Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman made two free throws with 1.2 seconds left, lifting No. 23 Michigan to a 68-67 win over Maryland on Monday night. Kevin Huerter connected on a go-ahead 3-pointer on the previous possession for the short-handed Terrapins, who trailed by 10 with five-plus minutes left in the game. Moritz Wagner had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolverines (16-4, 5-2), and reserve Jordan Poole had 11 points. Michigan was trailing by as much as 14 in the first half and was behind 30-20 at halftime, looking lethargic after an emotionally charged win over then-No. 4 Michigan State two days earlier. The Wolverines opened the second half with a 10-0 run and later took the lead with 13:02 left while making three 3-pointers in 44 seconds. The Terrapins (14-6, 3-4) took the lead back midway through the second half, but Wagner made a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession. The Wolverines went ahead by 10 with 5:50 to go and yet barely did enough to win against a team with just eight healthy players on scholarship.
Kemba Walker scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half, and the Charlotte Hornets pulled away in the fourth quarter of a 118-107 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday. Dwight Howard had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Hornets, who trailed 56-50 at halftime before dominating the final two quarters. A 10-0 run in the fourth put Charlotte ahead 106-88, and although Detroit answered with nine quick points, the Hornets were never in much danger of losing down the stretch. Andre Drummond of the Pistons had only three points and 10 rebounds, and his day was summed up late in the fourth when he went up for a powerful, one-handed dunk, only to have Howard easily swat the ball away. Tobias Harris scored 20 points for Detroit despite foul trouble. The Pistons shot 15 of 29 from 3-point range. Marvin Williams had 21 points for Charlotte and shot 7 of 8 from the field. Detroit’s Reggie Bullock had 20 points.
Zach LaVine scored 18 points in his second game with Chicago as the Bulls ended the Miami Heat’s seven-game winning streak with a 119-111 victory Monday. Justin Holiday made a career-best seven 3s and scored 25 points for the Bulls, who have won three straight and 14 of their last 21. The Bulls are limiting LaVine to 20 minutes per game in his first week back after returning from an ACL tear last season. He scored 13 points in 12 minutes in the first half, and his four-point play with 0.9 seconds left before the break put the Bulls ahead 55-48 after a 14-2 run. The Bulls hit 16 of 39 3-pointers (41 percent), their eighth straight game with at least 10 3-pointers, a franchise record. Nicola Mirotic scored all 18 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Bulls.
LOS ANGELES (AP) Lou Williams scored 31 points, Blake Griffin added 29 before his ejection, and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets 113-102 on Monday night in Chris Paul's heated return to Staples Center against his old team.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Germany's Andre Greipel claimed his 17th stage victory in the Tour Down Under cycle race when he won the 145-kilometer (90-mile) stage of the 2018 World Tour opener to take an early lead on general classification. The 35-year-old Greipel, who won the Australian tour in 2008 and 2010, beat Australian sprint star […]
ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) Jared Sam scored nine of his 20 points in overtime, Emanuel Sheperd and Jamar Sandifer each had a double-double to help Southern beat Mississippi Valley State 77-70 in overtime on Monday night.