Update on the latest sports
Hornets end Nuggets’ streak
UNDATED (AP) — Desperate for a victory, the Brooklyn Nets promptly knocked off the NBA’s No. 1 team.
The Nets had dropped eight in a row before D’Angelo Russell scored six of his team-high 29 points in overtime to lead Brooklyn to a 106-105 triumph over the visiting Toronto Raptors. Jarrett Allen drained the go-ahead basket for the Nets with a little more than a minute left, their only overtime basket not made by Russell.
Brooklyn had dropped 12 straight to Toronto since April of 2015.
Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard a game-high 32 points for the Raptors, who dropped to 21-6.
Checking out Friday’s other NBA finals:
— Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each hit four of Golden State’s 19 3-pointers and finished with 20 points apiece in a 105-95 verdict over the Bucks. The Warriors nailed 41 percent of their 3-point attempts as Curry and Thompson went 4-for-9 from long range. Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) added a season-high 15 points as the Warriors completed a 3-2 road trip with three straight wins.
The Nuggets’ seven-game winning streak is over after Kemba Walker delivered 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the Hornets’ 113-107 victory over Denver. Walker also iced the victory by hitting three free throws in the final 14 seconds to finish 11 of 12 from the line. Charlotte also received production from veteran point guard Tony Parker, who came off the bench to score 13 of his 19 points in the first half against the Western Conference leaders.
— Jimmy Butler poured in 38 points for the second straight game and led a 16-2 run in the fourth quarter of the 76ers’ 117-111 win at Detroit. Philadelphia trailed by 15 in the second half and played without Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’- ehm-BEED’), who was given the night off. Blake Griffin had 31 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit.
— DeMar DeRozan finished with 36 points and nine assists in the Spurs’ 133-120 comeback over the Lakers. San Antonio had eight players score in double figures, with Patty Mills and Jakob Poeltk each scoring 14 off the bench. LeBron James finished with 35 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Los Angeles, but the Lakers blew a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead.
— The Pacers beat the Magic for the eighth straight time as Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic dropped in 26 points and Cory Joseph added 15 in a 112-90 pounding in Orlando. Thaddeus Young had 14 points and eight rebounds for Indiana, which took control with a 15-2 run in the third quarter after the Magic pulled within 63-59.
— The Bulls got their first win under coach Jim Boylen as Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and drove for the go-ahead layup in the closing seconds of a 114-112 victory over the Thunder. Zach LaVine scored 25 and Justin Holiday scored 20 on 4-for-6 from beyond the arc for Chicago. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists in his 109th triple-double.
— JaMychal Green scored 24 points off the bench and the Grizzlies erased an eight-point deficit over the final five minutes of a 107-103 triumph over the Pelicans. Kyle Anderson scored 19 points, including a key free throw for a four-point lead in the final seconds. Julius Randle had 26 points and 13 rebounds, while teammate Anthony Davis added 25 points, 11 boards and four blocked shots.
— Bam Adebayo scored 20 of his career-high 22 points by halftime as the Heat dealt the Suns their eighth consecutive loss, 115-98. Justise Winslow added 20 points, including all four of his 3-point tries in helping Miami take the opener of a six-game road trip.
— De’Aaron Fox had 30 points and 12 assists for the Kings in a 129-110 victory against the Cavaliers. Buddy Hield (heeld) added 25 points for the Kings, who led by as many as 25 after the game was tied at 66 at halftime.
Dellavedova back with Cavs
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are welcoming back a popular player and helping the Milwaukee Bucks solidify their bench.
A person familiar with the trade says the Cavs have agreed to re-acquire guard Matthew Dellavedova (deh-lah-veh-DOH’-vah) from the Milwaukee Bucks. Cleveland would also receive forward John Henson and a pair of 2021 draft picks from the Bucks for guard George Hill and forward Sam Dekker.
Dellavedova has played sparingly this season, averaging 1.7 points and about eight minutes while appearing in 12 of Milwaukee’s 22 games.
The deal bolsters the Bucks’ depth as they try to chase down Toronto for the best record in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The 32-year-old Hill is averaging 10.8 points this season, and Dekker is scoring 6.3 points a game. Hill recently returned after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury, and Dekker has been idled by a severely sprained left ankle.
Also in the NBA:
— The Warriors say center Damian Jones underwent surgery for a torn left pectoral muscle on Wednesday and is expected to begin the rehab process in six weeks. A timetable will be determined based on his progress. The 23-year-old Jones started in 22 of his 24 games, averaging 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 17.1 minutes.
Blues blank Jets
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues managed to climb out of the NHL’s Central Division cellar and prevent Winnipeg from moving within one point of the division lead.
Jake Allen picked up his first shutout of the season and Alex Steen scored a power-play goal in the second period to send the Blues past the Jets, 1-0. St. Louis tightened up its defense after the first period, allowing just 13 shots after Winnipeg had a 13-9 advantage in the opening period.
The Blues stopped a four-game losing streak and moved one point ahead of the last-place Blackhawks.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Third-period goals by Miro Heiskanen and Brett Ritchie pushed the Stars to their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Sharks. The game was tied 1-1 until Heiskanen and Ritchie tallied 1:48 apart during the first 6 ½ minutes of the final period. The Stars also got a solid performance from Ben Bishop, who made a season-high 41 saves.
— The Oilers won for the fifth time in six games as Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) combined for seven points in a 7-3 romp over the Wild. McDavid netted his 15th goal and had three assists, while Draisaitl scored twice in his three-point night. Darnell Nurse chipped in a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which is 6-2-1 under new coach Ken Hitchcock.
— Carolina and Anaheim were deadlocked at one until Brett Pesce and Justin Williams scored 61 seconds apart to put the Hurricanes ahead 3-1 three minutes into the third period of a 4-1 victory over the Ducks. Petr Mrazek (muh-RA’-zehk) blanked Anaheim after Jakob Silfverberg scored a short-handed goal midway through the first period.
Falcons expect Jones to play Sunday
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons expect to have Julio Jones available Sunday as they try to climb out of the NFC South cellar.
Jones practiced Friday on a limited basis after missing the previous two days with a foot injury. He leads the NFL with 1,323 yards receiving on 86 catches.
The Falcons removed Jones from their injury report, but kicker Matt Bryant is questionable and backup tight end Logan Paulsen was ruled out for Sunday’s game at Green Bay.
In other NFL news:
— The Bears have removed quarterback Mitchell Trubisky from their injury list, clearing the way for a start Sunday night against the Rams. Coach Mike Nagy says Trubisky had three very good days of practice and threw the ball well after missing the last two games with a right shoulder injury.
— The Chiefs have signed receiver Kelvin Benjamin just days after his release by the Bills. The acquisition comes after wideout Sammy Watkins aggravated a foot injury during Thursday’s practice.
— NFL interception leader Xavien Howard has been ruled out of the Dolphins’ game Sunday against New England because of a left knee injury suffered in last Sunday’s win over Buffalo. Coach Adam Gase says Howard might be able to return for next week’s game at Minnesota.
— Jets linebacker Darron Lee has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy. The suspension begins immediately, meaning Lee will sit out the team’s final four games of the season.
— Jets coach Todd Bowles says the team’s starting quarterback against the Bills is still to be determined. All signs indicate it will be rookie Sam Darnold under center after he was a full participant at practice all week following missing three games with a strained right foot.
— The Panthers have signed Chandler Catanzaro to handle kicking duties against the Browns on Sunday. Carolina’s regular kicker, Graham Gano, has been bothered by a knee injury and has not practiced the last two days.
— Former Rams linebacker and two-time All Pro Isaiah Robertson was killed Thursday night when the limousine he was driving skidded on a rain-slicked curve on a dark, rural East Texas highway and was hit by two other vehicles. The Rams drafted Robertson from Southern University in the first round of the 1971 NFL draft. He remained with the Rams through 1978, receiving All-Pro status in 1973 and ’76 before playing for Buffalo from 1979-82.
— Former Southern California defensive standout and Philadelphia Eagles draft pick Tim Rossovich has died at 72, according to the university. Rossovich won the 1967 national championship with the Trojans and appeared in two Rose Bowls before being taken by the Eagles with the 14th pick in the 1968 draft. He roomed with Tom Selleck in college and went on to spend two decades as an actor and stuntman.
Tech gets a coach
UNDATED (AP) — Geoff Collins is succeeding Paul Johnson as Georgia Tech’s head football coach after going 15-10 in two seasons at Temple.
The 47-year-old Collins is a Georgia native and served as an assistant with the Yellow Jackets before taking over the Owls program in 2017.
Temple athletic director Patrick Kraft said assistant coach Ed Foley will serve as interim coach for the Independence Bowl against Duke on Dec. 27.
In other college football news:
— Standout Kansas running back Pooka Williams has been suspended from the team pending further investigation after his arrest Thursday on suspicion of domestic battery. No further details were immediately available, and new coach Les Miles said the department was taking the allegations “very seriously.”
— Duke says injured defensive tackle Edgar Cerenord has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. Cerenord played in four games for the Blue Devils as a senior this season before he ruptured an Achilles tendon against Georgia Tech on Oct. 13.
— Seth Littrell has decided to remain at North Texas after Kansas State had expressed interest in one of the nation’s up-and-coming coaches to replace Hall of Famer Bill Snyder.
— President Donald Trump will officiate the coin toss before the Army-Navy game on Saturday.
NHL punishes Flames forward, coach
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Calgary Flames forward Ryan Lomberg has been suspended for a game and coach Bill Peters fined $10,000 by the NHL for a confrontation at the end of Thursday’s game with the Minnesota Wild.
Lomberg went after Matt Dumba when the Wild defenseman steamrolled Flames center Mikael Backlund in the final minute. Instigating in the final five minutes of the game resulted in Lomberg’s automatic suspension and Peters’ fine.
The NHL also says Flames captain Mark Giordano is to have a hearing for kneeing Wild captain Mikko Koivu (MEE’-koh KOY’-voo) in the third period.
FORMER MLB PLAYERS KILLED
Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash following a winter league game, according to Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan league.
The team said their vehicle overturned as they were heading to the city of Barquisimeto after a game in the capital, Caracas.
Valbuena batted .226 with 114 home runs over 11 big league seasons with the Angels, Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Houston.
Castillo played five seasons with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston, batting .254 with 39 home runs.
Nats GM says Corbin signing ‘independent’ of Harper pursuit
WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Corbin put on his No. 46 Washington Nationals jersey as rotation-mates Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked on from the front row at the news conference to introduce the lefty starter with the $140 million, six-year contract.
The Nationals on Friday announced the addition of the free-agent Corbin, who was 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA for Arizona this year.
Rizzo said the deal with Corbin is “independent” of what might happen with right fielder Bryce Harper, who has played his entire career for the Nationals and is a free agent.