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Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM


Cousins' double-double rallies Kings past Suns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 12 rebounds, helping the Sacramento Kings rally to beat the Phoenix Suns 107-104 on Tuesday night.

Rookie Ben McLemore had a season-high 19 points, Isaiah Thomas also scored 19, Greivis Vasquez added 11 and Patrick Patterson 10 for the Kings, who had lost seven of their previous eight. Sacramento scored the game's final 10 points in a run that was aided by three straight Phoenix turnovers in the closing minutes.

Gerald Green scored 23 points and Marcus Morris had 19 for the Suns, who lost their third straight. Phoenix's five losses this season have been by a total of 16 points. Channing Frye added 17 points and nine rebounds, and Archie Goodwin scored 16 points.

Morris missed a corner 3-pointer and Cousins grabbed the rebound and made 1 of 2 free throws with just under a second left to preserve the Kings' victory.


Scrivens wins again, LA Kings rout Tampa Bay 5-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anze Kopitar and Matt Frattin each had a goal and an assist, and Ben Scrivens extended his unlikely winning streak with 19 saves in the Los Angeles Kings' 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Justin Williams also had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have earned a point in seven consecutive games. Captain Dustin Brown and Dwight King also scored in Los Angeles' impressive return from a four-game road trip.

Scrivens' shutout streak ended at 191 minutes, 19 seconds on Valtteri Filppula's power-play goal late in the second period, but injured Jonathan Quick's new backup cruised to his fourth consecutive victory in his home debut.

Ben Bishop stopped 26 shots and Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.


NBA suspends G Tony Allen 1 game for kicking Paul

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has suspended Grizzlies guard Tony Allen one game without pay for kicking Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul in the face.

Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, announced the penalty Tuesday.

Allen was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected after his left leg caught Paul's face with 1:51 left in the first quarter of Memphis' 106-102 win over the Clippers on Monday night in Los Angeles.

He will sit out the Grizzlies' next game Wednesday night when Memphis visits Golden State.


Warriors' Curry out vs. Grizzlies with concussion

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry will not play for the Golden State Warriors against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night because of what the team is calling a "mild concussion."

Curry was injured in the fourth quarter of Golden State's 98-87 victory at Utah on Monday night. The star point guard left the game after hitting his head on the court in a scramble for a loose ball.

The Warriors said Tuesday that Curry's only symptom was a headache, which had since dissipated. His status is day to day.

Curry is averaging 19.9 points, 8.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game this season.


Kobe Bryant goes through 2nd practice with Lakers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Kobe Bryant has participated in another full practice with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant still isn't sure when he'll be back in uniform, but his second workout with his teammates Tuesday left him optimistic about his return.

The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history hasn't played since tearing his Achilles tendon in a game against Golden State in April. He did several weeks of conditioning work before returning to practice last Saturday for a brief workout.

He did drills and 5-on-5 play with the Lakers on Tuesday. He says he's "pleasantly surprised" by how good he felt afterward.

Bryant says he could adjust his game and contribute something to the Lakers right now, but he wants to make sure he's ready to play for the long haul when he returns.


UCLA OT Torian White suspended after arrest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA offensive lineman Torian White has been suspended indefinitely after his arrest on suspicion of sexual assault.

UCLA confirmed White was arrested early Sunday morning at an apartment complex near campus.

White was the 14th-ranked Bruins' starting left tackle, but the sophomore is out for at least the rest of the regular season after breaking a bone and tearing a ligament in his right leg during a game at Utah on Oct. 3.

UCLA coach Jim Mora says the team takes the accusations "very seriously."


Chargers OLB Ingram returns to practice

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram will return to practice Wednesday after injuring his left knee in May.

The Chargers have until Dec. 10 to either add Ingram to the active roster or keep him on the physically unable to perform list.

Ingram, a first-round draft pick in 2012, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in May.

The Chargers also re-signed tackle Kenny Wiggins to the practice squad and released wide receiver Josh Bellamy from the practice squad.


USC's Morgan Breslin has sports hernia surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California linebacker Morgan Breslin had sports hernia surgery on Tuesday, coach Ed Orgeron says.

Breslin already had been declared out for the regular season with a hip injury.

The senior played in just five games for the No. 23 Trojans (8-3, 5-2 Pac-12) this season, recording 15 tackles and 4½ sacks despite never being fully healthy.

He was among the nation's top defensive linemen last season with 13 sacks and 19½ tackles for loss, the most in both categories at USC since Kenechi Udeze in 2003.

J.R. Tavai has taken Breslin's starting spot for the Trojans, who have won five of six under the interim leadership of Orgeron, also their defensive line coach.

Breslin is among 12 Trojans who already had been ruled out for the season with injuries.


USC beats Cal State Fullerton 76-62

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Byron Wesley scored 22 points and Southern California never trailed in beating Cal State Fullerton 76-62 for the Trojans' third straight win at home on Tuesday night.

Omar Oraby had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Julian Jacobs added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Trojans (3-1). They were cheered on by former USC star and current Los Angeles Laker Nick Young.

Wesley started slowly before scoring 13 points in the second half, when Fullerton made its only run. The junior notched his first career double-double in leading USC to a pair of wins last week.

Freshman Sheldon Blackwell scored a career-high 14 points and Marquis Horne added 10 for the Titans (2-2), who are playing four of their first five games on the road.

Fullerton of the Big West Conference fell to 7-36 overall against Pac-12 schools and 5-32 against them on the road.


Dykes hopes to mirror Stanford's turnaround at Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The TEDx Talk that Stanford coach David Shaw gave earlier this year about turning a prestigious academic university into a football powerhouse resonated with many of his colleagues around the country. Perhaps surprisingly, even Sonny Dykes watched the presentation to see how he could use the same concepts at rival California.

Shaw's message is especially relevant this week.

Cal (1-10, 0-8 Pac-12) has struggled mightily in Dykes' first season, and the football team's graduation rates are the worst in the country among major college football programs. Entering the 116th Big Game on Saturday, Dykes is chasing the model that has made No. 10 Stanford (8-2, 6-2) a success on the field and in the classroom.


Titans using tunnel vision for final 6 games

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are back at work and trying to use some tunnel vision for their final six games.

The Titans had long weekend off following their second painful division loss in five days. They returned Tuesday for practice and are among six teams tied at 4-6, including Oakland. That puts them behind only the Jets and Miami (5-5) for the AFC's final wild-card berth.

Coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday they all understand the situation the Titans are in right now but all that matters right now is winning in Oakland on Sunday.

Receiver Nate Washington says they still have an opportunity to be great this season. But he says the key is the Titans focusing on being better each play and each game.