Batum has triple-double, Blazers beat Magic 110-94
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nicolas Batum had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists for his fourth career triple-double and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Orlando Magic their fifth straight loss with a 110-94 victory last night.
LaMarcus Aldridge kept Portland in it despite a sluggish start and finished with 36 points and nine rebounds. The Blazers, who came in having loss four of their last six, avoided a season-high three-game losing streak.
Portland was coming off a 123-119 loss at Sacramento on Tuesday night. Damian Lillard had a career-high 41 points in the defeat, but was held to 11 against the Magic.
Arron Afflalo had 22 points for the Magic, who were coming off a 101-81 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night to open a five-game road trip.
Orlando was without center Nikola Vucevic, who sustained a concussion in the loss to the Clippers and is day-to-day.
No. 15 Colorado beats Washington St, 71-70 in OT
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Josh Scott scored eight of his 19 points in overtime as No. 15 Colorado held off Washington State 71-70 last night.
Askia Booker added 18 points for Colorado (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12), which has tied the second-best start in program history.
Dexter Kernich-Drew scored a career-high 24 points to lead Washington State (7-8, 0-3), which was playing without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who has a rib injury.
Colorado dominated the free throw shooting, making 26 of 38, while Washington State went to the line only three times, making them all.
Washington's Que Johnson hit a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
Scott made two baskets to push Colorado's lead to 66-60. After D.J. Shelton's 3-pointer pulled the Cougars to 70-67, Spencer Dinwiddie made a free throw for the Buffaloes and Washington State's Royce Woolridge hit a 3 for the final margin.
Andrews helps Huskies hold off Utah 59-57
Andrew Andrews scored 12 of his 19 points in the final nine minutes, and Washington held on in the final seconds for a 59-57 win over Utah last night in the Huskies conference home opener.
Coming off a split in the desert, Washington could not shake the Utes (12-3, 1-2 Pac-12) until the final seconds when Delon Wright's desperation attempt 3-pointer from the corner was off the mark.
Andrews put Washington in position to get the victory. It was his three-point play with 8:43 left that gave Washington a 44-43 lead and the Huskies never again trailed despite being pushed. C.J. Wilcox added 14 points and Nigel Williams-Goss scored 13 for the Huskies (10-6, 2-1).
Wright led Utah with 27 points and 11 rebounds, but the Utes made 1 of 15 3-point attempts. Utah came in to last night shooting 36 percent on 3s.
Portland upends No. 24 San Diego 72-51
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cassandra Brown scored 18 points and twice nailed back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the second half, each time pushing Portland into double-digit leads as the Pilots stunned 24th-ranked and unbeaten San Diego 72-51 last night.
Brown, first off the bench for Portland, hit 6 of 7 shots, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range.
The Toreros (15-1, 4-1 West Coast Conference), ranked for the first time in program history, shot 29 percent from the field, their worst shooting this season.
Portland (9-6, 2-2) was unawed by the undefeated and ranked Toreros, holding a 45-33 rebounding edge and leading by seven at halftime.
San Diego's Felicia Wijenberg (a career-high 28 points) scored seven in a 9-0 run to get to 50-42.
But Brown one again drilled a pair of 3s as the Pilots boomed back up by 14 and San Diego didn't challenge again.
San Diego visits nine-time defending WCC champion Gonzaga Saturday.
Seattle's Lynch has $50,000 fine on hold
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — A $50,000 fine to Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has been put on hold as long as he continues to comply with league policy on being available to the media.
Lynch appealed the fine, but it was not overturned according to league spokesman Greg Aiello. Instead, NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson put the fine on hold after Lynch committed to complying with league policy. If there are any further violations, the $50,000 fine will be collected and a minimum fine of $50,000 more will be assessed.
Lynch had declined all requests for interviews this season and had not spoken to the media until last Friday when he talked for less than 90 seconds. Lynch's longest answer was 24 words when asked about the Seahawks' focus this week not knowing who their opponent would be.
The Seahawks face New Orleans on Saturday.