Iguodala silences the Thunder
OAKLAND, Calif. — Andre Iguodala made a baseline jumper as time expired to lift the Golden State Warriors to a thrilling 116-115 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
Russell Westbrook’s 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining put the Thunder ahead after they trailed by 14 points early in the fourth quarter. Warriors coach Mark Jackson called a timeout to regroup, and power forward David Lee inbounded the ball from near half court.
Iguodala caught the ball and extended over Thabo Sefolosha for the winning shot, sending the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 into a frenzy. He sprinted toward half court and was mobbed by teammates.
Rockets 109, Knicks 106
NEW YORK — James Harden scored 36 points in his return to the lineup and the Houston Rockets withstood Carmelo Anthony’s 45 points to beat the New York Knicks 109-106 Thursday night, giving Jeremy Lin another winning night at Madison Square Garden.
Anthony had the highest-scoring game in the NBA this season and grabbed 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the Knicks in their fourth straight home loss.
Chandler Parsons added 22 points and Lin had 21 for the Rockets, who beat the Knicks for the eighth straight time even on a mostly silent night from Dwight Howard, largely outplayed by Andrea Bargnani.
NO. 6 ARIZONA 69,
SAN DIEGO STATE 60
SAN DIEGO — Nick Johnson scored 23 points and freshman Aaron Gordon added 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Wildcats over the Aztecs on Thursday night.
JJ O’Brien and Xavier Thames had 19 points each for the Aztecs (1-1), who had won two of the last three meetings with Arizona (3-0), the loss coming in the final seconds of last year’s Diamond Head Classic.
No. 13 MEMPHIS 95,
AUSTIN PEAY 69
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Joe Jackson had 16 points and seven assists as six Memphis players scored in double figures.
Memphis (1-0) shot 54 percent from the field and its pressing defense forced 22 turnovers by the Governors (1-1).
No. 16 WICHITA ST. 79,
WILLIAM & MARY 62
WICHITA, Kan. — Fred VanVleet had a career-high 18 points and Cleanthony Early added 14 for Wichita State.
Ron Baker added 13 points and Kadeem Coleby had 10 for the Shockers (3-0), who have won 20 straight non-conference games at home by an average of 22 points.
Marcus Thornton had 18 points to lead the Tribe (1-2), who were just 11 of 22 from the free throw line.
No. 19 CONNECTICUT 101,
STORRS, Conn. — Omar Calhoun led six Connecticut players in double figures with 17 points in the opening round of the 2K Sports Classic.
Niels Giffey tied the career high he set against Yale on Monday with 15 points, all in the first half, for UConn (3-0). The Huskies used a 21-2 run to take a 48-26 halftime lead.
STANFORD, Calif. — Josh Huestis scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the second half to help Stanford beat Northwestern 71-58 on Thursday night.
Chasson Randle, who scored a combined 51 points in Stanford’s first two games, was held to 14 as the Cardinal (2-1) improved to 6-2 against the Wildcats (1-1).
Anthony Brown added 12 points for Stanford.
UC Irvine 86,
SEATTLE — The tallest NCAA player came up big, when 7-foot-6 freshman Mamadou Ndiaye scored 18 points, added nine blocks and eight rebounds to lead UC Irvine.
Ndiaye closed out the first half with a traditional three-point play to put UCI (1-2) ahead 38-36, then he had an emphatic dunk to spark a 19-3 run over the opening 5 ½ minutes of the second half.
Will Davis had a team-high 22 points for the Anteaters.
Washington’s C.J. Wilcox had a game-high 24 points.