The Phoenix Suns did something against the Houston Rockets they had not done in their previous two games.
Every time the Rockets made a run at the young Suns on Wednesday night, Phoenix responded.
Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists to lead Phoenix to a 97-88 win over Houston on Wednesday night that snapped the Suns’ two-game losing streak.
P.J. Tucker added 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting with six rebounds.
Channing Frye had 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and grabbed six rebounds, and Goran Dragic chipped in 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting for the Suns, who shot 45.6 percent from the field, including 45.8 percent from behind the arc.
“Throughout the year, we have had games where we have the lead in the fourth quarter,” Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We have blown some, and as a young team, that happens. You want to see the progress where that doesn’t happen. They cut it down, and we could have gotten panicked where we forced shots, but we didn’t.”
Dwight Howard had 15 points and 18 rebounds, Aaron Brooks added 17 points and six assists, and Omri Casspi had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who lost their second straight game. (more…)
Dirk Nowitzki was not happy with his play or Dallas’ defense for most of Wednesday night. He still found a way to end the New Orleans Pelicans’ three-game winning streak.
Nowitzki scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and had the last of his season-high four blocked shots on a crucial possession in the final minute as the Mavericks beat the Pelicans 100-97 at the start of a four-game road trip.
Nowitzki gave Dallas the lead with a free throw to make the score 98-97 with 32.3 seconds left. He then got a piece of Eric Gordon’s driving floater, grabbed the rebound and hit two more free throws with 8 seconds left.
“It could have gone either way,” Nowitzki said. “Finally, we were on the other end one time in execution and getting some stops and getting some big rebounds. It was definitely a good one to get against a very good team.”
Nowitzki ran off a long list of negatives that could have cost the Mavericks the game. The Pelicans outrebounded them 58-38. He felt he forced some bad shots in the first half when he was double-teamed, connecting on only 2 of 7 instead of finding the open man. He even missed two free throws after hitting an NBA-best 86 of 91 before Wednesday. (more…)
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee will return after a two-game absence for next Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears, owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday.
AP Photo/James D SmithJerry Jones said Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee, who is second on the team with 93 total tackles, will return next Monday night against the Bears.
Lee confirmed later Tuesday afternoon that he’s ready to return, saying he was “ready to roll” against the Bears and that he’ll return to practice on Thursday. (more…)
Formula One and NASCAR will be racing deep in the heart of Texas on the same day next year.
The FIA, international motorsports’ governing body, released its 2014 calendar Wednesday, placing the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin on Nov. 2. That’s the same day as the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, a three-hour drive from Austin.
“It’s a foolish move by Formula One,” said Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway. “Our two NASCAR Sprint Cup races draw the two largest crowds in Texas sports. It isn’t the smartest move to try to compete with that. I’m sure regardless of what they say publicly, the folks at the Austin track are pulling their hair out over this one. They don’t have any say over their date.”
Texas Motor Speedway lists its capacity at 191,000 fans. Track officials did not immediately respond to requests for attendance figures for their 2013 Sprint Cup races and NASCAR does not provide them. (more…)
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
If my Twitter account in the past hour is any indication, trading Craig Gentry is not something the Texas Rangers’ fan base wanted or expected. I’ll be honest: I didn’t expect it, either.
Essentially, the Rangers are trading the speed and defense of Gentry, who just turned 30 (admit it, you didn’t think he was that old), for the power and upside that a raw Michael Choice possesses. The Oakland A’s add a player who, frankly, could annoy the Rangers the next few years like so many A’s do. Gentry has hit for a decent average, albeit in a platoon role, and once he gets on base, he makes things happen. He’s scrappy and aggressive and a good clubhouse guy. It makes the A’s better. (more…)
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas — Like all coaches, Jason Garrett prefers to have options.
When he had options to make changes in the starting lineup earlier in the season, he was not afraid to make changes, be it Brian Waters for Mackenzy Bernadeau at right guard, Orlando Scandrick for Morris Claiborne at cornerback or Ernie Sims for Bruce Carter at weakside linebacker.
Injuries have taken away some options, but the Cowboys have an option at strongside linebacker with Kyle Wilber playing well in his two starts and Justin Durant coming back from a hamstring injury. (more…)
The Tyler Junior College Apaches won both the men’s and women’s Region XIV basketball games on Wednesday night at Wagstaff Gym. The Apache Ladies defeated San Jacinto 119-66 in game one. Shernise Robertson scored 28 points to pace the Tyler rout. TJC opens conference play with a victory.
The men’s game was a much different affair. Tyler pulled away down the stretch to defeat the Angelina Roadrunners 74-62. Dominque Shaw and Todd Eaglin paced the Apaches with 17 points each. Faith Pope added 14 points and 15 rebounds. Tyler Miller contributed 12 points off the TJC bench. The Apaches even their Region record at 1-1.