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Thursday, March 24, 2011
Top team tumbles


NBA: Even though both the men's and women's NCAA tournaments were on hiatus, there was still plenty of basketball action Wednesday night. The Spurs didn't fare so well in their first game without Tim Duncan. San Antonio, the best team in the NBA, was upset 115-112 by Denver, which sits in fifth place in the West. Duncan, who is out indefinitely, sprained his ankle in Monday's victory over Golden State. ... The Knicks fell below .500 for the first time since Nov. 27, after being defeated 111-99 by the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. The Magic have now won four straight, while Wednesday's defeat was the Knicks' seventh loss in their last eight games. ... The Boston Celtics blew their chance to tie the East-leading Bulls, losing 90-87 to the Memphis Grizzlies. Boston now sits a full game behind the Chicago in the East, while Memphis was able to cement its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. ... New Jersey earned just its fifth road win of the season Wednesday, but it didn't come easy. It took overtime for the Nets to beat Cleveland 98-94. ... Russell Westbrook scored 31 points, while Kevin Durant knocked in 29 in Oklahoma City's 106-94 win over the Utah Jazz.

NHL: The top two teams in the Western Conference faced off on Wednesday night, with the NHL-best Vancouver Canucks defeating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 . Even though these two teams are the best in the conference, Vancouver now sits a full 10 points ahead of Detroit after Wednesday's win with eight games remaining. The Canucks have won eight of their last nine, while the Central Division-leading Red Wings are 0-2-1 in their last three games. ... In a fight to gain possession of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Anaheim Ducks knocked off the Dallas Stars 4-3 in overtime. Anaheim, which has now won four straight, sits in eighth place, while ninth-place Stars now trail the Ducks by one point with nine games remaining.

Men's college basketball: Mike Anderson was named the new head basketball coach at Arkansas Wednesday night. Anderson, who was an assistant for the Razorbacks from 1985-2002, replaces John Pelphrey, who was excused from his duties on March 13.