Sports briefs: Dec. 30

December 30, 2012 

NBA

Davis, Hornets extend Bobcats' skid to 18 games

Eric Gordon had 24 points and seven assists and Anthony Davis had eight points, 10 rebounds and three blocks to help the New Orleans Hornets overcome a 21-point first-half deficit and extend the visiting Charlotte Bobcats' losing streak to 18 games with a 98-95 victory Saturday night.

The Bobcats are one game away from a winless December. They haven't won since Nov. 24.

Gordon, who hadn't played since April 22 following arthroscopic right knee surgery, was 5 of 13 from the field and 12 of 14 from the free throw line in 24 minutes. Ryan Anderson had 19 points and made a pair of three-pointers in the final period as the Hornets won for the second time in three games.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 22 points and nine rebounds and Gerald Henderson added 19 points for the Bobcats.

Kidd-Gilchrist outplayed former Kentucky teammate Davis in the first half, scoring 18 points on 9-for-11 shooting. But the No. 2 overall pick left the game near the end of the first half after getting kicked in the eye. He returned in the third quarter wearing protective goggles, but wasn't the same. He had only four points in limited action in the second half.

Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as the Oklahoma City Thunder built a big lead in the second quarter and rolled to a 124-94 win at the Houston Rockets. Durant scored 11 points during a 16-0 run by the Thunder to end the first half and extend the lead to 18. Oklahoma City had another big run early in the third quarter to put the game further out of reach.

Former Thunder sixth man James Harden scored 25 for the Rockets, who went cold on offense for long stretches.

Houston's Patrick Patterson returned after missing the last seven games with a bone bruise in his right foot. He had two points and two rebounds in just more than 10 minutes.

Brandon Roy isn't ready to give up on his NBA career quite yet. Roy issued a statement on Saturday saying he will seek further treatment on the chronic pain in his knees in hopes of continuing his comeback attempt with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"The past two days I have been weighing all my options as I try to continue my basketball career," Roy said. "I have decided to explore additional treatment options and an extensive rehabilitation plan. My goal has been, and continues to be, to return to the basketball court as healthy as possible in order to help our team."

The three-time All-Star initially retired as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers before last season. But he underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy over the summer after sitting out the season, then felt good enough to attempt a comeback this year.

■ Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo didn't play Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors because of a bruised right thigh and hip. Rondo participated in the team's morning shootaround. It was not immediately clear how he was injured.

Girls' High school basketball

Marion County takes Gateway Classic

University of Kentucky signee Makayla Epps scored 25 points and top-ranked Marion County cruised to a 59-37 victory against No. 8 Madison Central in the finals of the Gateway Holiday Classic at Montgomery County. Fellow future Wildcat Kyvin Goodin-Rogers added 15 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Lady Knights, who improved to 14-0 this season.

Heather Hinkle had a team-high 15 points for the Lady Indians. Shadae Bosley had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Macie Spence had 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists to lead host Montgomery County past No. 3 Paul Laurence Dunbar 57-51 in a consolation game in the Gateway Holiday Classic.

The Bulldogs had led by two heading into the fourth quarter. Erica Rogers, who scored seven of her 11 points in the fourth quarter, also had five rebounds and six assists for Montgomery County.

Lexus Edwards had a team-high 19 points for Paul Dunbar. Lakenna Parks had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Boys' High school basketball

Fla. squad wins Montgomery Co. tourney

Montgomery County's Bryan Wallace scored 27 points and Darius Jones had 23, but the host team lost to Edgewater (Fla.) 81-55 in the finals of the Gateway Holiday Classic. The Indians were outrebounded 32-19 and gave up 10 three-pointers. Deangelo Legrier had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Edgewater.

Larry Morton had 17 points, four rebounds and four steals in Bryan Station's 66-31 victory against Frankfort in the Henry County Invitational. The Defenders scored 29 points off 30 turnovers and eight of their players had at least two steals.

Jackson Davis and Dequise Robinson both scored 19 points in Lafayette's 75-64 win against Worthington (Ohio) in the Gateway Holiday Classic at Montgomery County. Davis also had 13 rebounds.

■ Scott County struggled from the field, going 14-for-44 in a 67-43 loss to Whitney Young (Ill.) in the semifinals of the Beach Ball Classic at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Trent Gilbert led the Cardinals with 15 points, but he was 5-for-16 from the field (3-for-10 on three-pointers).

Horse racing

Comma to the Top now a millionaire

Comma to the Top became racing's newest millionaire with a 13/4-length victory in the $100,000 Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday. The victory, worth $60,000, increased Comma to the Top's career earnings to $1,027,696, with 11 wins in 25 starts.

With replacement rider Edwin Maldonado in the saddle, Comma to the Top ran 61/2 furlongs on a wet-fast dirt track in 1:14.55.

Maldonado replaced Corey Nakatani, who was forced to take off his remaining mounts after a spill in the fourth race, and earned his third win on the card.

"Words can't describe a horse like this," winning trainer Peter Miller said. "He's just an iron horse. He's a $22,000 gelding and you wish you had a barn full of them. He makes training easy. He tries every time. He just wants to please you."

Pitino's Avare wins stakes at Santa Anita

In the $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-olds, Avare led all the way to win by 41/4 lengths for co-owner Rick Pitino, the Louisville basketball coach. The race at Santa Anita, named for the track's late shoeshine attendant, saw five of 10 horses scratched after it was moved from the turf to the dirt.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Avare ran one mile in 1:36.39.

Luzianna Man ended his 3-year-old campaign a stakes winner Saturday at Turfway Park in Florence, splitting horses late in the stretch to catch the filly Yankee Union and take the $50,000 Holiday Cheer Stakes by a neck. Gung Ho was third.

■ Aqueduct canceled its Saturday card because of anticipated rain and snow showers in the New York area. Live racing was scheduled to resume on Sunday. Aqueduct, normally dark on Monday and Tuesday, will also race on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.


The last word

Going to the Pro Bowl isn't getting old for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez in part because it proves he's not too old. Gonzalez, 36, was voted to his 13th Pro Bowl team on Wednesday. He said this year's honor might mean more than the others:

"Because the older you get the more people start to doubt you. Just because of human nature. 'You are getting old, there is no way you can move around like you used to.' I've been hearing that. 'Oh, he's lost a step, he's not as fast as he used to be.' It's nice to go out there and play well and tell them, 'What do you got to say now?' That's part of the fun is proving people wrong."

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