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Nets beat Spurs B squad
UNDATED (AP) -- Alan Anderson scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half, helping the Brooklyn Nets pull away from the short-handed San Antonio Spurs, 103-89. The Spurs were playing without their four top scorers -- Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) and Kawhi (kuh-WY') Leonard -- for various reasons.
Deron (DEHR'-ihn) Williams added 16 points and eight assists as Brooklyn ended a six-game losing streak to San Antonio with its first victory since March 29, 2010.
Lillard a triple threat
NEW YORK (AP) -- Portland's Damian Lillard will become the first player to compete in three events during All-Star Saturday night in New Orleans, including a slam dunk contest that features three All-Stars for the first time in 26 years.
Indiana's Paul George and Washington's John Wall also will take part in the night's marquee event Feb. 15. There haven't been three All-Stars in the dunk contest since the famed 1988 duel, when Michael Jordan beat Dominique Wilkins on his home floor in Chicago, in a field that also included Clyde Drexler.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- The flailing Cleveland Cavaliers have fired general manager Chris Grant. With the 16-33 Cavs sliding further toward the bottom in another disappointing season, owner Dan Gilbert decided to make the move a day after Cleveland was beaten by an injury-ravaged Los Angeles Lakers team that finished the game with just five players.
Cleveland's only win in their last nine games was against the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the worst record in the NBA.
Bearcats roll to 15th straight
UNDATED (AP)-- Sean Kilpatrick scored 26 points, and Justin Jackson led a second-half surge that rallied No. 7 Cincinnati to its 15th straight win, 63-58 over No. 22 Connecticut. The seventh-ranked Bearcats improved to 22-2 and enjoy a spotless 11-0 mark in American Athletic conference play.
Cincinnati has won 18 straight at home, including all 16 this season. The Bearcats are off to their best start in 12 years.
Mason comes close to another whitewash
UNDATED (AP) -- Steve Mason stopped 38 shots, and Mark Streit (stryt) and Michael Raffl scored goals, leading the Philadelphia Flyers past the Colorado Avalanche 3-1.
Mason blanked Detroit 5-0 on Jan. 28 and stopped the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Feb. 1. He was only 2:50 away from his fourth shutout of the season, and third in five games, when Nathan MacKinnon beat him for his 21st goal of the season. Mason stopped his first 33 shots.
In other hockey action:
-- David Jones scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period and rookie Reto Berra made 28 saves as the Calgary Flames beat the New York Islanders 4-2.
__ Washington doubled up Winnipeg 4-2. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH'-kin) notched his league-leading 40th goal.
-- Nail Yakupov scored with 1:38 left in regulation to give the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.
__ Ottawa nipped Buffalo 3-2. Milan Michalek (MEE'-lahn muh-KAHL'-ihk) scored his second goal of the game with 23 seconds left.
-- Gustav Nyquist scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, helping lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Florida Panthers.
-- Jonathan Bernier (burn-YAY') made 33 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1.
__ Montreal won its second in a row, 5-2 over Vancouver. Max Pacioretty (pah-chee-ohr-EH'-tee) got the hat trick. He has 26 goals.
Bad start at Sochi
SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- The U.S. got off to a bad start in the opening round of the news team figure skating event at the Sochi Olympics. The Americans are tied for fifth in total points after the men and pairs short programs. However, the U.S. is ranked seventh out of 10 teams when tiebreakers are factored in. Only the top five countries advance to the free skate. Russia has the lead.
Falls and botched jumps from U.S. champions Jeremy Abbott and the pairs team of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir hurt the Americans chances.
The U.S. hopes to gain ground in the women and ice dance short programs. Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the reigning world champs in ice dance.
-- Defending gold medalist Hannah Kearney leads the qualifiers in the women's moguls with fellow American Eliza Outtrim in fourth ahead of the finals on the weekend.
-- In the first ever slopestyle snowboarding, Canadian Max Parrot has the top spot heading into the final round. The top woman qualifier is American Jamie Anderson. Teammate Karly Shorr has qualified fourth.