Dragic, Bledsoe help Suns give Hornacek 1st win
PHOENIX (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe added 22, leading the Phoenix Suns to a 104-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night and giving Jeff Hornacek a win in his coaching debut.
The Suns' Miles Plumlee scored 18 points, 16 in the first half, and grabbed 15 rebounds in his first NBA start. He scored 13 points all of last season while mostly riding the bench as a rookie for Indiana.
P.J. Tucker also scored 18, all but two in the second half, for Phoenix.
Damian Lillard scored 32, including 6 of 12 3-pointers, for the Trail Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge added 28.
Portland fell behind by 16 in the first half and 17 in the second before getting within five with 3:15 left.
Evans, Johnson lead Sounders over Rapids 2-00
SEATTLE (AP) — Brad Evans blasted in a hard shot in the 28th minute and Eddie Johnson added an insurance goal during second-half stoppage time to give the Seattle Sounders a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Western Conference knockout playoff game Wednesday night.
The No. 4 seeded Sounders (16-12-7) limped into the postseason on a seven-game winless streak, but advanced to face the No. 1 Portland Timbers in the two-leg, aggregate-goals West semifinals. The first game will be Saturday in Seattle.
The No. 5-seeded Rapids finished the season 14-12-9.
Red Wings slip past Canucks 2-1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Tomas Tatar scored his first goal of the season late in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Wednesday.
Daniel Alfredsson had the other goal for the Red Wings (7-4-2), while Jimmy Howard made 19 saves as Detroit snapped a four-game slide.
Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver (9-5-1), which finished with a season-low 20 shots and had its four-game winning streak come to an end.
Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots in taking the loss. Henrik Sedin set up Vancouver's first goal to extend his point streak to 10 games (three goals, nine assists).
Seattle's pass game struggling despite 7-1 start
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The loss of wide receiver Sidney Rice for the season to a knee injury is just the latest problem for the Seattle Seahawks offense.
Seattle must now try to fill Rice's spot in a passing game already struggling due to poor protection for quarterback Russell Wilson.
The Seahawks gave up seven sacks to St. Louis and had just 135 yards of offense in their 14-9 win over the Rams on Monday. Then came the news that Rice suffered a torn ACL in his knee and is done for the year.
Rice's absence will mean more opportunities for wide receivers Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. Baldwin and Kearse are expected to split the reps with Rice out.
As for Percy Harvin, coach Pete Carroll said his return is still day-to-day.
Williams out 2-4 months for Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams will be sidelined up to four months after surgery to repair a broken bone in his lower left leg and an injury to his foot.
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian announced the timeline on Williams after practice on Wednesday.
Williams was injured in the second quarter of Washington's 41-17 win over California last Saturday. Williams underwent surgery on Tuesday and Sarkisian said the expectation is the recovery will be between two and four months.
A more specific timeline will emerge during his recovery, Sarkisian said.
Williams had 29 catches for 321 yards and one touchdown before getting injured. He led Washington in receiving a year ago with 77 receptions for 878 yards and six touchdowns.
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No. 25 Arizona St looking for road success
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State has shown it can beat the bottom tier teams in the Pac-12. No. 25 Arizona State has shown it can win at home.
Both teams move out of their comfort zones on Thursday night when Arizona State (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) plays at Washington State (4-4, 2-3) on Halloween.
The Sun Devils are 5-0 at home this season, but have lost both road games.
Meanwhile, Washington State has beaten Southern California and California this year. But the Cougars were pounded by No. 6 Stanford, Oregon State and No. 2 Oregon. They need to show they can compete with the league's better teams.