Maroa Forsyth defeats Du Quoin 35-21
St. Teresa defeats Warrensburg-Latham 34-13
Shelbyville defeats St. Thomas Moore 24-0
Calhoun/Brussels defeats Tuscola 28-27
Celtics Hold Off Pacers
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Celtics maintained a slim fourth quarter lead and held off the Pacers, 105-99, in Indianapolis. Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 23 points for Boston, nailing 14-of-15 free throws. Kelly Olynyk added 16 points as Boston jumped to 5-and-4. Jeff Teague led Indiana with 20 points. The 4-and-6 Pacers took their first home loss of the year.
Bucks Slide Past Grizzlies
(Milwaukee, WI) — Giannis Antetokounmpo led the charge as the Bucks slid past the Grizzlies, 106-96, in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo finished with 27 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals, and four blocks. Michael Beasley added 19 points off the bench for the Bucks, which ended a two-game skid. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 18 points. The Grizzlies are now 0-and-3 on the road.
Spurs Hold Off Harden, Rockets
(Houston, TX) — The Spurs overcame a James Harden triple-double as they held off the Rockets, 106-100, in Houston. Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 20 points for the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker each put up 16 points for San Antonio, which improved to 7-and-3 and 5-and-0 on the road. Harden finished with 25 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds for the Rockets but also had seven turnovers. Eric Gordon put up 27 points off the bench as Houston fell to 5-and-4.
Lakers Dump Pelicans
(New Orleans, LA) — The Lakers piled up 42 points in the final quarter as they dumped the Pelicans, 126-99, in New Orleans. Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points off the bench, and D’Angelo Russell scored 22. The Lakers shot 16-of-30 from beyond the arc and improved to 6-and-4. Anthony Davis paced the Pelicans with 34 points. Rookie Buddy Hield scored 18 as New Orleans dropped to 1-and-9.
Raptors Pull Away, Clip Knicks
(Toronto, Ontario) — DeMar DeRozan led the way with 33 points as the Raptors cruised past the Knicks 118-107 at the Air Canada Centre. Kyle Lowry dropped 16 of his own and Norman Powell had 19 giving the Toronto guard trio 69 points combined. The Raptors outscored New York 65-51 in the second half and improved to 7-and-2. New York was paced by Carmelo Anthony with 31 points in defeat. Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose each dropped 21 as the Knicks fell to 3-and-6.
Hayward, Jazz Down Heat
(Miami, FL) — Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 25 points as the Jazz downed the Heat, 102-91, at the American Airlines Arena. Rodney Hood added 17 points, and Rudy Gobert finished with a dozen points and rebounds. Utah wrapped up its five game road trip, going 4-and-1. The Jazz are 7-and-4 on the year. Hassan Whiteside led Miami with 15 points and 14 rebounds. The Heat have lost four straight to fall to 2-and-6.
Clippers Crush T-Wolves
(Minneapolis, MN) — All five Clippers starters scored in double figures as they crushed the Timberwolves, 119-105, in Minneapolis. Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds, while DeAndre Jordan put up 18 points and 16 boards. The Clips held a 13-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back. They’re now 9-and-1. Karl-Anthony Towns posted 24 points and 10 boards for Minnesota, which fell to 2-and-6. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points for the T-Wolves.
Butler, Bulls Down Wizards
(Chicago, IL) — Jimmy Butler narrowly missed a triple-double as the Bulls downed the Wizards, 106-95, at the United Center. Butler finished with 37 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds to power the Bulls to their second win in a row and a 6-and-4 record. Nikola Mirotic added 17 points and 11 boards off the bench. Markieff Morris led Washington with 24 points and 15 rebounds. The Wizards have dropped four of five to fall to 2-and-7 on the season.
Hawks Crush Sixers
(Atlanta, GA) — The Hawks used a balanced attack to cruise past the Sixers 117-96 at the Phillips Arena. Atlanta had six players finish in double figures, paced by Tim Hardaway Junior off the bench with 20 points. Dwight Howard recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks improved to 7-and-2. Jahlil Okafor got the start for Joel Embiid, who was given the night off for rest. Okafor led the Sixers with 18 points in the losing effort. The Philly bench was outscored 54-36 in the loss, dropping to 1-and-8.
Nets Cruise Past Suns
(Phoenix, AZ) — The Nets used a balanced attack to top the Suns, 122-104, in Phoenix. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the way for Brooklyn with 20 points and 13 boards. Trevor Booker, Sean Kilpatrick, and Joe Harris had 19 a piece for the Nets as they improved to 4-and-5 on the year. The Suns were led by TJ Warren, who tallied 18 points in defeat. Alex Len recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Jared Dudley dropped 17 off the bench, but Phoenix falls to 3-and-7.
Pistons Down Nuggets
(Denver, CO) — Tobias Harris scored 19 points to pace the Pistons past the Nuggets, 106-95, at the Pepsi Center. Andre Drummond added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Marcus Morris collected 17 points. Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak to even its record at 5-and-5. Emmanuel Mudiay led Denver with 19 points. The Nuggets have dropped four of five to fall to 3-and-6 on the year.
Penguins Clip Maple Leafs
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Matt Murray stopped 35-of-36 shots to lead the Penguins past the Maple Leafs 4-1 at PPG Paints Arena. Evgeni Malkin got Pittsburgh on the board with a power play goal in the second. Chris Kunitz lit the lamp with 18-seconds left in the same period to give the Pens, now 10-3-and-2, the lead for good. Sidney Crosby scored his 10th goal in the victory. The Leafs took an early lead on a Zach Hyman goal one-minute 22-seconds into the game, but that was all they would get. Toronto was out-shot 49-36 and falls to 6-6-and-3.
Blue Jackets Double Up Blues
(Columbus, OH) — Thirteen players recorded points as the Blue Jackets doubled up the Blues, 8-4, at Nationwide Arena. Sam Gagner scored twice, and Cam Atkinson dished out four assists for Columbus. Nick Foligno added a goal and a pair of assists. St. Louis pulled goalie Jake Allen in the second period after he allowed four goals on 12 shots. All four of the Blues’ goals came on power play opportunities. St. Louis has dropped three straight games.
Flyers Rip Wild
(Philadelphia, PA) — Brayden Schenn scored the go-ahead goal on a third-period power play as the Flyers ripped the Wild, 3-2, in Philadelphia. Brandon Manning and Michael Del Zotto also lit the lamp for Philly. Steve Mason made 19 saves as the Flyers ended a three-game slide. Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund scored the Minnesota. The Wild have dropped three of their past four.
Sharks Shoot Past Lightning
(Tampa, FL) — The Sharks jumped out to a three-goal lead and shot past the Lightning, 3-1, in Tampa. Patrick Marleau and Tommy Wingels scored in the first, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic added a power play goal in the second. Martin Jones stopped 25 shots as San Jose earned its third straight win. Anton Stralman’s first goal of the year prevented the shutout for Tampa. The Bolts fell to 8-6-and-1.
Canadiens Blank Red Wings
(Montreal, Quebec) — The Canadiens ran their home winning streak up to 10 games as they blanked the Red Wings, 5-0, in Montreal. Five different Habs lit the lamp as they finished all the scoring before the third period. Andrew Shaw had a goal and two assists, while Carey Price made 25 saves in the win. Jimmy Howard gave up all five goals on 25 shots for Detroit before getting pulled for Petr Mrazek. The Red Wings have lost six of their past eight games.
Panthers Clip Islanders In Overtime
(Sunrise, FL) — Denis Malgin found the back of the net with only 46-seconds left in overtime to lift the Panthers past the Islanders, 3-2, in Sunrise. Kyle Rau scored the first goal of his career and Jonathan Marchessault tied it up with 14-seconds left in the third. Roberto Luongo made 19 saves and the Panthers improve to 7-7-and-1. Brock Nelson gave New York the lead with 22-seconds left in the opening period. Nick Leddy extended that lead in the second, but the Islanders were out-shot 43-21 as they fall to 5-7-and-3.
Devils Skate Past Sabres
(Newark, NJ) — The Devils beat the Sabres for the second day in a row, 4-2, from Newark. Kyle Quincey started the scoring in the first period before Nick Lappin and Kyle Palmieri padded the lead in the second. John Moore put the game out of reach with a goal in the third. Cory Schneider made 21 saves in the win, the fourth in a row for New Jersey. Matt Moulson scored in the second straight game for Buffalo. The Sabres are on a four-game skid.
Predators Sink Ducks
(Nashville, TN) — Pekka Rinne stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Predators blanked the Ducks, 5-0, at Bridgestone Arena. James Neal scored a pair goals, and Viktor Arvidsson dished out two assists. The Preds improved to 6-5-and-3 in the win. Anaheim’s John Gibson was pulled in the third period after allowing four goals on 18 shots. The Ducks drop to 7-6-and-3 on the year.
Aho, Hurricanes Romp Past Capitals
(Raleigh, NC) — Sebastian Aho scored the first two goals of his NHL career as the Hurricanes romped past the Capitals, 5-1, in Raleigh. Jordan Staal and Teuvo Teravainen each had a goal and three assists as the ‘Canes ended a three-game slide. Cam Ward stopped 20 shots in the win. Evgeny Kuznetsov gave Washington a brief lead with a first period goal. The Caps have lost two of three after winning five in a row.
Bruins Hang On, Top Coyotes
(Glendale, AZ) — Tuukka Rask stopped 31-of-32 shots to help the Bruins top the Coyotes, 2-1, in Glendale. Boston got a pair of second-period goals from Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak and held on late to improve to 9-6-and-0. The Bruins have won six of their past eight games. Arizona was held scoreless until Radim Vrbata found the back of the net over halfway through the third period. Louis Domingue made 27 saves in defeat as the Yotes fall to 5-9-and-0.
Rangers Down Flames
(Calgary, Alberta) — Henrik Lundqvist] stopped 35 shots as the Rangers downed the Flames, 4-1, in Calgary. Ten different players recorded points as the Rangers improved to 11-4-and-0. New York has won six of its past seven games. Micheal Ferland scored in the third period to keep Calgary from being shut out. The Flames drop to 5-10-and-1 with the loss.
Pittsburgh Stuns Clemson
(Clemson, SC) — Chris Blewitt nailed the game-winning 48-yard field goal in the final seconds as Pittsburgh upset second-ranked Clemson, 43-42, in Death Valley. Nathan Peterman threw for 308 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Panthers past the Tigers in a back-and-forth affair. James Conner rushed for 132 yards and a score as Pitt improved to 6-and-4. DeShaun Watson was 52-of-70 for 580 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions for Clemson, which fell to 9-and-1. Wayne Gallman rushed for three scores in the loss. The Tigers’ 21-game home win streak is over.
Iowa Stuns Michigan On Last Second Field Goal
(Iowa City, IA) — Keith Duncan nailed the go-ahead 33-yard field goal on the game’s final play as Iowa stunned third-ranked Michigan, 14-13, in Iowa City. Akrum Wadley ran for 115 yards and caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown to guide the Hawkeye’s offense. Iowa improved to 6-and-4 on the season. The potent Wolverine offense was limited to 201 total yards and two turnovers in the loss. Michigan is one of three top-four teams to lose on Saturday, along with number-two Clemson and fourth-ranked Washington.
USC Knocks Off Washington
(Seattle, WA) — The 20th-ranked USC Trojans played spoiler as they knocked off fourth-ranked Washington, 26-13, in Seattle. Sam Darnold threw for 287 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions for USC, which improved to 7-and-3. Ronald Jones the Second ran for 93 yards and a score and USC notched a safety in the final minute to secure the win. The Huskies will fall out of the top four of the College Football Playoff poll following their first loss. John Ross had eight receptions for 154 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown catch as Washington dropped to 9-and-1.
Tigers Maul Razorbacks
(Fayetteville, AR) — The Tigers used a potent rushing attack to power their way past the Razorbacks, 38-10, in Fayetteville. Derrius Guice rushed for 252 yards and a pair of scores. Leonard Fournette added 98 yards and three touchdowns. LSU gained 390 yards on the ground as a team. The 24th-ranked Tigers improved to 6-and-3 on the year. Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen threw for 210 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions in defeat. The number-25 Razorbacks drop to 6-and-4 with the loss.
Georgia Upsets Auburn
(Athens, GA) — Two fourth-quarter field goals were the difference as Georgia upset ninth-ranked Auburn, 13-7, in Athens. Maurice Smith tied the game at seven with a 34-yard interception returned for a score in the third quarter. Nick Chubb rumbled for 101 yards as the Bulldogs improved to 6-and-4 and 4-and-4 in the SEC. Kerryon Johnson ran for 99 yards and a first quarter touchdown for Auburn. Starting running back Kamryn Pettway sat out with a leg injury as the Tigers dropped to 7-and-3.
Patterson, Ole Miss Upset Texas A&M
(College Station, TX) — True freshman quarterback Shea Patterson was solid in his college debut as Ole Miss upset eighth-ranked Texas A&M, 29-28, in College Station. Patterson threw for 338 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as the Rebels scored 23 fourth quarter points to stun the Aggies. Gary Wunderlich nailed the go-ahead field goal with 37 seconds left to put Ole Miss up for good. Jake Hubenak tossed two touchdowns and a pick for Texas A&M, which fell to 7-and-3. The Aggies blew a 15-point fourth quarter lead and have lost three of their past four games.
Yellow Jackets Hang On, Upset Virginia Tech
(Blacksburg, VA) — Backup quarterback Matthew Jordan had 121-yards rushing with two touchdowns as Georgia Tech upset number-14 Virginia Tech 30-20 in Blacksburg. The Yellow Jackets ground attack proved to be too much, with running back Marcus Marshall adding 143-yards of his own with a score as Georgia Tech improved to 6-and-4. Hokies quarterback Jerod Evans had 316-yards through the air with a touchdown but also threw two interceptions in defeat. Evans also ran for two scores and Isaiah Ford caught a touchdown as Virginia Tech fell to 7-and-3.