Wolverines rout Wildcats...Duke cruises...Pistons stun Raptors...76ers fall in Butler’s debut
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — No. 18 Michigan opened on a 22-8 run and added a 17-3 spurt before heading into intermission with a 27-point lead in a 73-46 thrashing of the No. 8 Wildcats at Villanova. Charles Matthews scored 19 points against the Wildcats, who lost four players who were drafted among the first 33 picks in the NBA Draft last summer. Ignas Brazdeikis had 18 points for the 3-0 Wolverines. Villanova shot just 32 percent and didn’t have a player with more than 10 points.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Top-ranked Duke rolled to an 84-46 rout of Eastern Michigan, taking command with a 21-1 run and scoring 31 points off the Eagles’ 20 turnovers. Zion Williamson finished with 21 points and fellow freshman RJ Barrett added 20 while the duo helped the Blue Devils shoot 47 percent. Javin DeLaurier and Jack White added 10 points apiece for the Blue Devils, who took over the No. 1 ranking from Kansas on Monday.
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors suffered their second straight loss since opening the season 12-1. The Detroit Pistons erased a 19-point deficit and beat the Raptors, 106-104 on Reggie Bullock’s buzzer-beating basket. Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds as Detroit won for only the third time in nine games since a 4-0 start.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers were losers in their first game since acquiring All-Star Jimmy Butler from Minnesota. Butler scored 14 points in his Sixers debut, but the Magic rallied to earn a 111-106 victory against Philadelphia. Orlando trailed 92-76 in the fourth quarter before scoring 21 straight points. The Magic iced the victory by holding the 76ers without a field goal over the final 3 1/2 minutes.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The defending Stanley Cup champs fell for the third time in four games as Ben Chiarot (shuh-RAHT’) scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:09 left in the Winnipeg Jets’ 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. Mark Scheifele (SHYF’-lee) had a power-play score and Kyle Connor added an empty-netter in support of Connor Hellebuyck’s (HEH’-leh-buhks) 27-save performance. Hellebuyck was perfect after Jakob Vrana (vuh-RAH’-nah) beat him 13 minutes into the opening period.