Westbrook propels Thunder past Grizzlies 116-100
Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and Kevin Durant added 18 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 116-100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
Reserve guard Jeremy Lamb added a career-high 18 points to help the Thunder to their fourth straight win and 12th in 13 games. Neither Westbrook nor Durant played in the fourth quarter as the Thunder maintained double-digit leads throughout the final period.
Mike Conley had 20 points for the Grizzlies and Zach Randolph and reserve Jon Leuer each scored 17.
Memphis ended a season-long six-game homestand with the loss.
The Thunder shot 50 percent in the first half with Durant (16) and Westbrook (15) combining for 31 points.
Duncan, Parker lead Spurs' 109-77 rout of Bucks
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Tim Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds while playing just 24 minutes and Tony Parker added 15 points in the San Antonio Spurs' 109-77 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
San Antonio had lost three of its last six games after starting the season 13-1, but dominated from the opening tip, scoring the first nine points. An 8-0 run extended the Spurs lead to 27-10.
The Bucks (5-17) trailed 32-16 after one quarter. The Spurs held a 17-4 rebounding advantage in the opening period, when the Bucks managed just one defensive rebound.
The Bucks pulled within 41-30 in the second quarter, but the Spurs responded with a 10-0 run. The Spurs, led 63-40 at the half and extended it to 92-54 entering the final period.
Rookie guard Nate Wolters led the Bucks with a season-high 18 points.
Chiefs relying on cast of misfits during dream run
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles make the headlines for the Kansas City Chiefs and rightfully so. The quarterback and running back are the biggest names on one of the NFL's surprise teams.
However, it's been a cast of misfits that has fueled the Chiefs' run toward the playoffs.
Take safety Quintin Demps, who three years ago was playing in the UFL. Not only does he have three interceptions, he also returned a kickoff for a touchdown last Sunday against Washington.
Or try Sean McGrath, who was plucked off waivers before the season. The former Henderson State - yes, Henderson State - standout has been the team's most reliable tight end.
Big names? Surely not. But they've been the unsung heroes leading a dramatic turnaround.
Boise State hires Harsin as football coach
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Boise State has hired Bryan Harsin as the Broncos head football coach.
Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle made the announcement official Wednesday, calling Harsin one of the top young coaches in the country. The 37-year-old moves from Arkansas State to take over for Chris Petersen, who left last week for Washington.
The former Broncos assistant says he's thrilled to be returning to Boise, where he grew up and played as a walk-on for the Broncos.
Harsin worked at Boise State from 2001-2010, serving as offensive coordinator under Petersen for five years. He left in 2010 to become offensive coordinator at Texas before moving to Arkansas State last season.
In his only season as head coach, the Red Hawks finished 7-5 and will play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl this month.
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