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Nuggets hang on to clip Clippers 114-104

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Nikola Jokic scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets withstood a big rally to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 114-104. Los Angeles had pulled within six with 1:11 remaining when Patrick Beverley was called for a foul on Jokic. Clippers coach Doc Rivers was incensed over the call and was given two technical fouls and tossed from the game. Jamal Murray hit both free throws to give the Nuggets some much-needed breathing room. Kawhi Leonard scored 30 for Los Angeles. Lou Williams had 26 and Montrezl Harrell added 25.

 The Utah Jazz were able to extend their winning streak on Sunday despite the absence of leading scorer Donovan Mitchell. It’s now a nine-game winning streak for the Jazz after Bojan Bogdonovic scored 31 points in a 127-116 downing of the Wizards. Rudy Gobert  dropped in 21 points and had 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who overcame a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to win for the 14th time in 15 games. Jordan Clarkson added 17 of his 23 points in the second half as Utah won while Mitchell sat out with an illness.

The Knicks ended a five-game losing streak by rallying from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Heat, 124-121. Julius Randle scored 26 points, RJ Barrett chipped in 23 as the Atlantic Division cellar-dwellers knocked off the Southeast Division leaders. Jimmy Butler had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who blew a lead down the stretch for the second time during their weekend stay in New York.

DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and the Spurs rallied from 18 down to beat the Raptors, 105-104. Rudy Gay contributed 15 points for San Antonio, which trailed 82-69 to begin the fourth before opening the quarter with a 19-5 run. Serge Ibaka had 21 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for Toronto.

Kyrie Irving returned from a two-month absence to score 21 points in 20 minutes of the Nets’ 108-86 pounding of the Hawks. Irving shot 10 for 11 from the field after missing 26 games with a right shoulder impingement. Cam Reddish scored 20 points for the Hawks, who played without star guard Trae Young because of a left hamstring injury.

Jonas Valanciunas had 31 points on 13 of 17 shooting and grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds in leading the Grizzlies’ 122-102 thumping of the Warriors. Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 21 points in helping Memphis earn its fifth consecutive win. The Warriors dropped their eighth in a row despite D’Angelo Russell’s game-high 34 points.

Kelly Oubre Jr. furnished 25 points and grabbed 15 boards as the Suns downed the Hornets, 100-92. Phoenix won despite a quiet night from Devin Booker who had just 12 points on 3 of 12 from the field. Deandre Ayton had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Suns.

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Jan 13, 2020 3:12 PM
Husker comeback falls just short at Northwestern

By: Husker Athletics

The Nebraska men's basketball team nearly erased a 15-point halftime deficit Saturday at Northwestern, but the Huskers were unable to overcome a cold-shooting performance in a 62-57 loss at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Northwestern (6-9, 1-4 Big Ten) used a 16-1 first-half run to build its 15-point halftime lead before hanging on down the stretch as Nebraska (7-9, 2-3 Big Ten) made a furious late run. The Huskers trailed by 14 midway through the second half, with Nebraska outscoring Northwestern 15-6 over the final 10 minutes. But a potential game-tying 3-pointer was missed with 12 seconds to play, allowing Northwestern to escape with its first Big Ten win of the year.

It was a tale of two halves, as Northwestern scored 42 first-half points while shooting 51 percent from the field and knocking down eight 3-pointers. After being outscored by 15 in the first half, Nebraska flipped the script in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats by 10 while limiting Northwestern to just 20 points.

Despite the strong second-half defensive effort in which the Huskers held the Wildcats to 2-of-15 from the 3-point line and 26.7 percent shooting overall, Nebraska was not able to overcome its own cold shooting. Nebraska shot 31.3 percent for the game, and the Huskers were just 9-of-30 from the 3-point line. Northwestern shot nearly 40 percent overall and tied a season high with 10 3-pointers.

Cam Mack drives in a game earlier this season. File Photo

Cam Mack produced another double-double for the Huskers, pacing the Big Red with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. In his first four career Big Ten Conference games, Mack produced the first triple-double in Nebraska men's basketball history against Purdue and tallied a pair of points-assists double-doubles against Indiana and Iowa before producing a points-rebounds double-double against Northwestern. He has a total of five double-doubles in his debut season.

Haanif Cheatham joined Mack in double figures with 10 points, while Kevin Cross and Matej Kavas had nine points apiece. Miller Kopp scored a game-high 15 points for Northwestern, as one of four Wildcats in double figures.

Northwestern used a hot-shooting first half to take a 42-27 lead into the locker room. The Wildcats shot better than 51 percent in the half – including hitting 10-of-14 shots at one point – while knocking down 8-of-14 from the 3-point line. Nebraska shot only 30.3 percent in the opening half, and the Huskers were just 2-of-6 at the free throw line.

After Northwestern opened the game with a basket, Nebraska responded with seven straight points – five from Dachon Burke Jr. – to take an early five-point lead. The Huskers remained on top until Pat Spencer hit a pair of 3-pointers during an 8-0 Northwestern run that put the Wildcats on top 14-9 six minutes into the game.

The game remained close over the next four minutes before Northwestern went on a 16-1 run that covered more than six minutes. The Wildcats began the run with five quick points to build a seven-point lead, and following a Kavas free throw, Northwestern scored 11 straight points to take a commanding 36-19 lead with 4:26 left in the half. Nebraska missed seven straight shots during the Wildcats' run, going 6:19 without a basket.

Nebraska outscored Northwestern over the final four minutes of the half but still trailed by 15 at the break. The Huskers then came out strong in the second half, scoring 12 points in the opening five minutes to trim the lead to eight at 47-39.

Following the quick second-half start, Nebraska missed 10 of its next 11 shots, scoring only five points in a seven-minute stretch. Despite the cold spell, the Huskers trailed only 56-47 with seven minutes to play following a Kavas 3-pointer. As Nebraska's defense kept the Huskers in the game, Kavas and Cross hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Nebraska within six at 60-54 with 2:30 remaining, the closest the Huskers had been since the nine-minute mark of the first half.

Northwestern then missed the front end of three consecutive one-and-one opportunities before Mack banked in a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run that made the score 60-57 with 50.4 seconds remaining. Nebraska forced a miss on the Wildcats' ensuing possession but the Huskers missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer and Kopp knocked down a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Nebraska returns to action on Tuesday, when the Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State.