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Associated Press

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 4:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 4:05 AM

76ERS-SPURS

Spurs win 14th straight, 76ers' skid now at 25

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Austin Daye had 22 points and Tim Duncan added 19 as the San Antonio Spurs earned their 14th straight win with a 113-91 victory Monday night that sent the Philadelphia 76ers to their 25th consecutive loss.

Philadelphia will face Houston on Thursday with the dubious distinction of being a loss shy of tying the NBA record for consecutive losses set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11.

Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills scored 15 points each and Cory Joseph added 12 for San Antonio, which maintained the league's best record at 54-16. The Spurs did not play starters Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green, but did not need them against the lowly 76ers.

Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams each scored 19 points, Byron Mullens added 15 and Elliot Williams had 14 for Philadelphia.

ROCKETS-BOBCATS

Harden scores 31, Rockets top Bobcats 100-89

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — James Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had a double-double in his return to the court and the Houston Rockets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 100-89 Monday night for their fourth straight win.

Harden had 14 points in the pivotal third quarter and finished 11-of-19 from the field.

Terrence Jones added 18 points and seven rebounds in the victory.

Howard had missed the previous three games with an ankle injury, but Houston won all three without him by an average of 23 points. He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Kemba Walker had 22 points and Al Jefferson had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Charlotte, which lost for only the second time in 11 games at home.

The Bobcats shot just 37 percent from the field.

The Rockets entered 1 ½ games behind the Los Angeles Clippers in the race for third place in the Western Conference.

NCAA-CALIFORNIA-BAYLOR

Baylor women beat Cal 75-56 to get to Sweet 16

WACO, Texas (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 27 points in her final home game and Baylor advanced to its sixth consecutive NCAA Sweet Sixteen, taking over in the second half for a 75-56 victory over California on Monday night.

Sims punctuated a game-clinching 13-2 run with a long 3-pointer with 4½ minutes left. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey could only smile even though she appeared to be calling for a different play from the sideline. Sims scored 11 points in that spurt of about 5 minutes that pushed Baylor (31-4) ahead 66-52.

Afure Jemerigbe had 17 points and Brittany Boyd 15 for Cal, a Final Four team last season.

Baylor, the No. 2 seed in the Notre Dame Regional, has a rematch with Kentucky on Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

NIT-LSU-SMU

Moore, Russell lead SMU past LSU in NIT

DALLAS (AP) — Nic Moore and Nick Russell each scored 16 points as SMU rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit to defeat LSU 80-67 on Monday night to advance to the third round of the NIT.

The Mustangs (25-9), seeded first in their region, will host the winner of Monday night's late game between No. 2 Arkansas and No. 3 California on Wednesday.

LSU (20-14), seeded fifth, finished with its most wins since 2008-09. The Tigers were led by Johnny O'Bryant III with 16 points.

An alley-oop pass from Anthony Hickey to Jarell Martin gave the Tigers a 38-28 lead with 3:35 to play in the first half. SMU closed the gap to 40-35 at halftime, and then went on a 26-9 run over the first 8½ minutes of the second half to put the game away.

ASTROS-BRAVES

Fowler gets 3 hits, leads Astros over Braves 7-5

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — New Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler, hitting .318 this spring, was 3 for 3 with a walk in leading the Astros to a 7-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

Chris Johnson, Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman homered for the Braves, with Johnson and Upton connected for back-to-back shots in a four-run first inning off Dallas Keuchel.

Jose Altuve, Robbie Grossman and L.J. Hoes had two hits apiece for the Astros.

Braves starter David Hale allowed 12 hits and six runs in 5 1-3 innings. He walked two, including Keuchel in a three-run fourth, and struck out four. Hale also threw two wild pitches.

ATHLETICS-RANGERS

Moreland returns, helps Rangers beat Athletics

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Mitch Moreland returned to the Texas lineup from a side injury and singled home two runs during a five-run sixth as the Rangers defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-2 Monday.

Moreland had two hits and drew a walk. He had not played since straining his left oblique March 18.

Alex Rios and Robinson Chirinos also contributed RBI singles in the Rangers' big inning.

Alberto Callaspo went 3 for 3 for the A's and is 12 for 28 (.429) in his past 10 games. John Jaso singled home a run, giving him eight RBIs in his past eight games.

JETS-STARS

Stars edge Jets for 2-1 victory

DALLAS (AP) — Ray Whitney and Tyler Seguin scored power-play goals and the Dallas Stars held off the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Monday night.

The victory allowed Dallas to move within a point of the Phoenix Coyotes for the Western Conference's final playoff spot.

The Stars have 79 points. Phoenix received a point for an overtime loss against the Rangers to reach 80.

Winnipeg continued to fade out of the postseason race. The Jets are 2-6-3 in their past 11 games. One of the victories was a 7-2 rout of visiting Dallas eight days earlier.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves.

Jamie Benn had two assists for Dallas, which was 2 for 4 on the power play.

Bryan Little scored for the Jets with 2:44 remaining.

NCAA-JAMES MADISON-TEXAS A&M

Aggies look to return to round of 16

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M is in the exact situation it was a year ago and playing in the same place.

Only this time the Aggies are determined to engineer a different outcome.

No. 3 seed Texas A&M hosts 11th-seeded James Madison in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Tuesday night. The Aggies try not to dwell on the past, but they can't help but think about last year's loss to Nebraska in the second round on their home court.

Texas A&M senior Karla Gilbert says: "That's definitely going to be in the back of our minds that we cannot allow that to happen again."

A win would put the Aggies in the round of 16 for the sixth time and first since 2012.

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