Rockets Take Down Mavericks
(Houston, TX) — James Harden poured in 31 points, his 30th consecutive game with at least 30 points, in the Rockets’ 120-104 win over the Mavericks at the Toyota Center. Chris Paul contributed 17 points and 11 assists to the triumph. Gerald Green had 19 points for Houston, which is 20-and-9 at home. The Rockets will play the Timberwolves tomorrow night at Minnesota.
Westbrook Makes History As Thunder Beat Blazers
(Oklahoma City, OK) — Paul George and Russell Westbrook each had a triple-double as the Thunder beat the Trail Blazers 120-111 in Oklahoma City. George piled up 47 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as OKC won its fourth straight. Westbrook had 21 points, 14 boards and 11 assists for his 10th straight triple-double, breaking a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for the NBA record. The Thunder are 11-and-1 in their last 12 games. Damian Lillard led Portland with 31 points. Jake Layman scored 17 points off the bench for the Blazers, who have lost three of four.
Indiana Pacers 99, Charlotte Hornets 90
Detroit Pistons 121, Washington Wizards 112
Cleveland Cavaliers 107, New York Knicks 104
Toronto Raptors 127, Brooklyn Nets 125
Oklahoma City Thunder 120, Portland Trail Blazers 111
Minnesota Timberwolves 130, LA Clippers 120
Houston Rockets 120, Dallas Mavericks 104
Milwaukee Bucks 112, Chicago Bulls 99
Denver Nuggets 103, Miami Heat 87
Washington Capitals 6, Los Angeles Kings 4
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Philadelphia Flyers 1
San Jose Sharks 7, Vancouver Canucks 2
Stars Continue Trip But Without Bishop
(Sunrise, FL) — The Stars will play tonight at the Florida Panthers, but goalie Ben Bishop will not be in the net for the third straight game with an upper-body injury. Dallas is 0-1-and-1 to begin this five-game trip. The Stars will play Thursday at Tampa Bay and Saturday at Carolina before returning home next week. The Stars are sixth in the Western Conference with 61 points, two ahead of the Blues.
Phil Mickelson Wins AT&T Pebble Beach For Fifth Time
(Pebble Beach, CA) — Phil Mickelson has won his fifth title at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The 48-year-old finished the final round Monday with a 65 and won the tournament at 19-under, three shots ahead of Paul Casey. Mickelson is now the oldest champion in the tournament’s history, one year older than Steve Lowery when he won at Pebble in 2008.
Rangers Open Spring Training Tomorrow
(Surprise, AZ) — Pitchers and catchers report today as the Rangers will begin spring training at their Surprise, Arizona complex. The first workout will be tomorrow. Chris Woodward will be in his first year managing Texas. He replaces Jeff Banister, who was fired in September. The Rangers finished last season with a 67-and-95 record, while their 4.92 ERA ranked 28th in the majors. Mike Minor is the lone holdover from the 2018 rotation.
Astros Open Spring Training This Week
(West Palm Beach, FL) — Pitchers and catchers will report tomorrow to the Astros’ complex in West Palm Beach. The first official spring training workout will be Thursday. The Astros’ rotation is in flux with Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton exiting via free agency and Lance McCullers Junior rehabbing from elbow surgery. Houston won 103 games in 2018, and led the majors with a 3.11 ERA. The Astros were ousted in the ALCS by the Red Sox.
Two-Sport Star Murray Chooses NFL Over MLB
(Undated) — Two-sport star Kyler Murray is choosing the NFL over the MLB. Murray announced he is committed to playing quarterback in the NFL and will not pursue a baseball career. He was the ninth-overall pick by Oakland in last year’s MLB Draft. The A’s allowed him to play college football at Oklahoma last fall and Murray went on to win the Heisman Trophy.
Browns Sign RB Kareem Hunt
(Cleveland, OH) — Kareem Hunt is getting a second chance in the NFL. The Browns signed him Monday, months after he was let go by Kansas City after video surfaced of him allegedly shoving and kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel last year. Hunt issued a statement through the team to apologize, adding “what I did was wrong and inexcusable.”
College Hoops Roundup
(Undated) — In area college hoops, Baylor slipped by Oklahoma 59-53 in Waco. The Bears improved to 16-and-8. TCU lost to number-14 Kansas 87-77 in overtime in Fort Worth. Tonight, Big 12-leader Kansas State will play Texas in Austin, and Texas A&M will host Georgia. Tomorrow, SMU will be at Temple. On Thursday, Florida Atlanta will host North Texas and UT-Arlington will be at Arkansas State.