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Balanced Cavaliers roll past Spurs, 106-80

J.J. Hickson (NBA)

The new-look Cavaliers beat the short-handed and watered-down San Antonio Spurs in Pittsburgh Thursday night.

J.J. Hickson scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the way.

Cleveland improved to 4-1 by outscoring San Antonio 56-39 in the second half, including a run of 11-2 late in the third quarter.

Spurs starters Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Richard Jefferson made the trip but did not play. San Antonio had played two days earlier in Mexico City, a 100-99 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ramon Sessions added 14 points and Daniel Gibson scored 13 points added six assists and four rebounds for Cleveland.

There were a couple of injuries in the game both involving Cavs players. Antawn Jamison suffered a left knee sprain and Anthony Parker had a minor hand injury.

compiled from staff & Cavaliers news

Sooners stay undefeated; Cincinnati has breakthrough on offense

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM FEATURE

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Last Saturday night’s game between Oklahoma and Cincinnati showed several things.

Oklahoma sweated out another close win, but their defense needs some work.

Cincinnati had a breakthrough game on offense, but once again turnovers hurt their cause.

Sooners QB Landry Jones gets pass off against the rush. Passes to Cameron Kenney (6).(megasportsnews.com)

WR Ryan Broyles Oklahoma 7th straight game with 100 receiving yards (courtesy of Oklahoma athletics)

The Sooners 31-29 win over Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium, was tight all the way to the final minute of play when the 8th-ranked team recovered an onside kick to keep its record unblemished at 4-0.

This is an improvement over 2009, when the Sooners couldn’t win any close games especially on the road, losing four times by a touchdown or less.

The Sooners close losses in 2009 include losing their opener against Brigham Young University 14-13 in Arlington, Texas. They lost at Miami 21-20. They lost to Texas 16-13 and at Nebraska 10-3 which led to an un-Sooner-like season of 8-5.

This season, three of their four wins have been by a touchdown or less. The beat Utah State 31-24 in week 1; slide by Air Force 27-24 and got past Cincinnati last weekend.

Sophomore quarterback Landry Jones completed a career-high 36 passes in 51 attempts for 370 yards and two touchdowns, the final score to freshman fullback Trey Millard with 4:31 remaining in the fourth quarter. Jones’ second touchdown pass put Oklahoma in control of the game.

QB Landry Jones (courtesy of Oklahoma athletics)

Several younger players stepped up allowing Oklahoma to remain undefeated. Kenny Stills, a freshman, had four receptions for 72 yards. James Hanna, a reserve junior tight end, recovered D.J. Woods’ fumbled punt return at Cincinnati’s 7-yard line, setting up the Oklahoma game-clinching touchdown pass to Millard.

QB Zack Collaros was 23 of 38 passing for 305 yards, 3TD's & 1 INT. (courtesy of UC athletics & BH photography)

RB Isaiah Pead rushed a career-high 21 times for 169 yards. (courtesy of UC athletics & BH photography)

The Cincinnati Bearcats finally found its games after tough losses on the road to Fresno State and North Carolina State, but are just 1-3 and have their fans wondering if the program is going fall back into its losing ways prior to the arrival of coaches Mark Dantonio and Brian Kelly who revived the program and kept it going. New coach Butch Jones has his work cut out for him because expectations are high for the two-time defending Big East champions.

Oklahoma’s defense made plays when they had to. Safety Jonathan Nelson had two huge plays in the first half. He ran down D.J. Woods who was ahead of everybody by 20 yards on a 73-yard pass reception, punching the ball loose from behind at the 5-yard line. The ball rolled into the end zone and Oklahoma recovered holding onto the lead.

Nelson also intercepted a pass in the end zone late in the first half. Those two, huge plays helped the Sooners lead 17-9 at halftime.

Cincinnati Bearcats warmup for Oklahoma (megasportsnews.com)

Cincinnati Bearcats pregame (megasportsnews.com)

The upcoming schedule will get tougher for Oklahoma as it gets ready for Big 12 Conference opponents. Up next is the rival Texas Longhorns, who lost big to UCLA at home on Saturday in a shocking upset. The Longhorns lost its first home game since 2007 and scored its fewest points at home since the 2006 season. Texas is 3-1.

The Bearcats have an open week this Saturday before hosting Miami of Ohio on October 9.

CINCINNATI BEARCATS GAME NOTES

* The 58,253 attendance was the second largest home crowd for UC football, behind the 2002 game against Ohio State, also played at Paul Brown Stadium.

* Cincinnati recorded a season-high 461 yards of total offense.

* QB Zach Collaros recorded his second consecutive 300-yard passing game. He finished with 23 completions and 38 attempts and 305 passing yards. He threw three touchdown passes and had one interception.

* PK Jacob Rogers finished the game with three field goals, increasing his career points total to 288, 25 points shy of reaching Jonathan Ruffin’s career record of 315 points.

* Sophomore Patrick O’Donnell recorded a career-long 61-yard punt.

* WR Armon Binns finished the game with three catches, extending his streak to 17 games with a catch. He has 19 catches in the last five games with two TD’s.

* RB Isaiah Pead passed his career high 18 carries at West Virginia on 11/13/09 in the third quarter and finished with a career-high 21 carries and a season-high 169 rushing yards.

* WR DJ Woods matched his career-high with seven receptions and notched a career-high 171 receiving yards. He also recorded a season-high 25-yard punt return.

OKLAHOMA SOONERS GAME NOTES

* Oklahoma is 2-0 all-time against Cincinnati. The first meeting in Norman on September 6, 2008 was 52-26 OU win.

* 314 were the yards gained by the Oklahoma offense in the first half, the second-most yards gained by the Sooners in a half in 2010 (372 in the first half vs. Florida State). OU finished the game with 452 yards, its third game to go over the 400-yard mark.

* Sophomore QB Landry Jones completed 13 straight passes in the first and scond quarter.

* WR Ryan Broyles completed his seventh straight 110-yard receiving game, the longest active streak in the nation. He finished Saturday’s game with 100 yards and has accumulated 858 yards during the streak. He moved into third place at OU for career receiving yards with 2,289 past Malcolm Kelly who played from 2005-2007 with 2,285.

The performance against Cincinnati was Broyles’ 11th, 100-yard receiving game. The 11 games is second only behind the 15 recorded by Mark Clayton who played from 2001-2004.

Broyles finished the game with 10 receptions, marking the seventh time he reached double digits and the third time this season (12 vs. Florida State and 10 against Air Force). For his career, Broyles has 176 receptions and moved past Quentin Griffin (1999-2002) with 169 catches for third place all-time at OU.

* DeMarco Murray recorded the 42nd rushing touchdown of his career in the first quarter matching Chris Brown (2006-2009) for fourth place all-time at OU in the category.

Murray’s touchdown run in the first quarter gave him 318 career points and moved him ahead of Tim Duncan (313) and in a tie for the fourth highest total with Billy Sims (318). Murray trails Tim Lashar (321), R.D. Lashar (328) and Steve Owens (342).

NBA PLAYOFFS: Eastern and Western Conference Sunday and Monday

compiled from staff and wire reports

SUNDAY

Dwayne Wade (nba)

Dwayne Wade set franchise playoff records with 46 points, 30 in the second half, and Miami beat Boston in Game 4 of an Eastern Conference first-round series, 101-92.

The Heat opened the fourth quarter with on a 25-8 run, fueled mostly by Wade, who made 16-of-24 shots from the field, plus he added five assists.

George Hill (nba)

George Hill scored 29 points, helping San Antonio overcome a miserable night from Tim Duncan and took a 3-1 lead over Dallas in its first-round series winning 92-89.

The Spurs have won three straight since coach Gregg Popovich criticized some of his players.

Carlos Boozer (nba)

Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 13 rebounds, Deron Williams added 24 points and 13 assists, and Utah held off a late charge to beat Denver for a 3-1 lead in its Western Conference playoff series. Utah wins 177-106.

Carmelo Anthony finished with 39 points and led the Nuggets back within range late in the fourth quarter, but Denver never caught all the way up and lost for the third straight time in the series.

MONDAY

Vince Carter (nba)

Vince Carter had 21 points, Jameer Nelson added 18 and the Orlando Magic showcased their depth and pressure shot-making in a 99-90 win over the Charlotte Bobcats to complete a sweep of their first-round series.

Dwight Howard was held to six points in his fourth straight game in foul trouble, but the Magic never flinched to accomplished their first four-game sweep in franchise history.

Carlos Delfino (nba)

Carlos Delfino scored 22 points with six 3-pointers and Milwaukee pulled off its second straight playoff surprise, beating Atlanta to draw even in the first-round series.

Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and John Salmons added 22  for the Bucks who won 111-104.

Channing Frye (nba)

Reserves Channing Frye and Jared Dudley broke out of their series-long shooting slumps with 20 and 19 points, respectively, and Phoenix overcame an early 14-point deficit to rout Portland, 107-88 win and take a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series.

All-NBA unanimous picks goes to LeBron James and Dwight Howard

compiled from staff, wire and NBA reports

LeBron James (nba)

Dwight Howard (nba)

LeBron James and Dwight Howard were unanimous choices for the All-NBA Team, while Kobe Bryant received 119 of 122 votes from writers and broadcasters.

James was unanimous pick for the second straight season and made his fourth All-NBA Team. the Cleveland megastar won the NBA MVP award for the second year in a row.

Kevin Durant and Dwayne Wade completed the first team on Thursday. Durant led the NBA in scoring for Oklahoma City with a 30.1 average, and James was second at 29.7. Howard led the league in rebounding with a 13.2 average and also averaged 18.3 points.

Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Amare Stoudamire, Steve Nash and Deron Williams were selected to the second team. Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bogut, Joe Johnson, and Brandon Roy were third-team picks.

Kobe Bryant selected to fifth straight NBA all-defensive team; LeBron also chosen

compiled from staff and wire reports

Gerald Wallace (nba)

Kobe Bryant is on the NBA all-defensive first team for the fifth straight year.

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo made the first team for the first time, earning the second most points behind the league’s defensive player of the year, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace also made the team for the first time, with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James making it for the second straight year.

The league’s coaches vote on the team.

The second team consists of San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan, guards Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat and Thabo Sefolosha of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and forwards Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks and Anderson Varejao of the Cavaliers.

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