SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 as the San Antonio Spurs shrugged off a ragged first three quarters and rolled to a 122-114 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday at the AT&T Center. Leonard's rebound and rush down the court for a dunk over two Minnesota defenders with 7:36 to play highlighted a 20-2 run for San Antonio that turned a 90-83 deficit into a 103-92 lead.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Beau Bennett, Kyle Palmieri and Adam Henrique scored third-period goals as the New Jersey Devils overcame a pair of deficits and cooled off the red-hot Minnesota Wild just a bit with a 4-3 victory Tuesday. The Devils, who also got a power-play goal from Pavel Zacha and 32 saves from goalie Cory Schneider, seemed content to just hang on through the first 30 minutes as Minnesota built a 2-0 lead. But New Jersey (19-18-9) turned the tables in the third period to finish their four-game road trip 3-0-1.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Pittsburgh Steelers did not spend much time in the end zone at Arrowhead Stadium in Sunday night's AFC divisional round game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, it was the home team that scored the game's only touchdowns. But the Steelers had the strong right leg of kicker Chris Boswell, along with the athletic limbs of running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown, and it was enough to beat the Chiefs, 18-16.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Aaron Rodgers was left with a few seconds and one shot at winning it. That's more than enough. The NFL's hottest quarterback put the Green Bay Packers in position to advance to the NFC Championship and kicker Mason Crosby did the rest, booting a 51-yard field goal at the final gun to beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium. The Packers moved on to face the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday, with a spot in the Super Bowl at stake. Rodgers, the MVP of Green Bay's Super Bowl triumph six years ago, was left almost speechless after his team's nailbiting win.
CHICAGO—Jason Pominville scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and the Minnesota Wild held on for a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. Nino Niederreiter and Chris Stewart also scored as the Wild erased a two-goal deficit in the final two periods. Minnesota (28-9-5) beat Chicago for the eighth straight regular-season matchup and moved in front of the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Central Division standings. Patrick Kane scored both goals for the Blackhawks. Chicago (27-14-5) lost its second game in a row.
DALLAS—The Minnesota Timberwolves had hoped to extend a season-long three-game winning streak before tough road tests at San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers, but they failed to take advantage of the struggling Dallas Mavericks and fell 98-87 on Sunday at the American Airlines Center. Dallas (13-27) got a balanced scoring attack with six players in double figures, led by Wesley Matthews' 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki's 17. J.J. Barea produced 15 off the bench.
ST. PAUL—Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves and Nino Niederreiter scored twice for the Minnesota Wild in a 7-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Minnesota, which won for the 15th time in 17 games, got a goal and two assists from Eric Staal. Christian Folin, Jordan Schroeder, Jason Zucker and Ryan Suter also scored for the Wild (26-9-5). Matt Dumba registered three assists, and Jared Spurgeon added two assists. Dubnyk missed a chance for his league-leading sixth shutout when Montreal's Tomas Plekanec scored with 8.5 seconds left in the game.
MINNEAPOLIS—Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns posted his ninth straight double-double with 23 points and 18 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves held on to beat the Houston Rockets 119-105 on Wednesday night. Ricky Rubio had 10 points and tied his career high and a franchise best with 17 assists in the Timberwolves' second straight win. Brandon Rush had 12 points on four 3-pointers in his first start for Minnesota and Shabazz Muhammad added 20 points off the bench. The Timberwolves (13-26) were without third-leading scorer Zach LaVine.
EAST LANSING, Mich.—One big half from freshman forward Miles Bridges was all Michigan State needed to secure its second win of the season over No. 24 Minnesota. Bridges scored all of his game-high 16 points by halftime and the Spartans cruised to a 65-47 victory on Wednesday at the Breslin Center.
TAMPA, Fla.—Deshaun Watson's third touchdown pass of the game, a 2-yard toss to Hunter Renfrow with one second remaining, lifted Clemson to a 35-31 win over Alabama in a classic national championship game Monday night. The Tigers avenged a 45-40 loss to the Crimson Tide in last year's final at Glendale, Ariz. Watson completed 36 of 56 passes for 420 yards. Four players—Jordan Leggett, Mike Williams, Deon Cain and Renfrow—topped 90 receiving yards for Clemson (14-1).