Jordan's 24 points, 20 rebounds lead Clippers over Rockets
LOS ANGELES (AP) - DeAndre Jordan had 24 points and 20 rebounds, Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick each had 20 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Houston Rockets 110-95 on Wednesday night.
The Clippers played their third game without Blake Griffin, who will be sidelined at least three weeks after surgery for a staph infection in his right elbow and will be re-evaluated after that. Chris Paul had 12 assists and 12 points.
Jordan, whose 22 points and career-high 27 rebounds powered the Clippers to a 115-98 victory over Dallas on Monday night, shot 6 for 8 from the field, extending his NBA-record streak to 39 consecutive games shooting at least 50 percent. He also was 12 for 26 from the free throw line.
Corey Brewer scored 22 points and fellow reserve Josh Smith had 21 for the Rockets, who have lost 11 of their last 12 meetings with the Clippers.
Barea scores 22 for Mavericks in ragged 87-82 win over Jazz
DALLAS (AP) - J.J. Barea scored 15 of his season-high 22 points in the third quarter and the Dallas Mavericks went into the All-Star break by holding on for a ragged 87-82 victory against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
Starting while Rajon Rondo recovers from a broken orbital bone, Barea got a mild surprise when Monta Ellis joined him in the backcourt a day after being called doubtful with a left hip injury.
Gordon Hayward was limited to 12 points for Utah and had two of his six turnovers in the closing minutes with the Jazz trying to rally for their first three-game winning streak in a year.
Trey Burke led Utah with 16 points.
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points and a season-high 14 rebounds
Spurs ease into All-Star break with 104-87 win over Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Danny Green scored 19 points and Tony Parker added 17, and the San Antonio Spurs easily brushed aside the Detroit Pistons 104-87 on Wednesday night.
Manu Ginobili added 13 points for San Antonio, which won this game amid little fanfare after coach Gregg Popovich reached 1,000 victories two days earlier. The Spurs held Detroit to 12 points in the first quarter and led comfortably through just about the entire second half.
D.J. Augustin scored 22 points for the Pistons and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 20, but Detroit simply looked overmatched for most of the night. The Spurs led 48-39 at halftime and then went on a 16-7 run at the start of the third quarter in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break.
Gaines, Georgia beat Texas A&M 62-53
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Kenny Gaines scored 15 points, on 6-of-12 shooting, and Charles Mann added 14 to help Georgia beat Texas A&M 62-53 on Wednesday night.
The game was tied midway through the second half before the Bulldogs reeled off eight consecutive points, including a 3-pointer by Taylor Echols, to lead 51-43 with 6:46 remaining. Georgia later took a 55-51 lead with 43 seconds remaining when Gaines sank a 3-pointer from the left corner to put away the Aggies, who have won seven of their last nine.
Georgia (16-7, 7-4) has won two straight following a two-game losing streak. The Bulldogs are now 4-0 all-time against the Aggies, in a series that only dates to 2013.
Texas A&M (16-7, 7-4) committed nearly twice as many turnovers (13) as Georgia (seven).
Alex Caruso led Texas A&M with 20 points.
No. 3 Baylor wins 22nd in row, 89-66 over Oklahoma
WACO, Texas (AP) - Nina Davis scored 31 points, Alexis Prince added 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds and No. 3 Baylor stretched its winning streak to 22 games with a 89-66 victory over Oklahoma on Wednesday night.
The Lady Bears (23-1, 12-0) matched defending national champion UConn for the longest current winning streak with a dominating performance over the Big 12's second-place team.
Davis scored 12 points with two three-point plays in a 20-0 run early in the game and Baylor led throughout. The sophomore post player, the conference's top scorer at 21 points a game coming in, had 20 by halftime to match the Sooners total at that point.
Oklahoma (15-8, 9-3) dropped three games behind the Lady Bears in the Big 12 standings with six league games remaining.
Mavs' Ellis plays against Jazz despite left hip injury
DALLAS (AP) - Mavericks guard Monta Ellis was in the starting lineup Wednesday night against Utah a day after coach Rick Carlisle called him doubtful with a left hip injury.
Ellis extended his streak of consecutive games played to 219, a run that started at the beginning of his only full season in Milwaukee. He has played in all 137 games since coming to Dallas last season.
It wasn't clear when Ellis was injured early in the first quarter of Monday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. He left with 8:03 remaining and didn't return.
The presence of the Mavericks' leading scorer was a boost since they knew they would be without center Tyson Chandler (ankle) and point guard Rajon Rondo (orbital bone).
Ellis' prospects improved when he went through the morning shootaround.
Mavs' Nowitzki gets last-minute nod for 13th All-Star game
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki was a last-minute choice to make his 13th All-Star appearance.
The Dallas superstar was named Wednesday night to fill in for New Orleans forward Anthony Davis, who has a strained right shoulder. The All-Star game is Sunday in New York.
The 36-year-old Nowitzki, who is averaging 18.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, went to 11 straight All-Star games before missing in 2013 after he sat out the first 27 games recovering from right knee surgery. He went again last year.
No other Dallas player has more than four All-Star appearances.
Earlier this season, Nowitzki joined Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan as the only players to score 27,000 points with one franchise. The 7-footer from Germany is in his 17th season.
Mavericks sign former backup center James with Chandler out
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks have signed center Bernard James to a 10-day contract with Tyson Chandler out for at least the final game before the All-Star break.
The 6-10 James spent his first two pro seasons as a backup with Dallas before he was waived at the end of training camp in October. He played in China after that.
Chandler will miss Wednesday night's game against Utah after spraining his left ankle in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. Coach Rick Carlisle is optimistic Chandler will be ready when the All-Star break ends Feb. 19 at Oklahoma City.
James was drafted early in the second round in 2012 and averaged 2.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 76 games with the Mavericks.
Stars' Benn apologizes after radio remark about Sedin twins
DALLAS (AP) - Stars forward Jamie Benn has apologized to twins Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin of Vancouver for making an inappropriate remark during a radio interview.
After a radio host suggested the Sedin twins were roommates on road trips, Benn said, "Who knows what else they do together."
Dallas president Jim Lites said in a statement Wednesday that Benn had reached out to the Sedin twins to apologize. Lites said the team has "the utmost respect for the contributions the two have made to both the game and to their community."
The Stars and Canucks used to be division rivals but now play less frequently. The last of three matchups this season is March 28 at Vancouver. Dallas won the first two.
The radio interview was Monday.
Stars trade for Sabres' Enroth as backup to Lehtonen
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Stars have acquired goaltender Jhonas Enroth from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for goalie Anders Lindback and a third-round pick in the 2016 draft.
The move Wednesday is the latest effort to shore up a shaky defense that has kept high-scoring Dallas chasing a playoff berth most of the season.
Enroth was the starter for the last-place Sabres, going 13-21-2 with a .903 save percentage and 3.27 goals-against average. He will be Kari Lehtonen's backup unless Lehtonen falters as he has at times this season.
Lindback, who signed with the Stars last summer, didn't offer much of an alternative, going 2-8 with a .875 save percentage and 3.71 goals-against average.
Lehtonen is coming off a strong finish to a road trip with wins in New York and Boston.
Governor: Nationals, Astros to keep spring base in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott says the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros will keep their spring training homes in Florida.
Scott says in a statement issued Wednesday that those two major league clubs "have chosen to stay in Florida for the next 30 years."
The statement did not refer specifically to the teams' intention to set up a shared spring training site in West Palm Beach, where officials have been making plans to build a baseball stadium.
In Scott's news release, Astros owner Jim Crane is quoted as thanking Palm Beach County and West Palm Beach officials for making the deal possible.
The Nationals currently train in Viera, along Florida's Space Coast, while the Astros train in Kissimmee, south of Orlando.
Both teams' current leases expire next year.
AP source: Monte Kiffin not returning to Cowboys' staff
IRVING, Texas (AP) - A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press Monte Kiffin won't return to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff a year after he was demoted from the defensive coordinator job.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team wasn't planning to announce Kiffin's departure.
Kiffin, who turns 75 later this month, wasn't under contract for next season. He came in as defensive coordinator in 2013 to implement a scheme change to a four-man front instead of a three-man line.
Rod Marinelli was promoted to defensive coordinator last season and recently signed a three-year contract. Kiffin was assistant head coach.
Kiffin was the architect of a Super Bowl-winning defense in Tampa Bay. Most of his 49 years in coaching have been in the NFL.
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