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Posted on February 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM


Matthews scores 24 as Blazers beat Celtics 92-86

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wesley Matthews had 24 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with less than a minute to go, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped their longest losing streak of the season at seven games with a 92-86 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

J.J. Hickson's hook shot put the Blazers ahead 86-80, but a pair of reverse layups from Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass pulled the Celtics to 86-82 with 2:54 left.

Kevin Garnett's layup with 1:46 to go tied it, but rookie Damian Lillard answered with his own layup and added a free throw to give Portland back the lead. Matthews, hobbled at times during the game with a sore left leg, hit the step-back 3-pointer that gave the Blazers the final margin with 53.9 seconds left.

Pierce had 23 points and eight assists for the Celtics, who were playing their third game in four nights.


Davis, Gordon lead Hornets past Kings 110-95

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Eric Gordon added 17 points and eight assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 110-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

Ryan Anderson scored 17 points, Roger Mason had 13, and Robin Lopez and Greivis Vasquez 12 apiece for New Orleans, which won its first game since an 0-3 start following the All-Star break.

The Hornets also improved to 18-12 when holding opponents below 100 points.

John Salmons scored all 18 of his points in the second half for the Kings. Jason Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas each added 16 as Sacramento lost its fifth consecutive overall and eight straight on the road.

Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans and Marcus Thornton had 12 points each for Sacramento.


Ogwumike lifts Stanford women over Oregon

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike (ah-GWOO'-mih-kay) scored 27 points, grabbed a school record 24 rebounds and set a Stanford career mark with her 52nd double-double Sunday, leading No. 4 Stanford to a 74-50 victory over Oregon.

Ogwumike, a junior, broke the career double-double record she had briefly shared with her older sister, Nnemkadi (nehm-KAH'-dee).

The Cardinal (26-2, 15-1 Pac-12) won their 12th straight game since suffering a 67-55 loss to Cal on Jan. 13 and remained tied atop the conference standings with the Bears. Stanford beat Oregon (4-24, 2-14) for the 17th consecutive time, improving to 47-8 in the series and 26-1 at Maples Pavilion.

Amber Orrange had 12 points for Stanford, while Sara James and Bonnie Samuelson scored 8 apiece.

Freshman Jillian Alleyne had a double-double for the Ducks with 12 points — all in the second half — and 10 rebounds.

Devyn Galland scored 10 points, while Liz Brenner had 8.


No. 6 California women rally to edge Oregon State

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Layshia Clarendon scored 26 points and No. 6 California rallied from 17 points down in the first half to beat Oregon State 58-56 on Sunday, extending the longest winning streak in school history.

Clarendon did most of her work in the second half, including an off-balance 14-foot leaner that gave Cal a 57-51 lead with just under 4 minutes remaining. The Bears (25-2, 15-1 Pac-12) didn't make another basket after that but held on for the win after being dominated for much of the game.

Jamie Weisner had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Mollee Schwegler added 15 points for Oregon State (9-19, 3-13).

The Beavers have lost seven conference games by five points or fewer.


No. 20 Colorado holds off Washington for 68-61 win

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Arielle Roberson scored 16 points and senior Chucky Jeffery grabbed 13 rebounds in her final regular-season home game, helping No. 20 Colorado hold on for a 68-61 win over Washington on Sunday in front of an energetic crowd that braved blizzard conditions to arrive at Coors Events Center.

The Buffaloes (22-5, 11-5 Pac-12) won their seventh straight game as they took a step closer to securing one of the first-round byes for the conference tournament.

Hours before the tip, Colorado posted a statement on its website imploring fans to be careful on their way to the game. A winter storm swept through the area and was expected to drop nearly a foot of snow.

The Huskies (19-8, 11-5) were led in scoring by Kristi Kingma, who finished with 19 points.


Utah women beat Washington State 59-47

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Taryn Wicijowski had 22 points and nine rebounds on Sunday and Utah won its final home game of the season, defeating Washington State 59-47.

Iwalani Rodrigues scored 17 points and Michelle Plouffe scored 11 for the Utes (16-11, 7-9 Pac-12). Rodrigues and Plouffe also had five assists for Utah, which overcame a slow start by finishing the first half with a 17-4 run to lead 29-24 at the break.

Lia Galdeira was the only player in double figures for the Cougars (10-17, 6-10), scoring 14 points.

Utah has won five of its last six games while Washington State has dropped three straight.


Ibanez hits 3-run homer as M's beat Padres 8-3

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Raul Ibanez (rah-OOL'ih-BAHN'-yehz) hit a three-run homer off former teammate Freddy Garcia to spark a five-run first-inning and lead the Seattle Mariners to an 8-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Garcia and Ibanez were twice teammates in Seattle and played together last season for the New York Yankees.

Ibanez, who will turn 41 this season, sent a sinker over the right field wall for his first homer of the spring.

Mike Morse and Michael Saunders followed Ibanez with back-to-back doubles before Garcia recorded his first out, a strikeout of Jesus Montero. The 36-year-old Garcia allowed five hits and four earned runs in his only inning.

Robert Andino and Kyle Seager each went 2 for 3 with a run scored for the Mariners.

Starter Erasmo Ramirez got the win with one inning of work for Seattle, which used nine pitchers to hold the Padres to nine hits.


Brunner has 4 points in Red Wings' rout of Canucks

DETROIT (AP) — Damien Brunner had two goals and two assists, and Joakim Andersson scored twice in the Detroit Red Wings' 8-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall had a goal and two assists each, Daniel Cleary added a goal and an assist, and Jordin Tootoo also scored for Detroit, which netted three power-play goals in the second period to take the lead.

Pavel Datsyuk (PAH'-vuhl DAT'-sook) and Jonathan Ericsson added two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 18 saves.

Daniel Sedin (seh-DEEN') had two goals, and Chris Higgins also had a goal for Vancouver.

Henrik Sedin had two assists, and Roberto Luongo (loh-AHN'-goh) stopped 20 shots but lost in regulation for the first time this season.