Jones, Rockets come from behind to beat Davis, Pelicans
Dwight Howard had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and James Harden scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter in the host Houston Rockets' 107-98 comeback victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
Chandler Parsons added 19 points and seven rebounds, and former Kentucky standout Terrence Jones had 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots to help Houston win its third straight game and snap New Orleans' winning streak at two.
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Jeremy Lin scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, and the Rockets made three of five three-point attempts in the quarter after going 3 of 21 from long range in the first three quarters.
Ryan Anderson had 22 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, and Anthony Davis added 18 points and 16 rebounds. Darius Miller had two points and two assists in 12 minutes.
■ John Wall had 20 points and 11 assists, Marcin Gortat added 16 points, and the Washington Wizards routed the visiting Detroit Pistons 106-82. Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal each added 15 points for Washington, which snapped a three-game home losing streak and has won four of its last five overall. Josh Harrellson had 10 points, three rebounds and one blocked shot for Detroit.
Detroit got no closer than 19 points in the second half and the Wizards led by as many as 28.
"Being aggressive, attacking the basket, being more physical," Wall said of the win. "We got back to our defensive concepts and we protected the rim and got a lot or rebounds."
■ Kevin Love had 33 points and 15 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double, and the Minnesota Timberwolves climbed back to .500 by routing the host Milwaukee Bucks.
■ The Cleveland Cavaliers suspended enigmatic center Andrew Bynum indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team" and banned him from all team-related activities. Bynum, who signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Cavs in July, did not travel with the team to Boston for Saturday's game (a 103-100 loss) and it's likely that he has played his final game for Cleveland. "It's a terrible situation internally with our team," All-Star guard Kyrie Irving said before the Cavs faced the Celtics. "It's something we have to get over."
Girls' high school basketball
Conner, Mason County win on late threes
Brooke Maines made a three-pointer with 9 seconds left to give host Conner a 61-59 victory against Henry Clay in the State Farm Classic in Florence. Madi Meyers led the Cougars with 16 points, Hunter Hendricks had 15 and Maines scored 14.
Kerrigan Davis scored 21 for the Lady Blue Devils.
■ Mason County's McKenzie Butler hit a 30-footer as time expired to give her team a 52-51 victory over Clay County in the Sunshine Classic at Daytona Beach, Fla.
■ Audriana Christopher went 16-for-20 at the line and finished with 28 points and seven assists in No. 13 Scott County's 85-74 victory against No. 25 Glasgow in the Gateway Holiday Classic at Montgomery County. Danielle DeFoor added 23 points, including four three-pointers, for the Cardinals. The Lady Scotties got 26 points, 12 rebounds and fours steals from Bree Glover.
■ Sayre's Gabby Bowie scored 22 points and blocked 10 shots in Sayre's 55-21 win at Kentucky Country Day in Louisville.
■ Brooke Todd posted a double-double — 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks — and ShaKeema Jackson scored 19 points in Paul Dunbar's 49-35 win against host Montgomery County in the Gateway Holiday Classic.
■ Nikki Kiernan and Alexus Mayes scored 28 and 18 points, respectively, and both had nine rebounds in No. 19 Newport Central Catholic's 58-40 win against LaRue County in the Gateway Holiday Classic at Montgomery County.
Boys' high school basketball
Woodford Co. wins Greenup tourney
Eli Boggess and Sam Souers scored 21 points apiece and Grayson Graf had 20 in Woodford County's 73-66 victory against Elliott County in the championship game of the Our Lady of Bellafonte Holiday Classic at Greenup County.
■ Paul Dunbar led by 19 points heading to the fourth quarter and held on for a 79-75 victory against Worthington (Ohio) Kilbourne in the Gateway Holiday Classic at Montgomery County. Darius Williams scored a game-high 23 points for the Bulldogs, and Donnie Lewis had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.
■ Brett Goodwin scored a career-high 36 points in host Powell County's 83-78 win in overtime against Anderson County in the Red River Classic.
■ Alex Trentman scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Bishop Brossart's 67-55 victory over the hosts in the Henry Clay Invitational.
Packers activate Cobb off injured reserve
Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb was activated from injured reserve and was listed as questionable for Sunday's crucial game against the Chicago Bears. The former University of Kentucky star was the team's allotted player on injured reserve who was designated for return after getting hurt during a 19-17 win Oct. 13 at Baltimore. He caught 29 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns playing the first five games this season for Green Bay (7-7-1).
■ The Minnesota Vikings ruled out running back Adrian Peterson for their final game of the season. He sprained his right foot Dec. 8 at Baltimore and sat out the following week against Philadelphia. He played last Sunday at Cincinnati but was mostly ineffective. Peterson finished the season with 1,266 yards rushing, the second-lowest total of his seven years in the NFL.
Belmont purse increased to $1.5 million
The Belmont Stakes will be worth $1.5 million next year, the first purse increase for the final leg of horse racing's Triple Crown since 1998. The Preakness Stakes announced earlier this month its purse would increase to $1.5 million. The Kentucky Derby is worth $2 million. The purse for the Belmont, to be run on June 7, will be shared among the first eight finishers. Previously, it was split between the top five finishers on a percentage basis. The winner will earn $800,000. The eighth-place finisher will receive $30,000.
Puig charged with reckless driving
The Florida Highway Patrol said that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested after officers clocked him driving 110 mph in a 70 mph zone. A news release from the Highway Patrol said a white Mercedes driven by the 23-year-old Cuban defector was pulled over around 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Naples.
Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County jail for processing. Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck declined to comment on Puig's arrest.
Puig hit .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBI.
The last word
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez on retirement after 17 stellar seasons in the NFL:
"It's time for me to go. It's time to go back to my family. Go back to California, where I'm from, and explore that next chapter in my life. ... I'm looking forward to going out there and finishing on a high note (Sunday)."