Hansen scores as Canucks blank Blues 1-0
(Eds: Canucks 1, Blues 0. Updates. With AP Photos.)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jannik Hansen scored the game's only goal and Eddie Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both teams Wednesday night.
The Canucks ended their losing streak at seven games while moving into sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference. The Blues dropped their third straight decision to Vancouver this season.
Hansen broke a scoreless deadlock at 11:13 of the third period. He took a backhand stretch pass from Tom Sestito from deep in the Vancouver zone just past center ice, raced in on a breakaway and beat Jaroslav Halak with a high shot.
It was Hansen's first goal in just over a month, a span of eight games, after he last scored Jan. 26 against Phoenix.
Barton sparks Blazers to 124-80 rout of Nets
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Will Barton had a season-high 20 points and career-high 11 rebounds, providing a spark off the bench for the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers in a 124-80 rout of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
The Blazers won their fourth straight game despite missing forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The team's top scorer and rebounder has been out five straight games with a left groin sprain.
Jason Collins, who became the NBA's first openly gay player when he signed a 10-day contract with the Nets on Sunday, entered the game without fan reaction and played a pair of scoreless stretches in the fourth quarter.
Mo Williams scored 21 points and Nicolas Batum had 19 to lead seven Portland players in double figures.
Deron Williams had 12 points to lead for the Nets, who had their lowest point total this season.
Griffin, Collison help Clippers top Rockets 101-93
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had 23 points and 16 rebounds, reserve Darren Collison scored seven of his 19 points in the final 2:09 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Houston Rockets 101-93 Wednesday night.
The Clippers won for the sixth time in eight games, converting 20 Houston turnovers into 30 points. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his 30th double-double. His previous career high was 12 last season.
Jamal Crawford, who had a season-high seven 3-pointers Monday night in a win at New Orleans, was 1 for 6 behind the arc against the Rockets and left the game for good with 13 seconds remaining in the first half because of a left calf strain. He played 15 minutes and had eight points.
Lee scores 18 as Grizzlies beat Lakers, 108-103
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Courtney Lee scored 18 points, Marc Gasol had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a late 3-point shooting display by Los Angeles to beat the Lakers 108-103 on Wednesday night.
Tony Allen added 17 points for Memphis, while James Johnson also scored 14 and Zach Randolph added 13.
Jodie Meeks led the Lakers with 19 points, Wesley Johnson added 18 and Pau Gasol had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Farmar's added 16 points and MarShon Brooks had 14.
The Lakers were 7 of 11 on 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Farmar's 3 from 29 feet with about 15 seconds left pulled Los Angeles to 106-103. However, Lee's two free throws closed the scoring.
Gibson leads Bulls to 103-83 win over Warriors
CHICAGO (AP) — Taj Gibson scored 21 points, Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls used a big third-quarter run to win for the seventh time in eight games, pounding the Golden State Warriors 103-83 Wednesday night.
Jimmy Butler scored 16 points after missing two games with bruised ribs, Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 15, and Joakim Noah grabbed 17 rebounds for the Bulls.
They also dominated on the glass 56-41, forced 16 turnovers and held All-Star Stephen Curry in check while bringing Golden State's four-game win streak to an emphatic end.
Jordan Crawford scored 16 points for the Warriors and David Lee came off the bench to get 11 points in 20 minutes after being hospitalized with a stomach flu and missing two games, but Curry tied a season low with five points on 2-of-10 shooting.
No. 3 Arizona runs past Cal 87-59 in rematch
(Eds: No. 3 Arizona 87, California 59. New approach. With AP Photos.)
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Nick Johnson scored 22 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 16 and No. 3 Arizona quickly turned its rematch with California into an 87-59 rout Wednesday night.
Cal won the first meeting 60-58 on a last-second jumper by Justin Cobbs that sent the students pouring onto the court.
Arizona (26-2, 13-2 Pac-12) ran away from the Bears early in the rematch, using a big first-half run and good shooting (50 percent) all game to prevent the season sweep.
T.J. McConnell had 13 points and six assists, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson provided a lift off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson had seven rebounds and five assists after struggling the first game against the Bears.
Cal (18-10, 9-6), struggled at times against Arizona's defensive pressure and had little chance of stopping the Wildcats at the other end to lose for the 17th time in 19 games at McKale Center.
Arizona State gets by Stanford 76-64
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jahii Carson scored 26 points — 23 in the second half — and Arizona State held off Stanford 76-64 Wednesday night, snapping the Cardinal's three-game winning streak.
With the win, the Sun Devils (20-8, 9-6 Pac-12) move into a four-way tie for third in the Pac-12 with three games to play. California, after its loss earlier Wednesday to No. 3 Arizona, Stanford and Colorado are all 9-6 in conference play.
Jermaine Marshall added 16 points, including 12 during a key 10-minute stretch of the first half, as Arizona State opened up a 10-point lead and never looked back.
Anthony Brown led Stanford (18-9, 9-6) with 21 points and Chasson Randle made 6 of 9 shots in the first half, but only scored two points in the second half, finishing with 17 points before fouling out with 7:11 left.
The Cardinal never got closer than nine in the second half.