Duncan's double-double lifts Spurs past 76ers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 20 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their fifth straight win, 90-85 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
The Spurs blew a 17-point lead in the first half before rallying late in the fourth to win again without guard Manu Ginobili. Ginobili is still out with a strained left hamstring.
Evan Turner led the Sixers with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Sixers lost for the seventh time in nine games. Andrew Bynum, out all season with knee injured knees, said before the game he remained on target to return around the All-Star break.
The Sixers could use him. Without their best player, they've slumped to seven games under .500.
Without Ginobili for the fourth straight game, the Spurs got clutch baskets down the stretch to win their NBA-high 15th road game.
Harden, Rockets beat Bobcats to snap 7-game skid
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — James Harden scored 29 points and hit all 10 of his free throws in the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets rallied to snap a seven-game losing streak, beating the Charlotte Bobcats 100-94 Monday.
Kemba Walker scored a career-high 35 points for the Bobcats, who set a franchise record with their 15th straight loss at home. The longest home skid in NBA history is 19 straight by Dallas during the 1993-94 season.
Harden made just 5 of 20 shots, but went 19 of 21 on free throws. He was perfect from the line when the Rockets overcame a seven-point deficit in the final period.
Marcus Morris had 21 points for the Rockets. Carlos Delfino scored 16, including a 3-pointer from the right corner that put Houston ahead for good at 96-94 with 1:54 left.
Sooners end rivalry skid, beat Texas 73-67
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Romero Osby scored a career-high 29 points, Amath M'Baye had three rim-rattling dunks among his 15 points and Oklahoma snapped a six-game Red River Rivalry losing streak by beating Texas 73-67 on Monday night.
Osby scored 21 of Oklahoma's 33 points during a 14½-minute chunk in the middle of the game, powering the Sooners (13-4, 4-1 Big 12) to their first win against the Longhorns since he transferred from Mississippi State. Texas had swept both meetings last season and all three in 2011 while Osby was sitting out under NCAA transfer guidelines.
Off to its worst start to conference play since 1976, Texas (8-10, 0-5) had no answer for Osby after top rebounder Jonathan Holmes left with a right wrist injury with just under 7 minutes left in the first half. Osby checked back into the game about 3 minutes later and took over.
Sheldon McClellan came off the bench for the fourth straight game and led the Longhorns with 25 points.
Baylor rallies for 64-54 win over Oklahoma State
WACO, Texas (AP) — Pierre Jackson scored 18 points, including two 3-pointers and a tough inside basket in an 83-second span of the second half when Baylor regained control on the way to a 64-54 victory over Oklahoma State on Monday.
Jackson, the Big 12's top scorer, had only five points in the game's first 24 minutes before his quick eight-point spurt pushed Baylor ahead by 10 points. Unlike their double-digit lead in the first half, the Bears (13-5, 4-1 Big 12) held on this time.
Le'Bryan Nash had 24 points for the Cowboys (12-5, 2-3), including 10 in their 11-2 run going into halftime for a 28-27 lead.
Isaiah Austin (10 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks) and Cory Jefferson (11 points and 11 rebounds) both had double-doubles for the Bears.
Clayborn, Texas Southern top MVSU 75-48
ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Aaron Clayborn collected his first career double-double as five Texas Southern players scored in double figures in the Tigers' 75-48 win over Southwestern Athletic Conference-opponent Mississippi Valley State Monday night.
Clayborn scored 11 points and grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds. Omar Strong added 18 points, while Law Johnson-Danner had 12, Madarious Gibbs 11 and Fred Sturdivant 10.
The Tigers (6-14, 5-2) shot 49.1 percent (28 of 57) from the field, including 11 of 25 from 3-point range. Texas Southern hit 7 of 12 long-range attempts in the second half to help turn its 39-19 intermission advantage into a win.
Cameron Dobbs paced the Delta Devils (2-15, 2-5) with 13 points, while Julius Francis and Davon Usher added 10 each.
MVSU shot just 32.7 percent (18 of 55).
Texas Southern won the rebounding battle 38-33, outscored MVSU 26-16 in the paint and scored 20 second-chance points to the Delta Devils' 9.
Astros sign LHP Erik Bedard to minor league deal
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have signed left-hander Erik Bedard to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
The Astros announced the deal Monday.
The 33-year-old Bedard started on opening day for Pittsburgh last season. He went 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA in 24 starts. The Pirates released him on Aug. 28 while he was tied for the most losses in the majors.
Bedard walked 56 in 125 2-3 innings. He did, however, strike out a team-record seven straight batters against St. Louis.
Bedard is 63-64 lifetime in nine seasons with Baltimore, Seattle, Boston and Pittsburgh. He went 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA for the Orioles in 2007, striking out 221 in 182 innings. He has not made 25 starts in any year since then and has been beset by injuries, missing the 2010 season because of shoulder trouble.
Murphy, Rangers meet in middle on $5.78M deal
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Outfielder David Murphy has agreed to a $5.78 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers.
The deal Monday came three days after Murphy and the team exchanged salary arbitration figures. They agreed in the middle after Murphy sought $6.5 million and the team offered $5.05 million.
The Rangers previously agreed to deals with left-hander Matt Harrison and right-hander Neftali Feliz, their only other arbitration-eligible players.
Murphy hit .304 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs in 147 games last year. He was sixth in the AL with a .380 on-base percentage.
The Rangers acquired Murphy from Boston in 2007. He is expected to be the everyday left fielder this season.
Murphy is a .285 career hitter in 707 games since his major league debut with the Red Sox in 2006.
Texans TE Daniels selected to Pro Bowl
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels has been added to the AFC roster for this Sunday's Pro Bowl.
Daniels will make his second Pro Bowl appearance (2008) and becomes the ninth Texan chosen this season. Left tackle Duane Brown, running back Arian Foster, receiver Andre Johnson, cornerback Johnathan Joseph, center Chris Myers, quarterback Matt Schaub, left guard Wade Smith and defensive end J.J. Watt were also selected. Brown, Foster, Johnson, Joseph and Watt were named starters.
Daniels caught 62 passes for 716 yards in 2012, his seventh season. He led the Texans with a career-high six touchdown catches.