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.
The young, high-flying Atlanta Hawks are maturing rapidly. Josh Smith scored 22 points, Marvin Williams and Josh Childress both added 16 and the Hawks snapped a seven-game losing streak at Philadelphia with an 88-79 victory over the 76ers on Monday night. Joe Johnson scored 15 points and Al Horford had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks (7-9), who last won at Philadelphia on March 21, 2003.
Canada still has a chance to play in the Olympics, but shouldn’t expect any help from Steve Nash. The Phoenix Suns star said Sunday night he probably would not play for the Canadians next summer even if they land a spot in the Beijing Games. “I would say no, but I can’t really talk about it until the situation arrives and this season’s come to a conclusion,” Nash said.
Tim Duncan most likely will miss no more than a few games after injuring his ankle and knee. The San Antonio Spurs star was hurt against Portland on Sunday, and the team said his MRI came back negative Monday. He has a sprained right ankle and will miss Wednesday’s game against Dallas, Spurs spokesman Tom James said.
Stephon Marbury played the second half of New York’s loss to Phoenix on Sunday night unaware his father had been taken to a hospital, where he died before the game ended. Don Marbury was taken from Madison Square Garden to St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center during halftime, reportedly because of chest pains, but a family member advised a Knicks official not to inform Stephon Marbury at the…
LeBron James watched from the bench in street clothes. The show he saw wasn’t very pretty. “There’ll be no video on this game, hopefully,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “It was not a piece of art.” Boston plodded to an 80-70 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. But the NBA’s leading scorer was sidelined with a sprained finger, the NBA’s best team had little energy, and the crowd that showed…
D.J. White was on pace for a career best even before high-scoring freshman Eric Gordon was injured. After that, he had no choice but to keep shooting. “My teammates did a good job getting me the ball early,” said White, who scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the 15th-ranked Hoosiers’ 84-72 victory over Tennessee State on Monday night.