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DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon scored twice to boost his goal tally to a team-leading 31, and he added three assists as the Colorado Avalanche won their third consecutive game with a 7-1 rout of the Minnesota Wild on Friday night, March 2, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. MacKinnon is the first Avalanche player to have multiple five-point games in a season since Paul Stastny did so twice in the 2007-08 campaign. MacKinnon also had five points (one goal, four assists) in a 6-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Nov. 16.
J.R. Smith was suspended for Thursday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers as punishment for throwing a bowl of soup at Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Damon Jones. ESPN reported the details of the suspension Friday morning. The Cavaliers announced the suspension for "conduct detrimental" on Thursday.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard shook off a poor shooting start to score 35 points as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied for a 108-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday night at Moda Center. CJ McCollum added 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic and Shabazz Napier 16 apiece for the Trail Blazers (36-26), who won their fifth straight game overall and 12th of 13 at home. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 34 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves (38-27), who had won two straight. Andrew Wiggins added 21 points for Minnesota.
Damian Lillard shook off a poor shooting start to score 35 points as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied for a 108-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday night at Moda Center. CJ McCollum added 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic and Shabazz Napier 16 apiece for the Trail Blazers (36-26), who won their fifth straight game overall and 12th of 13 at home. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 34 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves (38-27), who had won two straight. Andrew Wiggins added 21 points for Minnesota.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Connauton's goal at 12:04 of the third period stood up as the winner as the Arizona Coyotes beat the visiting Minnesota Wild 5-3 on Thursday night, March 1. Connauton gave the Coyotes a 4-2 advantage just 51 seconds before Matt Cullen brought the Wild back within a goal.
Texas Wesleyan University fired baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat over his controversial email in which he told a high school prospect he refused to recruit any player from Colorado because of the state's lenient drug laws. University president Fred G. Slabach said in a press conference Thursday that the email violated NAIA rules over player eligibility, though he said he could not provide further details due to a pending investigation.
NEW YORK—Corey Sanders scored 23 points as 14th-seeded Rutgers eliminated 11th-seeded Minnesota by posting a 65-54 victory in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York Sanders scored 15 of his points in the first half and shot 9-of-20 from the floor. He led the Scarlet Knights in scoring for the 15th time, recorded his 24th double-digit scoring game and seventh with at least 20 points.
ST. PAUL—Eric Staal collected three goals and five points and Jason Zucker slammed in one goal and had four assists as the Minnesota Wild recorded their fifth-straight win with an 8-3 thumping of the struggling St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night in St. Paul. Mikael Granlund, the third member of Minnesota's top line, scored twice in a four-point game at Xcel Energy Center as the Wild tied a franchise record for most goals in a game. Goalie Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves in the victory.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Jeff Teague scored eight of his 20 points in a third-quarter runaway Monday night, Feb. 26, as the Minnesota Timberwolves broke open a close game with a 34-17 burst on their way to a 118-100 victory over the host Sacramento Kings. Playing for the second time without injured guard Jimmy Butler, Minnesota used balanced scoring to tip off an important three-game trip with a convincing win. The Northwest Division leaders face two of their closest division rivals, the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz, to complete the trip.
ST. PAUL—Jared Spurgeon scored the game-winner with 12 seconds left in overtime as the Minnesota Wild produced three unanswered goals to beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Sunday night, Feb. 25, at Xcel Energy Center. Spurgeon came up with a giveaway by Sharks defenseman Brent Burns in the left circle and fed it to Jason Zucker, who tapped it back to Spurgeon for a one-timer past diving goalie Martin Jones.