Paying homage...Harden hits 54, loses...Better without Butler
HOUSTON (AP) — Call it a winning tribute. The Houston Texans knocked off the Tennessee Titans 34-17 in Monday Night Football. In the first game since founder and owner Robert “Bob” McNair died on Friday, the Texans honored him by wearing decals on the back of their helmets in the shape of a football with white block letters bearing his initials of “RCM.” Deshaun Watson threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third.
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall scored a season-high 36 points, including six in overtime, and the Washington Wizards overcame James Harden’s season-best 54 points to outlast the Houston Rockets 135-131. Wall had two baskets in the extra period and finished with 11 assists.
CLEVELAND (AP) — There’s no question the Minnesota Timberwolves have been better since trading disgruntled star Jimmy Butler. Monday night’s 102-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers improved Minnesota’s record to 6-2 since the trade two weeks ago that sent Butler to Philadelphia.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura each scored 18 points as top-ranked Gonzaga beat North Dakota State 102-60 on Monday night to remain undefeated. Corey Kispert added 17 points and Zach Norvell Jr. 15 for Gonzaga (7-0), which reached No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 earlier in the day by virtue of beating former No. 1 Duke at the Maui Invitational.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Riggleman, a 66-year-old veteran of 13 seasons as a major league manager, has been hired by the New York Mets as bench coach for Mickey Callaway. Riggleman was Cincinnati’s bench coach from 2016 under he became interim manager for 5½ months last season, and he led the Reds to a 64-80 record after the team’s 3-15 start under Bryan Price. Riggleman replaces Gary DiSarcina as Mets bench coach. DiSarcina will coach at third base.