CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Gordon lost another epic dunk contest. And it was by a couple of inches — namely, the top of Tacko Fall’s head. Derrick Jones Jr. finally got his dunk contest title as an exclamation point to an epic All-Star Saturday Night, both for him and the Miami Heat. Jones and Gordon needed two extra dunks apiece in the final round before deciding a winner, Jones Jr. prevailing 48-47 in the one that determined who left with the trophy. Miami’s Bam Adebayo won the skills title as well, and Sacramento’s Buddy Hield took the 3-point crown.
CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA and USA Basketball are still considering playing in China later this year, though the complexities of both the political rift caused by a tweet last fall and the ongoing health concerns in the world’s most populous country are making those plans seem decidedly uncertain. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the discussions in both cases — pre-Olympic games for USA Basketball and the preseason games for the NBA — are ongoing, and said the decisions are not necessarily linked. It’s possible the U.S. may play there this summer and the NBA does not send teams this fall, Silver said.
UNDATED (AP) — There’s a new leader in the ACC men’s basketball standings.
Seventh-ranked Duke vaulted to the top of the list with a 94-60 rout of Notre Dame and fifth-ranked Louisville’s 77-62 loss to Clemson. Vernon Carey Jr. scored 21 points and Tre Jones added 19 as the Blue Devils claimed their seventh straight win. Carey shot 8 of 10 from the field and took control of the game after the Blue Devils led just 20-19 with eight minutes to play in the first half.
Duke improved to 22-3 overall and 12-2 in the conference a half-game better than the Cardinals.
John Newman III had a career-high 23 points as the Tigers downed the Cardinals. Tevin Mack scored 14 for Clemson, which held the Cards to a season-low 14 points in the opening half.
Louisville fell to 21-5 overall and 12-3 in the ACC despite Dwayne Sutton’s 18 points and seven boards.
In other top-25 games Saturday:
— Top-ranked Baylor stretched its winning streak to 22 games as Jared Butler had 21 points in the Bears’ 70-60 downing of West Virginia. Butler hit 5 of 7 3-pointers and had six rebounds, while Matthew Mayer chipped in 13 points and eight boards to help Baylor stay unbeaten in the Big 12 at 12-0.
— Filip Petrusev scored 20 of his 27 points by halftime and had 12 rebounds as No. 2 Gonzaga picked up its 18th straight win, 89-77 against Pepperdine. Corey Kispert provided 19 points, including a 3-pointer during a 13-2 run in the second half that put the Bulldogs ahead to stay.
— Marcus Garrett scored a career-high 24 points and Devon Dotson added 19 to carry third-ranked Kansas to an 87-70 romp over Oklahoma. Garrett hit a career-best six 3-pointers while added seven assists, five rebounds and four steals in the Jayhawks’ 10th straight win.
— Sixth-ranked Dayton earned its 14th straight win as Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) furnished 19 points and Jalen Crutcher added 17 in a 71-63 victory at Massachusetts. Dayton shot 53 percent from the field and hasn’t lost since a 78-76 overtime game against Colorado on Dec. 21.
— No. 8 Florida State eked past Syracuse, 80-77 behind Patrick Williams’ 17 points and seven boards. M.J. Walker scored 16 points, including five 3-pointers to make up for the absence of star guard Devin Vassell (vah-SEHL’). Coach Leonard Hamilton declined to discuss the reason why Vassell did not play.
— Anthony Cowan Jr. poured in 24 points and No. 9 Maryland won its eighth straight game by topping Michigan State, 67-60. Jalen Smith had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Big Ten Conference leaders improved to 11-3.
— Alpha Diallo torched Seton Hall for a career-high 35 points while grabbing 10 rebounds to lead Providence to a 74-68 victory over the 10th-ranked Pirates. Luwane Pipkins had 13 points for the Friars, who led by 14 heading into the second half.
— Missouri stunned 11th-ranked Auburn, 85-73 as guards Dru Smith and Xavier Pinson delivered 28 points apiece. Austin Wiley had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who were 1-for-17 from 3-point range.
— Nick Richards had 16 points, including two go-ahead free throws 1:11 remaining as 12th-ranked Kentucky held off Mississippi, 67-62. Tyrese Maxey had 14 points and the Wildcats shot 48% in the second half to erase a seven-point deficit.
— Lamar Stevens dropped in 23 points and No. 13 Penn State picked up its eighth straight win by trouncing Northwestern, 77-61. Myles Dread scored 16 for the Nittany Lions, who led 42-28 at halftime and by as many as 18 in the second half before improving to 20-5.
— Tyler Bey scored 21 points and McKinley Wright chipped in 13 to lead No. 16 Colorado to a 69-47 victory at Oregon State. The Buffaloes moved into sole possession of the first place in the Pac-12 Conference at 9-4.
— Terrell Allen tied a career high with 22 points, including key baskets on back-to-back possessions late in Georgetown’s 73-66 upset over No. 19 Butler. Allen hit 9 of 14 field goal attempts, including all four 3-point attempts to help the Hoyas win without injured starters Mac McClung and Omer Yurtseven.
— Emmanuel Bandoumel hit an off-balance 3-point shot with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to push SMU past No. 20 Houston, 73-72. Tyson Jolly led the 18-6 Mustangs with 20 points.
— Ron Harper Jr. hit all five of his 3-pointers and scored 27 points to send Rutgers past 22nd-ranked Illinois, 72-57.
— Ty-Shon Alexander matched his season high with 24 points as No. 23 Creighton blew out DePaul, 93-64.
— Kira Lewis Jr. contributed 27 points and Jaden Shackleford had 26 as Alabama picked up an 88-82 victory against 25th-rated LSU.
— Jonathan Laurent and Kalib Boone each scored 16 points to help Oklahoma State beat No. 24 Texas Tech, 73-70.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Alex Nylander had two goals and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory over the Calgary Flames. Jonathan Toews, Dominik Kubalik, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Kirby Dach also scored for Chicago. Robin Lehner turned aside 38 shots for the win. Sam Bennett and Elias Lindholm had two goals apiece for the Flames. Calgary has dropped five straight home games.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dusty Baker wants Major League Baseball to end the criticism of the Astros over sign stealing and take steps to ensure pitchers don’t throw at his players.
The new Houston manager spoke out Saturday in response to a wave of harsh comments during spring training about the Astros’ use of video to steal signs in 2017 and 2018. Baker called on the league to “Stop the comments and also stop something before it happens.” He said he has been hearing talk of “seemingly premeditated retaliation.”
Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger said Friday the Astros “stole” the 2017 World Series title from them, and that Jose Altuve stole the MVP from the Yankees’ Aaron Judge. Los Angeles pitcher Ross Stripling indicated he might intentionally throw at Houston batters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Top-ranked Rory McIlroy fired a 3-under 68 to pull into a first-place tie with second-round leader Matt Kuchar and Adam Scott at 10 under through three rounds of the PGA’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera.
Kuchar had a two-shot lead at the start of the gorgeous day and stayed there with three birdies and no bogeys through 12 holes. But he started to miss short putts, made three bogeys in a four-hole stretch and had to rally with a birdie on the 17th to regain a share of the lead with a 70.
Scott holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a 67 and a share of the lead.
Russell Henley and Harold Varner III are one stroke back and one ahead of Joel Dahmen and Dustin Johnson.
Sixteen players were separated by four shots. None of the 16 is Tiger Woods, who is completely out of contention following a 5-over 76.