Davis scores 26 points, Lakers rout Jazz 121-96
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers had plenty of energy left for the second night of a difficult back-to-back.
Anthony Davis scored 26 points, LeBron James added 20 points and 12 assists for his 17th double-double in 22 games, and the Lakers dominated on both ends of the court in a 121-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
A night after winning in Denver, the Lakers pushed the pace on offense and closed down passing lanes and contested shots even while leading by double digits throughout the second half.
“We knew we had to bring energy,” James said. “Even with a back-to-back, we still got to have energy and we got to push the pace. We’re very good when we get stops and we run. … It’s very important for us to push the pace, but it starts with our defense and we got defensive stops.”
Rajon Rondo paced a strong bench effort with 14 points, and season highs of 12 assists and eight rebounds.
The Lakers burned the Jazz repeatedly in transition, outscoring Utah 32-5 in fast-break points. Much of that came as a result of high-energy defense. Los Angeles totaled 21 points off 19 Jazz turnovers.
“We’ve got a good team,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We have high aspirations. We’re trying to keep a game-to-game, stay-in-the-moment focus throughout the year.”
Flynn carries San Diego St. over Colorado St. 79-57
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Malachi Flynn had 23 points as San Diego State stretched its season-opening winning streak to nine games, rolling past Colorado State 79-57 on Wednesday night.
The game marked the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.
Matt Mitchell had 18 points and eight rebounds for San Diego State (9-0, 1-0 Mountain West Conference). Nathan Mensah added seven rebounds.
Colorado State totaled 25 second-half points, a season low for the team.
Nico Carvacho had 16 points, 11 rebounds and three assists for the Rams (6-4, 0-1). Kendle Moore added 14 points.
San Diego State takes on San Jose State at home on Sunday. Colorado State takes on Boise State on the road on Saturday.
Acquaah leads California Baptist past UC Riverside 79-67
RIVERSIDE (AP) — Milan Acquaah scored 24 points with seven rebounds and six assists as California Baptist beat UC Riverside 79-67 on Wednesday night, snapping a two-game skid.
Ferron Flavors Jr. added 13 points and five rebounds for the Lancers (4-4) who ended UC Riverside’s four-game winning streak. Ty Rowell had 11 points and Zach Pirog and De’jon Davis scored 10 points apiece. Davis led the team with 11 rebounds and Pirog had nine rebounds.
The Lancers took the lead for good, 32-30, on a Flavors 3-pointer late in the first half. A Rowell 3 followed by a layup and jumper by Acquaah in the final 2:28 helped push it to 41-35 at the break.
Cal Baptist outrebounded UC Riverside 43-26.
DJ McDonald scored 12 points for the Highlanders (6-3). Callum McRae added 11.
Pacific holds off Cal State Fullerton late, wins 62-59
STOCKTON (AP) — Jahlil Tripp scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Gary Chivichyan added another 16 points as Pacific held off Cal State Fullerton late to post a 62-59 victory on Wednesday night.
Fullerton tied the game with about four minutes remaining on a layup by Davon Clare and it remained tied until Amari McCray scored to put the Tigers up, 59-57. Justin Moore added two more with 1:12 left to play.
Austen Awosika scored at the basket with just under a minute left to get the Titans within two, 61-59, but he missed a jumper with :14 left that would have cut the Pacific lead to a point and Brandon Kamga missed a 3-pointer with :02 remaining that would have tied the game.
Pacific (8-3) won for the seventh time in eight games on their home floor.
Kamga finished with 18 points for Fullerton (3-6). Awosika added 10 points.
Angels get Dylan Bundy from O’s for 4 pitchers
ANAHEIM (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels acquired right-hander Dylan Bundy from the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday in a trade for four minor league pitchers.
The 27-year-old Bundy has been a durable starter with a nasty slider for the past four seasons with the Orioles, who chose him with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft. The Angels got him for four prospects, none ranked among their top 20 by most estimates.
Baltimore general manager Mike Elias said his latest trade “represents a big step toward our stated goals to accumulate and develop as much young talent as possible.”
“It’s a bittersweet thing, parting with Dylan,” Elias added. “He has done a lot for the Orioles. He has laid it on the line at all times for the Orioles and always taken the ball, and this dates well back beyond my short time here. We’re going to miss him, and we have a hole in our rotation to fill.”
Bundy’s durability and consistency are extremely enticing to the Angels, whose starters last season had the majors’ second-worst ERA amid a mind-boggling string of injuries. Angels general manager Billy Eppler also weighed the importance of Bundy being under club control for two more seasons before free agency.
“You give up players that you just recently drafted, and that can go a number of directions,” said Eppler, who has thoroughly rebuilt the Angels’ farm system in the past four years. “Every deal hurts, and this one is no different.”
Carlson, Capitals down Kings 3-1 for fifth straight win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Johnny for Norris” is all the Washington Capitals can say inside their dressing room about the outstanding play of defenseman John Carlson.
If Carlson can keep up the pace of his prolific point production, everyone will know that phrase by season’s end.
Carlson scored twice, and the Capitals beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night.
“There’s nothing else to truly talk about,” Capitals forward T.J. Oshie said. “No, he’s definitely one of our leaders and carries a lot of weight in the back end playing in all situations, playing big minutes. A lot of talk about his points and his goals, which is amazing right now, but also how good he is defensively. He’s a solid rock back there and he gets the job done every night.”
With 11 goals and 31 assists through 30 games, Carlson suddenly finds himself alongside an elite group of defensemen in NHL history with his early output, tying Denis Potvin and Al MacInnis for second-most points to start a season. Only Bobby Orr had more, with a record-56 points in 1974-75 highlighting his five seasons with at least 42 points through 30 games.
Carlson got his 100th career goal by breaking out of his own zone before placing a shot over Jonathan Quick’s right shoulder from the right point to put Washington up 1-0 at 4:36 of the first. He is the fifth Capitals defenseman and the 13th American-born defenseman to reach the century mark.
Carlson made it 2-0 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the opening period, getting Quick to commit too early and scoring around the prone goalie.
“The guys, you know, like to give him a hard time about it, and lots of things have gone his way,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. “That being said, he’s earned it, he’s worked for it, he deserves it. It’s not just the offensive stuff. He’s blocking shots, playing rushes early. He’s doing it all obviously.”
Tom Wilson added an empty-netter at 18:41 of the third to give the Capitals a fifth straight win for the second time this season. They won six straight Oct. 25-Nov. 9. Ilya Samsonov stopped 22 shots.
Blake Lizotte had a goal and Quick made 19 saves for the Kings, who lost for the third time in their past 10 home games.
49ers suspend announcer Tim Ryan for comment about Jackson
SANTA CLARA (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have suspended radio analyst Tim Ryan for one game for saying Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson was adept at carrying out fakes because of his “dark skin color with a dark football.”
Ryan made the comments Monday in an interview on the 49ers’ flagship radio station KNBR when describing Jackson’s ability to fake handoffs and keep the ball on runs that hurt San Francisco in a 20-17 loss to the Ravens last week.
“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing,” Ryan said on air. “I mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point.”
Ryan issued a statement of apology through the team Wednesday
“I regret my choice of words in trying to describe the conditions of the game. Lamar Jackson is an MVP-caliber player and I respect him greatly. I want to sincerely apologize to him and anyone else I offended,” he said.
The 49ers said in a statement that they are “disappointed” in Ryan and that he won’t broadcast Sunday’s game at New Orleans.
“We hold Tim to a high standard as a representative of our organization and he must be more thoughtful with his words,” the team said. “Tim has expressed remorse in a public statement and has also done so with us privately. We know Tim as a man of high integrity and are confident he will grow and learn from this experience.”
The 49ers also said they apologized to the Ravens.
Ryan played four seasons in the NFL with Chicago. He was a TV analyst on Fox for 11 years and has spent the past six seasons calling 49ers games on the radio.
The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the suspension.