Change works for Lakers...Knicks 4-0
UNDATED (AP) —The L.A. Lakers reaped some immediate benefits after sacking coach Mike Brown following their 1-4 start. Assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff took over on an interim basis and the Lakers responded with a 101-77 rout of Golden State last night.
Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL') added 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Jordan Hill scored 14 points for the Lakers, who had just a few hours to absorb Brown's dismissal after just 18 months on the job. Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry scored 18 points and for the Warriors, who have lost five straight to the Lakers overall.
The Lakers crowd quickly made its choice known: A chant of "We want Phil!" rose out of the stands while Bryant shot a free throw in the third quarter. Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and former NBA coach Mike D'Antoni are reportedly the top candidates to replace Brown.
In other NBA action:
__ Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and the 4-0 New York Knicks improved their best start in nearly two decades with a 104-94 victory over Dallas. JR Smith added 22 points for the Knicks, the only unbeaten team remaining in the NBA.
__ Even a 12-point head start against the Milwaukee Bucks was not nearly enough for the winless Washington Wizards. Monta Ellis scored 22 points, and the Bucks quickly erased an early deficit before pulling away with a 13-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to beat the Wizards 101-91. Washington is 0-4.
— Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, hitting four 3-pointers, and the Denver Nuggets pulled away to beat the Utah Jazz 104-84.
— LeBron James scored 21 points, including the clinching jumper with 13.6 seconds remaining, and Miami knocked off the Atlanta Hawks 95-89 for the Heat's fourth straight win. Chris Bosh led Miami with 24 points. James added 11 rebounds and nine assists.
__ Brooklyn overwhelmed Orlando, 107-68. Andray Blatche came off the bench to score 15 to lead five Nets in double figures.
— Evan Turner scored 25 points, Jrue (zhroo) Holiday added 21 and the Philadelphia 76ers held off several fourth-quarter rallies to beat the Boston Celtics 106-100.
— Chase Budinger converted a layup on a feed from Andrei Kirilenko with eight-tenths of a second to go, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 96-94 victory over Indiana. Budinger scored 18 points while subbing for the injured Brandon Roy.
— Serge Ibaka scored a career-high 25 points, Kevin Durant chipped in a season-high 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the winless Detroit Pistons 105-94.
— Anthony Davis had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in his first game back after a concussion, and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Charlotte Bobcats their third straight loss, 107-99.
— Shannon Brown scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and helped key a late 14-4 run as the Phoenix Suns rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-105.
Lakers reserve arrested in DUI
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say Los Angeles Lakers forward Devin Ebanks was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Harris says Ebanks was seen committing a traffic violation at 2:49 a.m. Friday and was arrested.
The 23-year-old was booked into custody at about 3:45 a.m. and released a few hours later after posting $5,000 bail.
He's due back in court Dec. 7.
T25 BASKETBALL-FINAL SCORES
Wildcats win in Brooklyn...Top-ranked Hoosiers roll, give Crean 2 more years
UNDATED (AP) — Junior guard Jarrod Polson scored 10 points — three more than he had in his career at Kentucky — and made the clinching free throws with 7.7 seconds left as the third-ranked Wildcats held off a furious second-half rally by Maryland, 72-69 in Brooklyn.
Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer led Kentucky with 19 in the second game of the Barclays Center Classic, the first college basketball games played in the new arena in Brooklyn. Archie Goodwin, the only one of the four freshmen in Kentucky's heralded recruiting class to score in double figures, had 16 points for the defending national champions.
Seven-foot-1 sophomore Alex Len led Maryland with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
In other Top-25 action:
__ Cody Zeller had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Christian Watford had a career-high 15 boards, leading top-ranked Indiana to a 97-54 rout of Bryant in the season opener. The Hoosiers have won 15 consecutive openers and 28 straight home openers. Before the game, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass announced that the school had signed coach Tom Crean to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Hoosiers through 2020.
__ The game between fourth-ranked Ohio State and Marquette has been called off because of condensation on the court of the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C. It was one of three games scheduled to be played on either an aircraft carrier or an air force base on the kickoff to Veterans Day weekend.
— Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points, surpassing 1,000 for his career in No. 5 Michigan's 100-62 win over Slippery Rock.
__ Richard Howell had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 6 North Carolina State beat Miami of Ohio 97-59.
__ Ben McLemore had nine points, 12 rebounds and five assists in his Kansas debut, and the seventh-ranked Jayhawks pulled away from pesky Southeast Missouri State, 74-55.
— Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 8 Duke to a 74-55 win over Georgia State.
— The game between No. 10 Florida and Georgetown on the deck of a ship was called off at halftime because the court became too wet. Florida led 27-23 at the break when the game aboard the USS Bataan was stopped by the court condensation. It will not be made up, and the game does not count.
— James Michael McAdoo set career highs with 26 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 11 North Carolina beat Gardner-Webb 76-59.
— Shabazz Napier scored 25 points and Connecticut upset No. 14 Michigan State 66-62 last night in the Armed Forces Classic, Kevin Ollie's first game as the Huskies' head coach. UConn led most of the way and by as many as 16 in the games played in a hangar at the United States' Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
— Doug McDermott had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 16 Creighton to a 71-51 season-opening victory over North Texas.
__ Baylor freshman center Isaiah Austin scored 22 points in 17 minutes before spraining his right ankle, and Corey Jefferson had 26 points with nine dunks for the 19th-ranked Bears in a season-opening 99-77 victory over Lehigh. The 7-foot-1 Austin, a McDonald's All-American, is considered one of the nation's top freshmen.
— Freshman Przemek Karnowski scored 22 points to lead No. 21 Gonzaga to a 103-65 win over Southern Utah.
— Antoine Allen hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead South Alabama to a 76-71 season-opening upset of No. 24 Florida State.
Talks on break...Union holds internal discussions
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL put the course of ongoing labor negotiations back in the hands of the players' association, and left union head Donald Fehr with "some things to consider" last night.
A bigger problem might be a wider gap between the sides than the players thought.
After three seemingly positive days of talks, things went a bit sour last night when negotiations ended for the day. The union was under the impression the numbers suggested they were closer to an agreement. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman disagreed.
Both sides agreed there was still a lot of work to be done. Saturday is Day 56 of the lockout.
If there is no deal soon, the NHL could lose a full season to a lockout for the second time in seven years.
Pats' player suspended
UNDATED (AP) — New England Patriots rookie running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss has rushed for 234 yards and two touchdowns in six games this season but missed the last two games with a knee injury.
— The Dallas Cowboys will be without running back DeMarco Murray for the fourth consecutive game. He has a sprained right foot.
__ The NFL is fining Pittsburgh's Emmanuel Sanders for faking an injury during an Oct. 21 game in Cincinnati. The wide receiver grabbed the back of his leg and collapsed to the ground during the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 24-17 win. The league also fined the Steelers $35,000 as the result of the incident and Sanders $15,000.
__ Vikings receiver Percy Harvin is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Detroit with a sprained left ankle.
__ Giants offensive lineman Chris Snee practiced for the first time this week on Friday and his status for Sunday's game at Cincinnati is listed as questionable.
__ Texans coach Gary Kubiak (KOO'-bee-ak) says tight end Owen Daniels was "very limited' in practice with a back injury on Friday and will be a "game-time decision" when Houston plays at Chicago on Sunday night. Both teams are 7-1.
__ Quarterback Jake Locker is set to start for the Titans on Sunday against Miami, unless something comes up between now and kickoff. It will be his first game in more than a month after suffering a separation to his non-throwing shoulder for the second time in four games Sept. 30.
__ The Panthers have announced that Ernie Accorsi (uh-KOHR'-see) will serve as a consultant during their search for a new general manager. The 71-year-old has been the GM for the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants.
Busch on Phoenix pole...Keselowski 14th, Johnson 24th
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Busch set a track record in winning the pole at Phoenix International Raceway, where Brad Keselowski got a jump on Jimmie Johnson in their tight championship race.
Martin Truex Jr. qualified second and Denny Hamlin was third to give Toyota the top three starting spots for Sunday's race.
But all eyes are on title contenders Johnson and Keselowski, who are separated by seven points in the standings with two races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Only it was Keselowski who had the better qualifying effort. He'll start 14th on Sunday, Johnson 24th.
Stanford leads south of border
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Angela Stanford shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead over Inbee Park after the second round of the Lorena Ochoa (lohr-AY'-nah oh-CHOH'-uh) Invitational. Stanford won this event three years ago.
Beljan leads after 64
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Beljan shot a 8-under 64 to build a three-shot lead going into the weekend at the PGA Tour event at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Beljan is at 12-under 132, three shots clear of seven players, a group that included Henrik Stenson, 18-hole leader Charlie Wi (wee), Harris English and Charles Howell III.
Djokovic into semis
LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) is still perfect at the ATP finals. The top-ranked Serb improved to 3-0 in round-robin play and qualified for the semifinals of the season-ending event by beating Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6.