Bowl game action...Harden lifts Rockets...Spurs top Celtics...Preds double up Capitals
UNDATED (AP) — Trayveon Williams smashed a 30-year-old school record by rushing for 236 yards while scoring three touchdowns in No. 21 Texas A&M’s 52-13 victory against North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl. Northwestern converted three Utah turnovers into 21 points during the third quarter of a 31-20 Holiday Bowl win over the 20th-ranked Utes. And Taylor Cornelius tied a Liberty Bowl record with four touchdown passes before Kolby Peel made a critical fourth-down stop with 1:01 left as Oklahoma State edged No. 24 Missouri 38-33 in the Liberty Bowl.
UNDATED (AP) — Cameron Scarlett scored on a 1-yard run and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a second score to lead Stanford to a 14-13 victory against Pittsburgh in the Sun Bowl. Justin Herbert shook off a sluggish day and threw a touchdown pass to Dillon Mitchell in the fourth quarter to send Oregon past Michigan State, 7-6 in the Redbox Bowl. And Michael Warren ran for a career-high 166 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:29 left in the Military Bowl to carry Cincinnati past Virginia Tech, 35-31.
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden posted his fourth straight 40-point game and had a triple-double to boot in leading the Houston Rockets over the Memphis Grizzlies, 113-101. Harden finished with 43 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists while becoming the first player in NBA history to produce at least 35 points and five assists in eight straight games. Kyle Anderson had 20 points and Mike Conley added 19 for the Grizzlies, who lost for the seventh time in nine games.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs won for the 11th time in 13 games by shooting 19-for-25 while erupting for 46 points in the third quarter of a 120-111 triumph over the Boston Celtics. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points and Derrick White had a career-high 22 points as San Antonio won without Rudy Gay because of a sprained left wrist. Jaylen Brown had a season-high 30 points, but Boston was unable to maintain its six-point halftime advantage.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nashville Predators stopped their six-game losing skid and handed the Washington Capitals their first loss in five contests, 6-3.Frederick Gaudreau provided the game-winner while the Predators scored the last four goals in the comeback. Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists to support Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh REE’-nay), who turned back 22 shots and was perfect after Nashville spotted the Caps a 3-1 lead in the second period.