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Pro and College Top 25 Basketball Scores from Saturday Dec 8

By: AP
By: AP

(AP) ---- Danny Green scored 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs set a franchise record with 19 3-pointers to hand the Charlotte Bobcats their seventh straight defeat, 132-102.
Green was 7 of 9 from 3-point range and the Spurs shot 56 percent from behind the arc.
Tony Parker had 22 points and nine assists as the Spurs won for the ninth time in 10 games to push their record to 17-4. Green and Parker were a combined 18 of 22 from the field.

In the rest of the NBA:

-- O.J. Mayo scored 40 points, including 10 in the last three minutes, to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 116-109 victory over the Rockets in coach Kevin McHale's return to the Houston bench. James Harden added 39, 30 in the first half. McHale rejoined the team on Saturday after almost a month away from the team, and two weeks after the death of his daughter.

-- Josh Smith had 24 points, Lou Williams scored 18 of his 21 in the second half, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-83.

---- Miami shot a season-best 58 percent from the field and torched New Orleans 106-90 to end a two-game slide. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored 26 points, LeBron James finished with 24 points and seven assists.

-- Kevin Garnett scored 19 points, Jeff Green added 16, and the Boston Celtics won the back end of a home-and-home with Philadelphia, beating the 76ers 92-79 to gain a split.

-- Brandon Knight scored a career-high 30 points and the Detroit Pistons defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in six days, 104-97.

-- The Chicago Bulls snapped the New York Knicks' five-game winning streak, 93-85. Marco Bellinelli and Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) each netted 22.

---- In a matchup of two teams who played Friday night, Golden State outlasted Washington 101-97. David Lee had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Warriors, who improved to 13-7 with their second win in two nights.

---- The Pacific Division-leading L.A. Clippers won their fifth straight game, beating Phoenix 117-99. It's the Suns' sixth straight loss. Blake Griffin netted a game-high 24 points for the winners, who got 21 points from Jamal Crawford and 16 from Chris Paul. Michael Beasley had a team-high 21 points for Phoenix.

-- Sacramento topped Portland 99-80. John Salmons and DeMarcus Cousins each had 19 for the Kings, who won their second game in two nights.

(AP) -- Duke was just too much for Temple in a matchup of unbeaten teams in East Rutherford, N.J.
Seth Curry made five of nine 3-point attempts and scored a game-high 23 points while helping the third-ranked Blue Devils to a 90-67 victory over the Owls. Mason Plumlee contributed 16 points and 14 rebounds to Duke's ninth consecutive win. Teammate Ryan Kelly had 14 points and 10 boards.
Temple falls to 6-1.

Elsewhere on the college hardwood:

---- Christian Watford scored 21 points, Cody Zeller had 19 points and 19 rebounds, and No. 1 Indiana routed Central Connecticut State 100-69. The Hoosiers are 9-0.

-- Glen Robinson III threw in 17 points to lead Michigan's entire starting lineup into double-digit scoring during an 80-67 home win against Arkansas. The third-ranked Wolverines are 9-0 and off to their best start since opening the 1988-89 season with 11 straight wins. That team went on to win the program's only national title.

-- Fourth-ranked Syracuse improved to 8-0 by routing Monmouth 108-56. Michael-Carter Williams had 15 points and dished out a career-best 16 assists.

-- No. 5 Louisville shot 56 percent from the field while crushing Missouri-Kansas City 99-47. Russ Smith led the Cardinals to their eighth win in nine games this season with a 31-point performance. Louisville converted 24 UMKC turnovers into 35 points while winning its third straight game.

-- Seventh-ranked Ohio State is 6-1 following an 89-55 drubbing of visiting Long Beach State. It's the Buckeyes' 36th straight home win over a non-conference opponent. Deshaun Thomas led the way with 18 points and teammate LaQuinton Ross contributed 16 off the bench. Ohio State led by as many as 42 points before coach Thad Matta began experimenting with different lineup combinations.

-- Mark Lyons scored a season-high 20 points and No. 8 Arizona used a late second-half run to improve to 7-0 for the first time in 14 years with a 66-54 victory over Clemson.

-- Ninth-ranked Kansas buried former Big 12 member Colorado 90-54. Ben McLemore's 24 points led the way to the Jayhawks sixth straight win following an early season loss to Michigan State. The Buffaloes have lost 19 straight to the Jayhawks and 46 of 47 dating to the 1991 season.

-- Brandon Paul poured in 35 and 13th-ranked Illinois went on the road and upset tenth-ranked Gonzaga 85-74 to win a matchup of unbeatens.

-- Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 of his team-high 23 points in the first half and No. 11 Cincinnati cruised past Maryland-Eastern Shore 92-60. The Bearcats are 9-0 for the second time in three years. They opened the 2010-11 season with 15 straight wins.

-- Stefan Jankovic scored all 14 of his points in the second half, helping No. 12 Missouri overcome a sloppy first half en route to a 68-38 victory over Tennessee State. Laurence Bowers had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Alex Oriakhi added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the 8-1 Tigers.

-- The 14th-ranked Minnesota Gophers ran their mark to 10-1 by winning at Southern California 71-57. Andrew Hollins scored 14 and Rodney Williams scored 13 to give coach Tubby Smith his 500th career victory.

-- No. 15 Georgetown won a second straight clankfest, slipping past Towson 46-40, eight days after beating Tennessee 37-36. The Hoyas held the Tigers scoreless over the final four and a-half minutes of their game and improve to 7-1 despite shooting 29 percent from the field. Greg Whittington was high man with 11 points.

-- Alex Kirk scored 11 of his 12 points in the second half and No. 18 New Mexico overcame a sluggish start to beat Valparaiso 65-52.

-- After trailing 32-30 at halftime, 19th-ranked Michigan State broke away in the second half and beat Loyola of Chicago 73-61. Gary Harris was high man for the Spartans with 20 points. Michigan State is 8-2 on the season.

-- Leslie McDonald scored 14 points and No. 20 North Carolina held East Tennessee State to 12 points in the first half of a 78-55 rout.

-- Freshman Cameron Biedscheid had a career-high 17 points and No. 22 Notre Dame beat Brown 84-57.

-- No. 23 Oklahoma State scored 14 of the first 16 points and went on to beat Missouri State 62-42.Markel Brown's 15 points led the Sooners in their seventh win in eight games this season.

---- Cleanthony Early scored 16 points as No. 24 Wichita State got off to a fast start and cruised to an 80-54 win over Northern Colorado.

-- C.J. Leslie scored a game-high 19 points while Richard Howell had 17 points and 10 rebounds in North Carolina State's 80-63 win over visiting Cleveland State. The 25th-ranked Wolfpack improve to 6-2.

LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- A tired but grateful Danny Berger says it is a "miracle" he will be back watching his Utah State teammates play only days after collapsing on the court and being revived by an assistant trainer.
Berger was released from a Salt Lake City area hospital Saturday and back in Logan, flanked by the trainer credited with saving his life and a father who thought the worst upon receiving word of Tuesday's life-threatening incident while driving in the middle of the Nevada desert.
Berger won't play in Saturday's game against Western Oregon, but holds out hope of returning to the court. He says the earliest could be six weeks.
The 22-year-old Berger met with the media, his left arm in a sling to protect the miniature defibrillator in his chest.


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