OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors picked up their sixth straight win as Stephen Curry scored 37 points and Kevin Durant added 24 with eight assists in a 131-121 decision over New Orleans. Curry had seven 3-pointers and nine assists for the two-time defending NBA champs, who are unbeaten since splitting their first two games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James capped his 29-point effort by providing the game-winning free throw with 2.1 seconds left in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 114-113 win over the Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers led nearly throughout and were up 111-98 with 3:42 to go before the Mavericks went on a 15-2 run to pull even with 7 seconds remaining.
NEW YORK (AP) — Domantas Sabonis matched his career high with 30 points and Victor Oladipo scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ 107-101 victory against the Knicks. Oladipo delivered a pair of 3-pointers and a dunk after Indiana fell behind 97-94 with 3:08 remaining.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derrick Rose poured in 34 of his career-high 50 points in the second half as the Minnesota Timberwolves outscored Utah, 128-125. Rose had 15 points in the final period, including a basket down low with 30 seconds left to put the Wolves ahead for good.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Denver Nuggets are off to a 6-1 start after Paul Millsap’s putback with 0.1 seconds remaining gave them a 108-107 triumph over the Bulls in Chicago. Other NBA scores: San Antonio routed Phoenix, 120-90 and Brooklyn topped Detroit, 120-119.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland football coach DJ Durkin has been fired, one day after being reinstated by the state’s board of regents. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada is expected to resume the role of interim coach after leading the Terrapins to a 5-3 record so far this season. Durkin was placed on administrative leave Aug. 11 while the board awaited results of a report on the culture of the program. Durkin and the training staff came under fire after a player died two weeks after suffering from heat stroke following a spring practice.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has died at age 80. McCovey belted 521 home runs and drove in 1,555 runs in a 22-year career spent primarily with the San Francisco Giants from 1959-80. He was the National League MVP in 1969 after topping the circuit with 45 home runs, 126 RBIs, a .453 on-base percentage and a .656 slugging average.