Here is a look at some of today’s big sports stories, on Monday, Dec. 22.
DENVER’S GALLNARI TO HAVE SURGERY
Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has a torn meniscus in his right knee and is expected to undergo surgery. The team has yet to announce a timetable for his return. Gallinari is averaging 7.8 points in 18.8 minutes this season.
He was back on the court this year after missing nearly 18 months with a torn ACL in his left knee that required three surgeries.
CAVS THUMP GRIZZLIES
The Cleveland Cavaliers won for the 11th time in their last 14 games by clobbering one of the top teams in the NBA’s Western Conference.
LeBron James delivered 25 points and 11 assists as the Cavaliers whipped Memphis 105-91. James scored 16 in the second half and was 9-for-15 from the field, helping the Cavs shoot a season-best 61 percent from the field. Dion Waiters provided 13 of his 21 points while the Cavaliers outscored the Grizzlies 28-21 in the final period.
Marc Gasol scored 23 and added 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who played without forward Zach Randolph and fell to 21-6.
In other NBA action:
Toronto has a six-game winning streak after Lou Williams and Kyle Lowry each scored 22 points in a 118-108 victory over the New York Knicks. Greivis Vasquez had 21 points and Terrence Ross scored 18 as the Eastern Conference leaders improved to 22-6 while dealing the Knicks their fifth straight loss.
Washington’s six-game winning streak was stopped by Phoenix as Eric Bledsoe and Markieff Morris each scored 17 points to lead the Suns past the Wizards 104-92. The game was tied at 50 until Goran Dragic provided 12 of his 16 while the Suns outscored the Wizards 29-21 in the third period.
Anthony Davis scored 38 points on 16 of 22 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead New Orleans past the Thunder 101-99 at Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook had 29 points for the Thunder, who played their second straight game without Kevin Durant because of a sprained right ankle.
Luol Deng scored 23 points and James Ennis scored 10 of his 16 in the fourth quarter of Miami’s 100-84 triumph against Boston. The Heat won for the first time in their last six home games and stopped the Celtics’ three-game winning streak.
Mason Plumlee scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter of Brooklyn’s 110-105 win over Detroit. Joe Johnson added 16 points, including four free throws in the final 12 seconds.
WINGS FALL AGAIN
The Detroit Red Wings have had trouble hitting the net during their six-game winless streak, scoring just six times in regulation while going 0-2-4. The scoring slump continued with Sunday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Colorado.
Jarome Iginla won it with a goal in the ninth shootout round after Calvin PickarD stopped six straight Red Wings attempts. Pickard also turned back 34 shots in regulation and overtime as the Avalanche earned their second victory in two nights.
Elsewhere on ice:
Chicago won for the 11th time in 13 games as Patrick Sharp set up goals by David Rundblad, Kris Versteeg and Patrick Kane in the Blackhawks’ 4-0 win against Toronto. Antti Ranta made 31 saves in his second shutout in eight games this season.
The New York Rangers also went the shutout route in earning their sixth straight win, 1-0 over Carolina. Ryan McDonagh’s first-period goal was enough offense for Cam Talbot, who stopped 18 shots in his third shutout in seven starts this season.
Boston beat Buffalo 4-3 on Loui Eriksson’s goal at 2:14 of overtime. Dougie Hamilton scored a power-play goal and extended the game by beating Jonas Enroth with 1:31 seconds left in the third period.
Tyler Seguin notched his league-leading 24th and 25th goals of the season in the third period before added a shootout tally in the Dallas Stars’ 6-5 comeback win against Edmonton. The Oilers fell to 1-12-6 in their last 19 games despite Taylor Hall’s two goals and one assist.
VONN CRASHES, LIGETY FINISHES SECOND
American Lindsey Vonn’s bid for a record-equaling 62nd World Cup win will have to wait a little while longer.
The four-time World Cup winner crashed out of the super-G race after entering a gate slightly too wide, as Elisabeth Goergl beat Olympic champion Anna Fenninger by .05 seconds to lead an Austrian 1-2.
Vonn did not injure her surgically repaired right knee. She was .01 ahead of Georgl’s time on the first split.
Olympic champ Ted Ligety had to settle for second in the World Cup giant slalom. He finished 1.45 seconds behind Austria’s Marcel Hischer.