Leonard hits winner to lift Clippers over Rockets 122-119
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Down five points with a minute to go, the Los Angeles Clippers turned to a trio of veterans.
Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams combined to outscore the Houston Rockets 10-2 the rest of the way and Leonard hit the winning jumper with 15 seconds remaining for a 122-119 victory Friday night.
“We made shots, got stops, we played with confidence,” said Williams, who led the Clippers with 26 points — all in the second half.
Leonard finished with 24 points and George added 19 in the superstars’ second game together. Montrezl Harrell had 18.
“We fight hard. We leave it all out there on the court,” Harrell said. “We never feel like we’re out of a game.”
P.J. Tucker’s turnaround hook put the Rockets up by five with a minute left. George hit a 3-pointer to trim the margin to two, and JaMychal Green blocked Clint Capela’s shot at the other end. Williams then drained a 3 from the right corner that gave the Clippers a 118-117 lead with 30 seconds remaining.
James Harden made a pair of free throws for a one-point Houston lead before Leonard’s pull-up jumper gave Los Angeles the lead for good.
“Lou set a great pick,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “All Kawhi needs is an inch and he got it.”
Russell Westbrook missed at the other end and George got the rebound while getting fouled. He made both free throws with one second left to complete a wild finish and help the Clippers improve to a franchise-best 10-1 at home with their fourth win in a row overall.
“You got Lou, Kawhi and Paul George. They’re going to be composed,” Rivers said. “They’ve been in big games. Each one made a big shot down the stretch.”
Davis’ 33 points lead Lakers past Thunder 130-127
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Being coachable paid off for Anthony Davis.
The star forward scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-127 on Friday night.
He got in a rhythm after coach Frank Vogel told him to stop hesitating.
“When I hesitate, I tend to come up short or a bad miss,” Davis said. “And it seems to be going in a lot more when I don’t hesitate.”
Davis also had 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Lakers needed all of it. Though the Thunder have struggled this season, they played the Lakers close this week in Los Angeles and entered the night with a 5-3 home record, including a victory over Philadelphia last week.
“We find a way to win no matter what the game is,” said LeBron James, who had 23 points and 14 assists. “This is a very good team at home. They’ve struggled on the road a little bit, but we knew they were going to give it their best punch, especially just playing them on Tuesday in LA.”
The Lakers won their sixth straight and own the league’s best record at 13-2.
Temple rallies in second half for 70-61 win at USC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Temple coach Aaron McKie might want to think about bringing his team out to California more often.
The Owls made their first trip to California in 14 years a successful one as they rallied in the second half for a 70-61 victory over Southern California on Friday night.
“It’s really nice to come back and get a win,” said McKie, who spent two years with the Lakers before moving into the coaching ranks.
Josh Pierre-Louis led Temple (4-0) with 15 points while Quinton Rose and Justyn Hamilton each added 12.
The Trojans trailed 31-30 at halftime but scored the first eight points of the second half to take their largest lead. But the Owls would respond with a 26-8 run over the next eight minutes to take control.
Temple was 10 of 18 from the field, including four 3-pointers as it held a 55-44 advantage with 8:45 remaining. De’Vondre Perry scored eight points during the run while Nate Pierre-Louis and Quinton Rose had five each.
“We were able to get pressure and take them out of rhythm. We started to get out in transition and get easy baskets,” McKie said.
USC got within 66-61 with 48 seconds remaining but could not draw closer. Onyeka Okongwu led the Trojans (5-1) with 17 points and Ethan Anderson added 12.
California Baptist outlasts Central Arkansas in overtime
RIVERSIDE (AP) — Ferron Flavors Jr. scored 24 points, Tre Armstrong added 17 off the bench, and California Baptist defeated Central Arkansas 104-98 in overtime on Friday night in the 2K Empire Classic.
Milan Acquaah added 16 points and nine assists for the Lancers (3-2). He was 10 for 10 from the free-throw line. Dejon Davis scored 14 points and Omar Lo had 11.
Hayden Koval had 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Bears (1-5). Eddy Kayouloud scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He made 10 of 13 free throws but committed a costly foul near the end of regulation.
With eight seconds remaining in regulation, and Central Arkansas leading by one, Kayouloud made the first of two free throws. After a time out, he missed the second before fouling Acquaah who made both free throws to send the game into overtime tied at 88.
Ty Rowell and Acquuah sank 3-pointers early in the extra period and Cal Baptist went up by six near the three-minute mark. The Lancers scored their last eight points from the line.
Rylan Bergersen scored 20 points and Jaxson Baker 14 for Central Arkansas.
Mitchell scores 18 to lead SDSU to 81-64 win over LIU
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State let the Long Island Sharks hang around into the second half before putting them away with an impressive closing burst that kept the Aztecs undefeated.
Matt Mitchell scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half and had a hand in two sweet plays as San Diego State won 81-64 Friday night.
Jordan Schakel scored 15 and had three big 3-pointers in the second half for SDSU (5-0), while Yanni Wetzell and Malachi Flynn scored 13 apiece. Flynn had 10 assists.
The Aztecs outscored LIU 18-10 in the final six minutes, with Mitchell, Flynn and Schakel leading the way.
Hunter leads Long Beach St. past Fresno Pacific 93-62
LONG BEACH (AP) — Chance Hunter scored 21 points and Long Beach State beat Division II Fresno Pacific 93-62 on Friday night.
Michael Carter III scored 16 points and made six assists and Drew Cobb added 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the 49ers (2-3), who outrebounded the Sunbirds 44-29.
Aamondae Coleman scored 20 points and Sean Nealon-Lino added 11 for Fresno Pacific.
Long Beach State plays Arizona on the road on Sunday.
Chou scores 19 as No. 11 UCLA women down N. Colorado 92-58
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Natalie Chou scored all but two of her 19 points in the first half as the No. 11 UCLA women jumped to a big early lead and blew past Northern Colorado 92-58 Friday night.
Chou was 7-of-9 shooting with a trio of 3-pointers, Japreece Dean added 18 points and seven assists while Lindsey Corsaro added 16 points for the Bruins, who are 4-0.
UCLA has won 65 of its last 73 at Pauley Pavilion.
Chargers cornerback Michael Davis suspended 2 games
COSTA MESA (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Michael Davis has been suspended two games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The Chargers (4-7) are on their bye this week. The suspension will cover road games against Denver (Dec. 1) and Jacksonville (Dec. 8).
Davis, who is in his third season, has started nine games this year and has an interception along with 27 tackles.
General manager Tom Telesco said in a statement that Davis is a good person who made a “significant mistake this past offseason.”