PHILADELPHIA—Jake Elliott kicked a 48-yard field goal with 22 seconds remaining and the Philadelphia Eagles clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with a narrow 19-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
BOISE, Idaho—While Wyoming junior quarterback Josh Allen stood on stage accepting the game MVP trophy and declaring for the NFL Draft, defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan was envious. "I was looking mad," Ghaifan joked. "He got the trophy. As a whole defense, we wanted it." The Cowboys defense certainly deserved any award available Friday afternoon—forcing eight turnovers to lead the team to a 37-14 victory over Central Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
DENVER—Jimmy Butler had 25 points, including nine during a key stretch of the fourth quarter, and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to beat the Denver Nuggets 112-104 on Wednesday night. Karl-Anthony Towns also scored 25 and grabbed 10 rebounds, Jamal Crawford had 20 points and seven assists, and Jeff Teague contributed 16 points and eight assists for Minnesota (19-13). The Timberwolves overcame a 14-point deficit to win their second straight against a Northwest Division opponent.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Goals by Tyler Ennis and Mikael Granlund supplemented a 28-save performance by goaltender Alex Stalock as the Minnesota Wild defeated the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center. Playing in place of the injured Devan Dubnyk, Stalock picked up his fifth win of the season (5-3-1) and fifth career shutout in his first appearance against his former team. Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen made 24 saves in seeing his record fall to 17-10-1 on the season.
LOS ANGELES - This was not an escape from a barrel and swimming to shore moments before heading over the falls, yet coach Tom Thibideau's unique perspective made you wonder. The defensive guru certainly will take the Minnesota Timberwolves' 113-107 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, but a complete effort this was not. The balanced scoring was there as all five starters reached double figures, led by Karl-Anthony Towns' 21. The clutch shots that did not fall in a defeat at Memphis on Monday were present at Staples Center.
LOS ANGELES -- The third period was full of milestones for the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. Marian Gaborik scored twice, the second representing the 400th goal and 800th point of his NHL career, Anze Kopitar recorded his 500th career assist, and the Kings came from behind to win their sixth consecutive game, beating the Minnesota Wild 5-2 at Staples Center. "That's probably as good a third period as we've had this year," Kings coach John Stevens said.
WASHINGTON -- Capitals forward T.J. Oshie left Washington's Monday game against the San Jose Sharks late in the second period due to an upper-body injury. Oshie was checking San Jose's Logan Couture in the corner and was falling down as the Sharks forward Joe Thornton skated in. Thornton's hip/backside sent Oshie's head into the boards. Oshie eventually skated off under his own power and went to the dressing room. Between periods, the Capitals announced Oshie would not return and would be re-evaluated Tuesday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Center Marc Gasol scored 21 points as Memphis held on to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 Monday night at FedExForum, ending an 11-game losing streak. Minnesota shooting guard Jimmy Butler, who had a game-high 30 points, launched an off-balance 3-point attempt at the buzzer that would have tied the game, but the shot missed. Memphis (8-15) won for the first time since Nov. 7 at Portland, prevailing for the first time under interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff. The previous head coach, David Fizdale, was fired last week.
OKLAHOMA CITY—The Oklahoma City Thunder's troublesome trend of letting second-half leads disappear looked like it was going to show itself again. The Minnesota Timberwolves cut a double-digit Thunder lead to one possession with less than a minute to play, but Paul George hit two free throws with 5.2 seconds to play as the Thunder (9-12) closed out a 111-107 win Friday night, Dec. 1, at Chesapeake Energy Arena. George had 36 points and Oklahoma City center Steven Adams had 27.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Eric Staal scored twice in the third period, including the game-winner just past the midway point of the period, to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center. Matt Dumba's blast struck Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland on the hand and deflected to Stall for a tap-in goal at 12:05 of the period. Staal added an empty-net goal with 5.1 seconds left to seal it. With Minnesota clinging to a 1-0 lead entering the third period, the teams erupted for three goals in a 2:45 span early in the third.