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Posted on January 5, 2014 at 11:34 AM


Young, Sixers hold off Blazers for 101-99 win

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Thaddeus Young matched his season-high with 30 points and the Philadelphia 76ers held off a furious late rally by the Portland Trail Blazers to pull out a 101-99 victory last night for their fourth straight win, all on the road.

Evan Turner added 23 points and rookie star Michael Carter-Williams had 16, but fell hard on the court at the final buzzer when he was trying to keep Damian Lillard from scoring the game-tying basket.

Carter-Williams appeared to hit his head and stayed down for several moments while his teammates held off their celebration. When he finally rose, he held his hand to his head.

Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 14 rebounds for his 20th double-double this season. Robin Lopez added 14 points and 15 rebounds in just the Blazers' fourth loss at home this season.


Quick wins in return, LA Kings beat Canucks 3-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Quick stopped 27 shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play, and the Los Angeles Kings snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks last night.

Dustin Brown tied it early in the third period and Carter added an empty-net goal as Los Angeles ended its longest skid in coach Darryl Sutter's tenure with a third-period rally.

Ryan Kesler scored for the Canucks, who lost their third straight despite 46 saves by Roberto Luongo in his own return from a shorter injury absence.

Quick hadn't played since injuring his groin Nov. 12 in Buffalo, returning slowly from a serious strain while Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens performed splendidly in his place.


No. 1 Arizona pulls away to beat Washington 71-62

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Nick Johnson scored 24 points and Aaron Gordon had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and top-ranked Arizona beat Washington 71-62 yesterday.

The Wildcats (15-0, 2-0 Pacific-12) are off to their best start since 1931-32, when the team set a school record with 16 wins to open the season.

T.J. McConnell added six assists, five rebounds and four steals.

C.J. Wilcox led Washington (9-6, 1-1) with 20 points. Perris Blackwell had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Arizona trailed by two at halftime but pulled away as the Huskies shot 10 of 33 in the second half, missing all seven 3-point attempts.


No. 24 Gonzaga beats Pacific 86-64

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Drew Barham and Kevin Pangos each scored 16 points to help No. 24 Gonzaga beat Pacific 86-64 last night.

David Stockton added 15 points and Sam Dower Jr. had 13 points for Gonzaga (14-2, 4-0 West Coast), which has won 22 consecutive WCC games spanning three seasons.

David Taylor and Andrew Bock each scored 10 points for Pacific (9-5, 0-3). The Tigers returned to the conference this season after leaving in 1971.

Gonzaga built a big first-half lead, frittered much of it away when Pacific got hot in the second half, and recovered for its fourth consecutive win. Gonzaga shot 69.2 percent, making 10 of 13 from 3-point range. Pacific shot 31.7 percent, but made 10 of 25 3-pointers, most in the second half.


Weber St. beats Portland St. 79-62 in Big Sky play

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Davion Berry led Weber State with 21 points and the Wildcats shot 88 percent from the free-throw line to seal a 79-62 victory over Portland State last night.

Berry made 9 of his 10 free-throw attempts as the Wildcats combined to make 22 of 25. Weber State (5-5, 2-0 Big Sky) made nine 3-pointers and shot 24 of 47 from the floor.

The game started with a combined six missed shots until Tim Douglas broke the ice with a 3-pointer for Portland State. Jordan Richardson responded two minutes later with three straight 3's and the Wildcats went up 17-7 with 10:59 left before the break. Richardson finished with 12 points on four 3-pointers.

Portland State finished with 25 rebounds compared to 37 for the Wildcats. DaShaun Wiggins scored 16 points to lead the Vikings (5-6, 0-2).

Weber State has now won 20 straight Big Sky conference home games.


Idaho State defeats Eastern Washington 83-72

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Andre Hatchett scored 27 points and Tomas Sanchez added 15 with 11 assists as Idaho State put away Eastern Washington 83-72 last night.

The Bengals (5-6, 2-0 Big Sky) pulled ahead early as Sanchez hit two 3-pointers to fuel a 12-0 run, pushing the score to 22-8 at the midway mark in the first half.

Eastern Washington (5-8, 0-2) trimmed the deficit to six in the second half when Parker Kelly hit a 3-pointer to cap a 12-6 surge, but Idaho State countered with a run of its own to take its largest lead, 67-49 with 7:53 remaining.

Idaho State shot 48.4 percent from the field and outscored EWU in the paint 42-14. Jeffrey Solarin had 14 points with 11 boards for the Bengals.

Tyler Harvey had 19 points, Kelly chipped in 16 and Venky Jois added 15 with 10 boards for the Eagles.


Utah rolls past Oregon State 80-69

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Brandon Taylor scored 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting and dished out eight assists to lead Utah to an 80-69 victory over Oregon State yesterday afternoon.

Delon Wright added 14 points and six assists while Jeremy Olsen also chipped in 14 points for the Utes (12-2, 1-1 Pac-12) who won by a double-digit margin for the 11th time this season. Utah shot a blistering 58 percent (29 of 50) from the field and 54.5 percent (12 of 22) from distance.

Roberto Nelson scored 16 points to lead the Beavers (8-6, 0-2 Pac-12) and Hallice Cooke added 14 off the bench. Oregon State shot 50 percent (25 of 50) from the field and 52.6 percent (10 of 19) from outside. But 15 Beaver turnovers led to 15 points for Utah.

The Utes took an insurmountable 70-60 lead after a dunk from Olsen with 4:18 left to play.