Lamar Jackson throws 5 TD passes, Ravens rout Rams 45-6
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lamar Jackson basically hadn’t allowed the football to touch the ground Monday night until he dropped an ordinary shotgun snap late in the first half at the Coliseum. He picked it up, split the pocket and sprinted away through the Rams’ defense, going 35 thrilling yards before tripping right at the goal line.
Instead of celebrating, Jackson sprung up and remonstratively slapped both his hands on his helmet.
Baltimore’s brilliant young quarterback wants to be perfect. He got awfully close in his “Monday Night Football” debut with the fearsome Ravens.
Jackson matched his career high with five touchdown passes and ran for 95 yards in another splendid all-around performance, and Baltimore routed Los Angeles 45-6 for its seventh consecutive victory.
Mark Ingram rushed for 111 yards and a TD and caught a scoring pass while the streaking Ravens (9-2) became the fourth team in the 21st century to score touchdowns on its first six drives in a game. With Jackson operating almost flawlessly at the controls, Baltimore embarrassed Aaron Donald and the previously solid Rams defense by racking up 480 yards with its evolving brand of high-octane football.
“We’re clicking on all cylinders right now,” Jackson said. “It’s OK, but we’re trying to win the Super Bowl. This is cool, but we’re chasing that right now, and that’s what we’re focused on.”
James leads Lakers past struggling Spurs, 114-104
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs were struggling to contain LeBron James in the fourth quarter and DeMar DeRozan knew firsthand San Antonio’s best chance against King James is to hope he misses.
James had 33 points and 13 assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers won in San Antonio for the second time this season with a 114-104 victory Monday night.
“Bron carried us tonight, hit big shot after big shot,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said.
Showered with “MVP! MVP!” chants by a large contingent of Lakers fans at the AT&T Center, James put on a vintage performance against the Spurs. He had 12 points in the fourth quarter on 4-for-8 shooting along with five assists.
James was surprised by the cheers given he was the recipient of thunderous boos when he played against the Spurs in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals with Miami.
“I’m very appreciative because I’ve definitely gotten a lot of boos in this building in my career, playing a lot of finals games in this building,” James said. “To be able to have that support and they respect the way I play the game and they love the Lakers, it’s just a very humbling moment.”
Lakers fans had a lot to cheer this season in San Antonio.
The Lakers (15-2) have one game remaining against the Spurs on Feb. 4 in Los Angeles but have already won the three-game series against their longtime rivals in the Western Conference.
Marleau scores in OT, surging Sharks top Kings 4-3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Marleau has played more games against the Los Angeles Kings than any other team in his 22 NHL seasons, and the San Jose forward still delights in finding new ways to frustrate them.
Marleau scored at 2:35 of overtime to give the surging Sharks a 4-3 win over the Kings on Monday night.
Timo Meier scored twice and Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have won three in a row in overtime. Labanc added two assists, and Martin Jones made 33 saves.
Marleau scored when Jonathan Quick tried to knock away a deflected shot by Kevin Labanc, only to send it to the veteran forward for a shot into an open net. It was Marleau’s 99th game-winning goal for San Jose, which propelled the Sharks to their ninth victory in 10 games.
It also was Marleau’s 556th career goal, tying Johnny Bucyk for 27th place.
“Any game-winner is special, but yeah,” Marleau said when asked if scoring to beat the Kings carried extra weight. “You know these guys were battling. These are points that we need to keep moving up.”
Ducks win 3-0 to stop Islanders’ 17-game point streak
ANAHEIM (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks responded to a challenge from their captain Monday night, ending their own losing ways while also halting the New York Islanders’ franchise-best 17-game point streak.
One game after chastising the team for a lack of physicality, Ryan Getzlaf led by example. He had a goal and an assist, and John Gibson made 26 saves as the Ducks defeated the Islanders 3-0 to end their three-game slide and a five-game skid at home.
Playing physical again was a topic at the morning skate.
“That’s definitely the response we wanted,” Getzlaf said. “Obviously we talked a little bit as a group and some things were said, and necessary to kind of respond as a group. I thought we did a good job of that tonight.”
The Islanders went 15-0-2 during the longest point streak in team history, which started with an Oct. 12 victory over Florida. They hadn’t lost in regulation since the day before that against Carolina, but had gone into overtime in each of their past four games before facing Anaheim. They lost in OT against San Jose on Saturday.
“Guys have committed a lot over a long time and we’ve won in different ways,” coach Barry Trotz said. “It’s just reality. We didn’t play well enough to deserve to win. I think our guys are good enough pros to understand that. I’m not gonna kick cans or anything like that.”
Flynn, Wetzell lead SDSU to 62-49 win over Tennessee State
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State rallied just in time to improve to 6-0 for the first time since Kawhi Leonard led the Aztecs to the best season in school history eight years ago.
Malachi Flynn scored 11 points and Yanni Wetzell added 10 for the streaky Aztecs, who beat Tennessee State 62-49 Monday night.
SDSU shot poorly all night, finishing at 35.7%, but righted itself midway through the second half.
“We had no offensive rhythm at all today, but our defense carried us and we rebounded enough to come out with a win against a very scrappy Tennessee State team,” coach Brian Dutcher said. “We broke the game open when we finally got a few fast break opportunities. We forced 18 turnovers and some of those in the second half we were able to run out on and get some fast break opportunities.
“We’re deep and we needed every player we had on the team today to step up and make important plays for us.”
SDSU is 6-0 for the first time since 2010-11, when Leonard lead them to a 20-0 start and the school’s first Sweet 16 berth. The Aztecs finished 34-3 after a loss to eventual national champion UConn.
BYU pulls away late to beat UCLA 78-63 at Maui Invitational
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Brigham Young had shot well at times early this season, mostly had been mediocre.
The soft rims of the Lahaina Civic Center were just what the Cougars needed.
Jake Toolson scored 20 points, TJ Haws added 15 and BYU shot past UCLA 78-63 in the opening round of the Maui Invitational on Monday night.
“It’s fun to play in this gym,” said Toolson, who was 8 of 14 from the floor. “The rims are soft, it feels like a high school gym and we feel like we can get good shots.
BYU (4-2) made up for a size disadvantage against UCLA with ball movement and good perimeter shooting. The Cougars hit 62% from the floor, 9 of 18 3s and used a pair of big runs to pull away in the second half.
Haws scored 12 of his points after halftime and Kolby Lee added 13 for BYU.
“We were trying to take great shots,” Haws said. “I thought we moved the ball really well, we made them guard us side to side, we kept our dribble alive from time to time, and guys stepped up and made big shots.”
UCLA (4-2) shot well early in both halves but went cold late to lose its second straight to a smaller-conference school.
Jules Bernard had 16 points and Cody Riley added 12 for the Bruins.
“We couldn’t finish the game,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said. “We’re a young team, trying to figure it out, find a way. And they had a lot to do with that.”