10 in a row for the Knicks...Jazz lose ground
UNDATED (AP) — Carmelo Anthony followed up a 50-point performance by tossing in 40 for the Knicks in a 95-82 win over Atlanta. The victory is the Knicks 10th straight.
Anthony torched Miami for 50 on Tuesday. Against the Hawks, he scored 24 points in the first half last night. Anthony shot 17 of 27 from the field and was 5 for 6 from the free throw line.
In other NBA play:
— Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, including nine straight in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets beat Utah 113-96 to end the Jazz's five-game winning streak. Utah fell a half-game behind the idle Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth Western Conference playoff spot.
— Danny Green scored 20 points and Gary Neal added 16 to pace the depleted San Antonio Spurs to a 98-84 victory over the Orlando Magic. Already without Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee), the Spurs rested Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard, and used Tim Duncan for only 14 minutes ahead of their game against Dallas tonight.
— Mike Conley scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies set a franchise record for wins in a season with a 94-76 victory over Portland. Memphis is 51-24.
— DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Paul added 14 points and 12 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Phoenix Suns 126-101. That's a franchise-record 50 wins for the Clippers.
— David Lee had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Stephen Curry added 20 points and nine assists, and the Golden State Warriors eased past the New Orleans Hornets 98-88.
— Chandler Parsons scored 29 points and James Harden added 21 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 112-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
— Jeff Green scored 34 points, including a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to snap Boston's two-minute scoring drought, and the Celtics clinched a playoff berth by beating the Detroit Pistons 98-93.
— Deron Williams scored 24 points to pace Brooklyn over Cleveland 113-95, giving the Nets a record for road wins in a season with 21. The Nets shot 83 percent (15 of 18) in the second quarter, when they outscored the Cavs 38-16 and opened a 30-point lead. Cleveland has lost ten in a row.
— Gerald Henderson scored 24 points, Kemba Walker had 17 points, 10 assists and five steals, and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped Philadelphia's three-game winning streak with an 88-83 victory over the 76ers.
— Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 88-78.
— Nikola Pekovic (nee-KOH'-luh PEHK'-oh-vich) scored 27 points and Ricky Rubio added 18 points, 12 assists and eight steals to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Red Sox 2-0 in the Bronx...Giants overcome 7 walks by Lincecum to beat Dodgers
UNDATED (AP) — Clay Buchholz (BUHK'-ohlts) chilled the Yankees' bats, speedy Jackie Bradley Jr. got his first major league hit and the Boston Red Sox beat New York 7-4 on a cold Wednesday night to open a season with consecutive wins for the first time since 1999.
Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kuh-ROH'-duh) became the latest Yankees player to get hurt. He suffered a bruised middle finger on his pitching hand after getting hit by a line drive in the second inning.
The Red Sox under new manager John Farrell are off to their best start since going 5-0 in 1999. Meanwhile, the Yanks are 0-2 after being outscored 15-6 and outhit 26-15 in their two losses to Boston.
In other baseball action:
— Cliff Pennington's single in the 16th inning brought home Jason Kubel from second to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 10-9 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in a game that didn't end until early this morning in Phoenix.
— Alexi Ogando and four Texas relievers shut out the Astros again, combining for a five-hitter in the Rangers' 4-0 win over Houston. The victory came a day after the Rangers Yu Darvish came within one out of pitching a perfect game against the Astros.
— The Washington Nationals have thrown back-to-back shutouts as well. Gio Gonzalez homered and pitched six scoreless innings in the Nats' 3-0 victory over Miami.
— Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and rookie Evan Gattis homered, helping Paul Maholm and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-2.
— Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) walked seven, matching a career worst, yet still managed to get the win when Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence homered to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 victory over the L.A. Dodgers.
— Jed Lowrie and Chris Young hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, helping Tommy Milone and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 6-2.
— Wilin Rosario, Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) and Dexter Fowler homered to lift the Colorado Rockies over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3. Juan Nicasio (nee-KAH'-see-oh) pitched six effective innings for his first victory in almost a year.
— Wandy Rodriguez allowed just two hits over 6 2/3 innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Chicago Cubs 3-0 for their first win of the year.
— Lucas Duda hit the first of the Mets' three homers in a whipping wind and New York beat the San Diego Padres 8-4. Matt Harvey allowed one hit and struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings for his first win at Citi Field.
— Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking home run in the 11th inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2.
— Matt Joyce led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a towering home run against Tommy Hunter, giving the Tampa Bay Rays an 8-7 victory over Baltimore.
— Adam Dunn hit one of four Chicago homers as the White Sox beat Kansas City 5-2. Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Alexi Ramirez also connected, and the White Sox made it two straight wins to start the season after dropping 12 of 18 to Kansas City a year ago.
— Eduardo Escobar's two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
— Brandon Phillips hit a three-run homer in his new role as Cincinnati's cleanup hitter, and Joey Votto drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single, rallying the Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Ludwick out three months
CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick is expected to miss at least three months following surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder.
He dislocated his non-throwing shoulder while sliding into third base in Cincinnati's opening day loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. An MRI a day later found the cartilage tear.
George Mason forces deciding third game
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Sherrod Wright had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Bryon Allen added 15 points as George Mason kept its season alive with a 73-66 win over Santa Clara in Game 2 of the College Basketball Invitational finals.
The finale of the best-of-three championship will be Friday night at George Mason.
Crabbe to enter draft
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pac-12 Player of the Year and leading scorer Allen Crabbe will forego his senior season at California and enter this summer's NBA draft. The junior guard made the long-expected announcement through the school.
Crabbe, the conference freshman of the year in 2011, ranks 10th on the school's career scoring list with 1,537 points in 98 games.
Rutgers fires basketball coach Mike Rice after video release
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers is looking for a new basketball coach after firing Mike Rice yesterday.
Rice's dismissal followed ESPN's airing of a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and berating the players with gay slurs.
The videotape prompted scores of outraged social media comments as well as sharp criticism from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The head of the New Jersey Assembly called for Rice to be fired.
Rice was relieved of his duties after three largely unsuccessful seasons at the Big East school.
Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the video in November. After hiring independent investigators to analyze the tape, he suspended Rice for three games and fined him $50,000. Pernetti says, at the time, he thought the best way to address the situation was to try to rehabilitate Rice. Now he says, that decision was wrong.
Young Pitino gets new basketball job
UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota has picked 30-year-old up-and-comer Richard Pitino to take over for Tubby Smith.
The university announced on Wednesday evening that it has reached an agreement to bring Pitino to the Golden Gophers after one season at Florida International. Athletic director Norwood Teague says full terms of the contract will be finished later in the week.
In his lone season at Florida International, Pitino led the Panthers to an 18-14 record, the school's first winning season in 13 years.
Pitino's father, Rick, is head coach at Louisville.
In other college basketball coaching news:
— The University of New Mexico is giving former head coach Steve Alford until the end of April to pay a $1 million buyout. Alford announced last Saturday that he would be leaving the Lobos to take the head coaching job at UCLA. Alford had just agreed to a new 10-year contract with New Mexico that would have been worth some $2 million a year. Under the new agreement, if Alford took another job prior to April 1, 2015, he or his new employer would owe New Mexico $1 million.
— Reggie Theus is returning to college basketball to coach the men's team at Cal State Northridge. Theus succeeds Bobby Braswell, who was fired last month after 17 years that included three 20-win seasons, two NCAA tournament appearances and a 251-258 record.
— Siena (see-EHN'-ah) introduced former Loyola of Maryland coach Jimmy Patsos, who says he's "lucky" to be at the Loudonville, N.Y., school.
Newcomers help Rangers rout Pens
UNDATED (AP) — Ryane Clowe (RY'-ihn kloh), Derick Brassard and John Moore injected instant offense just hours after being acquired by the Rangers, and New York scored a season-high three power-play goals in a surprisingly dominant 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Clowe came to New York on Tuesday night in a trade with San Jose. Brassard was part of the package New York received on Wednesday in the deal that sent star forward Marian Gaborik to Columbus right before the NHL trade deadline.
Clowe scored two goals — after netting none for the Sharks in 28 games this season.
In other NHL action:
— Wayne Simmonds and Erik Gustafsson scored goals late in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
— Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists, and Teemu Selanne (TAY'-moo suh-LAH'-nay) scored his 673rd career goal in the Anaheim Ducks' 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.
— Taylor Hall had a goal and four assists in helping the Edmonton Oilers win their fifth straight with an 8-2 rout of Calgary.
— San Jose doubled up Minnesota 4-2. That's the Sharks' sixth straight win. The Wild have lost three of four.
More offense for the Penguins
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have traded forward Jussi Jokinen (YOO'-see YOH'-kih-nehn) to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional draft pick. The Eastern Conference-leading Penguins added an offensive threat for a relatively low price. The Hurricanes receive either a sixth- or seventh-round pick from Pittsburgh and will retain a portion of Jokinen's salary. His contract that pays him $3 million per season expires after 2013-14.
In other NHL dealings before the trade deadline:
— The Ottawa Senators traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Tampa Bay Lightning for rookie forward Cory Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick. The 23-year-old Conacher has nine goals and 15 assists in 35 games this season for the Lightning.
— The Buffalo Sabres have traded captain Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild. The Wild sent prospects Johan Larsson and Matt Hackett plus a first-round draft pick in 2013 and a second-round draft pick in 2014 to the Sabres for Pominville and a fourth-round draft pick in 2014.
— Boston has acquired defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues for a conditional seventh-round draft pick next year that becomes a sixth-rounder if he plays in at least one game during this year's playoffs.
— Washington has acquired right wing Martin Erat (EE'-rat) and minor leaguer Michael Latta from Nashville for 2012 first-round draft pick Filip Forsberg.
— Toronto bolstered its defense by acquiring Ryan O'Byrne from Colorado for a fourth-round draft pick in 2014.
— The San Jose Sharks have brought back defenseman Scott Hannan for a second stint with the team. The Sharks have traded a conditional draft pick to Nashville for Hannan. The Sharks also picked up Raffi Torres from Phoenix for a third-round draft pick.
— Phoenix traded center Matthew Lombardi to Anaheim for left wing Brandon McMillan.