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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy snow spread Friday across a large swath of the Midwest, where travel conditions deteriorated and scores of schools closed or moved to online instruction.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for parts of Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois, where forecasters were expecting up to 10 inches (24 centimeters) of fresh snow.

“This snow will combine with gusty winds to produce slippery, snow covered roads and significantly reduced visibility,” the Weather Service said on Twitter. “Travel will likely become hazardous to dangerous at times.”

The fast-moving storm may make travel difficult across parts of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest into the Mid-Mississippi Valley through Saturday morning, forecasters said.

Several southern states along with portions of the Northeast were bracing for the possibility of snow and ice over the weekend.

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In the Midwest, Southwest Airlines warned of possible flight cancellations, diversions and delays Friday and Saturday at airports in St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Kansas, Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.

“The duration of snowfall is likely to be from 14 to 20 hours in most locations which should allow for widespread accumulation of over 4 inches and some locations exceeding 8 or more inches,” the weather service in Des Moines said.

Motorists traveling on Interstate 94 near Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota reported that the road had packed ice and snow, with driving speeds Friday morning down to about 45 mph (72 kph) or slower.

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Anfernee Simons scores 31, Portland beats Sacramento 103-88


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Anfernee Simons led all scorers with 31 points and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Sacramento…

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Anfernee Simons led all scorers with 31 points and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Sacramento Kings their fourth straight loss, 103-88 on Sunday night.

Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists, and the Blazers snapped a two-game losing streak.

Tyrese Haliburton scored 17 points for the Kings, who have lost seven straight on the road. Alex Len added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Simons’ 3-pointer put the Blazers up 90-70, their biggest lead of the game, with just over seven minutes left. The Kings responded with a 10-2 run before Simons hit another 3 that made it 95-80 with 4:36 to go.

The Blazers have been hit by both injuries and absences due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Damian Lillard remained out because of lower abdominal tendinopathy and won’t travel on Portland’s upcoming six-game road trip. Backcourt teammate CJ McCollum has missed 14 games after a collapsed right lung.

Norman Powell went into health and safety protocols earlier Sunday. Ben McLemore started for the first time this season and finished with 13 points.

The Kings were also short-handed. De’Aaron Fox was a game-time decision because of a sore right shoulder and started. Maurice Harkless didn’t play because of a sore right ankle.

Richaun Holmes and Damian Jones were out because of the health and safety protocols, but Chimezie Metu was cleared and played 13 minutes off the bench.

The Blazers led most of the first half, with Anfernee Simons’ floater putting them up 40-29. Portland led 53-40 at the break.

Nurkic hit a 3-pointer that gave Portland a 71-57 lead in the third quarter.

TIP INS

Kings: It was the final meeting between the teams this season. Sacramento won the first two.

Blazers: Coach Chauncey Billups said before the game that Lillard is consulting with specialists this week regarding his injury to determine how to proceed. … Billups also said McCollum is close to a return, but he and his wife are expecting the birth of their first child soon.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, the first of a five-game homestand.

Trail Blazers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night in a game that was originally scheduled for Dec. 23, but postponed.

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Clayton Keller scores twice, Coyotes beat Ducks in OT to snap skid


Clayton Keller had two goals and an assist, including a wrist shot 2:09 into overtime, giving the Arizona Coyotes a 6-5 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras had a chance to win it, but had his shot go off the post. Arizona quickly went down the ice and converted as Keller’s shot snapped a six-game losing streak.

“It was kind of a weird play where everyone kind of didn’t know where the puck was and I kind of just saw it last second,” said Keller, who has five goals and 12 points in his last 10 games. “(Nick) Schmaltz makes a great play and I just tried to shoot through a screen. It was good to see that one go in.”

It was the fourth overtime goal of Keller’s career and his second this season. It is only Arizona’s sixth win in 29 games, and its 14 points is a league low. For Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins and the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, it was a good lesson in not overlooking any team.

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“I don’t care if you’re playing the first-place team or a team that struggles,” he said. “If you give an inch, or just have one mental lapse, you can turn things the other way quickly. I think it’s a great example and reminder every team in this league is dangerous.”

Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller (9) celebrates after scoring a goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Arizona won 6-5.

Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller (9) celebrates after scoring a goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Arizona won 6-5.
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Travis Boyd also had two goals and an assist for his first career three-point game. Phil Kessel and Clayton Keller each had a goal and an assist, and Christian Fischer also scored for the Coyotes, who were behind 3-1 less than nine minutes into the game before rallying.

Scott Wedgewood made 32 saves to snap his own six-game losing streak in goal.

“I like our resiliency and how we were able to create offense,” coach André Tourigny said. “If you watched the first 10 minutes of that game it was not pretty. Anaheim was hard on us and we didn’t react well. We got better every shift and bounced back.”

Hampus Lindholm had two goals and an assist for Anaheim, which had won four of its last five coming into the game. Zegras had a goal and an assist, and Kevin Shattenkirk and Derek Grant also scored.

John Gibson, who had missed two games due to a lower-body injury, stopped 21 shots.

Lindholm’s goals give him 57 for his career and moves him into third in Anaheim history for most goals by a defenseman. Cam Fowler is the franchise leader with 76, with Scott Niedermayer second with 60.

“I think we got away from our game a little bit there, definitely gave them a little too many A-grade scoring chances there,” Lindholm said. “It was a rollercoaster of a game, I’d say.”

Arizona took a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game on Boyd’s seventh goal of the season, before the Ducks scored three times in a 2:54 span to go up 3-1 at 8:41 of the first.

Shattenkirk started the Anaheim flurry with a power-play goal on a one-timer from the left faceoff circle at 5:47. Lindholm followed 57 seconds later on a snap shot from the right circle, and Grant added to the lead two minutes later on a tip-in.

Fischer brought the Coyotes within a goal at 15:12 of the first on the power play with a tip-in, and Kellar tied it at 3-all with 34 seconds remaining in the second on a breakaway for his eighth goal of the season.

Zegras put the Ducks on top 4-3 at 2:07 of the third with a one-timer. The Coyotes took the lead on goals by Ladd and Kessel that were 66 seconds apart, before Lindholm sent it into overtime on a wrist shot while on the power play.

KESSEL’S MILESTONE

Kessel recorded the 58th multi-point game of his career, which ties him with Vegas’ Max Pacioretty for the second-most by an active U.S.-born player. Dallas’ Joe Pavelski leads with 61.

PHYSICAL FIRST

It was a chippy start to the game with two fights during the first period. Anaheim’s Nicolas Deslauriers and Arizona’s Liam O’Brien got in a fracas at the 2:30 mark.

The Ducks’ Sam Carrick then tangled with Johan Larsson 10 minutes later. Carrick also received a roughing penalty, which led to Fischer’s goal.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: Continue their road trip against Vancouver on Sunday. Tourigny said Arizona would remain in Anaheim until making the trip up north the day of the game.

Ducks: Travel to Edmonton on Monday.



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Keller scores twice, Coyotes beat Ducks in OT to snap skid


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Clayton Keller had two goals and an assist, including a wrist shot 2:09 into overtime, giving the Arizona Coyotes a 6-5 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras had a chance to win it, but had his shot go off the post. Arizona quickly went down the ice and converted as Keller’s shot snapped a six-game losing streak.

“It was kind of a weird play where everyone kind of didn’t know where the puck was and I kind of just saw it last second,” said Keller, who has five goals and 12 points in his last 10 games. “(Nick) Schmaltz makes a great play and I just tried to shoot through a screen. It was good to see that one go in.”

It was the fourth overtime goal of Keller’s career and his second this season. It is only Arizona’s sixth win in 29 games, and its 14 points is a league low. For Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins and the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, it was a good lesson in not overlooking any team.

“I don’t care if you’re playing the first-place team or a team that struggles,” he said. “If you give an inch, or just have one mental lapse, you can turn things the other way quickly. I think it’s a great example and reminder every team in this league is dangerous.”

Travis Boyd also had two goals and an assist for his first career three-point game. Phil Kessel and Clayton Keller each had a goal and an assist, and Christian Fischer also scored for the Coyotes, who were behind 3-1 less than nine minutes into the game before rallying.

Scott Wedgewood made 32 saves to snap his own six-game losing streak in goal.

“I like our resiliency and how we were able to create offense,” coach André Tourigny said. “If you watched the first 10 minutes of that game it was not pretty. Anaheim was hard on us and we didn’t react well. We got better every shift and bounced back.”

Hampus Lindholm had two goals and an assist for Anaheim, which had won four of its last five coming into the game. Zegras had a goal and an assist, and Kevin Shattenkirk and Derek Grant also scored.

John Gibson, who had missed two games due to a lower-body injury, stopped 21 shots.

Lindholm’s goals give him 57 for his career and moves him into third in Anaheim history for most goals by a defenseman. Cam Fowler is the franchise leader with 76, with Scott Niedermayer second with 60.

“I think we got away from our game a little bit there, definitely gave them a little too many A-grade scoring chances there,” Lindholm said. “It was a rollercoaster of a game, I’d say.”

Arizona took a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game on Boyd’s seventh goal of the season, before the Ducks scored three times in a 2:54 span to go up 3-1 at 8:41 of the first.

Shattenkirk started the Anaheim flurry with a power-play goal on a one-timer from the left faceoff circle at 5:47. Lindholm followed 57 seconds later on a snap shot from the right circle, and Grant added to the lead two minutes later on a tip-in.

Fischer brought the Coyotes within a goal at 15:12 of the first on the power play with a tip-in, and Kellar tied it at 3-all with 34 seconds remaining in the second on a breakaway for his eighth goal of the season.

Zegras put the Ducks on top 4-3 at 2:07 of the third with a one-timer. The Coyotes took the lead on goals by Ladd and Kessel that were 66 seconds apart, before Lindholm sent it into overtime on a wrist shot while on the power play.

KESSEL’S MILESTONE

Kessel recorded the 58th multi-point game of his career, which ties him with Vegas’ Max Pacioretty for the second-most by an active U.S.-born player. Dallas’ Joe Pavelski leads with 61.

PHYSICAL FIRST

It was a chippy start to the game with two fights during the first period. Anaheim’s Nicolas Deslauriers and Arizona’s Liam O’Brien got in a fracas at the 2:30 mark.

The Ducks’ Sam Carrick then tangled with Johan Larsson 10 minutes later. Carrick also received a roughing penalty, which led to Fischer’s goal.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: Continue their road trip against Vancouver on Sunday. Tourigny said Arizona would remain in Anaheim until making the trip up north the day of the game.

Ducks: Travel to Edmonton on Monday.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Bulldogs set for Vermont, Fort Myers Tip-Off after Swain scores 1,000th in win at Siena




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The Yale men’s basketball team cruised past Siena (0–3, 0–0 MAAC) in Albany, NY on Tuesday night, scoring nearly 50 points in the second half en route to an 84–52 win.




Guard Azar Swain ’22 led all players with 23 points and reached a career milestone of 1,000 points at Yale when he drained a pullup three-pointer in the second half. Swain and the Bulldogs (3–1, 0–0 Ivy) return north Friday afternoon for a game at Vermont (2–1, 0–0 America East), a fixture on the Elis’ schedule in every season they have competed in since the 2007–2008 campaign. Over Thanksgiving break, the team will then travel to Florida to participate in the “Palms Division” of the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off tournament with a Tuesday game against Southern Utah (1–3, 0–0 Big Sky) and a Wednesday contest with either Milwaukee (1–2, 0–0 Horizon) or Bowling Green (1–2, 0–0 MAC).




Swain said crossing the 1,000-point mark on Tuesday night was emotional. 




“[It] means everything to me truthfully,” Swain told the News. “It’s the truest result of work, patience, time and perseverance. And it’s so special to me because of the journey. … It really took a lot to get to this point, so I’m just thankful.”




The senior guard from Brockton, Mass. became the 31st Yale men’s basketball player to score 1,000 points. Before Swain, forward Paul Atkinson ’21 was the most recent to join the club, achieving the milestone at Columbia in February 2020. Swain’s career total at Yale, however, pales in comparison to his scoring as a high schooler. He became the first player at The Rivers School to score 2,000 points and graduated with a grand total of 2,185.




Guard and captain Jalen Gabbidon ’22 added 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists at Siena, while guards Matthue Cotton ’23 and August Mahoney ’24 scored eight and seven, respectively. Mahoney, who is from Saratoga Springs, NY and attended Albany Academy, made his first career start in place of point guard Eze Dike ’22, who rolled his ankle last week and sat out Tuesday night with an injury.




“You’re going to play a lot of games through the course of a year, and sometimes you’re gonna have some bad nights, and we had a really bad night against Seton Hall, and it was important that we came and bounced back and played better today,” Yale head coach James Jones told play-by-play announcer Robert Lee on the ESPN3 broadcast immediately after the win. “Early on in the game, I thought we still had some of the same mistakes we were making against Seton Hall, turning the ball over against pressure. I think that we got a lot better in the second half — we only turned it over one time — and that was a huge difference for us.”




Swain now heads into Yale’s Thanksgiving break slate just 23 three-point makes away from surpassing the Bulldogs’ career three-pointers record held by Ed Petersen ’92. 




Vermont poses the Bulldogs’ first challenge of the break in a match that features two of New England’s strongest mid-major programs. Yale ranks No. 20 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll, while the Catamounts sit at No. 22. The University of Vermont opened its season with a 14-point win over Northern Iowa before falling at Maryland on Saturday. On Tuesday, UVM handled NCAA Division III opponent Worcester Polytechnic, which was facing its first DI opponent in 11 years.




When Yale last visited Patrick Gym to face the Catamounts in November 2018, the Bulldogs fell, 79–70. UVM alum Anthony Lamb, who won the NBA G League’s Most Improved Player Award last year with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, frustrated the Elis with 34 points. When UVM next played at Yale in early December 2019, the Bulldogs contained him to 18 points on eight-of-23 shooting and beat Vermont, 65—52. Atkinson led all scorers with 23 points.




Lamb has graduated, but Vermont remains a strong program under head coach John Becker. As of Thursday evening, the Catamounts rank 95th out of all 358 DI men’s basketball programs in the 2022 Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings (KenPom). Yale ranks no. 140.




“I think the team is looking forward to the game this Friday and going into the break,” forward Isaiah Kelly ’23 told the News Wednesday night. “We have a few kinks to work out, but we had a good practice [Wednesday]. … If we bring the same energy [Thursday] to practice and carry that into the upcoming games, I think we will excel.”




Next week, Yale heads to Fort Myers for a multi-team event before Thanksgiving. Its Tuesday opponent, Southern Utah, won the Big Sky’s regular-season championship last year and was picked to finish first in this winter’s preseason coaches and media polls.




Milwaukee, which is playing on the other side of the Palms Division bracket, will play Yale Wednesday if both teams either win or lose on Tuesday. The Panthers feature projected 2022 NBA Draft lottery pick Patrick Baldwin Jr., a 6-foot-9 freshman guard averaging 17.7 points a game. If not Milwaukee, Yale will meet Bowling Green on Wednesday. The Falcons rank No. 160 on KenPom as of Thursday evening.




Yale is 13–14 against Vermont in the two schools’ all-time series.


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William McCormack currently serves as a Sports and Digital Editor for the Yale Daily News. He previously covered men’s basketball and the athletic administration as a staff reporter. Originally from Boston, he is a junior in Timothy Dwight College.





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A’Tyanna Gaulden Scores Double Figures in Season Opener


Box Score PULLMAN, Wash. — Senior A’Tyanna Gaulden led the Spartans in scoring in Tuesday night’s season opener at Washington State. Gaulden scored 14 points in the 86-56 loss at Beasley Coliseum.
 
With so many new faces in the program, women’s basketball head coach Jamie Craighead is excited about the future for this season.



 

Noteworthy Numbers

  • Ellie Boni notched the Spartan’s first points of 2021. The sophomore transfer had SJSU’s first six points
  • Gaulden (14) and Boni (10) are the first to score double figures this season
  • Meghan Oberg tallied 8 points, 6 rebounds and Cydni Lewis finished with 4 points, five rebounds and two blocks
  • Eight different Spartans scored
  • Six newcomers recorded their first career minutes as a Spartan
  • San José State explored its depth, scoring 28 points off the bench

UP NEXT
The Spartans travel north to Cheney, Wash. for a date with Eastern Washington on Thursday evening. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. and is available to stream on ESPN+.



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George scores 24, Clippers beat Blazers to extend win streak


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George has been putting the Los Angeles Clippers on his shoulders the first month of the season. He needed some help Tuesday night after running into foul trouble midway through the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Reggie Jackson and Nicolas Batum were able to pick up the slack.

George led the Clippers with 24 points in their 117-109 victory over the Trail Blazers, but Jackson added 23 and Batum scored a season-high 22 points as Los Angeles extended its winning streak to five.

“We just keep being resilient and finding ways to win,” coach Tyron Lue said. “In the timeouts my message was I wanted us to keep our poise. We had to keep playing through it. They held it down until we got Paul back in the game.”

George went to the bench with 5:53 remaining in the third quarter and the Clippers up 70-65. When he came back into the game with 9:55 left in the fourth, LA had extended the lead to 88-82.

Batum and Isaiah Hartenstein keyed the Clippers’ offense during George’s absence with eight points apiece.

“The first two or three possessions we didn’t play well. We weren’t moving the ball,” said Batum, who was 6 of 8 from beyond the arc. “Then we just started to play simple, move around and got open shots. That was a big stretch before Paul came back.”

George, the reigning Western Conference player of the week, played only 33 minutes because of his foul trouble. Despite the decreased playing time, he was near a triple-double with nine rebounds and seven assists.

“So many guys are stepping up when we need them. You never know in a big night who it is going to be. You can’t put enough emphasis on that,” said George, who is fifth in the league in scoring at 26.7 points per game.

Damian Lillard led Portland with 27 points and Norman Powell scored 23. Jusuf Nurkic had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who are winless in their first five road games.

The Clippers had an 83-79 lead going into the fourth quarter before going on a 13-6 run to take control. They would extend the lead to 12 in the final minute.

Blazers coach Chauncey Billups thought his team played well for the first three quarters but became undisciplined in the fourth.

“There is a different level of focus you have to have here and we didn’t get that done,” he said. “We had some shots we couldn’t make late.”

The third meeting between the teams was close compared to the first two. The Clippers won 116-86 on Oct. 25 before the Trail Blazers countered with a 111-92 victory four nights later.

NOT AMUSED

Lillard looked perturbed postgame, mostly about the offseason rule emphasis that has taken away players relying on non-basketball moves to draw fouls.

“I feel like the way the game is being officiated is unacceptable. I don’t want to go too deep into it but the explanations and (stuff) that is getting missed …” he said. “I felt like, coming in, the rule change wouldn’t affect me because I don’t trick the referees. I don’t do the trick plays.”

ROLLERCOASTER FIRST

The Clippers jumped out to a 13-3 lead less than three minutes into the game on the strength of three 3-pointers. The Trail Blazers would rally though and go up by 26-20 on Cody Zeller’s dunk with 3:44 remaining in the period.

LA would score the last 13 points in the period to have a 33-26 advantage after 12 minutes.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: The 33 points by LA in the first quarter is the most Portland has allowed in the first 12 minutes this season.

Clippers: Hartenstein came off the bench and scored a season-high 14 points in 17 minutes.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Travel to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Portland won the first meeting 134-105 on Oct. 23.

Clippers: Host the Miami Heat on Thursday. LA has won the last five meetings.

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McCollum scores 27, leads Blazers past Pacers, 110-106


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 27 points, making five 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers 110-106 on Friday night and snap a three-game losing streak.

Robert Covington added a season-high 19 points, including a key 3-pointer with 14.7 seconds left.

“He shot it tonight, made the extra pass when he needed to, defended. He was aggressive,” McCollum said. “He was the hero tonight. He hit some big shots for us.”

Damian Lillard continued to struggle with his shot, going 2 for 13 from the field and missing all six of his 3-point attempts. He had four points and 11 assists.

T.J. McConnell had 19 points for the Pacers, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.

Portland led by as many as 16 points in the opening half, but the Pacers closed the gap before halftime and held a narrow lead going into the final period.

The Pacers went on an 11-0 run to go up 97-90 but it was snapped by Jusuf Nurkic’s layup. McCollum and Covington each made 3-pointers to pull Portland within 101-98 with 3:55 left.

Norman Powell’s free throws and McCollum’s layup put the Blazers in front 102-101. After Nurkic dunked, Domantas Sabonis’ layup kept the Pacers close.

Covington hit a 3-pointer to extend Portland’s lead, but Myles Turner answered with a 3 to narrow it to 107-106. Covington’s 3 as the seconds ticked down sealed it.

Indiana was without starting guard Malcolm Brogdon, who leads the Pacers with 22.3 points per game, because of a non-COVID illness. McConnell started in his place.

Caris LeVert, who missed the start of the season with a stress fracture in his back, averaged 18.5 points in the Pacers’ past two games. He finished with 12 against the Blazers.

“I really like our team. I think we have a lot of talent on this team, but we don’t have the kind of talent to win on talent alone,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “I mean, we’ve got to really be tied together. And our compete level has got to be way up there.”

Lillard was averaging 19.5 points, well off his average last season. Going into Friday game, Portland’s All-Star had hit just 18 of 77 3-point attempts, or about 23%. However, he is among the league leaders with 8.5 assists a game.

Blazers coach Chauncey Billups praised Lillard’s floor game, saying he was finding guys for the right shots. Asked if he was concerned about Lillard, Portland’s new coach was emphatic.

“No. Why would I? He’s one of the greatest of all time. He’s still in his prime. He’s not 38 or 39,” Billups said. “I played this game for a long time, I went through that myself.”

Portland led by as many as 13 points early but Indiana closed the gap to 24-22 on Justin Holiday’s 3-pointer early in the second.

McCollum made back-to-back 3-pointers to push Portland’s lead to 40-28 but the Pacers went on a 10-0 run to close the half and got within 59-53.

“It’s easy to lay down and just let the chips fall where they may. But I don’t think we did that. We got off to a slow start and we were able to fight back. But it just wasn’t enough,” Turner said. “We can go and make all the excuses in the world — it’s the West Coast, travel, and all that — but you’ve got to find a way to get it done.”

Powell finished with 25 points.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Domantas Sabonis, son of former Trail Blazers great Arvydas Sabonis, wore special shoes customized by Pacific Northwest artist Justin Tigner that pays homage to both father and son. … Billups played under Carlisle in Detroit. “It’s a proud moment for me,” Carlisle said about coaching opposite former players. “I always thought Chauncey could do anything he wanted in basketball.”

Trail Blazers: McCollum led all scorers in the first half with 19 points. … Powell has had three straight games with 20 or more points. … Blazers owner Jody Allen was at the game.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Visit the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

Trail Blazers: Play the second of a back-to-back against the Lakers on Saturday.

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McCollum scores 27 to lead Blazers past Pacers, 110-106


PORTLAND — CJ McCollum scored 27 points, making five 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers 110-106 on Friday night and snap a three-game losing streak.

Robert Covington added a season-high 19 points, including a key 3-pointer with 14.7 seconds left.

“He shot it tonight, made the extra pass when he needed to, defended. He was aggressive,” McCollum said. “He was the hero tonight. He hit some big shots for us.”

Damian Lillard continued to struggle with his shot, going 2 for 13 from the field and missing all six of his 3-point attempts. He had four points and 11 assists.

T.J. McConnell had 19 points for the Pacers, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.

Portland led by as many as 16 points in the opening half, but the Pacers closed the gap before halftime and held a narrow lead going into the final period.

The Pacers went on an 11-0 run to go up 97-90 but it was snapped by Jusuf Nurkic’s layup. McCollum and Covington each made 3-pointers to pull Portland within 101-98 with 3:55 left.

Norman Powell’s free throws and McCollum’s layup put the Blazers in front 102-101. After Nurkic dunked, Domantas Sabonis’ layup kept the Pacers close.

Covington hit a 3-pointer to extend Portland’s lead, but Myles Turner answered with a 3 to narrow it to 107-106. Covington’s 3 as the seconds ticked down sealed it.

Indiana was without starting guard Malcolm Brogdon, who leads the Pacers with 22.3 points per game, because of a non-COVID illness. McConnell started in his place.

Caris LeVert, who missed the start of the season with a stress fracture in his back, averaged 18.5 points in the Pacers’ past two games. He finished with 12 against the Blazers.

“I really like our team. I think we have a lot of talent on this team, but we don’t have the kind of talent to win on talent alone,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “I mean, we’ve got to really be tied together. And our compete level has got to be way up there.”

Lillard was averaging 19.5 points, well off his average last season. Going into Friday game, Portland’s All-Star had hit just 18 of 77 3-point attempts, or about 23%. However, he is among the league leaders with 8.5 assists a game.

Blazers coach Chauncey Billups praised Lillard’s floor game, saying he was finding guys for the right shots. Asked if he was concerned about Lillard, Portland’s new coach was emphatic.

“No. Why would I? He’s one of the greatest of all time. He’s still in his prime. He’s not 38 or 39,” Billups said. “I played this game for a long time, I went through that myself.”

Portland led by as many as 13 points early but Indiana closed the gap to 24-22 on Justin Holiday’s 3-pointer early in the second.

McCollum made back-to-back 3-pointers to push Portland’s lead to 40-28 but the Pacers went on a 10-0 run to close the half and got within 59-53.

“It’s easy to lay down and just let the chips fall where they may. But I don’t think we did that. We got off to a slow start and we were able to fight back. But it just wasn’t enough,” Turner said. “We can go and make all the excuses in the world — it’s the West Coast, travel, and all that — but you’ve got to find a way to get it done.”

Powell finished with 25 points.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Domantas Sabonis, son of former Trail Blazers great Arvydas Sabonis, wore special shoes customized by King’s Way Christian High School teacher/artist Justin Tigner that pays homage to both father and son. … Pacers coach Chauncey Billups played under Pacers coach Rick Carlisle in Detroit. “It’s a proud moment for me,” Carlisle said about coaching opposite former players. “I always thought Chauncey could do anything he wanted in basketball.”

Trail Blazers: McCollum led all scorers in the first half with 19 points. … Powell has had three straight games with 20 or more points. … Blazers owner Jody Allen was at the game.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers play the second of a back-to-back against the Lakers on Saturday.





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