Joe’s Morning Sports-Thursday, Jan 17, 2019
Stephen Curry scored 41 points while the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans were combining to hit an NBA-record 43 three-pointers in Golden State’s 147-140 victory. Curry drained nine treys to become the first player in league history to make eight or more in three straight games.
The Brooklyn Nets weren’t expected to battle for a playoff berth this year, yet they currently hold the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference after reaching the .500 mark for the first time this late in season since the end of the 2013-14 campaign. The Nets survived James Harden’s season-high 58-point performance and downed the Rockets, 145-142 in overtime at Houston. Harden set a season high for points for the second straight game, but he was just 5-19 from beyond the arc as Houston hit 23 three-pointers in an NBA-record 70 attempts.
Shamorie Ponds had 22 points, five assists, and two steals in his return from a back injury to lead four players in double figures and St. John’s broke away from Creighton for an 81-66 victory last night in Queens, New York. Teammate LJ Figueroa had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Marcus Zegarowski had 17 points to lead four players in double figures for the Bluejays. Creighton has now lost four in a row. They are now 10-8 overall and 1-4 in the BIG EAST while the Red Storm improve to 15-3 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
Lincoln native Jack Sock and Omaha Burke graduate Jackson Withrow rallied to defeat the second-seeded Colombian duo of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-7 (6-7), 6-3, 6-4 today in a men’s doubles first-round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. After dropping the first set, Sock and Withrow quickly took control of the second, breaking the Colombians in the second game for a 2-0 lead. They broke Cabal and Farah again in the first game of the third set, but the Colombians got the break back in the fourth game. Trailing 3-2 in the set and 40-love in the sixth game, the Americans fought off three break points to tie the set. After Cabal and Farah held serve to take a 4-3 lead, Sock and Withrow closed the match by winning the last three games.
Baseball fans are welcome to enter an online drawing to buy season tickets to the College World Series. Fans who enter by midnight on March 1 will be eligible to be selected to buy up to four season tickets to the CWS, which is held in June each year at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The number of tickets available is to be determined and based on existing season-ticket holder renewals. Most of the tickets for new applicants will be in the upper level of the stadium. Season ticket holders can request seat relocation in future years. People whose names are drawn will receive email notice by March 6. Season ticket prices range from $425 to $476.
Checking out the local schedule for today, in basketball, in games that can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com, Norfolk High visits Lincoln High starting with the girls game at 5:45. Pregame coverage at 5:25. Elsewhere in hoops, the Nebraska men host Michigan State at 7:00, the Nebraska-Omaha men are in Macomb, Illinois to play Western Illinois at 7:00, the Nebraska women visit Champaign, Illinois to play the University of Illinois at 7:00, the Norfolk Catholic & Battle Creek wrestling teams compete in Pierce’ triangular at 6:00, and the Norfolk High swim team is at Kearney for a 4:00 dual.
This week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Francisco Perez of the O’Neill boys basketball team. In four games played in the last week, he averaged 18.2 points per game, 6.5 rebounds, three assists, and 2.6 steals. In a 57-52 loss to Ainsworth last Thursday, Perez had 17 points, six boards, three steals, and three assists. In a 60-57 loss to Creighton last Saturday, he had 30 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists. In a 46-42 victory over Neligh/Oakdale last Monday, Perez had 21 points, six boards, four assists, and three steals. And, in a 47-38 win over Wagner, South Dakota, he had 21 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Perez was nominated by coach Seth Kallhoff. Congratulations to Francisco Perez of the O’Neill boys basketball team, he is this week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.
Local Schedule: Nfk High at Lincoln High (G&B BB-5:45); Nfk High at Kearney (G&B SW Dual-4:00); NC & Battle Creek at Pierce Tri. (WR-6:00); Michigan St. at Nebraska (MBB-7:00); Nebraska-Omaha at Western Illinois (MBB-7:00); Nebraska at Illinois (WBB-7:00).
This Evening: The Norfolk High girls & boys visit Lincoln High starting with the girls’ game at 5:45. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:25 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
Saturday Morning: Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM live from Market Grille at Hy-Vee East. Get the lowdown with the coaches.
Saturday: The Northeast Hawks women and men’s basketball teams are at Iowa Western Community College starting with the womens’ game at 5:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 4:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com. Also, the Pierce girls & boys host Battle Creek starting with the girls’ game at 4:30. Pregame coverage at approximately 4:10 on 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com.
Local Scores: Southeastern CC, IA 95 NECC 88 (MBB); Western Illinois 78 Nebraska-Omaha 70 (WBB).
Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Francisco Perez of the O’Neill boys basketball team.
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Final Milwaukee 111 Memphis 101
Final Boston 117 Toronto 108
Final OT Brooklyn 145 Houston 142
Final San Antonio 105 Dallas 101
Final Portland 129 Cleveland 112
Final Golden State 147 New Orleans 140
Final Utah 129 L.A. Clippers 109
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Ottawa 5 Colorado 2
Final Philadelphia 4 Boston 3
Final OT Buffalo 4 Calgary 3
Final SO Edmonton 3 Vancouver 2
Final Arizona 6 San Jose 3
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Final Iowa St. 68 (8) Texas Tech 64
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Final Kansas St. 74 (20) Oklahoma 61
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Final (23) Iowa 89 Penn St. 82