Woodward said Gallo would likely play mostly in left with Nomar Mazara in right. Gallo and Mazara are at the mini-camp.

Halladay HoF Plaque To Be Sans Logo

(Cooperstown, NY) — When the late Roy Halladay is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, it will be without a team designation. His family has requested the former Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher simply enter the Hall as a former player. The cap on his plaque will be blank. Halladay died in a solo plane crash in 2017 at the age of 40.

Ichiro Agrees To Minor-League Deal With Mariners

(Seattle, WA) — Ichiro Suzuki may play in a few more major league games. The 45-year-old outfielder has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners and could play when Seattle opens the season with two games against Oakland in Japan. Ichiro’s agent says the deal becomes a major-league contract if he’s added to the expanded roster for those games.

College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches Poll)
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#1 Tennessee Volunteers 88, Vanderbilt Commodores 83 (OT)
#7 Nevada Wolf Pack 100, Colorado State Rams 60
#11 Marquette Golden Eagles 79, DePaul Blue Demons 69
#17 Houston Cougars 94, East Carolina Pirates 50

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) — In area college basketball, TCU edged by Texas 65-61 in Fort Worth. The Frogs improved to 14-and-4 and 3-and-3 in Big 12 play. The Longhorns have lost four of their last five to drop to 11-and-8 overall and 3-and-4 in the conference. Tonight, UT-Arlington will play at Georgia Southern. On Saturday, Alabama will meet Baylor in Waco, SMU will host Tulane, Florida is at TCU, North Texas and Middle Tennessee will square off in Denton, UT-Arlington will be at Georgia State, Texas is at Georgia, Kansas State meets Texas A&M in College Station and Number-13 Texas Tech will host Arkansas.

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