Curry rallies Warriors past Mavericks, 95-93
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry made a pull-up jumper with 3 seconds remaining to cap a sensational fourth quarter, rallying the Golden State Warriors from 18 points down to beat the Dallas Mavericks 95-93 on Wednesday night.
Curry scored 16 of his 33 points in the final period. He finished with nine assists, four rebounds and another big shot in a young career already full of them.
With the clock winding down, Curry dribbled on the perimeter, came off a screen and faked a shot to send Shawn Marion jumping past him. Curry then made a 19-footer to give Golden State the lead for good.
Jose Calderon heaved a desperation shot at the buzzer that was never close.
Jefferson and Jazz roll past Kings 122-101
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Richard Jefferson scored 20 points and the Utah Jazz halted a four-game skid, cruising to a 122-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
The Jazz led by 24 points heading into the fourth quarter, five points more than their previous largest lead after a quarter this season.
Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward scored 17 points apiece, and the Jazz, who have the NBA's worst record (5-20), shot 54 percent and scored over 100 points for the sixth time this season.
Alec Burks had 15 points and rookie point guard Trey Burke added 11 points and nine assists for Utah.
DeMarcus Cousins had 17 of his 21 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds for the Kings, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Cousins had two early fouls in the opening quarter and logged just seven minutes in the first half.
Clippers beat Celtics 96-88 in Doc Rivers' return
BOSTON (AP) - Jamal Crawford hit a pair of 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to help the Clippers pull away in the last 3 minutes and former Celtics coach Doc Rivers won his first game back in Boston when Los Angeles beat the Celtics 96-88 Wednesday night.
Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points and Chris Paul had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Blake Griffin scored 18 points for the Clippers, who won for the seventh time in 10 games.
Jeff Green scored 29 points against his former coach, who was traded to Los Angeles last summer for a first-round draft pick. Jordan Crawford had 20 points and nine assists, and Brandon Bass had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who lost their second in a row.
Perry, Getzlaf lead Anaheim Ducks past Wild, 2-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Corey Perry scored a goal in his seventh straight game, Ryan Getzlaf extended his point streak to 13 games, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.
Jonas Hiller made 23 saves and Alex Grant scored his second career goal on his second NHL shot as the Pacific Division-leading Ducks improved to 12-0-2 at home, extending the second-longest streak without a regulation loss to open a season in the shootout era.
Josh Harding stopped 29 shots and Jason Pominville scored his 15th goal early in the third period for the Wild, who have lost four straight on the road.
Perry extended the longest goal streak in the league this season with a second-period goal, jumping on a loose puck for his 21st.
Kings beat Maple Leafs 3-1 for 5th straight win
TORONTO (AP) - Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Carter beat former teammate Jonathan Bernier with a wrist shot between the legs on a 2-on-1 break at 9:40 for his eighth of the season. Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger failed to keep the puck in the Los Angeles end, creating the odd-man rush.
Kyle Clifford added an insurance goal with 1:59 remaining and Drew Doughty also scored for Los Angeles before 19,375 at the Air Canada Centre.
Martin Jones, a 23-year-old rookie, earned his fourth win in four NHL starts for the Kings.
Kings without new players against Jazz
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Sacramento Kings are playing without their new acquisitions - Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray - against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
The three players acquired in a trade with the Toronto Raptors on Monday can't be in uniform until Greivis Vasquez, one of four players acquired by the Raptors in the seven-player trade, passes his physical.
Vasquez was delayed because he had to acquire a visa in New York.
Vasquez is expected to take his physical Thursday and all seven players - including new Raptors Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes - will then be activated.
Former Celtics coach Rivers returns with Clippers
BOSTON (AP) - Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers is back in Boston - for the first time as the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Rivers walked through the hall outside the locker rooms before then game greeting arena workers, Celtics employees and even members of the media. Then he told a crowd of about 40 reporters that the Celtics were his family for nine years.
Rivers led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA title and brought them back to the finals two years later. But he was traded to the Clippers this summer when Celtics general manager Danny Ainge decided it was time to rebuild.
Rivers says he'll be emotional when he steps back onto the parquet.
Agent: Kemp not being traded
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - The agent for Matt Kemp says the Los Angeles Dodgers are not trading the All-Star outfielder.
Kemp's agent Dave Stewart met Wednesday with Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti at baseball's winter meetings.
"For the time being they are not going to move him," Stewart said. "He didn't even say that. I put in the words 'for the time being' because you never know. Somebody could come along and overwhelm them with a player or players or a combination of players that would make it worth their while."
Stewart said Kemp, who is coming off left ankle and left shoulder surgery, is right on track to be ready for the upcoming season.
Raiders WR Rod Streater chases 1,000-yard season
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - When Rod Streater arrived in Oakland in the spring of 2012 as an undrafted and unheralded receiver out of Temple, his focus was on the smallest of goals rather than something as noteworthy as a 1,000-yard receiving season.
With three games left in his second season in the NFL, Streater is closing in on that mark and has a chance to become the first Raiders receiver to gain that many yards in a season since Randy Moss in 2005.
Streater needs to average just 71 yards receiving a game over the final three weeks, a mark he was reached three times in four games with Matt McGloin as Oakland's starting quarterback.
Bucs S Goldson gears up for former 49ers team
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Dashon Goldson has gone from winning on a one-year deal with San Francisco to that multiyear contract he long coveted, across the country with the losing Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
A tough tradeoff at times, indeed. Yet the veteran safety believes the Bucs can build their young team into a contender much the way the 49ers have recently, capped by last season's return to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years.
When the 49ers (9-4) take the field in Tampa on Sunday, they will see that familiar face and hard-hitting defender in the Bucs secondary. Goldson is determined to do his best to disrupt Colin Kaepernick, Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree in the passing game.
Goldson landed a $41.25 million, five-year contract during free agency last March.
Welker ruled out against Chargers with concussion
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - As expected, coach John Fox has officially ruled out Wes Welker for Denver's game against San Diego on Thursday night because of a concussion.
The NFL's protocol for concussed players would have allowed Welker only to participate in light practice Thursday and only if he had passed baseline cognitive tests earlier in the week.
For competitive purposes, Fox had been coy about Welker's status during the week, other than to say the receiver's health was the team's top priority.
Welker was going low to catch a pass Sunday when Tennessee safety George Wilson legally hit him in the side of his neck, knocking him from the game.
Welker also sustained a concussion Nov. 17 against Kansas City but played the following week at New England.
MLS-SOUNDERS FC-CHIVAS USA TRADE
Seattle sends Rosales to Chivas for Bowen
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Sounders have traded midfielder Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA for forward Tristan Bowen.
Seattle also acquired Chivas' No. 2 allocation ranking when the deal was finalized Wednesday. Chivas will receive Seattle's No. 13 allocation ranking.
Rosales was a designated player for Seattle the past two seasons and was the MLS newcomer of the year in 2011. The playmaking midfielder had 13 assists each in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but fell out of the Sounders' regular starting lineup during the 2013 season. He also struggled with nagging injuries during his Seattle career.
Rosales started 26 of 33 MLS games in 2013 and had four goals and eight assists.
Bowen appeared in 22 games last season for Chivas and scored two goals.
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