Knicks blow big lead but edge Bulls 83-78
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and the New York Knicks pulled out an 83-78 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night after blowing a 23-point lead.
Amare Stoudemire made the tiebreaking jumper with 2:35 left and finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who ended a two-game losing streak but made it harder on themselves than necessary with some sloppy second-half offense.
Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored 20 points for the Bulls, who have lost three straight and five of six. They are having a dreadful time scoring, topping out at 75 points in their previous two games and barely surpassing that in this one.
Joakim Noah had 12 points and 11 rebounds in his return after missing a game with a bruised right thigh, but Luol Deng missed his third straight game with a sore left Achilles.
I, Robot? No more for Jets' Geno Smith
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith says he was "playing like a robot" at times earlier this season, leading to some of his struggles.
Smith says Wednesday that he was not improvising enough on the field, sticking to dropping back and passing. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said last week that he wanted to have Smith "turn it loose" more freely, and got positive results in the Jets' 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders.
Smith worked out of the shotgun more than usual, allowing him roll out easier when the passing lanes were clogged. He threw for 219 yards and added 50 yards on five carries - including a 32-yard scramble.
Smith says he was trying to be too perfect at times, contributing to his multitude of mistakes.
Cromartie, Hill don't practice for Jets
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and wide receiver Stephen Hill didn't practice, and both might not play Sunday at Carolina.
Cromartie suffered a concussion during the 37-27 win over Oakland last Sunday, but finished the game. He complained of headaches after the game and coach Rex Ryan says Wednesday that Cromartie is still going through the NFL's mandatory protocol on head injuries.
Hill, dealing with a sore knee for several weeks, sat out against the Raiders after it swelled up a bit. Ryan wouldn't rule out the possibility that Hill could miss the last three games.
Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. also sat out practice, getting his regularly scheduled rest day.
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes (foot, hamstring) and linebacker Garrett McIntyre (knee) were limited.
Giants need to start playing run defense again
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - If there was any area where the New York Giants improved in this dismal season, it was the run defense.
NFL leading rusher LeSean McCoy of the Eagles gained 94 yards in two games. Adrian Peterson of the Vikings got 28. Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs gained 65. Matt Forte of the Bears rushed for 67 and Alfred Morris of the Redskins had 26.
That's five of the NFL's top six rushers this season.
However, the Giants (5-8) face questions about their run defense after Ryan Mathews rushed for 103 yards in the Chargers' 37-14 win Sunday, a game that eliminated New York from playoff contention.
On tap Sunday is Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson and Seattle's No. 3 ranked run offense.
Bills WR Johnson determined to prove critics wrong
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Stevie Johnson isn't ready to relinquish his title as the Buffalo Bills No. 1 receiver.
During a season in which his numbers are slipping and critics growing, Johnson is eager to prove his doubters wrong.
Acknowledging he's not played to anyone's expectations, Johnson said: "I've got to make them love me again."
That's going to take some doing for the sixth-year player.
His production has been slowed by injuries and compounded by numerous miscues. That has led to Johnson being the target of discontented fans, who have questioned the player's future in Buffalo beyond this season.
Johnson says he's not going anywhere.
He is instead determined to help turn around a team that, at 4-9, has all but been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs for a 14th straight season.
AP Source: Colon and Mets agree to 2-year deal
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that 18-game winner Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract.
The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because an agreement had not yet been completed. The deal is pending the 40-year-old Colon passing a physical.
New York was in the market for a starter after ace Matt Harvey had elbow reconstruction surgery, which will sideline him for next season.
General manager Sandy Alderson had said he didn't want to give a long-term deal to a pitcher because New York had several prospects close to being ready.
Colon went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA for the Oakland Athletics in a season in which he began by completing a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test.
Princeton pulls away for 78-73 win over Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - T.J. Bray, coming off a one-game suspension for discipline reasons, scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half as Princeton pulled away from Rutgers for a 78-73 win Wednesday night.
Denton Koon, Hans Brase and Ben Hazel each had 14 points for the Tigers (7-1), who won their sixth straight. Princeton extended its lead to 75-45 in the central New Jersey rivalry, which started in 1917.
Myles Mack had 21 points for the Scarlet Knights (4-7), who have lost four straight and six of their last seven. Kadeem Jack added 14 while J.J. Moore had 10.
Princeton was without starting guard Jimmy Sherburne, who was serving the second of a three-game suspension by coach Mitch Henderson. Sherburne and Bray were suspended for the same incident but Bray missed just one game.
With the game tied 56-56, Bray hit a 3-pointer with 8:44 left and Princeton never trailed again.
Canisius defeats Buffalo 69-55
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Billy Baron scored a game-high 23 points to help Canisius overcome a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Buffalo 69-55 Wednesday night.
Chris Perez had 16 points for the Golden Griffins (6-3). Phil Valenti came off the bench to score 11 points and grab five rebounds.
Josh Freelove and Will Regan combined for a trio of 3-pointers to help Buffalo forge an early lead. The Bulls went into halftime riding a 35-26 advantage.
But Canisius emerged from the break a different team. Down by 10 at 12:49 in the second, the Golden Griffins mounted a 30-8 run to lead 67-55 with 30 seconds left to play. Buffalo went the last four minutes of the game without scoring a point.
The leader for the Bulls (4-3) was Javon McCrea with 13 points and six rebounds. The loss breaks a four-game winning streak for Buffalo.
Niagara's 2nd half key to beating Davidson 83-72
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Antoine Mason scored 21 points, all but two coming in the second half, as Niagara beat Davidson 83-72 on Wednesday night.
Davidson (4-6) led 34-31 at halftime, in a back-and-forth affair that saw eight ties and 14 lead changes. Neither team led by more than five points in the first 20 minutes.
The second half was a different story as Niagara (3-8) opened on a 16-5 run, 12 coming from Tahjere McCall and Marvin Jordan, which gave the Eagles their largest lead of the game at 47-39.
A Joe Aase 3-pointer, three Davidson free throws and a Tom Droney basket pulled the Wildcats to within 56-53 with 7:28 remaining, but they couldn't get any closer.
McCall finished with 16 points and Jordan added 17.
The teams combined for 57 personal fouls, four players fouled out and 71 free throws were attempted.
Droney led Davidson with 17 points.
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