HOUSTON (AP) — Arian Foster ran for 140 yards and a touchdown, and the Houston Texans used a stifling defensive effort for a 19-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday in an AFC wild-card playoff game. The Texans will next play at New England on January 13th. The Patriots defeated the visiting Texans 42-14 in December.
DALLAS (AP) — Eric Gordon completed a three-point play with 4.7 seconds left in overtime and the New Orleans Hornets won 99-96 last night at Dallas to spoil the Mavericks' first game this season with Dirk Nowitzki in the starting lineup. After a timeout, O.J. Mayo was beyond the 3-point line when Gordon went up in the air and by him. Gordon's foot made contact with the ball, knocking it loose. Instead of a foul, officials called it a kicked ball. Dallas got one more chance but Vince Carter's shot from the right corner ricocheted off the rim at the American Airlines Center.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 20 points and Manu Ginobili added 19 and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Philadelphia 76ers 109-86 yesterday. Tim Duncan added 16 points, Danny Green had 13 and Gary Neal had 12 for San Antonio, which has won 10 straight at home.
CLEVELAND (AP) — James Harden scored 29 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets won at the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-104 last night. Jeremy Lin added 20 points for Houston, which has won 11 of its last 14.