Joe's Morning Sports-Thursday, Feb 14, 2019

Damian Lillard scored 29 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped the Golden State Warriors' five-game win streak by whipping the two-time defending champs, 129-107.  Jake Layman added 17 points off the bench for the Blazers, who had eight players in double figures.  Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry each had 32 points for the Warriors, but Klay Thompson shot just 2-for-16 in scoring nine points.

 

Jeff Teague scored 27 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame James Harden's 42 points to beat the Houston Rockets, 121-111.  Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 for Minnesota which went on an 18-2 run in the third quarter to go ahead to stay.  Harden had his 31st consecutive game with 30 or more points, tying Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in league history.

James Palmer made two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining to give Nebraska a 62-61 win over Minnesota last night, ending the Cornhuskers' seven-game losing streak.  The Gophers’ Dupree McBrayer had picked up a loose ball under the basket moments earlier, but he stepped out of bounds, giving Nebraska possession with 2.7 seconds left.  Glynn Watson Jr. inbounded to Palmer, who was fouled by Amir Coffey as he went up to shoot.  Palmer went to the line and hit the first free throw, and after a timeout he swished the second to send the Pinnacle Bank Arena crowd into a frenzy.  Palmer finished with 24 points and six rebounds for the Huskers while Watson broke out of the worst slump of his career, scoring 19 points.  The Huskers earned its first win since Jan. 14.  Nebraska is now 16-9 overall and 6-8 in the Big Ten while Minnesota drops to 14-11 overall and 4-10 in the conference.

Naji Marshall hit a pair of three-pointers as Xavier rallied to tie the game in regulation and added two more baskets in overtime last night sending the Musketeers to a 64-61 victory over Creighton that ended their six-game losing streak.  Marshall finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, including a career-high five three pointers, in a matchup of the Big East's bottom teams.  The Bluejays’ Davion Mintz missed a long three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to try to win the game.  Martin Krampelj led Creighton with 18 points, nine rebounds, and two blocked shots.  They drop to 13-12 overall and 4-8 in the BIG EAST while Xavier is now 12-13 overall and 4-8 in the conference.

 

Nebraska baseball’s Angelo Altavilla, Chad Luensmann and Luke Roskam each earned spots on the Big Ten Preseason Honors List.  The Big Ten also released its preseason coaches’ poll today.  The Huskers are picked to finish tied for sixth in the conference with Purdue.  Reigning Big Ten regular-season and tournament champion Minnesota claimed the top spot in the preseason poll, while Michigan and Illinois round out the top three.

The State Wrestling Championships get underway today at CHI Health Center Arena in Omaha.  Classes ‘A’ & ‘D’ get underway at 9:30 AM while Classes ‘B’ & ‘C’ commence at 4:00.  Norfolk High will be represented with ten wrestlers in the Class ‘A’ competition in Josh Licking (152); Conner Cowling (285); Brayden Splater (160); Lane Reuter (220); Creighton Blain (182); Weston Godfrey (120); Aaron Dittmer (126); Blake Forsythe (170); Kaleb Van Driel (132); & Laikon Ames (195).  Norfolk Catholic will showcase Wyatt Smydra (138) & Joey Otero (195) in the Class ‘C’ event.  171 wrestlers from the Northeast Nebraska area will be participating.  Reports can be heard all three days on 106 KIX, 97.5 KEXL, & Newstalk WJAG 105.9.  Elsewhere on the local schedule, in basketball, the Norfolk High girls host Lincoln East at 7:45, the Nebraska women are in College Park, Maryland to play the University of Maryland at 7:00, and the Nebraska-Omaha men entertain South Dakota State at 7:00.  Also, the Wayne State baseball team faces Ft. Hays State in a 12:00 doubleheader in Hays, Kansas.

This week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Jarred Novotny of the Clarkson/Leigh boys basketball team.  In the last week, he scored 15 points with seven rebounds and three steals in a 55-48 road win at Stanton last Thursday.  The next night, Novotny exploded for 42 points breaking his own school record from a week earlier in a 78-72 overtime victory at East Butler.  Novotny hit eight three-pointers that night and added four assists.  He was nominated by coach Jeff Bachman.  Congratulations to Jarred Novotny of the Clarkson/Leigh boys basketball team, he is this week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.

Local Schedule:  Lincoln East at Nfk High (GBB-7:45); South Dakota St. at Nebraska-Omaha (MBB-7:00); Nebraska at Maryland (WBB-7:00); WSC at Ft. Hays St., KS (Bsbl DH-12:00).

Tonight: The Elkhorn Valley girls face Elgin Public/Pope John in the D-1-7 Sub-District Final at Battle Creek at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 on 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com.  Also, the Pender girls meet Randolph in the D-1-6 Sub-District Final at Stanton at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Friday Evening: The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball teams visit Lincoln Northeast starting with the girls game at 5:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:25 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Local Scores:  Southeast CC 85 NECC 76 (MBB); NECC 86 Southeast CC 59 (WBB); South Dakota St. 82 Nebraska-Omaha 38 (WBB); WSC 5 Ft. Hays St., KS 4 (Bsbl).

Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Jarred Novotny of the Clarkson/Leigh boys basketball team.

CBS Sports Radio at Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & 780 AM Mon-Fri at 6:00 PM; Sat at 4:00; & Sun at 1:00.

 

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION

    

      Final  3OT    Brooklyn              148    Cleveland          139

      Final    Milwaukee            106    Indiana                97

      Final    Boston                  118    Detroit              110

      Final    Philadelphia      126    N-Y  Knicks        111

      Final    Toronto                129    Washington        120

      Final    Minnesota            121    Houston              111

      Final    Chicago                122    Memphis              110

      Final    Miami                    112    Dallas                101

      Final    Denver                  120    Sacramento        118

      Final    L.A.  Clippers    134    Phoenix              107

      Final    Portland              129    Golden  State    107

    

    

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          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Pittsburgh      3    Edmonton        1

      Final    Anaheim            1    Vancouver      0

    

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          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL

    

      Final    (1)  Tennessee                85    South  Carolina      73

      Final    (13)  Villanova              85    Providence              67

      Final    (15)  Texas  Tech            78    Oklahoma  St.          50

      Final    (17)  Florida  St.          88    Wake  Forest            66

      Final    (22)  Virginia  Tech      76    Georgia  Tech          68

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