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No. 23 NC State tops UNC Greensboro, 89-68

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No. 23 NC State tops UNC Greensboro, 89-68

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) C.J. Leslie scored 21 points and No. 23 North Carolina State pulled away to beat UNC Greensboro 89-68 on Monday.

Scott Wood and Lorenzo Brown added 15 points apiece, and the Wolfpack (11-2) kept UNC Greensboro off the boards after halftime while using a timely run to break open a surprisingly tight game.

Richard Howell had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and the nation's most accurate shooting team shot 53 percent in matching its longest winning streak since 2008.

Freshman Kayel Locke had 21 points for the Spartans (2-9). The Southern Conference's top 3-point shooting team was just 2 of 17 from beyond the arc, and leading scorer Trevis Simpson - who averages 20 points - was out with an ankle injury.

Wood hit three 3-pointers in his second big New Year's Eve against UNC Greensboro. He had a then-career-high 15 points against the Spartans on the final day of 2009.

His 3 roughly 90 seconds into the second half of this one gave N.C. State its first double-figure lead at 49-38. That came during the 17-4 run that put the Wolfpack comfortably ahead for the first time.

When T.J. Warren's three-point play with 13:43 left pushed the lead to 60-42, N.C. State was well on its way to its longest winning streak since the 2007-08 team also reeled off seven straight in Sidney Lowe's second season.

Derrell Armstrong finished with 16 points and Kelvin McNeil had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans, who lost their fourth straight, fell to 1-48 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents and remained winless against them since 2007.

Still, at least early on, the Wolfpack - who entered shooting a Division I-best 53.5 percent - were rather imperfect in wrapping up a perfect six-game homestand that served as a tune-up for ACC play. The league favorites begin Jan. 5 at Boston College.

A depleted UNC Greensboro team, which at full strength was beaten by ACC rivals Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, gave N.C. State fits for virtually the entire first half.

Locke had 12 points in the opening 20 minutes while picking up the scoring slack for Simpson, after a team spokesman said he injured his right ankle earlier in the day.

The Spartans pounded the glass to keep N.C. State within sight throughout the half. The Wolfpack never led by more than eight and had zero second-chance points.

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16 years ago with the Wizards, Michael Jordan became the NBA's first 40-year-old to score 40 points

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16 years ago with the Wizards, Michael Jordan became the NBA's first 40-year-old to score 40 points

Sixteen years ago Michael Jordan delivered one of the most memorable performances of his two-year stint with the Washington Wizards. 

On February 21, 2003, Jordan dropped 43 points four days after his 40th birthday. The mark made the Jordan the first player older than 40 to record 40 points or more in a contest. 

It was also the fifth-most points he ever scored in a Wizards uniform. 

The record was made against the then-New Jersey Nets. Throughout the entire game the two teams went back-and-forth with 13 ties and 17 lead changes. That was until the Hall of Famer put the game away for Washington with the final go-ahead basket with 34 seconds to go. 

The Wizards won 89-86. 

"We hadn't really been playing well and coach has been really disappointed in the way we play and I had to take the leadership. I had to do everything I had to do to get this team to understand what winning is all about," Jordan said.

The 43 points was scored on 18-for-30 shooting, all within the 3pt arc. In the third quarter alone he scored 14 of the team's 25 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double in the contest with four steals, three assists and a block.

All 13 seasons of Jordan's career he had incredible feats. The season prior he recorded his final 50-point game at 38 years of age, which is also the oldest anyone's ever been to reach 50 points. And that came two months after he returned from retirement. 

The 2002-03 season was his last and this display was an attempt for Jordan to return to the postseason one final time. He had not been there since he was with the Chicago Bulls in 1998. 

"I've only got 28 games left in my career. I do whatever I've got to do to get into the playoffs."

Ultimately the Wizards did not make it to the playoffs with Jordan, but he sure left his mark on the organization. 

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NHL Hall of Famer Bobby Orr visits Nationals Spring Training

NHL Hall of Famer Bobby Orr visits Nationals Spring Training


Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr, widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, visited Nationals spring training at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches today.

Players and staff introduced themselves individually to the Hall of Famer, who was ushered around by GM Mike Rizzo.

Orr also was given a Nationals hat and pullover with his number (4) on it.