Davis’ 41 points lead Lakers past Pelicans, 114-110
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis shrugged off a constant cascade of boos and reminded a packed crowd exactly what it lost when the six-time All-Star’s trade request was finally fulfilled.
Davis capped a 41-point performance in his return to New Orleans by intercepting Jrue Holiday’s inbounds pass with 5 seconds left and making a pair of game-sealing free throws, and the Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to nine with a 114-110 victory over the Pelicans on Wednesday night.
“Obviously, the emotions was high,” Davis said. “I think this game was circled on both calendars. And they came out guns blazing and we were able to come out with the win.”
An energetic crowd booed Davis during introductions and virtually every time he handled the ball, only to see him and new teammate LeBron James take over in the fourth quarter.
James had 29 points and 11 assists, scoring 15 points in the final period, when Kyle Kuzma added nine of his 16 points to help the Lakers erase a 10-point deficit.
“My teammates kept telling me, ‘AD, don’t worry about it. We’re going to get this win. We’ll find a way to win it for you,'” said Davis, who spent his first seven years in New Orleans.
Kuzma gave the Lakers the lead for good when he hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:07 to go, making it 111-109.
New Orleans trimmed it to 111-110 when Josh Hart hit one of two free throws, and after a turnover by James as he was swarmed in the paint, JJ Redick’s open 3 for the lead rimmed out. The Pelicans were forced to foul Davis, who missed one of two free throws, giving the Pelicans 5 seconds to run a play for the tie or lead. But that’s when Davis sealed it, stepping in front of Brandon Ingram for his third steal.
Harrell tips in Williams’ miss, Clippers edge Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When Lou Williams missed a floater in the closing seconds, Montrezl Harrell cleaned it up with a dunk to extend the Los Angeles Clippers’ winning streak.
Harrell’s rebound basket with 2.3 seconds left gave the Clippers their seventh straight victory, 121-119 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
“I expected to make the shot, but I’m so happy … that he was there for me,” said Williams, who had 24 points and 13 assists.
Memphis had one more chance to tie or take the lead, but Jaren Jackson Jr.’s 3-point attempt from the right corner was blocked by Maurice Harkless.
Harrell and Williams contributed to another strong bench performance from the Clippers, who lead the league with 51.7 points a game from their reserves. Harrell matched Williams with 24 while also grabbing 10 rebounds. Paul George added 22 points.
“It’s just fantastic,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said about having Harrell and Williams off his bench. “It’s like you have the ultimate relief pitchers coming in the game”
Kings beat Islanders 4-1 behind 24 saves from surging Quick
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Quick seems to have figured things out in goal for the Los Angeles Kings.
The same seems to be true for the rapidly improving team in front of him, from the power play to the penalty-kill to the overall record for the Kings.
Quick stopped 24 shots, Dustin Brown and Alex Iafallo each had a goal and an assist, and the Kings beat the New York Islanders 4-1 Wednesday night.
Jeff Carter had a power-play goal and Matt Roy also scored to help the Kings win for the fifth time in eight games (5-2-1).
Quick has started each of those wins, and he has a 5-1-1 record with 2.00 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in his past seven appearances.
“He’s like the penalty-kill, really,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “His numbers don’t reflect how well he’s played. A couple games early in the year got away from him, and if you start with numbers that aren’t real good … it’s hard to get them back. It takes a long time, but he’s been tremendous over the last little bit.”
Derick Brassard scored for the Islanders, who went 0-2-1 on their three-game California road trip. Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves, his first regulation loss in 10 starts.
It was the second straight regulation loss for the Islanders after setting a franchise record by earning a point in 17 straight games. New York was 15-0-2 in that span before losing 3-0 at Anaheim on Monday night.
No. 3 Michigan State beats UCLA 75-62 at Maui Invitational
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Michigan State opened the Maui Invitational with an ugly loss, had to chase around a smaller team to win its second game and outlasted a long, athletic team to finish fifth.
The Spartans would have much rather won the championship, but the trip to paradise should help them in the long run.
Cassius Winston scored 20 points, Xavier Tillman had 14 and No. 3 Michigan State knocked off UCLA 75-62 in the Maui Invitational fifth-place game on Wednesday.
“We’re going to leave here playing an ACC team, a SEC team, and a Pac-12 team, and it doesn’t matter where they end up,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “If we end up playing somebody in that league in the tournament, we can kind of compare what they did against them, how they played them.”
Hagedorn scores 29, South Dakota holds off Calif. Baptist
RIVERSIDE (AP) — Tyler Hagedorn hit 11 of 13 from the floor to total 29 points with 10 rebounds as South Dakota held off a California Baptist rally for an 84-83 victory on Wednesday night.
The Coyotes had a comfortable lead, 50-32, at the break but had to mount their own rally to come back for the win. After falling behind late, South Dakota charged back to go up 81-77 after Stanley Umude slammed home a dunk with 23 seconds remaining. Hagedorn added a free throw, then Ty Rowell answered with his third trey of the night to close to 82-80 with eight seconds remaining. South Dakota’s Cody Kelley made two free throws to seal the win. California Baptist’s Milan Acquaah drained a 3 for the final score.
The Lancers, trailing 61-52 midway in the second half, had a 12-2 run to go out front 64-63 following consecutive 3-pointers by Rowell with 8:30 remaining.
Umude totaled 18 points and Kelley added 12 for South Dakota (6-1).
Acquaah finished with a career-best 37 points, making 5 of 12 from distance, for the Lancers (3-4).
South Dakota will travel to Northern Arizona Saturday for its next game. The Lancers will host UC Riverside on Wednesday.
Hartfield, Calcaterra help San Diego rally to beat Hofstra
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Braun Hartfield and Joey Calcaterra combined for 44 points as San Diego took control in the second half to beat Hofstra 79-69 on Wednesday night.
Hartfield was 10 of 18 from the floor for 25 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. Calcaterra scored 19 points while dishing out five assists. Both nailed three 3-pointers. Marion Humphrey added 11 points for San Diego (3-5), which halted a three-game skid with the win.
Calcaterra drained a deep 3 in the final seconds of the first half and the Toreros trailed 40-36. He hit another trey early in the second half to give the Toreros a 46-43 lead. San Diego remained out front but could not pull away until the final minutes when Calcaterra nailed his last 3-pointer for a 65-59 advantage with 3:38 left.
Eli Pemberton finished with career-best 30 points and eight rebounds for Hofstra (4-3).
Padres sign Pomeranz, get Davies, Grisham from Brewers
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The rebuilding San Diego Padres rewarded free agent Drew Pomeranz for two strong months in Milwaukee’s bullpen and addressed two big needs by acquiring right-handed starter Zach Davies and lefty outfielder Trent Grisham from the Brewers on Wednesday.
They were the first big moves of the offseason for the Padres, who have lost more than 90 games for four straight seasons and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2006.
San Diego and Pomeranz — an All-Star during his brief stay with the Padres in 2016 — agreed to a $34 million, four-year contract.
The left-hander had a strong final two months of the season with the Brewers after being traded to Milwaukee from San Francisco. He was 0-1 with a 2.39 ERA in 25 games, including one start.
Pomeranz struck out 45 and walked only eight of the 100 batters he faced
“We’re banking that he’s found a role that really fits for him and it was a chance to get an impact performer,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said.
“He shortened up his repertoire to his fastball and curveball and both pitches became really effective pitches for him. He always had a good heater and out of pen his heater jumped up a tick or two. It became an extremely effective pitch. He always had a good curveball, and played it up.”
The Padres get a left-handed bat in Grisham, who is expected to play center field. He made his big league debut in 2019, hitting .231 with six home runs and 24 RBIs in 51 games. He made 36 starts, playing all three outfield positions. He committed a key error in Milwaukee’s loss to Washington in the NL wild card game.