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WHL Roundup: Saturday, March 23, 2019

Mads Sogaard turned aside 49 shots as the Medicine Hat Tigers edged the Edmonton Oil Kings 2-1 on Saturday in Game 1 of their Western Hockey League first-round matchup.

Mavs Capitalize On Curry’s Absence To Beat Warriors 126-91

OAKLAND (AP) — Luka Doncic had a triple-double, Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-best 21 points in a rare start and the Dallas Mavericks capitalized on Stephen Curry’s absence to beat the Golden State Warriors 126-91 on Saturday night.

Golden State dropped out of the top seed in the Western Conference to a half-game behind Denver. With Curry resting, Kevin Durant had 25 points and DeMarcus Cousins scored 19. The Warriors were 4 for 30 from 3-point range, with Durant going 0 for 8 and Klay Thompson missing all four of his tries.

Doncic had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Dallas had dropped 12 straight in Oakland since its previous victory in April 2012.

The Mavs never trailed and built their lead to 43 early in the final quarter. Maxi Kleber had 16 points and Ryan Broekhoff added 17 off the bench for Dallas, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

The 40-year-old Nowitzki scored 10 points in the game’s opening four minutes, and the Mavericks jumped out to a 22-7 lead. Nowitzki went 8 for 14 from the field, including 5 of 8 on 3-pointers, in what could be his final visit to Golden State before possibly retiring after the season.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Doncic had his sixth triple-double of a stellar rookie season. … Mavs hit 65.2 percent of their shots in the first half, while holding the Warriors to 29.6 percent.

Warriors: The four 3-point makes tied a season low. … Missed seven of their first eight shots and never really recovered, shooting 40 percent for the game. … Andrew Bogut, who recently re-signed with the Warriors, also skipped the game for rest.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. The Mavs just lost 116-100 at Sacramento last Thursday night.

Warriors: Complete a home back-to-back and a three-game homestand Sunday night against the Detroit Pistons.

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OHL Roundup: Saturday, March 23, 2019

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Christian Propp has the North Bay Battalion all even in their Ontario Hockey League playoff series against the favoured Niagara IceDogs.

Edwards Leads Purdue To Rout Of Reigning Champ Villanova

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Carsen Edwards had a career night, scoring 42 points as Purdue knocked reigning national champion Villanova out of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night in an 87-61 rout.

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT – MARCH 23: Matt Haarms #32 of the Purdue Boilermakers dunks the ball against the Villanova Wildcats in the first half during the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at XL Center on March 23, 2019 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Matt Haarms added 18 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Boilermakers (25-9), who advanced to their third straight Sweet 16.

Eric Paschall had 19 for Villanova (26-10), which saw its quest for a third national title in the last four seasons end during the tournament’s first weekend. Fellow senior Phil Booth scored 15 points, putting him over 1,500 for his career.

Edwards has battled a sore back and had been in a recent shooting slump, making just 7 of 23 shots from the field in Purdue’s first-round win over Old Dominion. He found the bottom of the net early and often against ‘Nova, making 12 of his 21 shots, including nine of 16 from behind the arc.

Purdue shot 54 percent while holding Villanova to just 20 baskets on 58 shots (34 percent).

Purdue jumped out early, building a 13-point lead thanks to Edwards’ outside shooting and Haarms’ work down low.

The 7-foot-3 Dutchman towered over the shorter Wildcats, who didn’t start anyone over 6-8. He had Purdue’s first 4 points on a dunk and a put-back. Edwards hit five of his nine first-half shots, all of which came from 3-point range.

Purdue had nine 3-point baskets in the first half and a dunk by Haarms put the Boilermakers up 43-24 at intermission.

Another dunk from the Dutchman extended the lead to 35 in the second half. Villanova chipped away but the sixth seeded Big East champions did not have weapons to make it a game.

BIG PICTURE

Villanova: The Wildcats continued a five-year pattern that has seen them lose in the second round, win a national title, lose in the second round and win another national title. The Wildcats are 15-3 in NCAA Tournament games over that stretch.

Purdue: The win gives the Boilermakers 25 victories for the fourth straight season. Purdue had only done that once before, between 2008 and 2011.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will face the winner of Sunday’s game between Iowa and Tennessee.

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Gobert Leads Jazz To 114-83 Romp Over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz rolled to one of their most lopsided wins of the season, beating the Chicago Bulls 114-83 Saturday night.

The 31-point margin of victory was just three shy of Utah’s season high. The Jazz raced out to a 70-36 halftime lead and never looked back in winning for the sixth time in seven games.

Gobert dominated inside, making 9 of 11 shots and blocking four.

Donovan Mitchell added 16 points and eight rebounds. Derrick Favors scored 13. And the Jazz made about half of their shots, with Chicago offering little resistance.

Lauri Markkanen led Chicago with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He made just 6 of 20 shots, and the Bulls delivered one of their worst performances in a rough season.

It didn’t help that they were again missing two of their best players, with Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) and leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) sidelined. But Chicago seemed disinterested right from the start. And the Jazz took advantage.

Their most lopsided victory this season was a 139-105 romp over San Antonio on Dec. 4. And it looked like they might surpass that, the way this one started.

There was no shortage of highlights as the Jazz put this one away in the first half.

There was Gobert blocking a layup by Markkanen in the second quarter and converting a layup off a no-look pass from Ricky Rubio driving the baseline.

Gobert had another neat block on Kris Dunn’s fastbreak layup, setting up a break that Mitchell punctuated with a soaring dunk.

Things were so bad for the Bulls that fans cheered sarcastically when Dunn hit a 16-foot jumper with just under five minutes left in the half to stop a 17-0 run

TIP-INS

Jazz: Utah’s highest scoring half was 81 points against Golden State on Oct. 17.

Bulls: Porter missed his third straight game and LaVine missed his second in a row. … The Bulls have ruled out injured rookies Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb surgery) and Chandler Hutchison (right toe injury) for the remainder of the season. Carter and Hutchison each appeared in 44 games. The No. 7 pick, Carter averaged 10.3 points and 7 rebounds, while Hutchison averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds after getting drafted 22nd overall.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Host Phoenix on Monday.

Bulls: Visit Toronto on Tuesday.

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