Blazers overcome Anthony's 45, spoil Amare's debut
NEW YORK (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers overcame Carmelo Anthony's season high-tying 45 points and spoiled Amare Stoudemire's season debut, beating the New York Knicks 105-100 on Tuesday night.
Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM') scored 26 points, Damian Lillard had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Portland.
Stoudemire finished with six points on 3-of-8 shooting and one rebound in 17 minutes off the bench in his return from knee surgery. Anthony shot 14 of 24 and nearly led the Knicks back from 19 points down after missing two games with a knee injury, but the Trail Blazers had too many options.
J.J. Hickson scored all of his 18 points in the first half as Portland won for the third time in four games.
T25-FIESTA BOWL-KELLY'S FUTURE
Oregon coach Chip Kelly a top NFL target again
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Since he arrived in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl, Oregon coach Chip Kelly has been asked about coaching in the NFL every day.
The questions only figure to pick up after seven NFL coaches were fired on Monday.
As he has in the past, Kelly has deflected the speculation, saying his focus is on preparing the Ducks for their next game.
The 49-year-old coach has been the subject of NFL speculation the past few seasons and a year ago talked to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before saying he had unfinished business in Eugene.
The fifth-ranked Ducks play No. 7 Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Kelly will likely have to make a decision about his future not long after it's over.
Seattle's playoff road history not a pretty view
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — While they are one of the hottest teams going into the postseason, there's a lot of past playoff futility for the Seattle Seahawks to overcome — nearly three decades worth.
Seemingly unbeatable at home, the road — especially in the postseason — has been a different tale for the Seahawks. It's been 29 years since Seattle last won a playoff game on the road. They've lost eight straight road playoff games since winning at Miami on Dec. 31, 1983, when only nine players on their current 53-man roster were even born.
On Sunday, Seattle (11-5) travels to the East Coast to take on another hot team, the Washington Redskins (10-6).
The Seahawks have won five in a row, and seven of their last eight; Washington brings a seven-game winning streak into the game.
Game time is 1:30 p.m. (PST) in Landover, Md.