Streaking Rockets…Bypassing White House…Duke upset

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — James Harden had 26 points and Luc Mbah a Moute (look BAH’-ah MOO’-tay) scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Houston Rockets to their 13th straight win with a 96-85 victory over the Utah Jazz. Playing the second side of a back-to-back set at high altitude, nothing seemed to come easy for the Rockets but the Jazz committed 22 turnovers, many of them unforced, to ease the pressure.

NEW YORK (AP) — A scorching third period pushed the Golden State Warriors to a 125-111 blowout over the New York Knicks on Monday night. The Warriors improved to 3-0 since the All-Star break and beat the Knicks at home for the eighth straight time. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder got by the Orlando Magic 112-106. Paul George led the way for OKC with 26 points. Orlando was held to 43 points on 37 percent shooting in the second half.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Golden State Warriors will be in the nation’s capital on Tuesday, just not at the White House. The traditional champions’ invitation was never granted from President Donald Trump — and it appeared the Warriors might have declined it, anyway. So they plan to spend their day in the city with local children Tuesday. Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry had said he did not want to go to the White House last September and Trump then made it clear he wasn’t welcome.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Chris Clarke tipped in a missed shot with 4 seconds remaining Monday night, and Virginia Tech stunned No. 5 Duke 64-63. The Hokies had trailed almost the entire game before Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s jumper sailed over the rim and Clarke grabbed it and laid it in. Alexander-Walker led the Hokies with 17 points, Justin Bibbs had 14 on his Senior Night and Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 13.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers traded captain Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Vladimir Namestnikov, two prospects and two draft picks just before the trade deadline. Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said it was “difficult” to make the trade. New York has three first-round picks in June’s draft.

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