Thunder struck ... Penny for their thoughts ... 9th-straight loss for Suns
BOSTON (AP) — A last-minute meltdown caused the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a stunning loss against the Boston Celtics. Marcus Morris made a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to take a 100-99 victory Tuesday night. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Morris added 21 points as Boston snapped the Thunder’s six-game win streak. Leading the Thunder was Russell Westbrook, who finished with 27 points.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis has turned to a favorite son in hopes of revitalizing its struggling basketball program. Penny Hardaway, who starred two seasons at Memphis in the early 1990s before a successful NBA career, was named as the Tigers’ new men’s basketball coach. He replaces the fired Tubby Smith.
PHOENIX (AP) — Blake Griffin narrowly missed a triple double and the Pistons celebrated the return of Reggie Jackson by handing the short-handed Phoenix Suns their ninth straight loss, 115-88 Tuesday night. Jackson was back in the Detroit starting lineup after missing 24 games with a severe ankle sprain. Phoenix played without their two leading scorers — Devin Booker and T.J. Warren — due to injuries and lost for the 24th time in 26 games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Miami NFL lineman Jonathan Martin faces criminal charges. Prosecutors in Los Angeles say Martin has been charged with threatening two former teammates who had harassed him in the NFL. Martin is also accused of threatening former prep school classmates. The alleged threats included a post on Martin’s Instagram page last month showing a shotgun. Martin left the Dolphins midseason in 2013 after accusing some teammates of bullying.
DETROIT (AP) — Frans Nielsen scored his NHL-record 22nd shootout winner and the Detroit Red Wings edged the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 on Tuesday night to end their 10-game losing streak. Jimmy Howard made 27 saves through overtime and stopped all three attempts he faced in the shootout.