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Associated Press

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 8:36 PM


Day play highlights NBA

UNDATED (AP) — Stephen (STEH'-fahn) Curry's long range shooting sparked Golden State to a 106-99 comeback win over the Clippers. Curry hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors overcome a seven-point deficit. He would up with 28 points and Jarrett Jack chipped in with 18 and 10 assists.

There were five lead changes in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors closed with a 14-4 run to put the game away.

Blake Griffin paced the Clippers with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Jamal Crawford scored 24 off the bench.

It's the third time in four games Golden State has beaten the Pacific Division-leading Clippers this season.

In other NBA action;

— Joe Johnson's go ahead jumper with 22 second left helped Brooklyn beat the Knicks 88-85 and tighten up the Atlantic Division race. The Nets improved to 11-2 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo and pull to within a game of the Knicks for first in the division. Deron Williams added 14 points and 12 assists for the Nets, Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and seven assists for the Knicks.

— George Hill's free throw with 1.4 seconds to play gave Indiana an 82-81 win over Memphis, in a game a tight as the score would indicate. There were 10 ties and 19 lead changes. Rudy Gay banked in a 24-footer following Hill's free throw, but the shot came after the buzzer. David West had 14 points for the Pacers while Hill added 13.

— Ryan Anderson scored 27 points to lead New Orleans over Sacramento 114-105. The Hornets Anthony Davis sat out the second half with a left ankle sprain. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 29 points and 13 rebounds.

— Al Horford scored a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds, Jannero Pargo had 16 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a two-game slide with a 104-96 victory over Minnesota. Derrick Williams finished with 17 points and Jose Barea had 14 for Minnesota, which lost for the sixth time in seven games after blowing an 18-point lead in the second quarter.

— Houston snapped a seven-game losing streak as James Harden scored 29 points and hit all 10 of his free throws in the fourth quarter in a 100-94 win over Charlotte. Kemba Walker scored a career-high 35 points for the Bobcats, who set a franchise record with their 15th straight loss at home.



Kings sold and may move

UNDATED (AP) — It looks like the SuperSonics may be returning to Seattle.

The Maloof (mah-LOOF') family has agreed to sell the team to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, the league confirmed in a statement Monday morning. The deal is still pending a vote by the NBA Board of Governors.

A person familiar with the decision said that Hansen's group will buy 65 percent of the franchise, which is valued at a total price of $525 million, and move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was waiting approval.


Cavs lose center for the season

CLEVELAND (AP) — There's more bad news for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Center Anderson Varejao (VAR'-eh-zhow), who was enjoying his best year as a pro, will miss the rest of the season because of a blood clot in his lung. The team says he is expected to fully recover but will need to take blood thinners for about three months.

The 6-foot-11 Brazilian was averaging career highs of 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds this season. The 30-year-old Varejao missed the final 41 games with a broken wrist last year.

The Cavaliers are 10-32, second-to-last in the Eastern Conference.


Blue Devils regain top spot

UNDATED (AP) — Duke is once again the top team in The Associated Press men's basketball poll. The move from the No. 3 spot came a week after the Blue Devils dropped from the top position last week. To regain the No. 1 ranking Duke took advantage of losses by Louisville and Indiana last week. This marks the Blue Devils' fifth week on top this season.

Duke received 39 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Michigan, which jumped from fifth to second, had 11 No. 1 votes. Kansas, which had seven first-place votes, and Syracuse, which knocked Louisville out of No. 1, tied for third. Syracuse received eight No. 1 votes.

Louisville dropped to fifth and was followed by Arizona, Indiana, Florida, Butler and Gonzaga.


Syracuse holds off Cincinnati

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — C.J. Fair tipped in the go-ahead basket with 19.4 seconds left and No. 3 Syracuse rallied past No. 21 Cincinnati 57-55.Trailing by seven with just over 5 minutes left, Syracuse tied it at 55 on Michael Carter-Williams' 3-pointer from the top of the key with 80 seconds left. Fair's tip came after Jerami Grant drove the lane and missed.

Cincinnati's Cashmere Wright missed a 3 from straight on with 2.9 seconds left and the Orange had their 35th straight win at home, the longest active streak in Division I.


Isles build big lead, hold on

UNDATED (AP) - The Islanders rode a quick start to a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. The Islanders took a 3-0 lead on goals by Michael Grabner, Matt Martin and Kyle Okposo in a 12-minute span of the second period. David Ullstrom gave New York a four-goal lead 91 seconds into the final period.

The Lightning then struck like, well, lightning, hitting the net for three goals by Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE'), Benoit Pouliot (BEHN'-wah POO'-lee-aht) and Steven Stamkosn in a 5½ minute stretch. All that with 12 minutes to go.

—Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhehr-ahn) scored in the shootout to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over Winnipeg. Brad Marchand had the regulation goal for the 2-0 Bruins. Tuukka Rask (TOO'-kah rask) made 26 saves in regulation and held the Jets to only Blake Wheeler's score in the shootout.


New deal for the coach

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thad Matta (MAH'-tuh) has a new long-term deal to coach basketball at Ohio State. The revised contract will give him a 10 percent increase to more than $3.2 million annually and includes academic bonuses and more stringent wording about NCAA violations.

With years he had already earned through job performance, the five-time Big Ten champion coach will be under contract through July 2019.

The contract requires Matta to report anyone who "may potentially have violated" NCAA rules. That was added to clarify wording which had been troublesome in contracts in the wake of violations committed by football coach Jim Tressel (TREH'-sehl) which led to Ohio State being put on probation and receiving a bowl ban after the 2012 season.


Murphy agrees to a contract

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Outfielder David Murphy and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a one-year contract worth $5,775,000. The deal came three days after Murphy and the team exchanged salary arbitration figures. They agreed in the middle after Murphy sought $6.5 million and the team offered $5.05 million.

Murphy hit .304 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs in 147 games last year. He was sixth in the AL with a .380 on-base percentage.


Falcons' Ryan out, two Bills are in as is Wilson

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sprained his left shoulder in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game and won't be able to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Coach Mike Smith says Ryan will need three to four weeks to recover from the injury, which was described as a sprained AC joint to the non-throwing shoulder. No surgery is required.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has been added to the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl after Atlanta's Matt Ryan withdrew due to an injury. He will be the sixth Seahawks player in the game. Wilson threw for 3,118 yards and tied the NFL rookie record with 26 passing touchdowns in the regular season.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller and defensive tackle Kyle Williams have been added to the roster for Sunday's AFC Pro Bowl roster, replacing Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens players Ray Rice and Haloti Ngata (HAH'-loh-tee NAH'-tuh).

Spiller ran for a career-best 1,244 yards on 207 carries and had six touchdowns. Williams had five sacks and 46 tackles. The seven-year pro will be making his second Pro Bowl appearance.


Report: Ex-Browns coach joins Kelly's staff

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur is joining Chip Kelly's staff with the Philadelphia Eagles, a person familiar with the hiring told The Associated Press. Shurmur is expected to be Philadelphia's offensive coordinator, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Eagles haven't announced any coaching moves. Shurmur began his NFL coaching career with the Eagles, serving as an assistant under Andy Reid for 10 seasons.


Day nine schedule

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) will try to extend her remarkable run at the Australian Open when she takes on Ekaterina Makarova in quarterfinal play. The second-seed has rolled through her first four matches, yielding just five games, which is a tournament record.

It will be interesting to see if Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) shows any lasting effects of his last match when the top-seed meets No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK'). Djokovic was on the court for five-hour, five-set win over Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-uh).