CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving combined for 44 points, and LeBron James scored 19 in his return from a one-game absence, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Sacramento Kings 101-90 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.
The Nets looked to be headed for a double-digit loss to the Raptors on Friday before a fourth-quarter comeback sent the game into overtime. Toronto prevailed in the extra session, however, coming away with a 127-122 win. Jarrett Jack and Brook Lopez each scored 35 points in the loss.
Noah Syndergaard was ranked the 10th-best prospect in baseball when MLB.com revealed its Top 100 list Friday. Syndergaard is the third-highest pitcher on the list. Four other Mets prospects--Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Steven Matz--also made the list.
The Devils shut down the high-powered Penguins for most of Friday night's contest, but Chris Kunitz' late goal in the third period cancelled out Steve Bernier's tally to send the game into overtime. In the extra session, defenseman Simon Despres' goal lifted Pittsburgh to a 2-1 win.
Rangers forward Derick Brassard is playing the best hockey of his career for the Blueshirts this season and is on pace for a career-best points tally. The 27-year-old has 12 goals and 23 assists through 47 games this campaign, giving the Rangers even better production than they expected.
Ryan Vogelsong re-signed with the Giants last week, and the Rockies acquired David Hale on Friday, leaving the Mets holding Dillon Gee. Although the Mets reportedly want to deal the starter, the number of available suitors for the 28-year-old right-hander is dwindling.
Lou Amundson is on his 11th team in nine seasons and had gone 102 games without scoring in double digits. But the Knicks rewarded Amundson with a contract for the remainder of the season, and he posted 17 points Thursday in their loss. The Knicks are 4-2 with Amundson in the lineup.
Sandy Alderson has been maligned by Mets fans, but according to a pair of authors, he's among the best front-office heads ever. Alderson was ranked as the 12th-best GM in MLB history, buoyed by his use of analytics and his ability to succeed without a baseball background.