DALLAS (AP) — Nikola Pekovic scored 20 points before leaving with an injury and the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-82 Monday night.
Because of a rash of injuries, the Timberwolves dressed only 10 players. The 6-foot-11 Pekovic exited with 2:46 left in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn't return.
Pekovic went 8 of 13 from the floor. Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved each had 16 points for Minnesota.
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was ejected after arguing a foul call with 5 minutes left. Assistant coach Jim O'Brien coached the team the rest of the way.
Darren Collison had 21 points and O.J. Mayo added 18 for the Mavericks, who lost their third straight.
James scores 38 in Heat's 113-110 win in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — LeBron James scored a season-high 38 points, Chris Bosh had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Houston Rockets 113-110 on Monday night.
Dwyane Wade scored 19 points for the Heat, who shot 47.6 percent from 3-point range (10 of 21) and 51 percent from the field overall.
Chandler Parsons scored a career-high 25 points and Omer Asik had a career-best 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who led 110-106 with 90 seconds left.
James went 3 for 4 from the free throw line over the next minute, then drove for the go-ahead layup with 19 seconds left.
Jeremy Lin shot an airball from 3-point range with 10 seconds left, Wade caught it and the Heat escaped with their sixth straight win over Houston.
Bradley beats Texas-Pan American 78-61
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Will Egloff and Walt Lemon Jr. scored 14 points apiece as Bradley defeated Texas-Pan American 78-61 Monday night.
Dyricus Simms-Edwards had 11 points and Jake Eastman scored 10 for the Braves (2-0), who never trailed in the contest played at the on-campus Renaissance Coliseum. Most of the Braves' games are at Carver Arena.
Lemon also had a game-high six assists for Bradley.
Brandon Provost and Aaron Urbanus scored 14 points apiece for the Broncs (0-2). UTPA outrebounded Bradley 37-35 but was outscored 38-10 in the paint. Bradley shot 56 percent in the first half in building a 37-24 lead at the break, and finished at 48 percent.
Alabama-Huntsville defeats North Texas 78-75
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Wayne Dedrick scored 21 points, Jaime Smith added 18 and Division II Alabama-Huntsville held on for a 78-75 victory over North Texas in a Preseason NIT game on Monday night.
The Chargers (2-0) will play Kansas State on Tuesday for a spot in the tournament semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
Jordan Williams led the Mean Green (0-2) with 26 points.
Dedrick made one of two free throws to give Alabama-Huntsville a 76-73 lead with 15.9 seconds remaining. North Texas cut the gap to a point with a quick layup, but the Mean Green had to foul, and Xavier Baldwin made both free throws.
A last-second 3-pointer by North Texas' Chris Jones did not connect.
Kansas State muscles way past Lamar 79-55
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Angel Rodriguez scored 19 points and Will Spradling added 14 as Kansas State defeated Lamar 79-55 on Monday night.
The game got out of hand early as the Wildcats (2-0) took a 43-15 lead into halftime after dominating the paint and capitalizing on 14 first-half turnovers by the Cardinals.
Donley Minor scored 17 points and Rhon Mitchell 15 for Lamar (0-1).
The Wildcats owned the boards at both ends in the first half, limiting Lamar to five offensive rebounds. The Cardinals had just four second-chance points and were outscored 18-6 in the paint during the first 20 minutes.
Kansas State opened up the game with a 15-0 run as Rodriguez and Spradling each drained 3-pointers. Lamar committed six turnovers in the first eight minutes.
Turner, Texas A&M top Troy 83-65
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Senior guard Elston Turner scored a game-high 26 points as Texas A&M defeated Troy 83-65 Monday night.
Ray Turner and Fabyon Harris each added 14 points and Alex Caruso chipped in 13 in the winning effort. Hunter Williams led Troy (1-1) with 15 points, and Ray Chambers followed with 10.
The Aggies (2-0), who leaped to a 45-29 halftime lead, shot 52.7 percent from the field compared to Troy's 43.6 percent. Elston Turner, the Aggies' leading scorer last season with 13.9 points per game, made 9 of 14 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers in seven attempts.
A&M was particularly effective from the free-throw line, making 18 of 20. The Aggies also had 21 assists to only eight turnovers in a crisp early-season effort. Freshman J'Mychal Reese tallied a game-high six assists.
McClellan leads Texas over Coppin State 69-46
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sheldon McClellan scored 25 points as Texas jumped out to an early lead and never trailed during a 69-46 victory over Coppin State on Monday night in a Maui Invitational opening-round game.
The Longhorns (2-0) used a stifling defense to overcome 26 turnovers and 55 percent free-throw shooting. Coppin State (0-2) shot just 25.5 percent from the floor and made only 14 field goals, five of them 3-pointers.
Ioannis Papapetrou added 10 points and nine rebounds for Texas, whose 12-player scholarship roster consists of five sophomores and seven freshmen. The Longhorns outrebounded Coppin State 50-25 and led by as many as 27 points late in the second half.
Patrick Cole led Coppin State with 15 points, but made just 3 of 12 field goals, all of them 3-pointers. Troy Franklin added 14 points and had eight steals for the Eagles.
TCU routs Centenary 75-47
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Adrick McKinney led four TCU players in double figures with 16 points as the Horned Frogs defeated Centenary 75-47 Monday night.
Connell Crossland added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Jarvis Ray scored 11 and Kyan Anderson 10. The Frogs (2-0) outrebounded the Gents 41-26 and shot 56.4 percent from the field.
Jonathan Blount scored a game-high 17 for the Gents.
TCU went on a 19-3 run midway through the first half that Centenary could never recover from. During the run, six Horned Frogs players scored and TCU held the Gents without a field goal for more than 4 minutes. The Frogs led 36-20 at the half.
McKinney's three-point play with 12 minutes left capped seven straight points from him in a 42-second span. Five minutes later, Crossland had his own six-point run as the Frogs continued to pile it on, leading by as many as 31.
Dallas high school disqualified from UIL playoffs
(Information in the following story is from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com. Not for use online in Dallas market.)
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas high school has been disqualified from the Class 3A Division II football playoffs after discovering that it had used a player who was ineligible to play.
Dallas Roosevelt was the District 11-3A runner up in the Class 3A Division II playoffs with a 27-26 win over Wilmer-Hutchins on Oct. 19.
The Dallas Morning News reports Roosevelt officials forfeited that win on Monday after discovering a player was living with his godparents in the school's attendance zone when his parents lived elsewhere. That violates UIL residency rules.
With the forfeit, 5-4 Wilmer-Hutchins will replace Dallas Roosevelt in the opening round of the state 3A playoffs. It'll face Melissa at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Wildcat-Ram Stadium in Richardson.
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