(Houston, TX) — Eric Gordon poured in a game-high 31 points to lead the Rockets to a 118-86 rout of the Bulls at the Toyota Center. Chris Paul posted 13 points and 10 assists in his return to the lineup after missing three games with a sore hamstring. Trevor Ariza added 21 points for the Rockets, who have won 10 in-a-row to improve to 61-and-14. They host Phoenix on Friday.
Mavs Clip Kings; At Clippers Tonight
(Sacramento, CA) — Harrison Barnes netted a game-high 20 points as the Mavericks clipped the Kings 103-97 in Sacramento. Dennis Smith Jr. scored 19 points and Doug McDermott donated 15 off the bench for Dallas, which snapped a five-game losing streak and improved to 23-and-51. The Mavs visit the Lakers tonight before returning home.
Wizards Take Down Spurs
(Washington, DC) — The Wizards used a 38-point second quarter to carry them to a 116-106 win over the Spurs in DC. It was a balanced offensive night that saw the Wizards have seven players score in double figures. Markieff Morris led the way 15 and the bench combined for 61 points. San Antonio outscored the Wizards 40-to-28 in the fourth quarter to make the final score look closer than it was. Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge left with a knee injury in the first half and did not return. Aldridge still had a team-high 13 points despite only playing 18 minutes. The Spurs are 43-and-32, tied for fifth in the Western Conference with the Pelicans.
Washington Wizards 116, San Antonio Spurs 106
Toronto Raptors 114, Denver Nuggets 110
Miami Heat 98, Cleveland Cavaliers 79
Houston Rockets 118, Chicago Bulls 86
Portland Trail Blazers 107, New Orleans Pelicans 103
Dallas Mavericks 103, Sacramento Kings 97
LA Clippers 105, Milwaukee Bucks 98
Indiana Pacers 92, Golden State Warriors 81
Stars Edge Flyers In OT
(Dallas, TX) — Alexander Radulov scored the game-winner less than a minute into overtime to give the Stars a 3-2 win over the Flyers at American Airlines Center. Radek Faksa and Brett Ritchie did the scoring for Dallas in regulation. The Stars snapped an eight-game slide to get to 86 points, five out of a wild card spot in the West. They begin a home-and-home with the Wild tomorrow in Minnesota.
New Jersey Devils 4, Carolina Hurricanes 3
Detroit Red Wings 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 2
New York Islanders 4, Ottawa Senators 3
Winnipeg Jets 5, Boston Bruins 4 (SO)
Nashville Predators 2, Minnesota Wild 1 (SO)
St. Louis Blues 3, San Jose Sharks 2 (OT)
Dallas Stars 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2 (OT)
Columbus Blue Jackets 7, Edmonton Oilers 3
Vancouver Canucks 4, Anaheim Ducks 1
Rangers-Reds Exhibition Finale Canceled
(Arlington, TX) — The Rangers and Reds exhibition finale at Globe Life Park was canceled due to rain. The game will not be rescheduled with Opening Day set for tomorrow.
Astros Blast Brewers In Exhibition Finale
(Houston, TX) — Carlos Correa clubbed a grand slam in the first inning as the Astros blasted the Brewers 8-1 to wrap up exhibition play at Minute Maid Park. Charlie Morton allowed just one hit and struck out eight over five-and-a-third scoreless innings.
MLB Grapefruit League
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Philadelphia Phillies 5
MLB Cactus League
Seattle Mariners 5, Colorado Rockies 3
Detroit Tigers 2, Tampa Bay Rays 1
Houston Astros 8, Milwaukee Brewers 1
Boston Red Sox 4, Chicago Cubs 2
Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers (Cancelled)
Miami Marlins 22, Miami Florida Hurricanes 2 (F/7)
Cleveland Indians 3, Arizona Diamondbacks 3
Minnesota Twins 3, Washington Nationals 1
Toronto Blue Jays 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Atlanta Braves 5, Braves Future Stars 4
San Francisco Giants 3, Oakland Athletics 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Los Angeles Angels (F/5)
Rangers Open Regular Season Tomorrow
(Arlington, TX) — The Rangers open up the regular season tomorrow afternoon against the defending champion Houston Astros at Globe Life Park. Cole Hamels will start on the mound for Texas, which plays 14 consecutive days to begin the year before an off day. The ‘Stros will counter with Justin Verlander. Hamels is followed in the rotation by Doug Fister, Matt Moore, Mike Minor and Martin Perez.
MLB Commissioner Says San Antonio Is Potential Franchise Candidate
(San Antonio, TX) — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says San Antonio is under consideration as the home of an expansion franchise. Manfred, who was in town on Tuesday, first mentioned San Antonio among a short list of contenders in 2015. Since then, the league has been too busy dealing with other issues to consider expanding beyond the 30 existing teams. But Manfred hints that an expansion is likely sooner or later, and that San Antonio is still a contender because it’s a growing market with a lot of baseball fans.
NFL Expands Helmet Contact Rule, Approves Simplified Catch Rule
(Orlando, FL) — The NFL is expanding its rules for helmet-to-helmet contact. League owners passed the measure Tuesday at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Florida. Players who lower their head to initiate contact with the crown of their helmet on any play will be flagged 15 yards and be subject to possible ejection. Teams also approved the simplified catch rule, eliminating the “going to the ground” provision, and permanent placement of the ball at the 25-yard-line following a touchback.
Hurns To Wear Number 17 To Honor Shooting Victims
(Dallas, TX) — A newly signed Cowboys wide receiver says his new jersey number is meant to honor the victims of the Florida high school shooting. Allen Hurns wore number 88 when he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he chose the number 17 for the upcoming season. That’s the number of students and staff members who were killed in last month’s shooting. Hurns is from Miami originally and played college football at the University of Miami.
Texans Bring Back QB Weeden
(Houston, TX) — Quarterback Brandon Weeden is returning to the Texans to back up Deshaun Watson. Multiple outlets report Weeden has reached a deal with Houston. The 34-year-old spent last season with Tennessee after playing the previous two years with the Texans.
Men’s College Basketball (NIT Semifinals at New York, NY)
#2 Utah Runnin Utes 69, #4 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 64
#4 Penn State Nittany Lions 75, #4 Mississippi State Bulldogs 60