Feb. 27 Sports Briefs

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Nuggets top Thunder in battle of top teams in NBA West

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 36 points, including five free throws in the final moments, and the Denver Nuggets fended off Oklahoma City’s late rally for a 121-112 victory in a matchup between two of the top three teams in the Western Conference standings on Tuesday. Jokic added 10 assists and nine rebounds to finish just shy of his 13th triple-double this season for the Nuggets who won their fifth straight and ninth in a row at home. They improved to 3-0 against the Thunder this season, clinching the four-game season series between the Northwest Division rivals. Will Barton added 23 points and Jamal Murray 20 for Denver, which extended its division lead over the Thunder to four games.

Zucker and Ek score back-to-back goals to lead Wild

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jason Zucker and Joel Eriksson Ek scored 26 seconds apart late in the third period, and Minnesota rallied past Winnipeg 3-2 on Tuesday for its fourth straight win. Zucker beat a screened Connor Hellebuyck at 18:33, and Eriksson Ek’s goal withstood a replay review and a goaltender interference challenge by the Jets at 18:59. Brad Hunt had the other goal for the Wild, and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves. Minnesota won all four games against Winnipeg this season.

Fatal crash: DA says Syracuse coach was not speeding

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says the investigation into the fatal crash last week involving Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim is nearly complete and speed was not a factor. Fitzpatrick said Tuesday the accident reconstruction has determined Boeheim was traveling within the speed limit or close to it when the accident occurred. Fitzpatrick says barring something extraordinary, the case will be closed. Police say Boeheim struck and killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez late last Wednesday after swerving to avoid a disabled vehicle on a darkened highway leading out of town. Jimenez was one of four people in the car, which had skidded on a patch of ice and stopped against the guardrail in the center median perpendicular to the highway, blocking almost two lanes of traffic. Jimenez was struck by Boeheim’s SUV while trying to make his way to safety.

No. 3 Duke falls to No. 20 VA Tech with Zion sidelined

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ty Outlaw hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining seconds left and No. 20 Virginia Tech beat No. 3 Duke 77-72 on Tuesday night while Blue Devils star freshman Zion Williamson sat out his second straight game with a sprained right knee. Kelly Blackshear Jr. had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Ahmed Hill scored 17 points for Virginia Tech (22-6, 11-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), which beat Duke at Cassell Coliseum for the third straight game. The Blue Devils (24-4, 12-3) had been the only team in the country yet to lose on the road this season, but Duke hasn’t won at Virginia Tech since Feb. 25, 2015.RJ Barrett scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Blue Devils from dropping out of a first-place tie with No. 2 Virginia and No. 5 North Carolina in the ACC.