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Holiday scores 37 points, Pelicans beat slumping Pistons

Holiday scores 37 points, Pelicans beat slumping Pistons

Alvin Gentry knew he needed Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans coach didn't get his star at 100 percent. It was still enough. Davis left with a right hip injury after a first-quarter collision with Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin and missed the rest of the first half. When he came back early in the third quarter, he was moving slowly and only scored three points, matching the three he had before the injury. However, he also had five blocks and nine rebounds against Griffin and Andre Drummond to help the Pelicans win 116-108. 'Just having Anthony on the floor means everything,' Gentry said. 'He might have been closer to 50 percent than 100 percent, but he was still giving us great defense and grabbing big rebounds.' With Davis missing or ineffective on the offensive end, Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle took over. Holiday scored 37 points on 14-of-22 shooting and Randle added 28 points, six rebounds and five assists. 'We just executed our game plan,' Randle said. 'Everything was coming extremely easily for Jrue and when he gets rolling, he doesn't miss.' Griffin scored 35 points for Detroit, Andre Drummond had 23 points and 19 rebounds, and Langston Galloway added a season-best 24. 'Even when Anthony is out, that's a very solid team with a lot of weapons,' Griffin said. 'We knew how we wanted to handle Jrue, but we didn't execute.' The Pistons have lost four straight. 'Jrue Holiday was a really tough challenge for Bruce (Brown) to handle by himself, and even when we sent Reggie (Jackson) over to help, he still had his way with us,' Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. 'We are getting great looks on the other end, but we've got to knock them down.' Drummond had 10 offensive rebounds for the 22nd time in his career — Tyson Chandler is second among active players with 15 — but Gentry thought his defense did just enough against Detroit's center. 'You can block him out on every shot, and he's just going to go over you and get rebounds,' Gentry said. 'I thought we got the big rebounds we needed down the stretch.' Holiday had 18 points in the first half, and New Orleans led by 11 before the Pistons cut it to 56-50. Davis returned at the first stoppage in the third quarter and helped the Pelicans take a 78-62 lead midway through the period. He was clearly limited on the offensive end but was able to get stops on defense. Griffin and Galloway combined for 26 points in the period and had the Pistons within four points until Tim Frazier's buzzer-beating 3-pointer made it 91-84 going to the fourth. 'We were getting a lot of stops late in the quarter, and that lets me get into transition and get my shots,' Galloway said. 'We just needed to keep that going.' Detroit quickly narrowed the gap to 93-91, but the Pelicans responded with a 7-1 run to take an eight-point lead. 'I think we lead the NBA in wide-open shots, but we have to start knocking them down,' Griffin said. Drummond missed two free throws with 4:03 left, then fouled Randle at the other end. He hit both shots to make it 107-98, and the Pelicans held on to win. TIP INS Pelicans: New Orleans has won 16 of its last 20 against Detroit, including 12 of the last 13. ... Gentry, who coached the Pistons from 1997-2000, is 16-5 against them as a head coach. Pistons: Galloway has hit at least four 3-pointers six times in the last 15 games. .. Reggie Jackson missed his first five shots and didn't score until 4:26 remained in the game. DAVIS IN BOSTON? Davis went for more medical tests after the game, and Gentry wasn't sure if he would play Monday in Boston. 'A lot of times, it is the next day that these really hurt,' he said. 'We're not even 30 games into the season, and we're going to be very cautious with this. If he's ready, he'll play, but only if he's ready.' UP NEXT Pelicans: At Boston on Monday night. Pistons: At Philadelphia on Monday night. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Schofield's 3 lifts No. 7 Tennessee over No. 1 Gonzaga 76-73

Schofield's 3 lifts No. 7 Tennessee over No. 1 Gonzaga 76-73

Tennessee lost the reigning SEC player of the year down the stretch against the nation's top-ranked team. The Vols still had the Admiral to lead them. Admiral Schofield hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left and scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half, helping No. 7 Tennessee knock off top-ranked Gonzaga 76-73 in the Colangelo Classic on Sunday. 'Our team really executed in the second half,' Schofield said. 'A lot of good looks for a lot of guys and anyone could have knocked down those shots, we have so many talented people on this team.' Tennessee (7-1) jumped on Gonzaga early and fought back from a nine-point, second-half deficit. Reigning SEC player of the year Grant Williams fouled out with 2:30 left, but the Vols went up two when Schofield banked in a 3-pointer with 80 seconds left. After Rui Hachimura tied it with two free throws, Schofield hit a long 3 and Tennessee held on for its first win over a No. 1 team — fifth overall — since beating Kansas in 2010. 'We knew it would have a March kind of feel to it,' said Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, who moved into a tie with Gary Williams for 25th in Division I with 668 victories. 'When you play against a No. 1 team, you're going to play 40 minutes and we probably did that better today that we had any other game this season.' Gonzaga (9-1) had two shots at a tying 3-pointer, but Zach Norvell Jr. and Hachimura missed. Hachimura and Brandon Clarke had 21 points each for the Bulldogs. 'It was heck of a basketball game,' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. 'We just ended up on the short end. They made the plays down the stretch and we didn't.' The Zags passed every previous test despite playing without injured forward Kevin Tillie. Gonzaga blew out Texas A&M in Spokane, then knocked off Illinois, Arizona and then-top-ranked Duke to win the Maui Invitational. The Bulldogs beat Washington in their last game on Hachimura's last-second jumper. Tennessee, a popular preseason Final Four pick, took No. 2 Kansas to overtime before losing and beat Louisville by 11 in its closest win of the season. Hachimura had no trouble against one of the nation's best defensive frontcourts, effectively using his mid-range jumper to score 14 points by halftime. Williams had 12 and the Vols led 34-33 after Jordan Bowden hit a last-second jumper. Gonzaga built a quick seven-point lead in the second half, let Tennessee claw back, then went up 58-50 on a pair of Norvell 3-pointers as he traded baskets and trash talk with Schofield. Schofield brought the Vols back, tying it at 68 with a 3-pointer from the wing with just over three minutes left. He kept pouring in big shots, leading the Vols to a win over the nation's top-ranked team and, most likely, a climb in the AP Top 25. 'That's easily the most physical team we've played so far,' Few said. 'We did fairly well.' BIG PICTURE Tennessee looked every bit a Final Four contender, knocking off the nation's No. 1 team with its best player on the bench the final 2:30. Gonzaga had passed all its previous tests, but not having Tillie hurt the Zags against the talented Vols. CLARKE'S BIG BLOCK Clarke had one of the best blocked shots of the early college basketball season early in the second half, swatting Yves Pons' two-handed dunk attempt like a volleyball spike . The block drew a roar from the crowd and oohs and aahs even on the replay. 'Blocking shots and dunking are definitely the most fun things for me on the basketball court,' said Clarke, who grew up in Phoenix. 'It's always fun to jump at another player who's super bouncy.' BARNES BEATS A NO. 1 Barnes got something he never had during his 31-year coaching career: A win over a No. 1 team. Barnes had never beaten a top-ranked team during stops at George Mason, Providence, Clemson, Texas and Tennessee. Barnes was unaware of the stat. His players were. 'We wanted to get him that win over a No. 1 team,' Schofield said. UP NEXT Tennessee plays at Memphis on Saturday. Gonzaga plays at No. 14 North Carolina on Saturday. ____ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Harbaugh says he's staying at Michigan, not returning to NFL

Harbaugh says he's staying at Michigan, not returning to NFL

Jim Harbaugh insisted he is staying at Michigan. Responding to speculation he's returning to the NFL, the former San Francisco 49ers coach told ESPN he is not going anywhere . 'This is a choreographed message that comes up at this time every year before signing day,' Harbaugh told ESPN. 'It's people spreading messages to further their own personal agenda. But I'm on record right here, right now: I'm not going anywhere. I'm staying at Michigan. We have big plans here, and there's a lot we want to accomplish.' Former Ohio State star receiver and Fox Sports analyst Cris Carter has said Harbaugh is a potential candidate to lead the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns. After Harbaugh and the eighth-ranked Wolverines were celebrated Sunday at a banquet, he didn't want to discuss the topic much at a previously scheduled news conference to promote the team's appearance in the Peach Bowl. Why did he address it with ESPN? 'To make a statement of it, to go on record and not be asked anymore after that by people who like to yap and ask questions,' Harbaugh told reporters. Michigan won 10 games this season for the third time under Harbaugh but dropped to 0-4 against the rival Buckeyes and fell out of the Big Ten and national championship races. The Wolverines face No. 10 Florida on Dec. 29 in the Peach Bowl. Harbaugh, who is 38-13 at Michigan, is in the fourth year of a seven-year contract with a compensation package that gives him more than $7 million per year. He returned nearly four years ago to the school where he was a star quarterback after going 44-19-1 with the 49ers, winning the 2012 NFC championship. 'I'm so happy that he's our coach,' Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said. 'And I look forward to him coaching, as I said before, until he retires from Michigan and ends his career here.' Manuel said it is a credit to Harbaugh that his name is often mentioned to fill openings in the NFL. 'Jim is one of the greatest coaches — college or pro,' Manuel said. Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson said he hasn't thought about whether he will stay in school or pro, adding he plans to talk about his future with Harbaugh and his family. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ Follow Larry Lage on Twitter at www.twitter.com/larrylage

Inside the Dolphins' wild touchdown: How it worked The Dolphins pulled off an improbable 69-yard, hook-and-ladder touchdown to shock the Patriots. Here's how it happened and why it worked.