Spurs edge warriors...Nowitski passes Chamberlain...Home ice for Lightning
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and nine rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 111-105 on Monday night for their ninth straight win. San Antonio won its 11th straight at home and moved into fifth in the Western Conference at 42-29 following Oklahoma City’s loss to Miami. Stephen Curry had 25 points after a slow start and Kevin Durant added 24 for Golden State. The Warriors have dropped into a tie with Denver for first place in the West with matching 47-22 records.
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki passed Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA’s career scoring list, but Elfrid Payton had his fifth straight triple-double to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 129-125 in overtime Monday night. Payton finished with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Nowitzki moved past Chamberlain (31,419 points) on one of his signature long-range jumpers from the top of the key with 8:35 remaining in the first quarter.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored his 36th goal of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the Presidents’ Trophy with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. The Lightning, who have 116 points, will have home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. Bo Horvat scored 16 seconds into overtime, and Vancouver stopped Chicago’s five-game win streak with a victory over the Blackhawks. The Canucks pulled within six points of Arizona for the second wild card in the jumbled bottom of the Western Conference.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees reached into the remainder of the free-agent market to bolster their ailing rotation, agreeing Monday to a minor league contract with Gio Gonzalez. If added to the 40-man roster, the 33-year-old left-hander would get a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn performance bonuses. New York ace Luis Severino is sidelined by right shoulder inflammation. In addition, CC Sabathia is likely to miss the first week or two.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw won’t be starting for the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day, ending his streak of pitching eight straight openers. Manager Dave Roberts announced the decision on Monday. Kershaw has dealt with left shoulder inflammation during spring training, and has yet to pitch in a game. The Dodgers are considering Walker Buehler and Rich Hill as opening day starters. However, Buehler has had a sore shoulder.