UNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets officially announced Monday that they have traded big man Jusuf Nurkic to the Portland Trail Blazers for center Mason Plumlee. Denver also receives a second-round pick and cash, while the Blazers get a first-rounder. Nurkic is averaging eight points this season. The 7-footer known as the “Bosnian Beast” became somewhat expendable with the emergence of Nikola Jokic.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points, Dennis Schroder added 22 and the Atlanta Hawks scored the final 12 points of overtime to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-104 last night. Dwight Howard added 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Hawks, who won their fifth straight against the Blazers. Paul Millsap made the tying basket as time expired in regulation. CJ McCollum had 26 points for the Blazers.
UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga is No. 1 for the third straight week in The Associated Press college basketball poll. The Zags (26-0), the lone unbeaten team in Division I, received 60 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday. Villanova (24-2), which received the other five first-place votes, and Kansas held second and third, while Baylor moved from sixth to fourth. The top four teams match those announced Saturday as the preliminary No. 1 seeds by the NCAA Tournament selection committee, although its order was Villanova, Kansas, Baylor and Gonzaga.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Kennewick man survived a night on a ski slope in southwestern Washington after he fell into a 5-foot hole. The Tri-City Herald reports Abe Cortina was snowboarding Saturday at Ski Bluewood when he got separated from friends. Cortina spent 17 hours outside as people searched for him until after 1 a.m. when the search was suspended because of temperatures below freezing. Cortina later told search crews he fell in a hole, climbed out and walked 4 miles. He was discovered by a snowmobiler Sunday.
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