Harden has 20 points in 4th quarter, Rockets beat Suns
PHOENIX (AP) - James Harden scored 20 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets pulled away to beat the Phoenix Suns 127-118 on Tuesday night.
Josh Smith added 20 for the Rockets, who trailed 89-88 at the end of the third quarter after Phoenix rallied from an early 18-point deficit.
Eric Bledsoe scored 32, one shy of his career high, for the Suns, who enter the All-Star break losers of five of their last six.
Harden ended the first and second quarters with a 3-pointer, then opened the fourth with a four-point play that put the Rockets ahead for good. He scored eight in a row during a 2 ½ minute stretch late in the fourth. He scored 45 in a loss to Portland on Sunday and has six games of 40-plus points.
Houston, winner of seven of nine, has one game before the break, Wednesday night against the Clippers in Los Angeles.
Stars score 2 short-handed goals in 5-3 win over Bruins
BOSTON (AP) - Jamie Benn scored twice and Trevor Daley scored the second of two short-handed goals for the Dallas Stars in a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 41 shots and Vernon Fiddler ended Boston's run as the only remaining NHL team that hadn't allowed a short-handed goal this season when he scored unassisted 7:28 into the game.
Daley added another short-handed goal for the Stars with 6:18 left in the second period, giving Dallas the lead for good after Boston had rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie it on goals by Patrice Bergeron and Dougie Hamilton.
The Stars won despite being outshot 44-32 as center Tyler Seguin played through a stomach bug. Seguin, who entered tied for the NHL scoring lead with 59 points, managed two shots against his former team.
No. 8 Kansas overwhelms Texas Tech 73-51
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Wayne Selden Jr. scored 16 points and No. 8 Kansas shot well from 3-point range, beating Texas Tech 73-51 on Tuesday night.
The Jayhawks (20-4, 9-2 Big 12) hit 11 of 20 on 3s, with Selden going 4 of 7. Kansas reached the 20-win mark for the 26th straight season.
Kansas sped up play in the second half and the Red Raiders couldn't keep pace. Perry Ellis scored 14 points, and Frank Mason III, Brannen Greene and Cliff Alexander each added 10 in the win.
Norense Odiase scored 13 points and Devaughtah Williams added 11 for the Red Raiders (12-13, 2-10).
Livingston scores 32; Incarnate Word beats Nicholls 73-64
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Denzel Livingston had 32 points and seven steals to lead Incarnate Word to a 73-64 victory over Nicholls in Southland Conference action on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals, who have won five of their last six games, were without starting guard Mitchell Badillo, who was out with a shoulder injury. Starter Jontrell Walker was limited with an ankle injury and went scoreless.
Livingston, who averages 21.9 points a game, has scored at least 30 points four times this season. Kyle Hittle had 18 points and Shawn Johnson added 13 for UWI (14-6, 6-4).
Trailing 61-46 with 5:31 remaining, Nicholls' Sam McBeath completed a three-point play to start a 13-6 run and close to 67-59 with 1:04 left. Livingston answered with two free throws and Hittle split a pair for a 70-60 lead with 44 seconds left.
T.J. Carpenter had 20 points and McBeath and Ja'Dante' Frye had 13 apiece for Nicholls (7-14, 4-7).
Williams, No. 25 South Florida women beat SMU 72-51
DALLAS (AP) - Courtney Williams had 21 points with nine rebounds and No. 25 South Florida women beat SMU 72-51 on Tuesday night, in the Bulls' first game in program history as a ranked team.
Shavontae Naylor added 11 points, while Shalethia Stringfield and Alisia Jenkins scored 10 apiece for USF (20-4, 11-1 American), which has won six games in a row and 14 of its last 15.
SMU went scoreless for six-plus minutes early in the first half and USF used an 18-4 run to open up a 23-9 advantage and led by as many as 17 in the first half.
A 14-3 spurt to open the second half made it 51-25 and USF led by as many as 34 in the second half.
SMU (5-18, 1-11) made just 18 of 62 (29 percent) field goals and 7 of 13 free throws.
Destynee Hives-McCray had 11 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Mustangs.
Mavs crossing fingers on injuries to Chandler, Ellis, Rondo
DALLAS (AP) - Tyson Chandler is out for the last game before the All-Star break, and Monta Ellis probably won't play either.
Now the Dallas Mavericks just have to hope their best defender and top scorer will be back after the week off, along with point guard Rajon Rondo.
Coach Rick Carlisle ruled out the 7-foot-1 Chandler for Wednesday's game against Utah with a left ankle sprain. Ellis, averaging 20 points per game, is doubtful with a left hip injury. The Mavericks were waiting on MRI results Tuesday.
Dirk Nowitzki says missing three starters is "obviously not perfect."
The Mavericks started Tuesday fifth in the Western Conference, in a mix of five teams separated by just 2 1/2 games from third to seventh.
Rockets' Beverley replaces Wizards' Wall at skills challenge
NEW YORK (AP) - Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will replace Washington Wizards guard John Wall in the All-Star skills challenge.
The skills challenge will be held Saturday night at Barclays Center as part of the NBA All-Star weekend in New York. Two players will compete simultaneously on an identical obstacle-course that tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills.
The league announced Tuesday that Beverley will be paired against the Phoenix Suns' Isaiah Thomas in the eight-player challenge. Beverley is averaging 10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his third NBA season with the Rockets.
The defending skills challenge champion is Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz.
The All-Star game will be held Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Dorsett played football 'not knowing' dementia would result
DALLAS (AP) - Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett says he started playing football "not knowing that the end was going to be like this" - what he calls a frustrating battle with a condition caused by head trauma that can lead to dementia and depression.
The former Heisman Trophy winner at Pittsburgh and Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys was diagnosed in 2013 as having signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain condition.
Dorsett told Dallas-area radio station KTCK-AM 1310 last week that he loves football and it was "good to me," despite the diagnosis.
The 60-year-old Dorsett opted out of a settlement between the NFL and former players that could end up paying out $1 billion. He said he wanted his case to stand on its merits.
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