LOS ANGELES (AP) — Montrezl Harrell scored 26 points, Paul George added 25 and the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the second half to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 117-97. Kawhi Leonard added 11 points in helping extend the Clippers’ franchise-best start at home to 13-1.
SEATTLE (AP) — Jimmy Lake will become the new head coach at Washington after the Huskies bowl game. He didn’t expect to be in this position and was caught off guard by the news Chris Petersen was resigning. But Lake is relishing the chance at his first head coaching job. Lake has been among the most sought-after assistants in the country in recent years because of his success working alongside Petersen, but opted not to leave Seattle. He was seen as a potential successor to Petersen and now gets his chance.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When it comes to the foundation of what Pete Carroll wants from his offense, it’s always based around the run. It’s been that way during his 10 seasons at the helm of the Seattle Seahawks. But even in the days of Marshawn Lynch carrying the load, the Seahawks have rarely had the one-two run game punch they showed in their 37-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Chris Carson rushed for 102 yards. Rashaad Penny added 74 yards. Both scored TDs and Seattle moved into first place in the NFC West.
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen says he is ready for a break after 40 years of football. Petersen has been the head coach at Washington for six seasons but abruptly announced he is stepping away after the Huskies’ last game. He says being a head coach can lead to frustration and stress and says that’s no way to live. Washington promoted Jimmy Lake from defensive coordinator to take over for Petersen. Lake has been courted for other jobs around the country for several seasons thanks to his work at Washington.