Thursday, December 14, 2017
Sports

Knicks get back on track

NEW YORK — Tyson Chandler had 15 points and tied a season high with 17 rebounds, and the Knicks rebounded from their first loss under interim coach Mike Woodson by routing the Pistons for the third time this season, 101-79 Saturday night.

Amare Stoudemire scored 17 for the Knicks, who are 6-1 since Mike D'Antoni resigned. They lost 96-79 Friday night in Toronto but had no trouble with Detroit for the third time in three meetings this season.

Carmelo Anthony finally got his shot to fall in the third quarter and finished with 15 points, and Jeremy Lin had 13. The bench put it away early in the fourth, allowing some banged-up Knicks to get some extra rest. Lin sat with a sore left knee but could have returned, and Stoudemire went out with a sore lower back and the Knicks said at the time his return was questionable.

Ben Gordon scored 20 for Detroit, which lost its fifth straight.

The Knicks went in a half-game ahead of the Bucks for eighth place in the Eastern Conference heading into a potential pivotal meeting Monday night at Madison Square Garden, exactly one month before the regular season ends. Milwaukee has won the first two matchups and could clinch the season-series tiebreaker.

The Pistons were playing without guards Rodney Stuckey (sore left big toe) and Will Bynum (virus) and lacked energy during a difficult portion of their schedule. They came home from a five-game Western trip to lose to Miami on Friday, then went right back on the road to open a four-game trip Saturday.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Blake Griffin had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Paul had 19 points and 13 assists and the host Clippers ended their first three-game losing streak of the season with a dominating 101-85 victory over the Grizzlies. … Joe Johnson scored nine of his 16 in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3 in the final minute, and the visiting Hawks erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Wizards 95-92. … Deron Williams had 19 points and matched his season high with 14 assists as the host Nets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 102-89 victory over the Bobcats.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Bulls star Derrick Rose missed his sixth straight game because of a right groin injury, and there is no timetable for his return. … Spurs guard Tony Parker returned after missing Friday's game with tightness in his left hamstring. Guard Manu Ginobili sat out while he recovers from a hip problem. … Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan was out of the starting lineup because of a left ankle injury and fell one start short of tying the franchise record. DeRozan had started 130 straight games; Toronto's record is 131 by Alvin Williams.

Late Friday: The Timberwolves' Kevin Love doesn't have the flashiest game in the league, but he put up a pretty flashy number against the host Thunder, scoring 51 and grabbing 14 rebounds in a 149-140 double-overtime loss to the best team in the West. It was a franchise record for single-game scoring.

Knicks 101, Pistons 79

DETROIT (79): Maxiell 2-4 0-0 4, Prince 2-10 2-3 6, Monroe 5-10 2-2 12, Knight 4-11 0-0 9, Gordon 7-13 2-2 20, Jerebko 2-5 4-4 8, Russell Jr. 0-3 0-0 0, Wilkins 2-6 4-6 8, Daye 3-7 0-0 7, Wallace 0-1 0-2 0, Villanueva 1-6 3-3 5. Totals 28-76 17-22 79.

NEW YORK (101): Anthony 5-12 5-6 15, Stoudemire 7-10 3-4 17, Chandler 5-8 5-10 15, Lin 3-6 5-6 13, Fields 1-3 0-0 2, Smith 6-14 1-1 14, Shumpert 3-7 0-0 6, Novak 3-6 0-1 8, Davis 2-5 0-0 5, Harrellson 2-4 0-2 4, Bibby 0-2 0-0 0, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0, Douglas 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 38-78 19-30 101.

Detroit 17 20 24 18— 79

New York 21 28 27 25— 101

3-Point GoalsDetroit 6-19 (Gordon 4-8, Daye 1-2, Knight 1-3, Russell Jr. 0-1, Villanueva 0-2, Prince 0-3), New York 6-20 (Lin 2-4, Novak 2-5, Davis 1-3, Smith 1-6, Bibby 0-1, Anthony 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 40 (Wallace 7), New York 64 (Chandler 17). AssistsDetroit 13 (Russell Jr. 4), New York 20 (Fields 4). Total FoulsDetroit 19, New York 22. TechnicalsPrince, Detroit defensive three second. A19,763 (19,763).

Clippers 101, Grizzlies 85

MEMPHIS (85): Gay 4-9 2-3 11, Randolph 6-16 2-2 14, Gasol 3-12 0-0 6, Conley 4-6 0-0 9, Allen 3-5 4-4 11, Cunningham 0-3 0-0 0, Arenas 1-5 0-0 2, Speights 3-4 1-2 7, Mayo 5-12 1-3 13, Pargo 1-3 0-0 3, Haddadi 0-0 0-0 0, Pondexter 3-3 0-0 9. Totals 33-78 10-14 85.

L.A. CLIPPERS (101): Butler 6-11 0-0 12, Griffin 6-9 8-12 20, Jordan 3-4 0-0 6, Paul 6-13 7-9 19, Foye 5-11 4-5 18, Martin 2-4 0-0 4, Young 6-13 4-5 16, Simmons 1-3 0-0 3, Bledsoe 0-2 0-0 0, Evans 1-2 1-2 3, Thompkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-72 24-33 101.

Memphis 17 25 19 24— 85

L.A. Clippers 33 23 25 20— 101

3-Point GoalsMemphis 9-15 (Pondexter 3-3, Mayo 2-4, Conley 1-1, Allen 1-1, Gay 1-2, Pargo 1-2, Gasol 0-1, Arenas 0-1), L.A. Clippers 5-16 (Foye 4-8, Simmons 1-2, Butler 0-1, Young 0-1, Paul 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 44 (Gasol, Randolph 8), L.A. Clippers 50 (Griffin 10). AssistsMemphis 26 (Conley 9), L.A. Clippers 24 (Paul 13). Total FoulsMemphis 26, L.A. Clippers 16. TechnicalsPaul. Flagrant Fouls—Mayo. A19,060 (19,060).

Hawks 95, Wizards 92

ATLANTA (95): J.Johnson 6-12 2-2 16, Smith 8-17 4-5 20, Pachulia 5-6 3-6 13, Teague 4-10 1-2 9, Hinrich 4-9 0-0 10, Williams 5-11 2-2 13, I.Johnson 2-2 1-2 5, Green 1-3 1-2 3, Radmanovic 2-6 0-0 6, Collins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-76 14-21 95.

WASHINGTON (92): Singleton 4-11 0-0 9, Booker 4-8 0-0 8, Nene 9-13 3-4 21, Wall 1-10 6-6 8, Crawford 9-19 1-1 20, Seraphin 2-5 0-0 4, Vesely 2-2 1-2 5, Ubiles 4-8 1-1 10, Mack 1-6 0-0 2, Mason 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 38-85 12-14 92.

Atlanta 23 18 27 27— 95

Washington 23 29 26 14— 92

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 7-23 (J.Johnson 2-4, Radmanovic 2-4, Hinrich 2-5, Williams 1-3, Green 0-1, Smith 0-2, Teague 0-4), Washington 4-18 (Mason 1-1, Ubiles 1-3, Crawford 1-6, Singleton 1-6, Wall 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 50 (Smith 9), Washington 45 (Booker 14). AssistsAtlanta 22 (Teague 9), Washington 13 (Wall, Booker 3). Total FoulsAtlanta 17, Washington 19. TechnicalsAtlanta defensive three second, Washington defensive three second 2. A18,588 (20,278).

Nets 102, Bobcats 89

CHARLOTTE (89): Maggette 4-8 3-6 13, Thomas 2-6 0-0 4, Biyombo 3-4 2-2 8, Augustin 3-7 1-1 8, Henderson 3-11 1-3 7, White 2-7 0-0 4, Walker 4-13 2-2 10, Mullens 6-9 5-6 17, Brown 4-6 0-0 8, R.Williams 4-8 2-2 10, Higgins 0-0 0-0 0, Carroll 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-79 16-22 89.

NEW JERSEY (102): Wallace 5-13 4-5 15, Humphries 9-16 2-3 20, S.Williams 5-8 0-0 10, D.Williams 7-18 3-3 19, Brooks 3-9 5-6 11, J.Williams 4-7 0-0 8, Morrow 1-6 3-3 6, Green 2-6 2-2 6, Farmar 3-4 0-0 7, Gaines 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-88 19-22 102.

Charlotte 21 21 16 31— 89

New Jersey 26 22 33 21— 102

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 3-14 (Maggette 2-3, Augustin 1-4, R.Williams 0-3, Walker 0-4), New Jersey 5-16 (D.Williams 2-4, Farmar 1-2, Morrow 1-3, Wallace 1-3, Brooks 0-2, Green 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 49 (Mullens 10), New Jersey 53 (Humphries 16). AssistsCharlotte 21 (Augustin 8), New Jersey 24 (D.Williams 14). Total FoulsCharlotte 16, New Jersey 19. TechnicalsD.Williams. A13,297 (18,711).

Comments
Are Tampa Bay Rays going to make a major deal involving Alex Colome, others? Well …

Are Tampa Bay Rays going to make a major deal involving Alex Colome, others? Well …

UPDATE, 4:02: It doesn't sound like the Rays and Cardinals will be making a deal today, Derrick Goold writing for the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Cardinals execs "leave the Walt Disney Dolphin resort with good feel for what Tampa Bay would be willin...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Mikhail Sergachev earning trust – and more minutes with Lightning

Mikhail Sergachev earning trust – and more minutes with Lightning

Coyotes center Clayton Keller is very familiar with fellow rookie Mikhail Sergachev, the Lightning defenseman.They both were picked in the top-10 of the 2016 NHL Draft, Keller at No. 7 and Sergachev No. 9 to Montreal. They faced each other in three w...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Veteran Jonny Venters, prospect Joe McCarthy among 13 Tampa Bay Rays spring invitees

Veteran Jonny Venters, prospect Joe McCarthy among 13 Tampa Bay Rays spring invitees

Inspiring veteran LHP Jonny Venters and intriguing prospect 1B/OF Joe McCarthy are among 13 players invited to major-league spring training camp with the Rays.Others coming as a result of signing minor-league contracts with invites are: RHP R.J. Alan...
Updated: 3 hours ago
USF’s Nigel Harris eager for chance with hometown Bucs

USF’s Nigel Harris eager for chance with hometown Bucs

When Nigel Harris chose where to play college football, he wanted to stay home in Tampa at USF. And now, after playing for the Chargers and Giants as an NFL rookie, he's grateful for the chance to again prove himself in Tampa as the newest member of ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Carson Wentz's injury drops Eagles out of top five

NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Carson Wentz's injury drops Eagles out of top five

What follows below is a ranking of all 32 NFL teams. To build this list, we consulted five objective measures of team strength: Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average ratings...
Updated: 1 hour ago
NFL Week 15: Tampa Bay Times staff picks

NFL Week 15: Tampa Bay Times staff picks

Week 15 starts and ends with disappointment — a Thursday night meeting of two of the more disappointing teams (Denver at Indianapolis) and a Monday night game that once had held high hopes locally (Atlanta at Tampa Bay). Once.Here's our picks f...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Former USF star Courtney Williams makes national team pool

Former USF star Courtney Williams makes national team pool

Former USF women's basketball sensation Courtney Williams is one significant step closer to becoming an Olympian.Williams, who just completed her first full season with the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, is among 29 players who have been chosen for the 2017...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Tampa Bay Rays lose RHP Burch Smith in Rule 5 draft, keep Nick Ciuffo

Tampa Bay Rays lose RHP Burch Smith in Rule 5 draft, keep Nick Ciuffo

The Rays lost RHP Burch Smith in Thursday's Rule 5 draft but were happy to see him get an opportunity in Kansas City.They also were pleased to hang on to C Nick Ciuffo, who was left exposed but not selected.Smith, 27, was acquired from the Padres as ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 4

Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 4

UPDATE, 11:09: RHP Steve Cishek, who was a very effective addition to the Rays pen last season, has reunited with pitching coach Jim Hickey, agreeing to a deal with the Cubs.UPDATE, 10:40: Like most teams, Rays officials are heading out of the meetin...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Tim Tebow wants to help throw you a tailgate wedding (sausages included)

Tim Tebow loves weddings.He apparently also loves football, tailgate parties and a good brat, which might explain why he’s lending his pitchman talents to a contest that ties all four together.In a promotional video, Tebow asks, "What happens when yo...
Updated: 3 hours ago