NBAPelicans lose Davis to injury, but hang on to beat Cavaliers
Tyreke Evans scored 31 points, Ryan Anderson tied a career high with eight three-pointers on his way to 30 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame the loss of Anthony Davis to beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-114 on Friday night. Davis left the game in the first quarter after taking an elbow to chest while jostling for position during a free throw by Kevin Love. He had eight points in seven minutes.
"It's a special win for us," Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said. "I'm just proud of the grit we showed."
James, returning from a one-game absence because of a sore knee, scored 41 points, while Love added 21 points.
■ The first John Wall-Chris Paul showdown of the season turned into a mismatch, with Wall controlling the game with 10 points and 11 assists and Paul struggling with a season-high six turnovers as the host Washington Wizards snapped the Los Angeles Clippers' nine-game winning streak with a 104-96 victory.
"He isn't going to tell you that, but I know this kid well enough to tell you that he was waiting for this game, he wanted to win this game," Wizards center Marcin Gortat said of Wall. "And this is the huge improvement from John from the Day 1: It wasn't about who was going to score more points — (it was) who's going to lead the team to win the game."
Wall, who had been 0-6 against Paul in games when both played, had an impact far greater than his stat line. He turned the game with a blistering sequence late in the first half: an acrobatic assist to Bradley Beal for a three-pointer, a three-pointer of his own, a from-behind block of Glen Davis' shot in the paint, and a Wall-on-Paul takeaway created when he poked with his left hand and deflected the ball out of bounds off the Clippers point guard's leg. Wall has 11 or more assists in his past seven games.
"I just want to be a great player, so you've got to be committed for 48 minutes and when things aren't going offensively you've got to keep playing the right way," Wall said regarding his improved play on defense.Young to miss time with shoulder injury
Boston Celtics rookie James Young will miss at least two weeks following a shoulder injury suffered during Tuesday's D-League game with the Maine Red Claws.
"There was a little bit of muscular damage that he can rehab hopefully without surgery," Celtics Coach Brad Stevens said.
Young, the 17th overall pick in June's draft, has appeared in five games for Boston playing a total of 18 minutes. During his D-League outings, Young has excelled — as expected — from three-point range.
"The thing that we all see when we see James is his savvy and his fluidity and the game comes pretty easy to him," Stevens told ESPN. "The next step for James is, in my opinion, is getting strong enough and getting used to the defensive system in the NBA so that he can guard either a 2 or a 3. Whichever comes first, great, but, night in and night out in this league, those are hard positions to guard."
■ DeMarcus Cousins is still recovering from a virus that has sidelined him for the last eight games. He was able to take part in post-practice drills with Kings assistant Corliss Williamson.
"We're going about it very slowly and cautiously with him, trying to up his workload every day and hopefully, if things go well, maybe there's a chance he can try to get into practice next week," Coach Michael Malone said.
High school basketball
Sayre overcomes Wolfe County's 18 threes
Wolfe County hit 18 three-pointers and Bradley Lawson had a triple-double, but Sayre's boys prevailed 72-65 in the Kentucky Bank Classic at Bourbon County. The Spartans led by as many as 18 points before having to hold off the Wolves' challenge. Sayre's Quinn Pergande had 19 points and 23 rebounds, and Robbie Goodman scored 21.
Lawson hit five three-pointers for Wolfe County, who were 18-for-40 overall. He finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Devin Stone made eight three-pointers and wound up with 26 points and three assists.
■ Lexington Catholic, ranked 10th in the coaches' preseason poll, used a 16-5 run in the second quarter to pull away in a 77-55 victory at home against North Hardin. The Knights' Tanner Johnson was 12-for-20 from the field with 29 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and four assists. Reese Ryan added eight points and six assists.
■ Cameron Reed hit a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left in overtime to give No. 20 Eastern a 74-72 win against Henry Clay in Lexington. He finished with 23 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Isaiah Tisdale also scored 23 and had seven assists for the Blue Devils.
■ Boyle County's Hagen Tyler, who has signed with Northern Kentucky, had 22 points and 14 rebounds in a 90-75 victory against Knox Central.
■ Gabby Bowie scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Sayre's 41-37 win at home against Bryan Station.
■ Autumn Herriford had 10 points, six rebounds and three steals in Paul Laurence Dunbar's 39-36 win at Lexington Catholic.
Soccer's Irving a third-team All-American
Kentucky men's soccer goalie Callum Irving became the fourth Wildcat in program history to be named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The junior was named to the third team, and is the first goalkeeper in UK history to earn All-America status. Irving finished the season with a 0.77 goals-against average, the fourth-best total in UK single-season history. He tied for second in UK single-season history with 10 shutouts.
Cochran in lead at Web.com's Q-School
Rick Cochran III shot a 4-under 67 Friday on PGA National's Champion Course to take the lead at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The 28-year-old from Paducah made five birdies and just one bogey to move to 10-under 133. He leads Ted Purdy and Dustin Bray by a shot in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
"Today I hit a few loose shots but was able to score well," Cochran said. "Any day you score better than you play is a bonus. And that's what I did today. It goes without saying I'm very happy where I stand after two rounds."
Etc.State cheerleading tourney at Horse ParkThe third annual KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships are Saturday in Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Competition begins at 10 a.m. and continues through the evening. Tickets are $10 per session. Children 10 and under will be admitted free.
The last word
NFL star J.J. Watt has moved from the football field to South Park. A cartoon version of the Houston Texans' defensive end appeared briefly on an episode of the Comedy Central show this past week. Watt said he wouldn't watch the show, but that he considered it an honor:
"A lot of my friends think it's really, really cool so I guess that means something."