Kobe Bryant has become the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. He's also the youngest. The 34-year-old Bryant needed 13 points to reach the plateau before he scored 29 in the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-87 win at New Orleans. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 when he hit the mark, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone were each 36 and Michael Jordan was 38.
Brooklyn was beaten by a division leader for the second straight game as Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook added 25 in Oklahoma City's 117-111 win over the Nets.
The Miami Heat had to figure their winning streak would come to an end one of these days. They couldn't have expected it to be stopped in Washington. The Wizards won for only the second time in 15 games, overcoming LeBron James' triple-double in a 105-101 win over the Heat, halting Miami's six-game winning streak.
The Knicks will play in Charlotte tonight and Boston will host the Timberwolves.
WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with legendary football coach John Heisman’s grand nephew, John M. Heisman, the keeper of the family’s flame and the author of a new biography called Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy, which is published by Simon and Schuster.
When the Heisman Trophy is awarded December 8 to the nation’s best college football player, the sports world will look back fondly on the past recipients and their stellar careers, and then begin looking forward to the bowl season with anticipation.
The NFC East race is wide open once again after the Giants fell to division rival Redskins last night. Robert Griffin III accounted for 235 total yards and the Redskins' defense was solid in the second half of a 17-16 win over the New York Giants. The Giants led 16-10 until Griffin hit Pierre Garcon for an eight-yard touchdown with 11:31 remaining. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 103 yards on 24 carries, and Victor Cruz had five catches for 104 yards, but the Giants had to settle for too many field goals after reaching the red zone.
It was supposed to be the best matchup of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, but it turned into a mismatch early in the second half. Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey combined to outscore North Carolina as the top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers blasted the No. 14 Tar Heels 83-59. Zeller finished with 20 points and eight rebounds for the 7-0 Hoosiers, who allowed only one field goal during the first 8 ½ minutes of the second half. Oladipo and Sheehey each had 19 points and helped Indiana go on a 28-6 run bridging the two halves.
The Nets moved closer to the Knicks this fall, and the two teams couldn't be any closer in the NBA's Atlantic Division standings. The Nets have pulled even with New York for the division lead by downing the Knicks 96-89 in overtime at Brooklyn. Jerry Stackhouse drained the tiebreaking three-pointer with 3:31 remaining as the Nets outscored the Knicks 12-5 in the extra session. Brook Lopez had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who improved to 9-4 with their third straight win. Deron Williams added 16 points and 14 assists as the Nets improved to 7-1 in their new home
The New York Giants snapped their two-game slide by routing Green Bay 38-10 in the matchup of the last two Super Bowl champs. Eli Manning tossed three TDs to give him 200 career TD passes, passing Phil Simms to become the Giants all-time leader in that department. The Giants own a two-game lead atop the NFC East.
WAMC's Ian Pickus delivers his morning sportscast.
It was a Thanksgiving night of embarrassment for the New York Jets….they gave up three touchdowns in just 52 seconds and were blown off the field in the turkey nightcap last night, 49-19 at the hands of New England. Tom Brady;s 83-yard pass to Shane Vereen made it 14-0 early, and New England never looked back…the win made Bull Belichick just the eighth NFL coach with 200 career wins.
On this Thanksgiving Thursday, three big NFL matchups, at 12:30 the Houston Texans play against the Detroit Lions. The Lions, who along with the Cowboys are the fixtures of the Thanksgiving Classic football games are 33-36-2 on Turkey Day, they have not won in the past nine years.
Dallas will host the Redskins at Cowboys Stadium at 4:25. The Cowboys are 28-15-1 on Thanksgiving.