Griffin, Paul Lead Clippers Past Blazers 122-117
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 36 points, Chris Paul had 20 points and 12 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 122-117 last night in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break. The Clippers, who set a franchise record for largest victory Sunday in their 45-point thrashing of Philadelphia, converted 16 Portland turnovers into 20 points during a back-and-forth game that included 40 lead changes. Paul made 10 of 15 shots in his second game back after missing 18 with a separated right shoulder, and Jamal Crawford added 25 points for Los Angeles. The Clippers have won 14 of their last 19 since Jan. 4, when the Spurs handed them their worst loss of the season, 116-92 in San Antonio.
Cobbs Powers Cal Past Washington State 80-76
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Justin Cobbs scored 22 points, 15 in the second half and seven in overtime, as California held off Washington State's 3-point barrage, 80-76 last night. Cobbs' three-point play put Cal up 69-67 with 26 seconds left in regulation before DaVonte Lacy hit two free throws for Washington State to send the game into overtime. Cobbs made 5 of 6 free throws in overtime and ended the game with a dunk at the buzzer. Richard Solomon added 15 points for California (16-8, 7-4 Pac-12) before picking up his fifth foul with less than a minute gone in overtime. DaVonte Lacy scored a career-high 39 points, including eight 3-pointers, for Washington State (9-15, 2-10). D.J. Shelton added 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. The Cougars made nine 3-pointers in the second half and didn't make a two-point basket, after halftime, until the 6:11 mark.
Washington Squeaks Past Stanford 64-60
SEATTLE (AP) - C.J. Wilcox overcame a poor shooting night to finish with 17 points, Desmond Simmons drew a crucial charge against Stanford's Chasson Randle with 5.3 seconds remaining, and Washington held on for a 64-60 win over Stanford last night, snapping a three-game losing streak. Wilcox made just 4 of 14 shots, but played all 40 minutes as the Huskies (14-11, 6-6 Pac-12) won for the first time since Jan. 25. Wilcox hit a pair of free throws with 4.1 seconds left for the final margin. Those free throws came just moments after Simmons stepped in front of Randle and drew the important offensive foul against Randle. Simmons finished with only four points, but had seven rebounds and the biggest defensive play of the game. Dwight Powell led Stanford (15-8, 6-5) with 18 points and Randle added 17, but just four in the second half.
Jesus Montero Offers Apology
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Jesus Montero was visibly nervous yesterday as he apologized to his Seattle Mariners teammates and their fans. The catcher was joining the team at spring training for the first time since receiving a 50-game suspension after being connected to baseball's Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug investigation. Montero is coming off a rough 2013. The catcher was a prized acquisition via trade with the New York Yankees in 2012 but struggled last year with his hitting and defense and was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma, where he was moved to first base. Then came a torn meniscus that required season-ending knee surgery and the suspension.
February 13, 2014