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MINNEAPOLIS -- J eff Teague contributed a pair of 3-pointers to a game-opening, 15-1 run on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 6, that paved the way for the host Minnesota Timberwolves to post a 108-86 rout of a Los Angeles Lakers' squad missing LeBron James. Teague finished with 15 points and a game-high 11 assists, while Karl-Anthony Towns added a double-double of his own with 28 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who swept a two-game homestand that began with a win over Orlando on Friday night.
BALTIMORE -- The visiting Los Angeles Chargers sacked Lamar Jackson seven times and held on for 23-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC wild-card game on Sunday, Jan. 6. Mike Badgley kicked five field goals, Melvin Ingram had two sacks and Melvin Gordon scored the Chargers' touchdown. Philip Rivers was 22 of 32 for 160 yards. The Chargers led 23-3 before the Ravens scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and had a chance to take the lead.
DALLAS -- Dak Prescott guided two fourth-quarter touchdown drives as the Dallas Cowboys rallied to defeat the visiting Seattle Seahawks 24-22 Saturday night, Jan. 5, in the NFC wild-card round. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, while chipping in four catches for 32 yards. Prescott completed 22 of 33 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown and also scored the decisive TD on a 1-yard run with 2:08 remaining.
HOUSTON -- Andrew Luck paced an efficient offense and the visiting Indianapolis Colts continued their torrid play, defeating the Houston Texans 21-7 on Saturday, Jan. 5, in an AFC wild-card playoff game. With the win, the sixth-seeded Colts will face the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs next Saturday, Jan. 12, at 4:35 p.m. ET at Arrowhead Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jeff Teague's return from an ankle injury boosted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 120-103 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night, Jan. 4. Teague was back in the starting lineup after a nine-game absence, and he had 23 points and 10 assists in 28 minutes. Karl-Anthony Towns added 29 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota. Towns is averaging 28.3 points and 16.8 rebounds over his past six games. The Timberwolves are 5-9 in their past 14 games but have now won four of their past seven.
TORONTO -- Zach Parise scored early in the third period and the visiting Minnesota Wild held on to earn a 4-3 comeback win against the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday afternoon, Jan. 3. Jared Spurgeon notched a goal and two assists for the Wild and Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist. Mikki Koivu added a goal and Parise also had an assist. Mitch Marner scored twice for the Maple Leafs, who led 2-0 and 3-2. William Nylander also scored a goal and John Tavares added two assists for Toronto. Devan Dubnyk made 38 saves for Minnesota, including 19 in the third period.
BOSTON -- Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 35 points and Terry Rozier got the start for an injured Kyrie Irving and scored 16 points on Wednesday, Jan. 2, to lead the Boston Celtics to a 115-102 home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Irving suffered a right eye injury in a loss to San Antonio on New Year's Eve and his status remains day-to-day. Minnesota also was short-handed without Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose and Robert Covington dressing.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Nate Stanley threw three touchdown passes Tuesday, Jan. 1, and Jake Gervase came up with a key interception as Iowa upset No. 18 Mississippi State 27-22 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Stanley, who completed 21 of 31 attempts for 214 yards with an interception, was the Hawkeyes' entire offense. Their running game was completely shut down, going backwards for minus-15 yards on 20 carries. Iowa (9-4) managed just 199 total yards and went 1 of 11 on third-down conversions.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Sean Kuraly's tiebreaking goal midway through the third period carried the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Kuraly broke a 2-2 tie when he backhanded in his fourth goal at 10:20 after it bounced off fourth-line teammate Chris Wagner as Boston won the 11th Winter Classic in front of a sellout crowd of 76,126, the second-largest in event history.
NEW ORLEANS -- Julius Randle had 33 points and 11 rebounds as the host New Orleans Pelicans overcame the absence of Anthony Davis to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-114 on Monday night, Dec. 31. Davis was a last-minute scratch because of illness, but Randle and the Pelicans' 3-point shooting made up for the loss of the All-Star forward. The Pelicans made 14 of 25 3-pointers and the Timberwolves, who had won the previous five meetings with New Orleans, made 9 of 28.