Duncan Coaches Spurs Past Hornets
(Charlotte, NC) — Tim Duncan served as head coach for the Spurs as they edged the Hornets 104-103 in Charlotte. Gregg Popovich wasn’t available for personal reasons. The Spurs trailed by 17 points after the first quarter, but took control early in the fourth. Dejounte Murray led San Antonio with 21 points and Brynn Forbes scored 15. Terry Rozier scored a team-high 20 for Charlotte. P.J. Washington added 19 points for the Hornets, who have lost two straight and four of their last six.
San Antonio Spurs 104, Charlotte Hornets 103
Brooklyn Nets 129, Boston Celtics 120 (OT)
LA Clippers 109, Oklahoma City Thunder 94
Minnesota Timberwolves 139, New Orleans Pelicans 134
Toronto Raptors 123, Phoenix Suns 114
Golden State Warriors 116, Denver Nuggets 100
Sacramento Kings 133, Washington Wizards 126
Los Angeles Lakers 120, Philadelphia 76ers 107
Zion, Luka Matchup May Not Happen Tonight
(Dallas, TX) — The highly anticipated first matchup between Luka Doncic of the Mavericks and Zion Williamson of the Pelicans may not happen tonight. While the two teams meet tonight in Dallas, New Orleans played Minnesota last night and Williamson started. The Pelicans have not played Zion on back-to-back dates since he returned from knee surgery. Dallas is 5-and-3 in its past eight.
Rockets Return Home Tomorrow
(Houston, TX) — The Rockets return home tomorrow night to host the LA Clippers. Houston had its six-game winning streak halted Monday with a two-point loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Rockets lead the Southwest Division with a 39-and-21 record. The Clippers are 41-and-19.
Stars Fall In OT To Oilers
(Dallas, TX) — John Klingberg scored on a third period power play in the Stars’ 2-1 loss in overtime to the Oilers in Dallas. Anton Khudobin logged 25 saves in defeat with both Edmonton goals scored on power plays. The Stars, who are 1-1-and-2 in its last five games, will play tomorrow night at Nashville.
Pittsburgh Penguins 7, Ottawa Senators 3
St. Louis Blues 3, New York Rangers 1
Montreal Canadiens 6, New York Islanders 2
Boston Bruins 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 1
Winnipeg Jets 3, Buffalo Sabres 1
Minnesota Wild 3, Nashville Predators 1
Edmonton Oilers 2, Dallas Stars 1 (OT)
Chicago Blackhawks 6, Anaheim Ducks 2
Vegas Golden Knights 3, New Jersey Devils 0
San Jose Sharks 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Rangers Beat Indians In Cactus League
(Scottsdale, AZ) — Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Anderson Tejeda and Tyreque Reed homered for the Rangers in a 6-5 win over the Giants in a Cactus League game in Scottsdale. Kiner has seven hits in his last 11 at-bats with three homers and five RBI. The Rangers will meet the Rockies today at Surprise Stadium with Lance Lynn starting. Our next Texas Rangers pre-season broadcast is Saturday afternoon at 2 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
MLB Cactus League
Texas Rangers 6, San Francisco Giants 5
Los Angeles Angels 11, Cleveland Indians 7
Oakland Athletics 6, Chicago White Sox 5
Colorado Rockies 11, Chicago Cubs 10
San Diego Padres 9, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Kansas City Royals 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 4
Verlander Loses Spring Training Debut
(Jupiter, FL) — Justin Verlander allowed three runs and three hits in two-plus innings in the Astros’ 6-3 loss to the Cardinals in Grapefruit League action. He walked one, struck out three and one run was unearned after a Carlos Correa throwing error. Verlander was scratched from his first scheduled start with groin discomfort. Dustin Garneau homered, singled and drove in two Houston runs. Zack Greinke will start today for the Astros against the Marlins.
MLB Grapefruit League
St. Louis Cardinals 6, Houston Astros 3
Washington Nationals 5, Baltimore Orioles 3
Tampa Bay Rays 5, Atlanta Braves 2
New York Yankees 9, Boston Red Sox 1
Minnesota Twins 5, Detroit Tigers 1
Miami Marlins 6, New York Mets 1
Top-25 College Basketball (Coaches’ Poll)
Tennessee Volunteers 81, #6 Kentucky Wildcats 73
Rutgers Scarlet Knights 78, #9 Maryland Terrapins 67
#17 Michigan State Spartans 79, #20 Penn State Nittany Lions 71
Purdue Boilermakers 77, #18 Iowa Hawkeyes 68
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In college basketball last night, Texas nipped Oklahoma 52-51 in Norman with Matt Coleman the Third scoring 21 points, including a game-winning buzzer-beating trey. The Longhorns have won five straight and are 19-and-11. Tonight, SMU will be at Central Florida, while TCU will play at number-one Kansas and Texas A&M is at number-15 Auburn. The Buffs will face off against the winner of Texas A&M-Commerce and Arkansas-Fort Smith in the Lone Star Conference Quarterfinals on Friday, March 6, at the Comerica Center in Frisco. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. The Lady Buffs have claimed the second seed and an opening round bye in the 2020 Lone Star Conference Championships as they await the winner of Arkansas-Fort Smith and St. Edward’s game in quarterfinal action on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in Frisco.