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Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) and center DeAndre Jordan (6) combine on Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 104-96. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pierce out against Timberwolves

- The Washington Times

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce will not play Tuesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a sore right toe.

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, loses control of the ball against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27), from France, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards overcome sluggish start to top Jazz

- Associated Press

For a while, the Washington Wizards seemed determined to make the game live down to its billing. That turnover-filled first half? It looked more like a bad practice.

North Carolina's Marcus Paige, left, draws a charging foul on Kentucky's Andrew Harrison during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

No. 1 Kentucky rolls No. 21 North Carolina

- Associated Press

Devin Booker and Willie Cauley-Stein each scored 15 points and Kentucky shook off the shock of losing Poythress by rolling past No. 21 North Carolina 84-70 on Saturday.

Georgetown head coach John Thompson III directs his players during their third place game against Butler in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Friday Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)

Georgetown’s reserves help sink Radford

Associated Press

Aaron Bowen scored 16 points and Paul White added 12 to lead a strong performance by Georgetown’s reserves, leading the Hoyas to a 76-49 win over Radford on Saturday.

Washington Wizards forward Nene (42) passes the ball as he guarded by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, forward Brandan Wright and forward Chandler Parsons, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Washington. The Mavericks won 105-102. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Foot still a pain for Nene

- The Washington Times

The important ice pack was underneath Nene’s right foot Friday night. He had others, one on each knee, after the Wizards picked apart the Los Angeles Clippers. But the one beneath his aching foot was the most important.

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Incarnate Word rallies to beat Grand Canyon 82-80

Associated Press

Denzel Livingston scored a season-high 34 points, including a game-winning jumper with 22 seconds left, rallying Incarnate Word in the second half to beat Grand Canyon 82-80 on Wednesday night.

Davis double-double helps Pepperdine hold off Howard 53-45

Associated Press

Stacy Davis scored 18 points with 11 rebounds and Amadi Udenyi came off the bench to score a career-high 16, including three 3-pointers as Pepperdine survived a lengthy scoring drought to beat Howard 53-45 Wednesday night.

Stanford tops Loyola Marymount 67-58

Associated Press

Chasson Randle was happy he had another chance to make a free throw. He didn't want his first miss of the season to hang over his head.

New Mexico beats Central Arkansas 76-55

- Associated Press

Deshawn Delaney equaled his career in points with 22 and Hugh Greenwood added 14 to help New Mexico overcome an early deficit Wednesday night in a 76-55 win over Central Arkansas.

Top 25 Men's Capsules

Associated Press

Farad Cobb hit a 3-pointer that put Cincinnati in control in overtime, and the Bearcats pulled away to a 71-62 victory over No. 19 San Diego State on Wednesday night after letting a late lead slip away in regulation.

NBA Capsules

- Associated Press

Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-98 Wednesday night for their 11th victory in 12 games.

Washington's Andrew Andrews swings from the rim after missing on a dunk against Grambling during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

No. 16 Washington routs Grambling State 86-38

- Associated Press

In previous seasons when Washington was playing lesser competition and was clearly the more dominant side, coach Lorenzo Romar would invariably burn a timeout at some point to remind and refocus his team.