Faried, Lawson lead Nuggets past Lakers 134-126
DENVER (AP) - Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 32 points, Ty Lawson had 30 and the Denver Nuggets beat the skidding Los Angeles Lakers 134-126 on Friday night.
Wilson Chandler had 19 points, and Timofey Mozgov and Evan Fournier added 13 apiece for the Nuggets, who swept the three-game season series.
Pau Gasol scored 27 points to lead the Lakers in their third straight defeat and sixth in eight games. This one ensured their first losing season since going 34-48 in 2004-05.
Jordan Farmar and Robert Sacre had 24 points apiece for the Lakers, who were coming off a 142-94 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. The 48-point defeat was the biggest in franchise history.
Ross leads Raptors past Kings, Gay 99-87
TORONTO (AP) - Terrence Ross scored 18 points to lead the Raptors to a 99-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, spoiling Rudy Gay's return to Toronto.
Gay had 15 points for the Kings, who acquired him in a seven-player deal in December. The game marked Gay's first trip back since he was shipped with Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to Sacramento for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes.
Patterson and DeMar DeRozan each scored 15 points, while Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and Amir Johnson had nine rebounds to go with nine points for the Raptors, who've won eight of their last 10.
DeMarcus Cousins topped Sacramento with 24 points.
Kazmir pitches 3 scoreless in debut with A's
PHOENIX (AP) - Scott Kazmir pitched three scoreless innings in his debut for the Oakland Athletics in a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Kazmir, a left-hander who signed a two-year, $22 million deal with the A's over the winter, gave up two hits and struck out two.
Left-hander Wade Miley had a strong effort for Arizona, pitching five innings and giving up an unearned run on three hits. He walked one and struck out four.
The unearned run came in the fifth inning when Josh Reddick scored on a grounder by Stephen Vogt that was booted for an error by Arizona shortstop Didi Gregorius.
Daric Barton drove in Oakland's second run with a single in the eighth.
Ross hitless again; Padres beat Brewers 6-2
PHOENIX (AP) - Tyson Ross pitched hitless ball for the second straight start, helping the San Diego Padres beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Friday.
Competing for the No. 3 spot in the San Diego rotation, Ross struck out three in three innings and walked two. He has thrown five hitless innings in two starts.
Milwaukee didn't get a hit until Elian Herrera tripled leading off the sixth on a drive that center fielder Rico Noel lost in the sun. Scooter Gennett followed two batters later with a two-run homer, just his second hit in 15 spring training at-bats.
Noel hit an inside-the-park home run in the fourth.
Ryan Braun went 0 for 2 with a walk after getting hits in seven of his first eight spring training at-bats.
Milwaukee starter Matt Garza gave up three runs - two earned - and six hits in three innings, giving up a leadoff homer to Alex Dickerson in San Diego. He had allowed four runs, four hits and two walks in one inning and Colorado last Sunday in his first start.
Santiago throws 4 shutout innings, Cubs top Angels
TEMPE, ARIZ. (AP) - Los Angeles Angels lefty Hector Santiago kept up his push for a starting spot, pitching four shutout innings Friday in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs in a split-squad game.
In his second spring start, Santiago allowed only one hit and struck out five.
Cubs prospect Jorge Soler hit a go-ahead triple in the ninth. Luis Valbuena doubled and scored in the seventh.
Chicago starter James McDonald worked two scoreless innings.
Angels slugging prospect C.J. Cron, who hit a tying, three-run homer in the ninth on Thursday, delivered an RBI single in the eighth.
Ramirez returns, homers to send Dodgers over Texas
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Hanley Ramirez returned to the lineup and hit his first homer this spring, a two-run shot in the first inning that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Texas Rangers 2-1 Friday.
Ramirez was pulled in the sixth inning Thursday as a precaution after he was hit by a pitch in right triceps. The star infielder, who hit .345 in 86 games last season, is batting .167 this spring.
Carl Crawford drew a walk from Martin Perez and Ramirez homered over the center-field fence.
Dodger starter Zach Lee worked two innings, giving up two hits.
Tulowitzki's 2 HRs power Rockies past Angels 7-2
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIT'-skee) hit two long home runs, Jorge De La Rosa improved in his second start and the Colorado Rockies beat a Los Angeles Angels' split squad 7-2 Friday.
Tulowitzki hit the first pitch he saw from Joe Blanton halfway up the sloping lawn beyond left field in the first inning. His two-run homer to left in the third went farther, bouncing onto the concourse.
Mike McKenry added a solo homer and Josh Rutledge a two-run drive off Blanton, who gave up seven runs and eight hits before he was lifted with two outs in the fourth.
De La Rosa allowed one run and three hits in three innings. He gave up four runs and didn't get out of the second inning in his first start.
Washington State knocks off No. 20 Cal 91-83
SEATTLE (AP) - Lia Galdeira scored 28 points, Tia Presley added 19 including a huge 3-pointer with 1:21 remaining as the shot clock expired, and Washington State upset No. 20 California 91-83 on Friday night in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals.
The Cougars used a 15-4 run midway through the second half to take control then held off California's charge in the closing minutes. Washington State snapped a five-game losing streak to California, the No. 2 seed in the conference tourney, and improved to 4-5 this year against ranked opponents.
The Cougars would likely need to win the conference tournament to reach the NCAAs. They scored a tournament record 107 points in beating Oregon in the opening round Thursday.
Reshanda Grey led Cal with 26 points, but second-leading scorer Brittany Boyd finished with nine points and fouled out with 6 minutes left.
USC women hold off Arizona State 59-57
SEATTLE (AP) - Cassie Harberts scored 14 points, Ariya Crook added 13 and USC held off Arizona State's late rally for a 59-57 win over the Sun Devils in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals on Friday, a key win for the Trojans' NCAA tournament hopes.
Kiki Alofaituli knocked down the winning basket for the No. 4 seed Trojans, hitting a 15-footer with 1:23 left to give USC a two-point lead. The Trojans then watched Arizona State miss on three chances for the win as Katie Hempen saw a 3-pointer rim out and Deja Mann twice miss 3s, including a desperation heave from 25-feet at the buzzer.
Alofaituli made just 2 of 6 shots, but came through with the clutch basket for the Trojans. USC will face top-seeded Stanford in the semifinals on Saturday night.
Hempen led Arizona State with 12 points, while Mann, Kelsey Moos and Joy Burke all finished with 10.
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