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Basketball Roundup: Dec 15 Pro and Top 25; Summit Honored

By: AP
By: AP

(AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers continue to pile up wins and move closer to a franchise record for most consecutive victories.
Matt Barnes scored 21 points and the Los Angeles Clippers picked up their ninth straight win by ripping the Bucks 111-85 in Milwaukee. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each had double-doubles as the Clippers ended the Bucks' four-game winning streak.
Griffin finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Jordan added 15 points and 11 boards in the Clippers' first victory at Milwaukee in four tries.
The Clippers have their longest winning streak since the franchise moved to Southern California, and their longest since the Buffalo Braves took 11 straight in 1974-75.

The Golden State Warriors are finally coming home following an exceptional 6-1 road trip.
David Lee and Stephen (STEHF'-ehn) Curry each had double doubles as the Warriors blasted the Hawks 115-93 in Atlanta. Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Curry chipped in 18 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.
Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry added to the offense with 19 points apiece as the Warriors handed the previously-hot Hawks just their third loss in 14 games.
The Warriors are 16-8 following their first winning road trip of at least six games in more than 40 years. Golden State put together a 4-3 trip in 1970-71.

The NBA slate includes Indiana's 88-77 win over the Pistons, putting the Pacers a season-high two games over .500. David West had 23 points and George Hill added 18 and seven assists.

LeBron James had 23 points and 10 rebounds in Miami's 102-72 pounding of Washington. James furnished 16 points while the Heat outscored the Wizards 29-10 in the third quarter to take a 33-point lead.

The New York Knicks withstood the absence of Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving's career-high 41 points in a 103-102 win against Cleveland. Raymond Felton scored 25 points and Tyson Chandler added 23 in the Knicks' fourth straight win.

Tony Parker scored 22 points and had eight assists in San Antonio's 103-88 downing of Boston. Gary Neal added 20 points to help the Spurs withstand Tim Duncan's season-low five points on 2-of-13 shooting.

Memphis has put an end to its three-game skid with a 99-86 win over Utah. Zach Randolph had 25 points and 16 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who outscored the Jazz 28-10 in the third quarter after trailing by 10 at intermission.

Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah had 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and forced a key turnover down the stretch as Chicago nipped Brooklyn 83-82. Marco Belinelli led the Bulls with 19 points and made two free throws to cap an 8-0 run in the closing minutes.

Ricky Rubio made his season debut and provided nine assists and eight points in 19 minutes to help Minnesota beat Dallas 114-106 in overtime. Andrei Kirilenko scored five of his 14 points in overtime while Rubio watched from the bench because of a minutes restriction on his surgically repaired left knee.

Charlotte has an 11-game losing streak after Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo each scored 20 points to lift Orlando past the Bobcats, 107-98. Jameer Nelson added 16 points and six assists to the Magic's third victory in four games.

T25 BASKETBALL-RESULTS
(AP) -- You can expect to see a new team atop The Associated Press men's basketball poll on Monday.
Top-ranked Indiana suffered its first loss of the season this afternoon as the Hoosiers dropped an 88-86 overtime decision to instate-rival Butler in an off-campus game in Indianapolis.
Indiana rallied from seven points down with two and a-half minutes left in regulation to force OT. They were done in by walk-on Alex Barlow's spinning 6-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds left in the extra period. Barlow had scored just 12 points all season.
Roosevelt Jones led the Bulldogs to their first-ever win over a top-ranked team, scoring 16 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists before fouling out.
Butler improves to 8-2 while Indiana falls to 9-1.

Arizona rallied to win the lone matchup of ranked teams, beating No. 5 Florida 65-64 on Mark Lyons' contested layup with seven seconds left. Solomon Hill had 18 points for the Wildcats, who trailed by 11 in the second half and by six in the final minute.

Elsewhere in college basketball:

-- Third-ranked Michigan is 11-0 for the first time since 1988-89 after Tim Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined to shoot 68% in an 81-66 win over West Virginia. Burke finished with a season-high 27 points and Hardaway matched his season best with 25.

-- No. 4 Syracuse is 9-0 after James Southerland, Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams combined for 52 points in an 85-61 romp over Canisius. Southerland had 21 points, Triche delivered 19 and Carter-Williams added 12 and 14 assists as the Orange ran their home winning streak to 29 games.

-- Sixth-ranked Louisville rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit to beat Memphis 87-78 and improve to 9-1. Chane Behanan scored 22 points and Russ Smith scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half for Louisville.

-- No. 7 Ohio State made the most of an opportunity to get out and run, beating UNC Asheville 90-72. Sam Thompson led the Buckeyes with a career-high 18 points. Deshaun Thomas had 17 points, Lenzelle Smith Jr. 16 and Evan Ravenel tied a career best with 12 points in the first half for the 8-1 Buckeyes.

-- Ben McLemore and Travis Releford each scored 17 points to lead ninth-ranked Kansas to an easy 89-60 win over Belmont. Jeff Withey had 14 points and blocked five shots in the Jayhawks' eighth win in nine games.

-- No. 11 Cincinnati rolled over Marshall 72-56. Cashmere Wright scored 14 points for the Bearcats who improve to 10-0 for the first time in three seasons.

-- Kelly Olynyk had 20 points and No. 14 Gonzaga rebounded from its first loss of the season with an impressive 68-52 win over Kansas State. The Bulldogs outscored the Wildcats 38-12 in the paint.

-- Greg Whittington scored a career-high 25 points, and No. 15 Georgetown beat Western Carolina 81-68. The Hoyas are 9-1.

-- No. 17 New Mexico was a 73-58 winners against New Mexico State as Alex Kirk scored seven of his 15 points during an 11-2 run midway through the first half. Kendall Williams added 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the 11-0 Lobos.

-- San Diego State ran its winning streak to eight games as Chase Tapley scored 15 points and Jamaal Franklin added 14 in the Aztecs' 72-56 win over San Diego. Tapley hit consecutive three-pointers during a decisive 12-0 run.

-- Keith Appling matched a career high with 25 points to lead No. 19 Michigan State to a 92-56 win over Tuskegee. The game was played at Jenison Field House, where the "Game of Change" between Mississippi State and Loyola of Chicago was held during the 1963 NCAA tournament.

-- James Michael McAdoo scored 19 points to help No. 21 North Carolina hold off East Carolina 93-87 in Chapel Hill. P.J. Hairston added 18 for the 8-2 Tar Heels.

-- No. 22 Notre Dame is 9-1 after Jack Cooley contributed 18 points and nine rebounds to an 81-68 win over Purdue. Eric Atkins added 17 points and seven assists to help the Irish win their seventh straight.

-- No. 25 North Carolina State was an 84-62 winner over Norfolk State behind Freshman T.J. Warren's 21 points. Richard Howell added 12 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for the 7-2 Wolfpack, who shot 57 percent and scored 21 points off 16 turnovers.

SUMMITT HONORED
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Pat Summitt was honored on Saturday night during a "We Back Pat" ceremony at halftime of the Toledo-Marquette women's basketball game.
The ex-Tennessee coach and her son, Tyler, a Marquette assistant coach, spoke briefly at the Al McGuire Center.
"It's a special night to have my son here and to have everybody backin' Pat," Summit said before receiving a standing ovation.
Many of the fans were wearing "We Back Pat" T-shirts bought to honor Summitt, who had 1,098 victories -- more than any college coach, male or female -- and won eight national championships.
Proceeds from sale of the shirts go to the Pat Summit Foundation to fight Alzheimer's disease, which forced Summitt to end her 38-year career after last season.


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