#SportsReport: Knicks Top Cavaliers; Pacers Down Nets
The Knicks coasted to a 123-105 win over the Cavaliers as Julius Randle scored 30 points and Marcus Morris Sr. added 23. Randle had 15 points in the first quarter as the Knicks built two 16-point leads before settling for a 32-20 advantage at the end of the period. Randle also nailed a 3-pointer to cap a 24-8 run that put New York ahead, 60-39 with 2:26 left in the first half.
Aaron Holiday and Domantas Sabonis each had double-doubles and Justin Holiday added 20 points in the Pacers’ 115-86 thumping of the Nets. Aaron Holiday had career highs with 24 points and 13 assists, while Sabonis finished with 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. T.J. Warren added 19 as Indiana snapped a two-game losing streak.
Jayson Tatum scored 26 points on 8 of 16 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Celtics’ 11th win in 12 games, 99-85 at Phoenix. Kemba Walker added 19 points to help Boston bounce back from Sunday’s one-point loss at Sacramento. Marcus Smart scored 17 points but left early in the fourth quarter because of a sprained right ankle.
The Houston Rockets continue to own the NBA’s longest current winning streak following a rout of Portland on Monday. James Harden poured in 36 points and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double as the Rockets rolled to their eighth consecutive win, 132-108 over the Trail Blazers. Westbrook had 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double of the season and the 141st of his career after sitting out to rest in Houston's last game on Saturday night. Clint Capela added a season-high 22 points and had 20 rebounds to become the first Rocket to have at least 20 rebounds in four straight games since Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes in 1971.
The Clippers are 8-1 at home after Paul George hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to send Los Angeles past the Thunder, 90-88. Montrezl Harrell had 28 points and 12 rebounds off the bench to lead the Clippers. George finished with 18 points after scoring 30-plus points in his first two games of the season.
Luka Doncic scored a career-high 42 points in his sixth triple-double of the season as the Mavericks dealt the Spurs their sixth straight loss, 117-110. Doncic also contributed 11 rebounds and 12 assists to go with the biggest shot of the game, a 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds left to put the Mavericks up 115-110. Dorian Finney-Smith added a career-best 22 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 10 rebounds in the Bucks’ fourth straight win, 115-101 at Chicago. Brook Lopez added 19 points and 10 rebounds as Milwaukee won for the eighth time in nine games. Daniel Gafford had a team-high 21 points for the Bulls, who led 99-98 until the Bucks closed the game on a 17-2 run.
Karl-Anthony Towns nailed seven 3-pointers in a 29-point performance that carried the Timberwolves to a 112-102 win at Utah. Minnesota held the Jazz to 36.8% shooting and was bolstered by Jeff Teague’s 21 points and 11 assists. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 18 points before fouling out as the Jazz suffered their first home loss of the season.
OG Anunoby provided 16 of his 24 points while the Raptors outscored the Hornets 32-18 in the third quarter of a 132-96 laugher at Toronto. The Raptors forward shot 4 for 5 from long distance in the third period before taking an elbow in the eye from Nicolas Batum late in the quarter. Seven Raptors scored in double digits, with Pascal Siakam providing 20 points and Norm Powell getting 17.
In NBA news, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving missed a second straight game Monday against Indiana because of a right shoulder injury. Irving sat out for the first time this season Saturday at Chicago. He is averaging 28.5 points in his first season in Brooklyn.
Kings guard Buddy Hield has been fined $25,000 by the league for kicking a ball into the stands. The incident occurred at the end of Sacramento’s 100-99 win over the Celtics on Sunday.
In men's college basketball, Oakland topped Hartford 60-50.
In top-25 basketball, ninth-ranked Kentucky had another struggle on its hands less than a week after losing to Evansville. Ashton Hagans scored a career-high 26 points to lead the short-handed Wildcats to an 82-74 home win against Utah Valley. Nick Richards added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Kentucky, which played without second-leading scorer Immanuel Quickley because of a chest injury. Quickley has scored 16 points in each of the last two games. The Wildcats also have been without forward EJ Montgomery, who has missed the past three games because of an ankle injury.
Xavier Tillman scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help third-ranked Michigan State cruise past Charleston Southern, 94-46. Gabe Brown scored a season-high 12 points while starting in place of Aaron Henry, who missed the game after rolling both ankles during Thursday’s win against Seton Hall.
Sam Merrill nailed five 3-pointers while scoring 21 points in leading No. 15 Utah State to an 82-50 victory over UTSA. Diogo Brito added 17 points and Brock Miller chipped in 10 for the 5-0 Aggies.
Tenth-ranked Ohio State cruised to an 86-51 romp over Stetson as Kyle Young had a career-high 15 points and Kaleb Wesson added 13. Young also had 10 rebounds and helped the Buckeyes carry a 42-14 lead into halftime.
Samir Doughty was high man for No. 19 Auburn with 20 points in a 91-62 pounding of Colgate. Austin Wiley had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who are 5-0 for the first time in 15 years.
Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright each scored 16 points to send No. 23 Colorado past UC Irvine, 69-53. The Buffaloes scored 21 points off the Anteaters’ 22 turnovers and won for the 17th time in their last 19 home games.
In college basketball news, Duke has moved to No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll following Kentucky’s surprising loss to Evansville. The Blue Devils received 52 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel. No. 2 Louisville came away with eight first-place votes and No. 3 Michigan State had four. Kansas and North Carolina rounded out the top five, with No. 7 Virginia receiving the final first-place vote.
The Kansas City Chiefs have regained a half-game lead in the AFC West by winning in Mexico City. Daniel Sorenson picked off Philip Rivers at the goal line with 18 seconds remaining to preserve the Chiefs’ 24-17 victory over the Chargers. Mike Williams made a spectacular 50-yard catch with 44 seconds to play and Los Angeles got to the Kansas City 14 before Rivers tossed his fourth interception of the night. Patrick Mahomes passed for 182 yards and hit Travis Kelce for his only touchdown. LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams rushed for touchdowns as the 7-4 Chiefs hung on to win the fourth regular-season NFL game played in Mexico. Kansas City leads its division by a half-game over Oakland. Rivers passed for 353 yards during his first four-interception game since November 2016. The Chargers are 4-7 following their fifth loss in seven games.
In NFL news, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s appeal hearing for his indefinite suspension will be Wednesday. Garrett was suspended for at least the last six regular-season games and playoffs for ripping off Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and striking him on the head with it.
Giants tight end Evan Engram is out of his walking boot and may play Sunday at Chicago. Engram says his sprained left foot is feeling better and he will start running later this week.
Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack will be out indefinitely with a fractured right hand. Coach Frank Reich says Mack already has undergone a “procedure” and the team had not established a timetable for his return. The third-year player was injured after a 20-yard run in the third quarter of Sunday’s 33-13 victory over Jacksonville. He had already rushed for 109 yards and one touchdown before getting hurt.
Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield won his appeal and won’t have to pay a $12,500 fine he received from the NFL last month for criticizing officials. Following Cleveland’s 32-28 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 13, Mayfield called the officiating “pretty bad.”
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has undergone right hip surgery after suffering a dislocation in Saturday’s 38-7 win at Mississippi State. Alabama team surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain said Monday the procedure in Houston was successful. Cain described Tagovailoa’s prognosis as “excellent” and reiterated that he is expected to make a full recovery. Tagovailoa was injured while being dragged down by two defenders late in the first half against the Bulldogs.
Tempers boiled over while the Washington Capitals hosted the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway was given a match penalty for spitting on Anaheim’s Erik Gudbranson during a second-period brawl in Washington’s 5-2 victory. Hathaway fought Gudbranson, Derek Grant and Nick Ritchie in a matter of minutes midway through the period. Officials were attempting to separate players when Gudbranson rabbit-punched Hathaway, who then spit in his face with referee Peter MacDougall a few feet away. Hathaway could face disciplinary action from the NHL. John Carlson had two assists to run his point streak to seven straight games. Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal and Braden Holtby stopped 32 shots as the Caps improved to a league-leading 16-3-4. Washington leads the Metropolitan Division by seven points over the New York Islanders, who now have five games in hand.
Conor Garland scored his team-high 10th goal and had an assist in the Coyotes’ 3-0 win over the Kings. Antti Raanta turned back 30 shots in his first shutot of the season and 12th of his career. Derek Stepan and Jakob Chychrun also scored, and Nick Schmaltz raised his point total to a team-high 19 by setting up two goals.
In NHL news, Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with his fourth concussion in a little more than 2 ½ years. Okposo was hurt in Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Senators.
Devils veteran goaltender Cory Schneider has been placed on waivers and will be assigned to Binghamton of the AHL if no other team makes a claim on the 33-year-old. Schneider is 0-4-1 with a 4.59 goals-against average and an .852 save percentage in six starts this season, appearing in just two of the Devils’ last 13 games.
Montreal Canadiens forwards Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron are scheduled for surgery and will be out indefinitely. Drouin injured a wrist and Byron a knee Friday during Montreal’s 5-2 victory at Washington. Coach Claude Julien says the team hopes to have a better idea in a few days on when they can return.
Commissioner Gary Bettman has declined to elaborate on commentator Don Cherry’s polarizing remarks, saying the matter has been sufficiently covered and he’s not “going to start another news cycle." The 85-year-old commentator was fired a week ago for calling immigrants "you people" in a television rant in which he said new immigrants are not honoring the country's fallen soldiers.
Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. The 14-time All-Star shortstop and five-time World Series champion hit .310 with 3,465 hits in 20 seasons, all with the Yankees. Jeter was the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year and has been CEO of the Miami Marlins the past two seasons. Other newcomers announced Monday by the BBWAA include Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett, Jason Giambi, Paul Konerko, Rafael Furcal, Bobby Abreu and Alfonso Soriano. Holdovers include Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Larry Walker.
Yuli Gurriel has agreed to an $8.3 million, one-year contract with the Astros after helping the team reach the World Series for the second time in three seasons. , a $300,000 raise from his originally scheduled salary for next season. Gurriel made $8 million this year while hitting .298 with career highs of 31 homers and 104 RBIs. He batted .310 with one homer and five RBIs in the seven-game World Series loss to Washington.
Twins prospect Ryan Costello was found dead in his hotel room in New Zealand Monday, days after joining the Auckland Tuatara in the Australian Baseball League. Team officials say the 23-year-old third baseman died in his sleep, apparently of natural causes. Concerns were raised when Costello failed to report for practice Monday morning, days ahead of the Tuatara's season opener.
The owners of Maximum Security say they will appeal a federal judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit that seeks to challenge the decision to disqualify their horse as winner of the Kentucky Derby. Gary West said in a statement that he has authorized his attorneys to file an appeal. U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell issued a ruling Friday in which she said “Kentucky’s regulations make clear that the disqualification is not subject to judicial review.”
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