Friday Sports Update – Rockets Take Down Lakers

(Los Angeles, CA) — Russell Westbrook knocked down 41 points in the Rockets’ 121-111 triumph over the Lakers in Los Angeles. Eric Gordon scored 15 points, while James Harden and Robert Covington each had 14 points in the win. The Rockets will try to extend their winning streak to five tonight when they visit the Suns in Phoenix. They return home Sunday against the Jazz.

Trail Blazers Push Past Spurs

(Portland, OR) — Damian Lillard scored 26 points and dished out 10 assists as the Trail Blazers pushed past the Spurs 125-117 in Portland. The Blazers outscored the Spurs 39-to-25 in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony scored 20 for Portland, which has won five-of-six. Trey Lyles led the Spurs with 23 points and 10 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan added 21 points for San Antonio, which has lost six-of-eight.

Porzingis Has Broken Nose, Is Questionable For Mavs Game Tonight

(Washington, DC) — The Mavericks will play the Wizards tonight in Washington. Dallas center Kristaps Porzingis is listed as questionable with a broken nose after being elbowed by Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Grizzlies in a Tuesday loss. In addition, the Mavs list Seth Curry and J.J. Barea questionable with injuries. Dallas will play tomorrow night at Charlotte.

New York Knicks 105, Orlando Magic 103
Milwaukee Bucks 112, Philadelphia 76ers 101
New Orleans Pelicans 125, Chicago Bulls 119

Staples Center To Host Public Memorial For Kobe Bryant

(Los Angeles, CA) — A public memorial for Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna will be held February 24th at Staples Center. That date was chosen to honor Kobe’s number-24 and the number-two jersey that Gianna wore. Bryant, his daughter, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26th.

Taylor Leads Pebble Beach Pro-Am

(Pebble Beach, CA) — Nick Taylor is alone atop the leaderboard after the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He carded an eight-under 63 in Thursday’s first round to lead by two strokes. Patrick Cantlay and Chase Seiffert are both two shots back at minus-six. A group of eight golfers is tied for fourth at five-under par. Defending champ Phil Mickelson is at four-under.

Stars Home Tonight Against Wild

(Dallas, TX) — The Stars are back on their home ice tonight against the Minnesota Wild. Tomorrow night, they will play the Blues in St. Louis. Dallas picked up five of a possible six points in three road games against the Islanders, Rangers and Devils. The Stars are third in the Central with a 30-18-and-5 record.

Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 2
New Jersey Devils 5, Philadelphia Flyers 0
New York Islanders 5, Los Angeles Kings 3
Vegas Golden Knights 7, Florida Panthers 2
Detroit Red Wings 4, Buffalo Sabres 3 (SO)
Montreal Canadiens 3, Anaheim Ducks 2 (OT)
Colorado Avalanche 4, Ottawa Senators 1
Minnesota Wild 4, Vancouver Canucks 2
Winnipeg Jets 4, St. Louis Blues 2
Carolina Hurricanes 5, Arizona Coyotes 3
Nashville Predators 3, Calgary Flames 2
San Jose Sharks 6, Edmonton Oilers 3

Bulls At Home This Weekend

The Amarillo Bulls are home tonight and tomorrow night taking on the Topeka Pilots at the Civic Center.

Roughnecks Kick Off XFL Season Tomorrow

(Houston, TX) — The Roughnecks will kickoff their XFL Season tomorrow when they host the Los Angeles Wildcats at TDECU Stadium. Former Temple quarterback P.J. Walker has been named the Houston starting signal caller. June Jones coaches the Roughnecks.

Renegades Kick Off XFL Season Sunday

(Arlington, TX) — The Dallas Renegades will kickoff their XFL season Sunday against the St. Louis Battlehawks at Globe Life Park. Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is the Dallas coach. Former Sooners and NFL quarterback Landry Jones is recovering from a left knee injury and is iffy for the season opener.

Top-25 College Basketball (Coaches’ Poll)
#2 Gonzaga Bulldogs 85, Loyola Marymount Lions 67
#23 Arizona Wildcats 85, USC Trojans 80
#24 Colorado Buffaloes 71, California Golden Bears 65
#25 Houston Cougars 75, Tulane Green Wave 62

Number-One Baylor Will Host Oklahoma State Tomorrow

(Waco, TX) — Number-one Baylor will seek its 20th consecutive victory tomorrow when it hosts Oklahoma State in a Big 12 game. The Bears’ lone loss was by three points to Washington on November 8th against Washington in Alaska. Baylor is 20-and-1 and 9-and-0 in the conference.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) — The West Texas A&M Buffs beat Lubbock Christian 72-67, The Lady Buffs lost their game 67-43. North Texas won 75-70 at Middle Tennessee in a Conference USA game, while Texas-Arlington fell 57-50 at Appalachian State. Tomorrow, TCU will host number-three Kansas, SMU will play at Temple, Texas will host Texas Tech and Texas A&M will be at South Carolina. The Mean Green will be at UAB, while Texas-Arlington will be at Coastal Carolina.