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Surging Lakers rout Trail Blazers 104-87

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Surging Lakers rout Trail Blazers 104-87

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dwight Howard had 21 points and 14 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and the Los Angeles Lakers never trailed in their sixth win in seven games, 104-87 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Pau Gasol had 15 points and nine rebounds as the Lakers closed out their 2012 schedule by climbing back to .500 (15-15) in their rocky season. Los Angeles had little trouble rolling past the Blazers, taking a 20-point lead in the first half and holding star rookie Damian Lillard to 11 points on 4-for-17 shooting.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points before sitting out the final minutes with a bruised chest for cold-shooting Portland, which lost for just the second time in eight games.

Steve Nash had 10 assists and six points while playing just 27 minutes in his fourth game back from a seven-week absence with a small fracture in his leg, the result of a collision with Lillard on Oct. 31 in Nash's second game with the Lakers.

Nash's playmaking again set an impressive tone for the Lakers, who outrebounded the Blazers 52-44 and took a 27-point lead late while scoring 23 fast-break points. Howard played with noticeable urgency on both ends after a lackluster outing in Denver two days ago, blocking three shots and even hitting four straight free throws when Portland briefly played Hack-a-Howard with the 50 percent foul shooter in the second quarter.

Even Gasol had appeared to have little trouble getting open shots despite playing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, a recently diagnosed condition that will only get better with rest. The Lakers have the weekend off before returning Tuesday against Philadelphia.

Will Barton scored 11 points for Portland, and Nicolas Batum added 10. Aldridge kept the Blazers fairly close during the first three quarters, but his teammates combined for 24-of-70 shooting.

The Lakers came out with more energy and aggression than they showed in Wednesday's defense-deficient loss at Denver, hitting 14 of their first 21 shots and jumping to a 12-point lead in the first quarter. Los Angeles then made a 12-0 run to a 20-point lead shortly before halftime, with Gasol hitting a 3-pointer from straightaway to cap it.

At halftime, the Lakers retired the No. 52 jersey of Jamaal Wilkes, the Hall of Fame scorer who won three of his four NBA titles with the Lakers. Wilkes, a three-time All-Star with an unorthodox jump shot, choked up while thanking his teammates and fellow Lakers greats including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and James Worthy, who all joined Wilkes for the ceremony.

NOTES: G Wesley Matthews, the Blazers' fourth-leading scorer with 15 points per game, missed his third straight game with an injured left hip. ... Gasol made a 3-pointer in his third straight game, a first in his NBA career. ... Fans received a replica Wilkes jersey at the door, and director Penny Marshall wore it in her courtside seat.

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Remembering the highlights of each of the Capitals' American players

Remembering the highlights of each of the Capitals' American players

The Capitals have a superstar Russian, an incredible Swedish center, a Canadian netminder, but the team also boasts several American players as well. On the 4th of July when American celebrate the birth of our nation, lets put down the barbecue, apple pie and fireworks for a few minutes to remember some of the top highlights from each of the team's Americans.

Travis Boyd: 4 goals for Hayden

In Feb. 2018, Boyd turned hardship into an inspirational moment. While with the Hershey Bears, Boyd's daughter, Hayden, developed a serious infection and had to go to the hospital. Boyd went with her on a Sunday and did not leave until Friday morning to prepare for that night's game, a game in which he would score four goals.

John Carlson: The golden goal

Carlson has numerous highlights from his career with the Caps, but on Indepence Day it seems only fitting to look back at his biggest goal for his country. Carlson represented Team USA in the 2010 World Junior Championships which was hosted by Canada that year. USA made it all the way to the final where the played the host nation. Tied at 5 through regulation, Carlson scored the golden goal off a 2-on-1 as he caught the goalie leaning anticipating the pass.

Nic Dowd: Historic penalty shot

In Game 5 of the Caps' series against the Carolina Hurricanes in 2019, Nic Dowd was slashed by defenseman Dougie Hamilton while he was in alone on goalie Petr Mrazek. Dowd was awarded the first penalty shot of his career and he delivered, dekeing right to open up Mrazek's pads and tucking the puck through the 5-hole. In addition to being his first penalty shot goal, the goal was also Dowd's first-career playoff point.

The goal also had some historic significance for the team as it was Washington's first ever playoff penalty shot goal.

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Garnet Hathaway: Shows his toughness against the Rangers

On Oct. 18, the Caps hosted the New York Rangers and it proved to be an pretty epic night for Hathaway. He was knocked out of the game in the second period with a broken nose after a big hit from Jacob Trouba, came back in the third, drew a cross-check, fought Brendan Smith (again, with a broken nose), the Caps scored on the resulting power play and Hathaway returned to score the empty-netter.

That’s a pretty unbelievable game.

Nick Jensen: Assisting on goal No. 700

Jensen has been with the Capitals for about a year and a half, but he will forever be linked to the team's greatest franchise player thanks to one assist.

Against the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 22, Jensen grabbed a loose puck behind the offensive goal line and sent it back behind the net to keep the offensive cycle going. That allowed Evgeny Kuznetsov to find Alex Ovechkin who scored career goal No. 700.


T.J. Oshie: T.J. Sochi

Who could forget about Oshie's incredible performance at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi?

Playing against Team Russia, USA leaned heavily on Oshie in the shootout. He would score four times on goalie Sergei Bobrovsky as USA walked away victorious.

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Today's Live Sports: July 4

Today's Live Sports: July 4

Baseball

4:55 a.m. – Korea Baseball Organization: Kiwoom Heroes at KT Wiz (ESPN)

Auto Racing

5:55 a.m. – Formula One Racing: Australian Grand Prix Practice 3 (ESPN 2)

8:55 a.m. – Formula One Racing: Australian Grand Prix Practice 3 (ESPN)

12:00 p.m. - IndyCar Racing: GMR Grand Prix (NBC)

3:00 p.m. - Nascar Infinity Series: Pennzoil 150 at The Brickyard (NBC)

6:00 p.m. - Auto Racing: IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car Championship (NBCSN)

Soccer

7:25 a.m. – English Premier League: Norwich City vs. Brighton  (NBCSN)

9:55 a.m. – English Premier League: Manchester City vs. Bournemouth (NBCSN)

12:25 p.m. - English Premier League: Wolverhampton vs. Arsenal (NBCSN)

1:25 p.m. - Futbol: La Liga 2: Almeria vs. Tenerife (WQAW)

1:45 p.m. - German Cup, final: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich (ESPN2)

2:55 p.m. - English Premier League: Chelsea vs. Walford (NBCSN)

7:30 p.m. - Futbol: Copa GNP por Mexico: UNAM vs. Cruz Azul (Univision, WFDC)

9:55 p.m. - Futbol: Copa GNP por Mexico: Guadalajara vs. Atlas (Univision, WFDC)

Horseracing

10:00 a.m. – International Horseracing: English Oaks and English Derby (FS1)

1:00 p.m. - America's Day at the Races (FS1)

9:00 p.m. - Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap (WRC)

Tennis

12:00 p.m. – DraftKings All-American Team Cup (Tennis Channel)

3:00 p.m. - Tennis: Ultimate Tennis Showdown (Tennis Channel)

Hot Dog Eating Contest

12:00 p.m. – 2020 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest (ESPN)

Golf

1:00 p.m. – PGA Tour Golf: 2020 Rocket Mortgage Golf Classic, third round (Golf Channel)

3:00 p.m. – PGA Tour Golf: 2020 Rocket Mortgage Golf Classic, third round (WUSA, WJZ)

Basketball

3:00 p.m. – The Basketball Tournament: Big X vs. D2 (ESPN)

5:00 p.m. – The Basketball Tournament: Brotherly Love vs. Stilllwater Stars (ESPN)

8:00 p.m. – The Basketball Tournament: House of 'Paign vs. War Tampa (ESPN)

10:00 p.m. – The Basketball Tournament: Tennis CP3 vs. Mid American Unity (ESPN)

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