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PHILADELPHIA -- Joel Embiid scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lift the host Philadelphia 76ers to an easy victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves 149-107 on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Embiid recorded his league-leading 37th double-double. In addition, Embiid posted his league-best 30th game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
PHILADELPHIA -- James van Riemsdyk notched his fourth career hat trick to lift the host Philadelphia Flyers past the Minnesota Wild 7-4 on Monday, Jan. 14. Nolan Patrick scored two goals and had two assists while Wayne Simmonds also added two goals for the Flyers, who had lost nine of 10 before the win. Scott Laughton tallied three assists for Philadelphia, while Claude Giroux and Radko Gudas recorded two assists each. Flyers goaltender Carter Hart made 34 saves.
HONOLULU -- Matt Kuchar overcame a slow start Sunday, Jan. 13, to rally for his second victory of the PGA Tour season at the Sony Open in Honolulu. Kuchar, 40, held a two-shot lead entering the final round at Waialae Country Club, but saw that evaporate with three birdies over his first five holes against a lone birdie. Andrew Putnam grabbed a share of the lead when Kuchar bogeyed Nos. 4 and 5.
NEW ORLEANS -- Overcoming a horrid start and a 14-point first-quarter deficit, Drew Brees threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns and lifted the New Orleans Saints to a 20-14 NFC Divisional Playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore intercepted a Nick Foles pass -- which went through the hands of Alshon Jeffery -- at the New Orleans 33 with 1:52 remaining, and running back Alvin Kamara ran for 12 yards on third-and-10 to kill the clock.
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions Sunday, Jan. 13, the New England Patriots established a 35-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 41-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC divisional round game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
LOS ANGELES -- C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley added 115 yards and a score as the Los Angeles Rams ran their way into the NFC Championship game with a 30-22 victory Saturday, Jan. 12, over the visiting Dallas Cowboys. Quarterback Jared Goff was 15-of-28 passing for 186 yards as the Rams moved one victory from the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance since 2001, when they lost to the New England Patriots. The Rams will face the winner of Sunday's Philadelphia Eagles-New Orleans Saints matchup in next weekend's NFC title game.
ST. PAUL -- A career night from Tyler Bertuzzi helped the Detroit Red Wings earn something positive in an otherwise negative stretch. Bertuzzi scored his first career hat trick to help Detroit earn a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Red Wings won for just the second time in 11 games and also cooled off a Wild team that had won four of its previous five games. Detroit dominated, outshooting the Wild by 37-19 margin.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 27 rebounds as the host Minnesota Timberwolves held off the New Orleans Pelicans 110-106 on Saturday night, Jan. 12. The Timberwolves bounced back from their first loss under interim head coach Ryan Saunders a night earlier to improve to 2-1 since he replaced the fired Tom Thibodeau on Jan. 6. Andrew Wiggins added 18 points, Josh Okogie scored 17, Dario Saric and Tyus Jones had 14 each and Taj Gibson 10.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 278 yards and ran for a score Saturday, Jan. 12, as the Chiefs ended a six-game home losing streak in the postseason by stomping the Indianapolis Colts 31-13. The AFC playoff victory was the first in a quarter-century for the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium after they advanced as the No. 1 seed for the first time since 1997. More than a half-foot of snow socked Kansas City before kickoff. Light snow also fell during the game.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Amir Coffey scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half and the Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights 88-70 in Big Ten action Saturday, Jan. 12, in Minneapolis. Jordan Murphy recorded a double-double for the Golden Gophers with 15 points and 16 rebounds. He was 9 of 11 from the line. Dupree McBrayer scored 12 first-half points and finished with 15 points and nine assists. Minnesota (13-3, 3-2) has won seven of its last eight. Rutgers (8-7, 1-4) lost its fourth straight road game.