Hedo Turkoglu sparked a pivotal 9-0 run with a 3-pointer that put Orlando ahead to stay and added a layup with 55 seconds left to lead the Orlando Magic to a 104-97 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington led the Warriors with 20 points apiece, and the highest-scoring team in the NBA jumped to a 19-point first quarter lead and coasted past the Seattle SuperSonics, 109-96 on Sunday night for their sixth straight win.
Every season, the Pittsburgh Penguins seem to add another excellent rookie or two. First, it was Marc-Andre Fleury, then Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal. Apparently, the young talent isn’t done arriving. Kris Letang scored the go-ahead goal off Crosby’s pass midway through the third period and the Penguins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1 Monday night, their fourth victory in five games.
Matt Cullen lost a goal but gained a win in his return to Madison Square Garden. Bottom line, that was way more important to the Carolina Hurricanes. Cullen notched two assists, Cam Ward stopped 28 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Hurricanes bounced back from a blowout loss to beat the New York Rangers 4-0 on Monday night.
Once again, Niklas Hagman supplied a big goal for the Dallas Stars when it was most needed. Hagman’s shootout backhander powered the Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. Hagman, the 10th player in the shootout, swooped in on goalie Pascal Leclaire and may have surprised him with his move away from the forehand.
It’s been nearly six years since the Boston Bruins enjoyed a visit to the Nassau Coliseum. Tim Thomas stopped 33 shots to help the Bruins win for the first time on Long Island in 11 games, 3-1 over the New York Islanders on Monday night. Glen Murray, Petteri Nokelainen and Chuck Kobasew scored for Boston, which was 0-5-4-1 at the Islanders’ arena since a 4-2 victory on Dec.
Nashville Predators forward Scott Nichol has been suspended five games by the NHL for a blow to the head of Montreal defenseman Patrice Brisebois. Nichol will be eligible to return Dec. 15 at Colorado and will lose $45,732 in salary for Saturday’s incident. “The crosscheck by Mr. Nichol to the head area of his opponent was reckless and dangerous,” said Colin Campbell, NHL senior executive vice…
Mehmet Okur can’t match Shaquille O’Neal’s strength in the paint, so he moved outside. Way outside. Okur scored 25 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Utah Jazz to a 110-101 victory over the reeling Miami Heat on Monday night. “I felt great. My team does such a good job creating open shots for me.
Josh Howard’s onslaught began right after the opening tip and never really ended. Dirk Nowitzki got in on it, too. The Dallas Mavericks struck early, then sweated it out at the end, hanging on for a 103-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Howard matched a season-high with 27 points and Nowitzki added 25 for Dallas, which nearly blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter.
At the end, the Portland Trail Blazers depended on Travis Outlaw to end a long, bad stretch of road. Outlaw scored 21 points, including the winning 6-foot runner as the buzzer sounded, to give the Trail Blazers their first road victory of the season, 106-105 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
The Jazz have reached an agreement with Jerry Sloan on a one-year contract extension that will keep the coach on Utah’s sideline through the end of next season. Sloan, who took over the Jazz in 1988, is the franchise’s winningest coach and needs just 46 victories to become the first coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games with the same franchise.
Toronto’s best players were out with injuries. It didn’t seem to bother the Raptors. Charlotte’s best players couldn’t shoot straight. It proved costly to the Bobcats. Kris Humphries and Carlos Delfino both scored 17 points, Joey Graham added 13 and the Raptors shrugged off injuries to three top players to hand the Bobcats their sixth straight loss, 98-79 on Monday night.