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Prince's late free throws lift Pistons over Bucks

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Prince's late free throws lift Pistons over Bucks

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Tayshaun Prince made two free throws with 10.9 seconds left to give Detroit a 96-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night after the Pistons blew a 14-point lead.

Prince scored 20 points, and Greg Monroe added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which had five players in double figures. Charlie Villanueva and Brandon Knight added 11 points apiece, and Jason Maxiell scored 10 for the Pistons.

Monta Ellis had 30 points and nine assists, and Erson Ilyasova scored 24 points for the Bucks.

Both teams were coming off wins over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. Detroit beat Miami 109-99 in Auburn Hills on Friday night and the Bucks beat the Heat 104-85 in Milwaukee one night later.

Ellis hit a fallaway baseline jumper with 1:06 left, after almost losing the ball out of bounds, to give the Bucks their first lead, 94-92. But Prince's hook shot tied the score with 50.5 seconds remaining. Ellis missed a jumper with 31.9 seconds to go and Maxiell got the rebound. Following a timeout, Luc Mbah a Moute fouled Prince, who stepped to the line and made both free throws.

Ilyasova's 3-pointer with 1:43 left tied it at 92 to complete the comeback from a 14-point deficit.

Detroit led 78-71 going into the fourth quarter after leading 72-58 on Monroe's jumper with 4:14 left in the third.

The Pistons jumped out to an early 13-0 lead, holding the Bucks scoreless until 8:07 remained in the first quarter when Ellis made a driving layup. Milwaukee battled back to 19-17 on Ellis' two free throws with 4:03 left in the first and 21-19 with 3:02 remaining on a driving layup by Ellis.

Detroit then outscored Milwaukee 9-4 over the remainder of the quarter for a 30-23 lead after one. The Pistons led 55-45 at halftime after leading by as many as 14 twice during the second quarter.

Detroit made 57 percent of its shots and had 36 points in the paint in the first half.

Notes: Sunday was the 22nd anniversary of Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles setting the NBA record of 30 assists in a game on Dec. 30, 1990, while playing for the Orlando Magic. ``The game is different now. It would be hard for someone to do it,'' Skiles said before the game. ``Our team at that time wasn't that good, so it was an individual thing.'' . Detroit G Rodney Stuckey didn't play because of a left ankle sprain. ... Sheila E. performed at halftime. ... Mbah a Moute left early in the first quarter with a cut on his lip. He received three stitches and returned late in the quarter.

Woldetensae, Virginia hold off Wake Forest for overtime win

Woldetensae, Virginia hold off Wake Forest for overtime win

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Tomas Woldetensae scored a career-high 21 points and Virginia got a final-play defensive stop to beat Wake Forest 65-63 in overtime on Sunday.

Woldetensae scored all his points on seven 3-pointers, making him the most reliable offensive threat on another tough offensive day for the reigning national champions. That included hitting the go-ahead 3 with 3:55 left in the extra period for the Cavaliers (13-6, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Wake Forest had a final possession to tie, calling timeout with the ball with 8.2 seconds left. But the Demon Deacons generated no open space on their push upcourt, prompting Olivier Sarr to try a desperation contested drive only to fail to even get off a tying shot off before the buzzer.

Andrien White scored 21 points to lead the Demon Deacons (9-10, 2-7), including three straight overtime-forcing free throws with 1.7 seconds left. Wake Forest was playing without leading scorer Brandon Childress due to an injury to his lower left leg suffered in practice Thursday, as well as No. 2 scorer Chaundee Brown continuing his extended absence with his own lower-leg injury.

Still, the Demon Deacons overcame a 1-for-15 shooting start to lead 35-28 at the break with a hot close to the first half, then pushed that margin to a dozen early in the second. But they shot just 6 of 27 (22%) in the second half as the Cavaliers climbed back in it.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers had lost four of five coming in, including Monday's loss to North Carolina State in their first home loss to the Wolfpack since 2005. The offense has been a particular problem all year, with the Cavaliers ranked 255th nationally in KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency (98.5 points per 100 possessions). Virginia rallied despite making just 9 of 30 shots (30%) after halftime and has yet to score more than 65 points in any game.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons are a middle-of-the-pack offense in the ACC according to KenPom, but things got notably tougher with Childress (15.2 points) wearing a protective boot on his left leg. Meanwhile, Brown (13.3) missed his sixth straight game. White turned in a big scoring day and hit 10 of 11 free throws to go with three 3-pointers, but the Demon Deacons didn't have enough reliable scoring options to close this one out.

UP NEXT

Virginia: The Cavaliers host No. 5 Florida State on Tuesday.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons visit Notre Dame on Wednesday.

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Reports: Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash outside Los Angeles

Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning outside Los Angeles, per multiple reports. He was 41 years old. 

TMZ first reported that Bryant was one of five people killed when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, CA. Multiple news outlets confirmed Bryant was on board the helicopter, including Yahoo and NBC Sports

Bryant played in the NBA for 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA titles, one MVP award and two Finals MVP's.

He retired following the 2015-16 season, meaning this is the first year Bryant is eligible to be elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2020 Hall of Fame class is set to be announced at NBA All-Star weekend in Chicago next month. 

On Saturday, Lakers superstar LeBron James surpassed Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. 

As the news surfaced, players across the NBA and sports world expressed their sadness for the NBA legend. Wizards guard John Wall tweeted a broken heart.

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