LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Houston Rockets now have their second 14-game winning streak of the season after beating the Clippers in Los Angeles, 105-92. James Harden scored 25 points, 17 of them in the first quarter. The outcome keeps the Rockets a half-game ahead of Golden State for the best record in the NBA at 48-13.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — For the first time in a month, the Phoenix Suns are celebrating a win. The Suns ended their 10-game losing streak by beating the equally hapless Memphis Grizzlies, 110-102. The Grizzlies committed 20 turnovers and shot 38 percent in their 11th consecutive loss.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Third-ranked Xavier has clinched at least a share of its first Big East regular-season title since joining the league in 2013. Trevon Bluiett scored 23 points in his final game at the Cintas Center to lead the Musketeers to an 84-74 victory against Providence. Fourth-ranked Villanova still has a shot at a piece of the Big East crown after Mikal (mih-KAYL’) Bridges scored 23 points in a 69-68 overtime win at Seton Hall.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Board of Regents has scheduled a special meeting today to get legal advice and discuss the men’s basketball program at the University of Arizona and the contract of coach Sean Miller. Miller hasn’t been with the team since last Saturday, when ESPN reported that federal investigators had recorded the coach in a wiretap talking about a $100,000 payout involving star freshman Deandre Ayton. Miller has said he’s confident he’ll be vindicated.
SINGAPORE (AP) — Jennifer Song shot an opening 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead at the Women’s World Championship in Singapore. The 28-year-old American reeled off seven birdies in a round that was interrupted for two hours by lightning. Michelle Wie and Ji Eun-Hee are tied for second two strokes behind, while another nine players finished a further stroke back at 4 under.