Drummond, Jackson lead Pistons past Atlanta 111-104
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 16 points, 20 rebounds and a career-high seven assists, and Reggie Jackson made a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 111-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
The Central Division-leading Pistons won for the seventh time in eight games. Detroit, now 9-3, i s off to its best start since 2005-06, when the Pistons went 10-2 to begin the season and ended up winning 64 games.
Other finals from around the league:
— Jayson Tatum had 16 points, Shane Larkin added 16 off the bench and the Boston Celtics overcame an injury to Kyrie Irving and a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 90-87 on Friday night. Terry Rozier finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Jaylen Brown added 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Celtics extended their win streak to 11 games.
— Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, and the Indiana Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 105-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls. After giving up an average of 115 points during its losing streak, Indiana held Chicago to 39.8 percent shooting in one of its stingiest defensive performance of the season. Bojan Bogdanovic made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Pacers, and Thaddeus Young finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.
— Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Milwaukee snapped a four-game skid with a 94-87 victory over San Antonio in Eric Bledsoe's debut with the Bucks. Bledsoe started in his first game with Milwaukee three days after being acquired in a trade with Phoenix. Bledsoe finished with 13 points and seven assists on 6-for-15 shooting. The Bucks snapped the Spurs' three-game winning streak.
— Paul George scored 42 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 120-111 to snap a four-game losing streak. It was George's highest points total since joining the Thunder in an offseason trade. Russell Westbrook had 22 points and eight assists and Carmelo Anthony and Alex Abrines each scored 14 points in the Thunder's highest-scoring game of the season. Lou Williams scored 35 points for the Clippers, who have lost four straight.
— Aaron Gordon scored 22 points and Nikola Vucevic added 19 to help the balanced Orlando Magic beat the Phoenix Suns 128-112. Terrence Ross and reserve Jonathon Simmons scored 17 points apiece and Evan Fournier had 14 for the Magic. They have won two straight to reach 8-5, their best start in five seasons. TJ Warren had 20 points and rookie forward Josh Jackson had a career-high 18 points for the Suns. They have lost five straight to drop to 4-9.
— Dion Waiters scored 21 points, and the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 84-74. Goran Dragic had 18 points for Miami, and Tyler Johnson finished with 11 on an ugly night for each team on the offensive end.The Heat outscored the Jazz 20-8 in the third quarter after trailing by 12 at halftime.
— D'Angelo Russell had 21 points, DeMarre Carroll added 16 as the Brooklyn Nets snapped a four-game losing streak to the Portland Trail Blazers with a 101-97 victory. Allen Crabbe added 12 points for Brooklyn in his first trip back to Portland since he was traded to the Nets in the offseason. Jusuf Nurkic led Portland with 21 points, and Damian Lillard added 19.
T25 MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Bagley, Allen lead No. 1 Duke past Elon, 97-68
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Marvin Bagley had 25 points and 10 rebounds in his college debut, and No. 1 Duke opened another season of high expectations by routing Elon 97-68 and moving Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski one victory from yet another career milestone.
Grayson Allen added 22 points and made six of the Blue Devils' 12 3-pointers while Gary Trent Jr. added 17 points and four more 3s. The win was Coach K's 999th at Duke.
In other Top 25 games:
— Miles Bridges started his sophomore season strong with 20 points and 10 rebounds, helping No. 2 Michigan State beat North Florida 98-66 in a tuneup for a highly anticipated game. The Spartans will play No. 1 Duke on Tuesday night in Chicago. Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson had 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. Nick Ward scored 11 of his 16 points in the first 7-plus minutes of the game. Joshua Langford scored 13 points.
— Allonzo Trier scored a career-high 30 points and third-ranked Arizona opened its season with a 101-67 rout of Northern Arizona. Deandre Ayton, Arizona's acclaimed 7-foot-1 freshman, had 19 points and 12 rebounds in his collegiate debut. Dusan Ristic added 20 points for Arizona.
— Lagerald Vick scored 23 points, Svi Mykhailiuk added 15 and fourth-ranked Kansas routed Tennessee State 92-56 in its lone tune-up before facing Kentucky in the Champions Classic. Devonte Graham added 10 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds for the Jayhawks, who played without suspended freshman Billy Preston.
— Hamidou Diallo scored 13 second-half points, most of them during an 18-0 run, and No. 5 Kentucky shot 59 percent after halftime to rally past Utah Valley 73-63 in the opener for both schools. The young Wildcats trailed 34-25 at halftime but emerged from the break more energetic to make the pivotal run over 3:22 with eight consecutive baskets — including back-to-back transition dunks by Diallo, who finished with 18 points.
— Eric Paschall scored 15 points and Jalen Brunson had 14 to lead No. 6 Villanova to a 75-60 win over Columbia. Mike Smith scored 19 points for Columbia. The Wildcats won their 15th straight season opener.
— Senior Darral Willis scored 19 points to lead No. 7 Wichita State past Missouri-Kansas City 109-57. Landry Shamet had 17 points, Shaquille Morris scored 16 and Conner Frankamp added 11 to give the Shockers four starters in double figures. Wichita State had 62 first-half points.
— Luke Maye had a career-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds in No. 9 North Carolina's season-opening 86-69 win against Northern Iowa on Friday night. Freshman Garrison Brooks added 14 points for the reigning national champions, who opened the season without Final Four Most Outstanding Player Joel Berry II and Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson due to injuries.
— Chimezie Metu had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 10 Southern California routed Cal State Fullerton 84-42 on Friday night to open the season with its highest ranking since 1974-75. The school better known for its nationally ranked football teams returns most of its basketball roster after a school-record 26 wins last season.
—Sophomore Bruce Brown had his second career triple-double and the third in school history to help the No. 13 Miami Hurricanes win their season opener by beating Gardner-Webb 77-45. Brown totaled 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in 31 minutes.
— Jordan Murphy scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Reggie Lynch added 15 points and 10 rebounds and 15th-ranked Minnesota overpowered South Carolina Upstate in the season opener for a 92-77 victory. The Gophers owned a 54-35 rebounding advantage and outscored the Spartans 46-18 in the paint, pulling away right before halftime following a sluggish start.
— Josh Perkins scored 20 points, hitting six 3-pointers, as No. 18 Gonzaga beat Texas Southern 97-69 in the season opener for both teams. Johnathan Williams added 16 points for Gonzaga, which lost four key players from a team that last season lost to North Carolina in the NCAA championship game.
— Scottie Lindsey scored 26 points, Derek Pardon added 16 and No. 19 Northwestern held off Loyola (Md.) 79-75. Northwestern won despite blowing a 17-point lead in the second half. Brent Holcombe made a 3 to get Loyola within 75-73 with 1:28 remaining. Loyola had a chance to tie but Holcombe turned the ball over with 16 seconds left.
— No. 20 Purdue got 15 first-half points from Dakota Mathias and ran away to a 115-74 season-opening victory over Southern Illinois-Edwarsville on Friday night. Purdue has won its last four season openers by 40, 41, 44 and 41 points. The Boilermakers, who have appeared in 39 consecutive AP Top 25 polls, shot 59.3 percent in the first half (16 of 27) and used a 17-4 run to erase an early 10-5 deficit.
— Tyler Davis had 23 points and 13 rebounds, Admon Gilder scored 23 points and No. 25 Texas A&M overcame a sluggish start to dominate No. 11 West Virginia 88-65 in the Armed Forces Classic. D.J. Hogg added 19 points for the Aggies. The game was played at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
— Cane Broome scored 17 points during his debut as Cincinnati's point guard, and the 12th-ranked Bearcats pulled away to a 107-77 victory over Savannah State on Friday. Gary Clark — one of three returning starters — had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
— Trevon Bluiett scored 21 of his 25 points during Xavier's blistering first half on Friday night, and the 17th-ranked Musketeers dominated from the opening tip-off for a 101-49 victory over Morehead State. The Musketeers, now 1-0, returned the core of their Elite Eight team and put their depth on display.
— Desi Rodriguez paced a balanced scoring attack with 17 points and Myles Cale added 12 in his first college game to lead No. 23 Seton Hall past Fairleigh Dickinson, 90-68.
— Manu Lecomte scored 22 points, including six of Baylor's 12 3-pointers, leading six players in double figures as the No. 24 Bears opened the season with a 107-66 win over Central Arkansas on Friday. Terry Maston had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears.
T25 MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS
Canadian hoops star Barrett to play college ball at Duke
BRAMPTON, Ontario (AP) — Canadian basketball phenom R.J. Barrett will play at Duke.
The 17-year-old from Mississauga, Ontario, announced his decision Friday after narrowing his choices to Kentucky, Duke and Oregon.
Barrett is regarded as the world's best player for his age, and last summer earned MVP honors in leading Canada to the gold medal at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup.
The 6-foot-6 wing will graduate from Montverde Academy in Florida this spring.
Ottawa downs Colorado 4-3 in OT in Sweden's Stockholm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Mark Stone scored in regulation and again in overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night in the first of two regular-season games in the Swedish capital.
Swedish defenseman Fredrik Claesson and Christopher DiDomenico also scored for the Senators.
Nail Yakupov, Alexander Kerfoot and Nathan MacKinnon scored for Colorado.
Stone scored 59 seconds into overtime for his 11th of the season. MacKinnon tied it for Colorado with 7:07 remaining in regulation.
Other NHL finals:
— John Carlson and T.J. Oshie scored rare home power-play goals, Braden Holtby became the second-fastest goaltender in NHL history to 200 victories and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Friday night. Holtby stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced to pick up victory No. 200 in his 319th game, second only to Hockey Hall of Famer and six-time Stanley Cup winner Ken Dryden, who did it in 311.
— Jordan Staal scored twice, helping the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Cam Ward had 25 saves for Carolina, which won its second straight game. Brandon Dubinsky scored for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky had 26 saves as the Blue Jackets lost their fourth in a row.
— Roberto Luongo broke a tie with Curtis Joseph for fourth place on the NHL career victory list with 455, making 24 saves in the Florida Panthers' 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Evgenii Dadonov and Aleksander Barkov each had a goal and an assist, and Ian McCoshen and Vincent Trocheck also scored.
— Patrick Marleau scored in overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night in the first game of a home-and-home series. James van Riemsdyk scored twice, the second to tie it with a minute left in regulation, and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves.
— Ben Bishop made 14 saves in his 20th career shutout, leading the Dallas Stars to a 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders. John Klingberg had a goal and two assists for Dallas, and fellow defenseman Esa Lindell added a goal and an assist. Klingberg leads NHL defensemen with 18 points.
Bengals' Green fined $42,541 for fight with Jaguars' Ramsey
NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has been fined $42,541 by the NFL for fighting with Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey last Sunday. Green grabbed Ramsey around the neck from behind and took him to the turf while throwing punches at him late in the first half of the Jaguars' 23-7 victory. Green was docked for fighting and for unsportsmanlike conduct. Ramsey was not fined by the league.
Japanese star Otani announces desire to move to MLB
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Highly touted Japanese pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani announced on Saturday he wants to move to Major League Baseball.
Otani's Japanese club, the Nippon Ham Fighters, said on Friday they will allow Otani to use the posting system this offseason, clearing the way for him to sign with a major league team next season.
Otani, who is 23, is the reigning Pacific League MVP and was 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA this year. Despite thigh and ankle injuries, he batted .332 in 65 games with 16 doubles, eight homers and 31 RBIs. He had ankle surgery last month.
He has a 42-15 record with a 2.52 ERA and 624 strikeouts in 543 innings over five seasons, and a .286 batting average with 48 homers and 166 RBIs.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Goydos, Singh, Janzen lead; Langer struggles in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — Defending champion Paul Goydos and major winners Vijay Singh and Lee Janzen shot 7-under 64 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Bernhard Langer, trying to sweep the PGA Tour Champions' three playoff events and win the Charles Schwab Cup season points title for the fourth straight year and fifth overall, was tied for 28th at even-par 71 at tree-lined Phoenix Country Club.
Jerry Smith and Glen Day were a stroke back at 65, and Corey Pavin, David Toms and Joe Durant shot 66. Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie and John Daly were at 69.
Rodgers tries to get in on youth movement in Mexico
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Patrick Rodgers made four straight birdies to take the lead before it was too dark to continue at the storm-delayed OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Rodgers was at 11 under with three holes remaining in the second round at El Camaleon Golf Club. Rickie Fowler was one shot behind and also had three holes left. Patton Kizzire shot 70 and was at 10-under 132.