Nuggets end skid by beating Mavericks 115-110
DENVER (AP) - Wilson Chandler scored 21 points, Ty Lawson had 20, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Dallas Mavericks 115-110 on Wednesday night.
Kenneth Faried, Randy Foye and J.J. Hickson added 16 points apiece for the Nuggets, who have won all three meetings this season against Dallas. Hickson scored 12 of his points in the fourth quarter to help hold off the Mavericks, who play the Nuggets a final time this season in two weeks in Dallas.
Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points to lead the Mavericks, who lost their third in a row. It's their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Brandan Wright added 18 points and Vince Carter 17 for Dallas.
James Harden scores 31, Rockets down Magic 101-89
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - James Harden scored 31 points, including 25 in the second half, and the Houston Rockets dug out of a double-digit, first-half hole to beat the Orlando Magic 101-89 on Wednesday night.
The Rockets dominated inside, outscoring the Magic 58-26 in the paint. Dwight Howard added 19 points and 14 rebounds in his second trip to Orlando to face his former team.
Houston trailed in the second quarter by as many as 14 points, but battled back to win for the 13th time in 15 outings.
Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 18 points. The Magic dropped to 0-2 this season against the Rockets.
Orlando played without Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo. Nelson was out sick and Oladipo missed his first game of the season with soreness in his left ankle.
No. 8 Jayhawks roll over Texas Tech, 82-57
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Tarik Black scored 19 points on perfect shooting in his final game at Allen Fieldhouse, and No. 8 Kansas managed just fine without injured center Joel Embiid in an 82-57 romp over Texas Tech on Wednesday night.
Black, a senior transfer from Memphis, finished 9 of 9 from the field, matching the school record for field goal attempts without a miss held by C.J. Giles and Mark Randall.
Freshman forward Andrew Wiggins, also likely playing in his final home game, added nine points for the Jayhawks, who have already wrapped up their 10th consecutive Big 12 title. Naadir Tharpe came off the bench to contribute 16 points and five assists.
Toddrick Gotcher scored 10 points to lead the Red Raiders, who trailed by 20 points at halftime and never threatened down the stretch in losing their sixth straight game.
No. 11 Louisville wins 84-71 at No. 18 SMU
DALLAS (AP) - Russ Smith scored 22 of his 26 points after halftime, including six 3-pointers, and No. 11 Louisville became the first opponent to win in SMU's renovated home, beating the 18th-ranked Mustangs 84-71 on Wednesday night.
Smith hit three straight 3s right after his alley-oop pass on the go-ahead dunk by Montrezl Harrell midway through the second half for the American Athletic Conference-leading and defending national champion Cardinals.
Rick Pitino won the matchup of Hall of Fame coaches, as SMU and Larry Brown lost for the first time in 10 games since moving back into their campus home in January.
The Mustangs, with a raucous sellout crowd for their first home game since 1985 matching ranked teams, jumped out to an 18-5 lead. They were up by 14 points before a miserable closing stretch in the first half.
Ross, Missouri hold off Texas A&M 57-56
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Earnest Ross converted two free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining to give Missouri its first lead of the night and help the Tigers survive a scare from Texas A&M with a 57-56 win on Wednesday night.
Ross, honored before the game for Senior Night, only scored five points before hitting his game-winning shots. With 2.2 ticks left, Ross broke up a pass from Texas A&M's Alex Caruso's inbounds pass, and the Aggies couldn't put up another attempt.
Jabari Brown scored 20 points for Missouri, which overcame 26.9 percent shooting in the first half and trailed by no more than four points during the final 10 minutes, but never caught Texas A&M until the final seconds.
Jamal Jones led the Aggies with 16 points, but committed a turnover with 17.4 seconds remaining and missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 with 8.1 seconds left.
Taylor leads Texas over TCU 66-54
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Isaiah Taylor scored 21 points and Texas beat TCU66-54 Wednesday night, pushing the Horned Frogs closer to becoming just the third team in the history of the Big 12 to go winless in the regular season in conference play.
Cameron Ridley added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Texas, which went 8-1 at home in the Big 12 in a resurgent season for coach Rick Barnes, whose only losing season at Texas was last year. It was Ridley's third consecutive double-double.
Kyan Anderson scored 28 for TCU. The last Big 12 team to go winless in the league in the regular season was Texas A&M in 2003-2004.
Texas played without leading scorer Jonathan Holmes, who was out with a knee injury.
Hanson hit hard in Rangers' 8-2 loss to Rockies
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Prince Fielder singled home fellow Texas newcomer Shin-Soo Choo but Tommy Hanson gave up two runs on three consecutive extra-base hits in the first inning before settling down in the Rangers' 8-2 loss to a Colorado Rockies split-squad Wednesday.
Hanson, who is competing for a Texas rotation slot, struck out the next two batters. He pitched three innings, retiring the final five Rockies he faced.
Neal Cotts, who had a Rangers' record 1.11 ERA in 58 relief appearances last year, allowed six runs on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while retiring only two of batters.
Charlie Culberson, who went 3 for 4, homered in the first off Hanson. Corey Dickerson, the next batter, tripled and scored on Wilin Rosario's double.
Scherzer, Tigers blank Astros 3-0
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Max Scherzer struck out three in three impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Houston Astros 3-0 on Wednesday.
Scherzer allowed one hit and Ian Kinsler contributed an RBI single for the Tigers. Houston managed only three hits against six Detroit pitchers.
Scherzer, the AL Cy Young Award winner, has allowed one run in five innings during spring training. Detroit is set to send Justin Verlander, its other star right-hander, to the mound Thursday against a Philadelphia split squad - weather permitting. Verlander is coming back from offseason surgery and has not pitched in a game this spring.
Jose Altuve singled in the first inning for the only hit off Scherzer. Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler was scratched because of a stiff neck.
Magic without Nelson, Oladipo vs. Rockets
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Orlando will be without guards Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo when the Magic host the Rockets.
Nelson is out with an illness and Oladipo is sidelined Wednesday with a sore left ankle. For Oladipo it is his first missed game of the season. The rookie guard is the only Magic player to appear in all 62 games.
Magic coach Jacque Vaughn says Oladipo's injury doesn't stem from a specific incident, but is general soreness.
Shooting guard Arron Afflalo is returning to the starting lineup after missing the previous five games with a sprained right ankle. Ronnie Price will start in place of Nelson at point guard.
Stars get Thomas from Panthers in swap of goalies
DALLAS (AP) - The Stars have acquired Tim Thomas from the Florida Panthers for Dan Ellis in a swap of goaltenders designed to give Dallas a boost behind Kari Lehtonen in its push for the playoffs.
Ellis was shaky early for the Stars filling in for Lehtonen on the second night of a back-to-back in a 4-2 loss to Columbus on Tuesday. He is 5-6 with a 3.04 goals-against average.
The Stars added a veteran three years removed from winning the Stanley Cup as they try to end a five-year postseason drought. Dallas started the day holding the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Thomas had a 2.97 goals-against average in 40 starts for the Panthers after sitting out last season. He helped lead Boston to the Stanley Cup in 2011.
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