Sports Digest: Nets rally from 12 down in 3rd, beat Pacers 97-86

2013-01-13T21:30:00Z 2013-01-17T20:50:09Z Sports Digest: Nets rally from 12 down in 3rd, beat Pacers 97-86
January 13, 2013 9:30 pm

Pro basketball

NETS RALLY FROM 12 DOWN IN 3RD, BEAT PACERS: Deron Williams had 22 points and nine assists, Joe Johnson scored 20 points and the Brooklyn Nets rallied from 12 points down in the third quarter to beat the Pacers 97-86 Sunday night.

Brook Lopez scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and also finished with nine rebounds to help the Nets win their season-high sixth straight game.

David West had 27 points to lead the Pacers. Paul George added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Gerald Green also scored 15 points.

Green made two free throws against his former team to give Indiana a 67-55 lead — its largest of the game — with 5½ minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Brooklyn pulled to 75-69 by the end of the third, and began the fourth on a 26-8 run to take a 12-point lead on C.J. Watson's jumper with 2:08 remaining.

The Pacers were outscored 28-11 in the fourth quarter as they shot just 3 for 22 from the field.


Pro football

EAGLES INTERVIEWED BRIAN BILLICK: The Philadelphia Eagles have interviewed former Ravens coach and current Fox analyst Brian Billick for their coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Billick, who led Baltimore to a Super Bowl title in the 2000 season, met with the Eagles last Monday, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss it.

The Eagles are known to have interviewed eight other candidates, including three high-profile college coaches who decided to stay at their schools. They were Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, Oregon's Chip Kelly and Penn State's Bill O'Brien.

Philadelphia fired Andy Reid on Dec. 31, a day after finishing 4-12 in his 14th season.


College basketball

NO. 7 CAL WOMEN TOP FIFTH-RANKED STANFORD: Stanford has reigned for so long every other Pac-12 team only hopes to hang around each season. It had been almost four years since the Cardinal last lost against a conference opponent.

Lindsay Gottlieb mentioned that 81-game conference winning streak to her gritty California crew this week after Stanford beat the Golden Bears on Tuesday night. Five days later, it was Cal's turn — this time on Stanford's home floor.

Gennifer Brandon had 14 points and 12 rebounds and No. 7 Cal snapped fifth-ranked Stanford's long conference winning streak with a commanding 67-55 victory Sunday in the second meeting between the Bay Area rivals in six days.


College bowling

CRUSADERS PLACE EIGHTH AT MID-WINDER INVITATIONAL: The No. 15 Valparaiso bowling team wrapped up action at the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark. this weekend, finishing in eighth place out of the 16 competing teams. Freshman Raychel Wolever earned All-Tournament Team accolades after ranking third in the tournament field in individual average.

The Crusaders went 3-2 on Saturday, setting themselves up to enter Sunday seeded seventh for bracket play. The traditional matches on Saturday started with a showdown with No. 1 Central Missouri, but despite a 212 from redshirt sophomore Alyssa Alvarez, Valpo fell by a 1032-894 score. Led by a 202 from Wolever, the Crusaders matched the 894 score in their next match against Elmhurst, ending the contest in an 894-894 tie. Valpo captured the modified baker format tiebreaker, 84-82, to earn the win.



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