Knicks block LeBron at the finish, rally to beat Lakers
LeBron James drove left, the No. 4 scorer in NBA history needing a basket to beat the worst team in the league.

Defending him was a journeyman who hadn't even gotten off the Knicks' bench in a month.

James' shot didn't go in. Didn't even get to the rim.

Mario Hezonja blocked James' shot with 2.3 seconds to play, allowing New York to complete a late rally and beat the Los Angeles Lakers championship rings 124-123 on Sunday.

The Lakers led by 11 with under 3 1/2 minutes remaining before the Knicks charged back largely because of their defense against James. DeAndre Jordan also blocked one of his shots in the final minute, and James also missed a jumper with the Lakers clinging to a one-point lead nba championship rings.

James finished with 33 points, eight assists and six rebounds in his return after sitting out a game, but the Knicks spoiled it with a closing 13-1 burst. James shot just 4 for 15 in the final quarter.

Actually, Hezonja was one of the reasons after getting the assignment in his return to the rotation after not playing since Feb. 13, sitting out 12 straight games.

Emmanuel Mudiay had 28 points and eight assists for the New York Knicks championship rings for sale, who snapped an eight-game losing streak. His two free throws with 22 seconds remaining were the final points of the game.

Kyle Kuzma added 18 points for the Lakers, who have lost three straight and eight of nine.

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But everything changed from there and the Knicks ended up with just their NBA-low 14th victory of the season.

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Cameras showed James sitting all the way at the end of the bench during first-half play, far from some teammates. Knicks TV analyst Walt Frazier criticized James for not publicly being more part of the team, saying James "doesn't really care" about the perception.

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They finished 16 of 22 in the period to lead 41-30, but the Lakers outscored them 36-22 in the second to bring a 66-63 edge into halftime.
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Harper goes 0-for-2 against Yankees' Tanaka
Bryce Harper went 0-for-2 against New York Yankees championship rings Opening Day starter Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday night in his third spring training game, and first on the road, since signing baseball's biggest contract with the Philadelphia Phillies championship rings.

The slugger is hitless in three at-bats and has walked three times overall.

"I feel like I have six at-bats," Harper said. "Still got to get going and get my timing right. That's the biggest thing. I think I'm seeing it pretty well. Just got to get timing."

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Harper, who homered for his only hit in five regular-season at-bats against Tanaka, struck out swinging on the eighth pitch of his at-bat in the third.

The strikeout came on an 89 mph splitter.

"Not just him, I think the whole lineup was close to their Opening Day starting lineup," Tanaka said through a translator. "So, it's always good to be able to pitch against guys that will regularly start a game, and you obviously always want to do good against those guys."

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Facing reliever Adam Ottavino in the fifth, Harper was awarded first base on catcher's interference and then stole second.

"I said, 'Hey, it's spring training, can I stay here?'" Harper said. "[The umpire] said get to first. I tried. I would have liked to get that last at-bat, for sure."

Harper left Washington as a free agent and signed a record $330 million, 13-year contract with Philadelphia this month.

"Bryce being here and bringing this attention, I think, has a chance to create higher expectations, which can create a higher level of play from our guys," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "And also I think it separates the guys who play with the brightest lights from the guys who can't, and I think that's a great thing for our ballclub."

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"Definitely humbling," Harper said. "Just to be able to stand there and talk to him and hear what he had to say, it's pretty incredible."
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No. 12 Houston beats No. 20 Cincinnati 85-69 for AAC title
Galen Robinson Jr. raised his arms at midcourt as the buzzer sounded and red-clad Cincinnati fans headed glumly for the exits. No. 12 Houston has just drubbed the American Athletic Conference's defending champion, leaving no doubt about who's best this time around.

It's the Cougars, and it's not even close.

Corey Davis Jr. scored a career-high 31 points Sunday, and Houston dominated the second half for an 85-69 victory over No. 20 Cincinnati that clinched the AAC's regular-season title outright.

The Houston Cougars championship rings (29-2, 16-2) knocked off the defending champs and earned their first league title since 1992 in the Southwest Conference. Coach Kelvin Sampson got a celebratory dousing from his players afterward.

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Down by six early in the second half, Nate Hinton hit back-to-back 3s that started a 35-12 spurt. Davis' back-to-back 3s put the Cougars up by 17 points and sent Cincinnati fans headed home with 4:22 to go.

Hinton added 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds as Houston scored at least 85 points for the fourth time in the past six games.

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Cincinnati held a slim lead through most of the first half, but Davis Jr. made a jump shot, a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws in the last 1:33 that sent the Cougars into halftime up 37-35. They missed eight of their first nine shots in the second half, and Cincinnati pulled ahead 47-41 .

Hinton hit back-to-back 3s that sparked the decisive run. The Cougars went 8 of 14 from beyond the arc in the second half while pulling away.
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Hayward, Celtics run away from Warriors for a 128-95 win
DeMarcus Cousins lost his cool and the Golden State Warriors championship rings lost at home in embarrassing fashion once again.

Gordon Hayward scored 30 points off the bench, Kyrie Irving had 19 points and 11 assists, and the cheap Boston Celtics championship rings ran away from the Warriors early on the way to a 128-95 win Tuesday night in a game that turned testy with the two-time defending champions down big.

Cousins and Terry Rozier received double technicals with 8:44 to play. Cousins was called for his fifth foul on a charge drawn by Aron Baynes, then the fiery Warriors center stood over Baynes in clear frustration. Jayson Tatum bumped Cousins with his right arm and Cousins pushed back with some force, then Rozier entered the fray and he and Cousins traded shoves.

Boogie's moment summed up an ugly evening of basketball by his team -- and fans seeing their final season in the East Bay made a mad dash for the Oracle Arena exits in the closing minutes. It was the Warriors' fifth home defeat by 20 or more points.

"I'd love to have some magic potion and say we can come out and play with better energy and better discipline and kind of rectify it, but we've got to, at some point, stop talking about it and figure it out," Stephen Curry said.

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Kevin Durant scored 18 points but committed five turnovers, while Cousins wound up with 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting -- missing all five of his 3-point tries -- and nine rebounds to go with four turnovers.

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"I think we played with purpose all the way through. We were very businesslike the whole night, even at halftime and just now after the game," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "We know we haven't played like that enough but It's encouraging as a reminder that we can."

Golden State Warriors championship rings for sale missed its initial four shots and fell behind 11-0 as Boston started 5 of 7 before Curry's jumper at 8:26. The Warriors made five straight shots and used a 12-2 burst to get right back in it.

Alfonzo McKinnie started in place of Thompson and contributed seven points in 17 minutes.

Durant responded to that by asking, "I thought we moved off of joy, now anger?" in response to Kerr's usual message of playing with joy.

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"All around top to bottom, coaches, players, we've just got to be better," he said.
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Clarke, Hachimura lead No. 1 Gonzaga past Pacific 86-66
A renewed focus on defense helped Gonzaga get back to the No. 1 ranking it held for three weeks earlier this season.

Brandon Clarke, one of the anchors of that defense, is determined to keep the Bulldogs there this time.

Clarke had 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, and Gonzaga Bulldogs championship rings extended the nation's longest winning streak to 19 games, thumping Pacific 86-66 on Thursday night.

Rui Hachimura added 27 points and Zach Norvell Jr. scored 12 for the Bulldogs (28-2, 15-0 West Coast Conference).

Back atop the rankings for the first time since December, the Zags had little trouble against the Tigers and inched closer to a fifth unbeaten conference record in 20 seasons under coach Mark Few. The Bulldogs close out the WCC schedule Saturday at Saint Mary's.

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Clarke led the way with his third straight double-double and did most of his scoring in the first half, while Hachimura fueled Gonzaga's offense in the second half.

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Clarke, who had three blocks before halftime, had a steal near midcourt and fed Hachimura for a soaring one-handed dunk when Gonzaga pushed its lead to 20.

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"They came out aggressive and they kept hitting us with that high-low action," said Pacific's Roberto Gallinat. "Once they get hot it was just difficult. This time their bigs had game."

Like it did when the teams played earlier this season in Spokane, Pacific (13-17, 3-12) slowed its offense and repeatedly ran the shot clock down to the final seconds in an attempt to limit Gonzaga's possessions. But the Tigers shot 23.1 percent in the first half and couldn't slow the Bulldogs in transition.

Gallinat scored 23 points for Pacific. Khy Kabellis added 13.
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McCann catches for Braves for 1st time in 5 years
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"From Day 1, calling a sign is weird. Setting up is different," he said. "You're retraining your body where to go, what to do. No matter how much work you put in [on] a back field, when you get into game speed it's another ballgame."

McCann caught all seven games for the Astros in their World Series victory 16 months ago. The veteran who has caught 1,494 major league games expects to go into the season as the left-handed part of a catching platoon with Tyler Flowers.

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"Back in the day, you wouldn't want Brian McCann platooning with anybody because you wanted him in there," Snitker said. "The last three years, we've gone with two guys (Flowers and A.J. Pierzyski in 2016, Flowers and Kurt Suzuki in 2017-18) and got good results. We hope to do the same thing this year. We've got two catchers who aren't everyday guys at this stage of their careers. We've shown that we can make this thing work."

Swanson, who last played on Sept. 25 and then had surgery to repair a partially torn ligament in his left wrist, has been practicing all baseball activities, including hitting, which he did in Atlanta before coming to spring training.

Donaldson, who signed a one-year contract in November, played in just 52 games with Toronto and Cleveland last season due to a strained left calf muscle.
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Pistons survive Blake Griffin's ejection, top Hawks 125-122
The Detroit Pistons championship rings were upset to see Blake Griffin ejected -- especially when they believed their best player didn't deserve the punishment.

Even so, the Pistons answered their coach's call to add fuel to their playoff push.

Thon Maker sank a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds remaining and the Pistons overcame Griffin's absence to beat the Atlanta Hawks 125-122 on Friday night.

Reggie Jackson scored a season-high 32 points, Andre Drummond had 26 points and 21 rebounds, but the Pistons struggled to overcome Griffin's third-quarter exit following his second technical foul of the period.

Griffin drew his first technical following a brief battle for the ball with Dewayne Dedmon. After hitting a 3-pointer less than a minute later, Griffin yelled at the Hawks bench and drew the technical for taunting with 4:19 remaining in the period. With the second technical, the ejection was automatic -- much to the dismay of Griffin and coach Dwane Casey.

Casey said each technical was "questionable" and said "I've never seen that in my coaching career."

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Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said he wasn't upset even if Griffin's taunt was directed his way.

"I don't know what he said, but it was aggressive and it was in front of the official and it was toward our bench, maybe toward me," Pierce said. "Guys do it all the time. I don't take it personally. ... It's just the technicality of it, you can't taunt a bench when you have a tech already."

Griffin scored 15 points, ending a streak of four straight games with at least 25.

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The 7-foot-1 Maker, playing in only his fourth game with Detroit following his Feb. 6 trade from Milwaukee, sank the go-ahead 3-pointer from the corner.

Young and Vince Carter each missed 3-pointers on Atlanta's final possession.

Detroit Pistons championship rings for sale led 88-77 when Griffin left the game. The Hawks immediately began to cut into the lead, pulling ahead 101-100 on Carter's 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. Bruce Brown's three-point play gave the lead back to the Pistons.

The Hawks have lost five of six but seemed energized in their return from the All-Star break. Atlanta took a big first-half lead of 14 points at 59-45 with a 12-0 run. Young scored on an explosive drive; set up Dedmon's jam with a behind-the-back, through-the-legs dribble ; and sank a 3-pointer to cap the run.

Jackson had 15 second-quarter points -- matching Young -- as Detroit cut the Atlanta lead to 70-68 at halftime. The Pistons took the lead early on the second half on two free throws by Jackson.

Dedmon had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
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Penguins avoid being swept by Devils, beat New Jersey 4-3
The Pittsburgh Penguins championship rings seem to be getting their act together for a playoff push and one clear sign of that is finally finding a way to beat the New Jersey Devils.

Bryan Rust scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the second period and the Penguins avoided the embarrassment of being swept by the lowly Devils with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.

Coupled with Montreal's win over Columbus, the cheap Pittsburgh Penguins championship rings moved into third place in the Metropolitan Division. They have now won four of the last five games in their bid to make the playoffs for the 13th straight year. The streak is the longest active playoff run in the NHL.

Penguins coach Steve Sullivan said his team was really good in the second period when it scored twice to take a 4-2 lead.

"I think at this time of the year guys are playing so hard that the games are so tight," he said. "We need everybody to have the juice. We need to play the game the way we want to play it. so I thought our second period was really strong, but thought the guys played hard all night."

Matt Murray made 33 saves, including 15 in the third period, to help the Penguins salvage the final game in the four-game season series.

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Jesper Bratt, Marcus Johansson and Miles Wood scored for the Devils, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Keith Kinkaid had 24 saves in losing to the Penguins for the first time in four games this season.

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Ruhwedel, who just returned to the lineup after sitting out since Nov. 19, got his first of the season and what proved to be the game-winner on a shot from the point that found the top corner of the net with 2 1/2 minutes to go in the second.

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The Devils twice took one-goal leads in the first period only to see the Penguins tie the game.

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Johansson restored the lead when he stripped the puck from Phil Kessel in the Penguins zone and beat Murray with a backhander up high. Bjugstad scored on a power play with 1:36 left in the period for his second goal since being acquired from Florida on Feb. 1.
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Niederreiter leads Carolina past Edmonton, 3-1
Nino Niederreiter kept scoring goals for his new team. Curtis McElhinney kept up his mastery of the Edmonton Oilers championship rings.

They pushed the cheap Carolina hurricanes championship rings closer to playoff position.

Niederreiter scored two goals, McElhinney stopped the final 40 shots he faced, and the Hurricanes beat the Oilers 3-1 on Friday night.

Lucas Wallmark also scored and Sebastian Aho had two assists for the Hurricanes, who have won 15 of 21 since Dec. 31 for the best record in the NHL in that span. Carolina, which has not made the postseason in a decade, moved a point behind idle Pittsburgh custom championship rings for the final wild-card playoff spot in the East.

"I think we're just getting critical plays at critical times right now," McElhinney said. "We know what the situation is, and it's going to take a lot for us to get into the playoffs, but the guys have been rolling since before the break, and we came out of it pretty hot. So it's just a matter of gas pedal to the floor."

Leon Draisaitl scored his team-leading 34th goal on the Oilers' first shot, and Mikko Koskinen made 24 saves while losing his sixth straight decision. Edmonton is 1-7-2 in its last 10 and was held to two or fewer goals in six of those games, all regulation losses.

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With the Hurricanes largely unable to dictate play -- Edmonton was outshooting them 29-14 after two periods -- he single-handedly kept them in this one, with his best saves coming on a point-blank attempt by Colby Cave with about 13 1/2 minutes left and a stop on McDavid with about 5 minutes remaining to keep it a one-goal game.

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"At the end of the day, you want to be the best player you can be, and sometimes a change helps," Niederreiter said. "Sometimes it doesn't, and in my case, it definitely helped a lot."

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Defense was optional early in this one, with the teams combining for three goals in the first 2 minutes, 16 seconds of the game. Goals from Niederreiter and Wallmark sandwiched Draisaitl's slick goal on a give-and-go, before things tightened up the rest of the way.

"They get the second one, and that's the way the game goes the rest of the night," McDavid said. "It's funny how it works sometimes."
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