Rasheem Dunns second-half flurry lifts St. Johns over Providence

Rasheem Dunn overcame a slow start and scored 18 of his season-high 21 points after halftime as host St. John’s rallied for an 81-67 victory over Providence on Wednesday night in Queens, N.Y.

Dunn started 1 of 7 when St. John’s (15-10, 9-9 Big East) faced an 11-point halftime deficit but thrived during the Red Storm’s game-ending 21-7 run over the final 6:46.
During the clinching run, Dunn hit a 3-pointer, converted a three-play and hit a jumper to push the lead to 70-60 with 4:05 remaining. He added another layup to put St. John’s up 75-63 with 73 seconds left to essentially seal it and capped his big night by sinking two free throws in the final minute.

Dunn made 8 of 15 shots overall as St. John’s shot 55.2 percent in the second half and 45.9 percent overall.

Julian Champagnie, the Big East’s leading scorer, added 16 and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double. Greg Williams Jr. filled in for standout freshman Posh Alexander (sprained right thumb) and added 15 points while Isaih Moore chipped in 10.

Nate Watson paced Providence with 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting to go along with five rebounds and three blocks. David Duke added 16 and nine rebounds but committed five turnovers and scored three points after halftime before fouling out in the final minute.

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Providence (12-12, 8-10) shot 43.1 percent overall but made 34.5 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes. The Friars were 4 of 23 from 3-point range and missed all nine 3-point tries in the second half when they were outscored 51-26

Providence ripped off a 16-3 burst to take a 20-10 lead on a layup by Duke with 10:47 left and then held a 24-14 lead after a jumper by Jared Bynum with 9:09 to go. After St. John’s countered with a 14-4 spurt and forged a tie at 28 on a putback by Josh Roberts with 5:13 left, Providence outscored the Red Storm 13-2 and took a 41-30 advantage at intermission.

St. John’s regained the lead for the first time since the opening minutes when Dunn’s layup made it 53-51 with 11:44 remaining. After Watson’s jumper forged a deadlock at 60 with 6:46 remaining, Dunn began his game-ending flourish.

Kelly Oubre Jr. out with a sprained wrist

The Golden State Warriors are wrapping up their first half schedule, but they’re suddenly without the services of one of their hottest offensive players. Kelly Oubre Jr. sprained his left wrist during Tuesday’s practice, and will miss Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
According to coach Steve Kerr, Oubre suffered the injury on a dunk attempt with a bad landing. It sounds like it could have been a lot worse.
Kent Bazemore will start in Oubre’s place, and it seems likely that Jordan Poole — who just rejoined the team after a scorching hot stint with the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors — will see some significant minutes off the bench.

There’s never a good time to lose a player to injury, especially since Oubre had a sensational February in which he averaged 20.1 points per game and shot 43.0% from three-point range. With that said, suffering an injury right before the start of the All-Star break is about as good of timing as possible.

The Warriors play again on Thursday night against the Phoenix Suns, a game in which Oubre has not yet been ruled out for. Then they’re off for a week before returning next Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Lakers’ Anthony Davis makes All-Star cut, but is unlikely to play

Anthony Davis hasn’t had the season that he wanted, but in the eyes of NBA coaches, he’s still an All-Star. . The Laker forward was selected as an All-Star reserve on Tuesday night, as voted on by the league’s coaches. It’s Davis’ eighth consecutive selection to the NBA’s marquee midseason exhibition, which will be played on March 7 in Atlanta in a pared-down format that won’t involve the event’s usual flair. . Davis hit the game-winning free throw in last year’s exhibition, but he is unlikely to participate this year due to his ongoing struggles with a right calf strain that has affected his Achilles tendon. It is unclear if he will travel to Atlanta to participate in any events. Commissioner Adam Silver selects injury replacements for the game. . Davis, 27, has averaged 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.8 blocked shots in 23 games this season. The Lakers aren’t expecting him to return until after the All-Star break, and he could miss games in the second half of the season as well. . He joins a list of Western Conference All-Star reserves that includes Portland’s Damian Lillard; Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell; the Clippers’ Paul George, New Orleans’ Zion Williamson and Phoenix’s Chris Paul. Notable misses who could replace Davis include Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Utah’s Mike Conley, New Orleans’ Brandon Ingram and San Antonio’s DeMarcus DeRozan. . Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden highlighted the Eastern Conference reserves. He’s joined by Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown; Chicago’s Zach LaVine; Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons; and Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic. Julius Randle, the Lakers’ No. 7 overall draft pick in 2014, made the All-Star roster for the first time as a New York Knick. . . LeBron James, one of the team captains pitted against Kevin Durant, theoretically will have the chance to pick his teammate again when they draft their teams from the pool of available starters and reserves on March 4 5 p.m. PT. He has chosen Davis in three previous All-Star games. Utah’s Quin Snyder is already set as the coach of Team LeBron. . Enthusiasm for the All-Star Game has waned greatly among its participants this year. James said earlier this month that he didn’t understand why an All-Star Game was being played in light of the pandemic and compressed schedule, and said he had “zero energy” for the exhibition. He referenced that response on Monday night when talking about the All-Star break. “I really don’t have too much of a comment about the All-Star break. You guys know how I feel about that.”. . LAKERS REPORTEDLY RELEASING QUINN COOK. The Athletic was first to report that the Lakers are anticipating waiving Quinn Cook, a well-liked but seldom-used guard who was a light-hearted locker room presence during the championship run. Cook, 27, has appeared in just 16 games totaling 62 minutes this season. His veteran’s minimum contract was set to become guaranteed this week.