Durant, Thunder send Lakers to 6th straight loss
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 42 points, Russell Westbrook had 27 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder easily sent the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth straight loss, 116-101 Friday night.
Kevin Martin scored 15 points and hit three 3-pointers for the Thunder, who romped to a 27-point lead in the second half of their seventh win in nine games. Oklahoma City (28-8) matched the Clippers for the NBA's best record with a virtuoso game from Durant, who had 38 points midway through the third quarter.
Kobe Bryant scored 28 for the Lakers, on their first six-game skid since March 2007.
Antawn Jamison added 19 points as Los Angeles looked lost and overmatched in its third straight game without starting big men Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.
Lakers' Hill might need season-ending hip surgery
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers forward Jordan Hill has been told he needs season-ending surgery on his injured left hip.
The Lakers announced Friday night that Hill will seek a second opinion before scheduling surgery.
Hill is the Lakers' top backup big man, averaging 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in his first full season with Los Angeles. The fourth-year pro joined the Lakers last season in a trade with Houston.
Hill missed his third straight game Friday night against Oklahoma City. He had an arthrogram test earlier in the day, revealing loose fragments and a possible labral tear, according to the Lakers.
Hill's injury further depletes the struggling Lakers, who already are playing without injured big men Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.
Curry helps Warriors hold off Blazers
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 22 points, including two free throws with 16.4 seconds left, and the Golden State Warriors held off a late Portland charge to beat the Trail Blazers 103-97 on Friday night.
David Lee added 24 points and 10 rebounds and helped shut down Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge in a matchup of two of the top power forwards in the Western Conference.
The Warriors led by 20 in the second half before Portland rookie and Oakland native Damian Lillard nearly rallied the Blazers. Lillard scored 17 of his career-high 37 points in the fourth quarter and made a 3-pointer that cut Golden State's lead to 100-97 with 22.5 seconds remaining.
Curry then made two free throws and Jarrett Jack added one to help seal the win for the Warriors.
No. 14 UCLA women beat Washington State 78-52
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Atonye Nyingifa scored 17 points and No. 14 UCLA pulled away to start the second half in beating Washington State 78-52 on Friday night for its fifth straight victory.
Thea Lemberger added 13 points, and Nirra Fields scored all 10 of her points in the first half for the Bruins (12-2, 3-0 Pac-12). They improved to 47-7 in the all-time series, having won all 27 games played in Los Angeles.
Tia Presley scored 16 points to lead the Cougars (5-9, 1-2), who got 11 points from Lia Galdeira in losing for the fourth time in six games.
The Bruins stretched a four-point halftime lead into a 55-35 advantage to open the second half. Markel Walker scored six points, and Nyingifa and Lemberger had four points each in the 18-4 run that gave them the lead for good.
USC defeats Washington 81-72
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cassie Harberts had 24 points and 11 rebounds, leading four players in double figures, to help USC beat Washington 81-72 Friday night.
The 81 points is the most scored by the Trojans this season.
Jazmine Davis led Washington with 37 points.
Harberts, who has hit double figures in every game this season, was 8 of 19 from the field.
Ariya Crook scored 23 points, and Kate Oliver had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Alexyz Vaioletama added 10 points, and Brianna Barrett had a team-high 10 assists for the Trojans (6-8, 3-0 Pac-12).
USC led 38-31 at halftime. The Trojans shot 40 percent from the field for the game, while Washington shot 34 percent. The Trojans controlled the boards, with a season-high 53 rebounds. Washington had 38 rebounds.
Davis made six 3-pointers for Washington (10-4, 2-1). Talia Walton had 15 points and eight rebounds. Aminah Williams also had eight rebounds.
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Utah State defeats San Jose State 66-60
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Preston Medlin scored 25 points to lead Utah State to a 66-60 win over San Jose State on Friday, giving the Aggies a 13-game winning streak.
Medlin was 6 of 12 from the field and made 11 of 11 free throws.
Jared Shaw had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Utah State (14-1, 5-0 Western Athletic). Spencer Butterfield had 13 points, and Kyisean Reed had 10.
Utah State led 29-27 at halftime. In the second half, San Jose State would get within one, but Utah State remained in the lead. Utah State shot 47.7 percent from the field for the game, while San Jose State shot 35.9 percent.
D.J. Brown led the Spartans (9-7, 3-2) with 16 points. Chris Cunningham had 15 points, and Xavier Jones had 14. Alex Brown had nine rebounds.
Utah State leads the Western Athletic Conference. The 13-game winning streak ties for the sixth-longest in school history.
UCLA's Jim Mora gets 1-year extension through 2017
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA coach Jim Mora has agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2017 after revitalizing the Bruins in his debut season.
UCLA announced the deal late Friday.
Mora led UCLA to nine victories, the Pac-12 South title and a Holiday Bowl berth after replacing Rick Neuheisel. The former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach adjusted splendidly to the college game, even beating crosstown rival Southern California while climbing as high as No. 15 in the rankings.
The Bruins (9-5) lost their final three games, including two meetings with Rose Bowl champion Stanford and the Holiday Bowl against Baylor.
Mora agreed to a five-year, $12 million deal in December 2011 after two years out of football following his firing by the Seahawks. He hadn't coached college football in a quarter-century.
Scott Niedermayer joins Ducks' coaching staff
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Former Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer will be an assistant coach to Bruce Boudreau this season.
The Ducks announced the appointment Friday.
Niedermayer spent the final five seasons of his 18-year career in Anaheim, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL's playoff MVP while leading the Ducks to their only Stanley Cup championship in 2007.
The offense-minded defenseman retired in June 2010 at just 36 years old. He spent the last two years as a consultant to the Ducks' hockey operations department.
Niedermayer was a six-time All-Star who won the Norris Trophy in 2004 while playing for New Jersey. He won three Stanley Cup titles with the Devils in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
Niedermayer joins Ducks assistant coaches Bob Woods and Brad Lauer.
Pat Noonan retires, joins Galaxy's coaching staff
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Major League Soccer veteran Pat Noonan has retired as a player to join the Los Angeles Galaxy's coaching staff.
The two-time defending MLS champions announced the move Friday.
Noonan appeared in 10 games last season with the Galaxy, his fifth MLS team in the past decade. Noonan's teams reached the MLS Cup final five times, winning titles with Columbus in 2008 and again with the Galaxy last fall.
The 32-year-old forward had 42 goals and 33 assists in 183 MLS games, spending his first five seasons with New England before playing briefly in Norway. He played for Columbus, Colorado, Seattle and Los Angeles over the past five years.
Noonan also made 14 appearances for the U.S. national team, usually playing under Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena.
KOBE BRYANT DIVORCE
Kobe Bryant, wife Vanessa call off their divorce
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe and Vanessa Bryant are staying together.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar and his wife both announced they've called off their divorce Friday on social media.
Shortly after Vanessa posted the news on Instagram, Kobe confirmed it on Facebook less than an hour before the Lakers hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce in December 2011, seeking to end a marriage that began in April 2001. The Bryants have two daughters, Natalia and Gianna.
But Kobe and Vanessa haven't acted like a divorcing couple in the past year, with Vanessa and their daughters attending many Lakers home games.
Vanessa Bryant stood by her husband when he was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Colorado in 2003. Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges.