Joe’s Morning Sports-Friday, December 29, 2017
Al Horford nailed a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to complete the Boston Celtics’ rally from a 26-point deficit in a 99-98 victory over the Houston Rockets. Boston never led until Horford scored the last of his nine points. Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 as the Celts improved to 29-10 while dealing the Rockets their fourth straight loss since a 14-game winning streak.
New Orleans Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara says the NFL has fined him just over $6,000 for wearing Christmas-themed red cleats with white trim during last Sunday’s victory over Atlanta. Kamara says it was worth it and says he’s hoping to parlay publicity from his banned holiday cleats into a fundraiser to help supply athletic footwear to children whose families struggle to afford it.
Khadeen Carrington hit a go-ahead layup with 2:05 to play and 23rd ranked Seton Hall rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat 25th ranked Creighton 90-84 in the Big East Conference opener for both schools last night. Martin Krampelj led four players in double figures with a career-high 23 points and ten rebounds for the Bluejays, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Marcus Foster, who hurt his right leg early, finished with 14 points and five rebounds, but only two points in the second half. Desi Rodriguez led four players in double figures for the Pirates with 23 points and five steals. Angel Delgado had a double-double with 18 points and 14 boards. Seton Hall is now 12-2 overall and 1-0 in the BIG EAST while Creighton falls to 10-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee is forfeiting his final year of eligibility and will enter the NFL draft. Lee tweeted yesterday “after weeks of prayer and consideration with my family, I’ve decided to enter the NFL draft and pursue an opportunity that I feel is the best for myself and my family at this time.” Lee thanked teammates and fans along with former coach Mike Riley. Riley was fired after the regular season, and Scott Frost was named head coach Dec. 2. Lee said the Cornhuskers are in “great hands” with Frost. Lee transferred from Tulane and was the Huskers’ starter in 2017. He completed 58% of his passes for 3,143 yards, with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
Checking out the local schedule for today, high school basketball tournaments continue. At the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament at North Platte, the Norfolk High boys play North Platte in a semifinal game at 7:15 while the Lady Panthers battle Hastings in a semifinal contest at 2:00. At the Shootout on the Elkhorn Tournament at Wisner/Pilger High School, the Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys face Wakefield in a consolation doubleheader starting with the girls’ game at 2:30. At the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout at Wayne State College, in games that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, the Norfolk Catholic boys tangle with Pender in a consolation game at 11:00. Pregame coverage at 10:40. The Lady Knights meets Hartington Cedar Catholic in a semifinal game at 4:00. Pregame coverage at 3:40. Elsewhere, the Nebraska men’s basketball squad host Stetson University at 7:00.
Local Schedule: Nfk High vs. North Platte (BBB GNAC Tourn. At North Platte-7:15); Nfk High vs. Hastings (GBB GNAC Tourn. At North Platte-2:00); LHNE vs. Wakefield (G&BB Shootout on Elkhorn Tourn. At Wisner/Pilger-2:30); NC vs. Pender (BBB Great NE Neb. Shootout at WSC-11:00); NC vs. Hartington CC (GBB Great NE Neb. Shootout at WSC-4:00); Stetson at Nebraska (MBB-7:00).
Today: The Norfolk Catholic girls & boys basketball teams take on Pender at the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout at Wayne State College. The boys’ game starts at 11:00 with pregame coverage at 10:40 followed by the girls’ contest at 4:00 with pregame coverage at 3:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Local Scores: Nfk High 59 Lexington 49 (GNAC BBB Tourn.); Ponca 57 LHNE 42 (Shootout on the Elkhorn BBB Tourn.); West Point-Beemer 55 NC 31 (Great NE Neb Shootout BBB Tourn.); Nfk High 47 McCook 21 (GNAC GBB Tourn.); NC 53 West Point-Beemer 46 (Great NE Neb Shootout GBB Tourn.); Ponca 54 LHNE 31 (Shootout on the Elkhorn GBB Tourn.); (12) Ohio St. 73 Nebraska 61 (WBB); Creighton 69 (18) Villanova 54 (WBB).
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Orlando 102 Detroit 89
Final Milwaukee 102 Minnesota 96
Final Boston 99 Houston 98
Final San Antonio 119 N-Y Knicks 107
Final Portland 114 Philadelphia 110
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Florida 3 Philadelphia 2
Final SO Washington 4 Boston 3
Final Tampa Bay 3 Montreal 1
Final Toronto 7 Arizona 4
Final OT Vegas 3 L.A. Kings 2
Final Vancouver 5 Chicago 2
Final SO San Jose 3 Calgary 2
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (20) Gonzaga 81 Pacific 48
Final (23) Seton Hall 90 (25) Creighton 84