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Parker leads balanced Spurs past Rockets 114-92

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Parker leads balanced Spurs past Rockets 114-92

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tony Parker had 17 points and seven assists, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in a 114-92 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

The Spurs had six players score in double figures while matching their season high with 33 assists.

Tiago Splitter scored 15 points and Gary Neal, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and Tim Duncan each added 12. Duncan also had a game-high 12 rebounds.

James Harden had 29 points, and Patrick Patterson and Toney Douglas each scored 10 to lead Houston.

It was Harden's first game in San Antonio since helping the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Spurs last season in the Western Conference finals. The fans certainly remembered Harden, who was booed heartily during pregame introductions and every time he shot a free throw.

It was clear early that Harden wouldn't help the Rockets to a similar result against the Spurs.

Parker keyed a quick start, scoring eight points and picking up two assists as San Antonio took a 10-point lead in the first 5 minutes.

Jeremy Lin had difficulty keeping up with Parker, who raced by him for three layups in scoring eight of the Spurs' first 10 points. Parker also made a pair of free throws during the run after being fouled by Lin on a layup attempt.

Lin finished with four points, four assists and two turnovers.

Harden kept the Rockets in contention early, scoring 13 points in the first quarter after being shut out in the opening 4 minutes. His 3-pointer pulled Houston to 14-13, but the Rockets never tied it.

Harden fueled another rally in the second half, scoring nine points to help Houston pull to 66-58 with 7:27 left in the third quarter. The Spurs responded with a 15-0 run, holding the Rockets scoreless for 4 minutes to essentially seal the game.

San Antonio outrebounded Houston 50-37 and outscored the Rockets 60-38 in the paint.

NOTES: Neal set a career high with his eighth start of the season. . Spurs swingman Stephen Jackson (broken right pinkie) and F Kawhi Leonard (left knee) both sat out with injuries. . Duncan had the 742nd double-double of his career. . Houston has lost 10 straight road games against Southwest Division opponents since a 91-89 victory at New Orleans on Feb. 27, 2011. ... Houston's Chandler Parsons went 0 for 4 from 3-point range, snapping his streak of making at least one 3 at 23 games in a row.

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Loyal through trade rumors, Bradley Beal definitive for first time about future with Wizards

Loyal through trade rumors, Bradley Beal definitive for first time about future with Wizards

CHARLOTTE -- Bradley Beal made the most definitive comments yet about his future on Friday afternoon and it came in an All-Star question-and-answer fan event in downtown Charlotte.

In a forum hosted by ESPN's Molly Qerim, one fan first thanked Beal for all he has done for the Wizards, then followed it up with a pointed question about whether it’s time to “blow the team up.”

Beal first laughed as the crowd reacted with a collective ‘ooh.’ He joked “there’s a lot of tampering going on these days.”

Then, he delivered a clear picture of what he hopes is a long-term future in Washington.

“I hate change. If I can retire in this jersey, I will. I’m all about loyalty,” Beal said.

Beal has said the right things before, but the timing is interesting. With the Wizards outside of the playoff race, he has become the subject of trade rumors. Many fans and media members have wondered if he could be the next All-Star to want a change of scenery.

Beal, though, insists that isn’t in his nature.

“Granted, it goes both ways,” Beal said of wanting to stay with one team. “They can say they won’t trade you and [then they do.] It’s a business at the end of the day, but believe me... my parents [raised] me on loyalty and just constantly even keel no matter what. Tough time last not always, but tough people do.”

Beal, 25, is making his second All-Star appearance. He is averaging career-highs this season in points (25.1), assists (5.4) and rebounds (5.1).

He has two years left on his contract, due about $56 million through the 2020-21 season. Most stars who have left their original teams have done so with one year left on their deals, so all of this will have to be revisited down the road.

But Beal has already thought about the years ahead and has no intention of leaving D.C.

“When you first get [to the NBA], you don’t get control over where you’re drafted. But once you get there, you develop relationships with people. You develop family, businesses, foundations; everything. You create a life there and it’s tough to just up and move after,” he said.

There you go, Wizards fans. You can rest assured, Beal is not plotting his exit, at least not anytime soon.

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Harvard at Penn: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Harvard at Penn: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Harvard broke a five-game winning streak with a loss to Cornell on Saturday. Harvard University hopes to gain its momentum back against the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. 


Harvard at Penn How to Watch
 


What: Harvard at Penn
Where: The Palestra, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, P.A.
When: 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder:https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/channel-finder)
 


Harvard at Penn


Conference: Ive League
Record: 14-8, 2-4 (Penn), 11-8, 4-2 (Harvard)
Last Game: 65-78 Loss v. Yale (Penn), 61-67 Loss v. Cornell (Harvard)
Leading Scorers: AJ Brodeur, 15.8 ppg (Penn), Bryce Aiken, 19.2 ppg (Harvard)
 

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