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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Top-ranked Gonzaga remains the only unbeaten team in Division I men's basketball after crushing San Diego, 96-38. Josh Perkins and Jordan Mathews each scored 15 points as the Zags moved to 29-0 overall and 17-0 in the conference. Johnathan Williams had 14 points and 19 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who had earned wins by 47, 46 and 39 points earlier this season before slamming USD by 58 on the road.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are an NBA-best 48-9 after Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry and Kevin Durant fueled a third-quarter comeback in a 123-113 win against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors trailed by 12 until Curry scored 17 of his 35 points in the third period, while Durant contributed 15 of his 25. Durant also had 15 points and seven assists for Golden State.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans were clobbered in their first game since acquiring DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi from Sacramento earlier this week. Cousins finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds, but Lou Williams nailed seven 3-pointers and finished with 27 points as Houston ripped the Pelicans, 129-99 at New Orleans. Casspi had 12 points before leaving the game with a broken thumb that's expected to keep him out of action for four weeks.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks are within three points of the first-place Minnesota Wild in the NHL's Central Division after Patrick Kane's third career hat trick led Chicago to its eighth win in nine games, 6-3 over Arizona. Kane scored in each period, giving him a team-high 23 goals this season. Rookies Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and assist for the Hawks, who blew a 3-1 lead in the first period before winning their third in a row.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daytona 500 pole-sitter Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin were the winners in the Twin 150s on Thursday. Elliott finished ahead of Jamie McMurray in the opening race as Chevrolet drivers were 1-2 on a track expected to be dominated by Ford and Toyota. Dale Earnhardt Jr. led for 53 laps in the second race before Hamlin zoomed past him on the final lap.
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