Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

SPORTS Briefs

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

SPORTS Briefs

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Spurs beat Pistons for ninth straight win

AUBURN HILLS. Mich. - Tony Parker scored 31 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 109-99 on Tuesday night for their ninth straight victory. Detroit had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Manu Ginobili added 15 points while Tim Duncan had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who return to San Antonio trying to extend their 31-game home winning streak Thursday against Cleveland.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons with 25 points, while Andre Drummond added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Knicks 120, Celtics 114: Kristaps Porzingis scored 26 points, Arron Afflalo had 20 of his 24 in the second half, and the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 120-114 on Tuesday night.

Jerian Grant scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and added eight assists in the best game of his rookie season as the Knicks held off the Celtics despite losing leading scorer Carmelo Anthony to a sprained right ankle seconds into the third quarter.

Isaiah Thomas had 34 points for the Celtics, who lost their fourth straight and fell to 19-19. Jae Crowder had 21.

Thunder 101, T'Wolves 96: Kevin Durant shrugged off a slow start to finish with 30 points for the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 101-96 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Durant scored 12 straight for the Thunder in the final three minutes and also had seven rebounds.

Russell Westbrook added 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to help the Thunder hold off a late charge from the struggling Wolves, one game after giving up a big lead to the Portland Trail Blazers. The Thunder made 9 of 22 3-pointers to cruise to their seventh win in nine games.

Cardinals lose Okafor, Redding for playoffs

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona Cardinals have lost two defensive starters outside linebacker Alex Okafor and defensive tackle Cory Redding for the playoffs.

The team placed Okafor on the non-football injury list with a toe injury and Redding on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain.

Coach Bruce Arians says Okafor was hurt over the weekend but would not say how it happened.

To fill the roster spots, the Cardinals signed outside linebacker Jason Babin and elevated outside linebacker Gabe Martin from the practice squad.

Okafor, one of the team's best outside pass rushers, started 13 games.

Former Butler hoops star Smith dies from cancer

INDIANAPOLIS - Former Butler basketball star Andrew Smith died Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 25.

Butler athletic director Barry Collier spoke with Smith's family before issuing a joint statement with university President James Danko.

On Sunday, Smith's wife, Samantha, posted a blog item saying doctors had told her that "death was imminent.

The Indiana native played on both of Butler's national runner-up teams and finished his career with 1,147 points and 648 rebounds. …

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