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Raptors continue win streak
UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have added another game to their team-record winning streak.
It’s now a 13-game run after Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Raptors’ 115-106 victory against the Pacers. Fred VanVleet added 20 points for the Raptors, who haven’t lost since Jan. 15 and knocked off Indiana for the second time in three days.
The Pacers got as close as 101-99 with 6:47 left, but Toronto pulled away with a 12-4 spurt.
Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Pacers, who’ve lost four straight overall and three in a row at home.
Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:
— Furkan Korkmaz (FUR’-kahn KORHK’-mahs) poured in a career-high 34 points on 13 of 17 shooting as the 76ers downed the Grizzlies, 119-107. The Sixers were 14 of 25 from 3-point range, with Korkmaz hitting seven of his nine attempts from downtown. Ben Simmons added 22 points and 10 assists for the 76ers, who finished the game without Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) because of a stiff neck.
— Jayson Tatum nailed seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points in the Celtics’ sixth straight win, 112-107 against the Hawks. Enes Kanter added 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Boston win without injured starters Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis (tys). Atlanta was within 110-107 with 18.3 seconds left before Kevin Huerter (HUR’-tur) and Brandon Goodwin both came up empty from beyond the arc.
— Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 23 points and hit six of the Kings’ 19 3-pointers in a 105-97 victory against the Heat. Buddy Hield (heeld) furnished five 3-pointers and 21 points in Sacramento’s fifth win in seven games. De’Aaron Fox had 16 points and eight assists for the Kings, and Nemanja Bjelica (neh-MAHN’-yah bee-ah-LEETS’-ah) added 15 points and eight assists.
— The Thunder made it nine wins in their last 10 games as Chris Paul provided 22 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 21 in a 108-101 downing of the Pistons. Oklahoma City shot 54.3% in the first half to lead 52-47 at the break. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) had 18 and Steven Adams 16 for the Thunder.
— Donovan Mitchell contributed a go-ahead layup with 19.5 seconds left to send the Jazz past the Trail Blazers, 117-114. Bojan (boy-AHN’) Bogdanovic scored 27 points and Mike Conley added 18 points as Utah ended a five-game losing streak. Damian Lillard poured in 42 points and C.J. McCollum added 27 to lead the Blazers.
— Phoenix rolled to a 127-91 rout of the Rockets as Kelly Oubre (OO’-bray) Jr. delivered a career-high 39 points and Devin Booker added 33. The Suns poured in 46 points in the first quarter and led the rest of the way in their first win over Houston in 14 tries. James Harden had a team-high 32 points for the Rockets, who were without All-Star Russell Westbrook after playing the Lakers the previous night.
— Bradley Beal capped his 29-point performance by hitting a layup with 0.2 seconds left to give the Wizards a 119-118 victory over the Mavericks. Washington made 19 of 38 3-pointers, with Davis Bertans responsible for five of them while scoring 20 points. Seth Curry scored a team-high 20 points for the Mavs, who have dropped three of five without Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch).
KOBE BRYANT-HELICOPTER CRASH
Investigators: No sign of engine failure for Bryant copter
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators say wreckage from the helicopter that crashed last month, killing Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others did not show any evidence of engine failure. That's according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board. The helicopter crashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles on Jan. 26.
The NTSB is investigating the accident, including any role heavy fog played, and a final report isn’t expected for at least a year. A witness told the NTSB that the helicopter was flying forward and downward through the fog before it crashed into the hill.
2/24: Bryant memorial reflects dad and daughter's uniforms
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's widow says there will be a “celebration of life” memorial on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to honor her late husband and 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Vanessa Bryant posted a graphic on Instagram Friday morning to announce the event. Her post only said the event will occur at 10 a.m. and there are “details to come.”
The arena is where Bryant starred for the Lakers for most of his two-decade career and the date 2/24 corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by Gianna. They and seven others died in a helicopter crash last month.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Terps take conference lead
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ninth-ranked Maryland has taken over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten without a comeback win at Illinois.
Anthony Cowan scored 20 points and the Terrapins improved to 19-4 by downing the Illinois, 75-66. Illinois led by as many as 14 points midway through the first half, but the Terrapins fought back and pulled to within 42-40 on a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.
The Terps opened the second half with an 11-0 to go ahead for good.
Darryl Morsell (mohr-SEHL’) finished with 18 points and Eric Ayala added 12 as Maryland improved to 9-3 in the conference.
Dodgers work out extension with Taylor
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers and utilityman Chris Taylor have avoided salary arbitration by working out a two-year, $13.4 million contract.
Taylor batted .262 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs in 366 at-bats last season, overcoming a slow start in which he missed over a month with a broken wrist. He played every position last year except first baseman, pitcher and catcher.
In other MLB news:
— Major league teams are 3-0 in arbitration this winter after the Dodgers beat outfielder Joc Pederson. Pederson will be paid $7.75 million instead of the $9.5 million he sought. Pederson made $5 million last season while batting .249 with career highs of 36 home runs and 74 RBIs. He improved his defense and established personal bests in slugging and OPS.
— Hunter Pence is returning to the Giants after accepting a package that will give the young club a veteran presence in both the outfield and clubhouse in a season of big change ahead. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Friday that Pence had reached agreement pending a physical. He batted .297 with 18 homers, 17 doubles and 59 RBIs over 83 games for the Rangers last year.
— The Rangers have worked out a minor league deal with former Cleveland closer Cody Allen. The 31-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with four saves and a 6.26 ERA in 25 appearances for the Angels last season. Allen had at least 30 saves in three straight seasons with the Indians from 2015-17.
— Jessica Mendoza will no longer be on ESPN's “Sunday Night Baseball” or work for the Mets’ front office after signing a contract extension with the network. Commissioner Rob Manfred said during this week's owners meetings that he was not comfortable with Mendoza and former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez being both team employees and broadcasters.
— Brian Schneider has been shifted to major league quality control coach by the Mets, filling the opening created when Luis Rojas replaced Carlos Beltrán as manager. Schneider was Miami's catching coach for the past four seasons and had been hired by the Mets as manager of Triple-A Syracuse.
Jackets stay hot, blank Wings
UNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were expected to struggle after losing Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee), Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) and Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) through free agency. Instead, they’ve surged up the NHL’s Metropolitan Division standings following a 5-7-3 start.
Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) stopped 16 shots and the Blue Jackets passed the New York Islanders for third place in their division by blanking the lowly Red Wings, 2-0. He is the first rookie goaltender to record five shutouts in an eight-game stretch since Boston’s Frank Brimsek in 1938.
Merzlikins is 12-2-0 as a starter since Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) went down with a knee injury.
Zach Werenski’s second-period goal was his 17th of the season, breaking a single-season team record for defensemen. Boone Jenner added an empty-netter for the Jackets, who outshot Detroit, 44-16 and improved to 9-0-1 in their last 10 games.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— John Tavares furnished a power-play goal with 6.2 seconds showing in overtime to lift the Maple Leafs past the Ducks, 5-4. Auston Matthews buried his 40th goal of the season to tie Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead, while Jason Spezza and Andreas Johnsson provided the rest of the offense for Toronto. Matthews and Mitch Marner each had three assists to back Jack Campbell, who made 26 saves in his first start for the Leafs.
— Joel Eriksson Ek scored twice, including the tiebreaker with 27 seconds left in the Wild’s comeback in a 3-2 triumph over the Stars. Dallas led 2-0 until Eriksson Ek tallied 8 ½ minutes into the second period. Ryan Donato also scored and Devan Dubnyk (DOOB’-nihk) turned back 31 shots in Minnesota’s third consecutive win.
— Jimmy Vesey (VEE’-see) had a goal and an assist against his former team to help the Sabres down the Rangers, 3-2. Carter Hutton made 21 of his 37 saves in the third period while trying to protect Buffalo’s 3-0 lead. Zemgus Girgensons (ZEHM’-guhs) GUR’-gehn-suhnz) and Sam Reinhart also scored in the Sabres’ second win in seven games.
PGA-PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM
Taylor keeps lead
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Canadian Nick Taylor is the leader through two rounds of the PGA’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Taylor birdied four of his last five holes at Pebble Beach for a 66 to take his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. He is at 14-under 129.
Jason Day is two shots back after an 8-under 64. Day made two long birdie putts across the green, holed a 40-yard wedge for eagle on the dangerous par-5 14th and made a couple of big par saves to move into contention.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson also got in the mix with a burst of four straight birdies after the turn at Monterey Peninsula. He made bogey on the long par-3 ninth to finish his round of 7-under. He was three shots behind.
Sagstsrom falls 1 stroke behind at LPGA's Vic Open
BARWON HEADS, Australia (AP) — Ayean Cho shot a 2-under 70 on a difficult day for scoring to take a one-stroke lead over Madelene Sagstrom after three rounds of the LPGA's Vic Open in Australia.
Choi had a three-round total of 12-under 205. Canada's Alena Sharp was in third, two strokes behind Cho after a 70.
The tournament at the 13th Beach Golf Links also features a European Tour men's tournament running alongside the women's event. In the men's event, Min Woo Lee eagled the 18th hole for 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead over three-time European Tour winner Marcus Fraser and fellow Australian Travis Smyth.
'Boys of Summer' author dies at 92
UNDATED (AP) — The author of “The Boys of Summer” has died.
Roger Kahn wrote 20 books and hundreds of articles, but he was particularly noted for the 1972 best-seller that looked at his relationship with his father through their shared love of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Kahn’s writing hit on social issues, particularly race. He wrote at length about Jackie Robinson and his struggles in breaking baseball's color line, and the two formed a long friendship.
Son Gordon Kahn said his father died Thursday at a nursing facility in in Mamaroneck (muh-MA'-ruh-nek), New York. He was 92.
Ex-Leafs blueliner Glennie dies
TORONTO (AP) — Former Toronto Maple Leafs hard-hitting defenseman Brian Glennie has died at age 73.
Glennie played nine of his 10 NHL seasons with the Leafs and scored 14 goals and 114 points in 572 career games. He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and helped the national team win Olympic bronze at the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France, under Father David Bauer.
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