Magnitude 3.0 earthquake reported near Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday evening

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake shook just north of Rancho Cucamonga late Sunday evening, Feb. 28, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake happened at 10:17 p.m. about 4.3 miles slightly to the northeast of Rancho Cucamonga, USGS reported. The earthquake’s intensity was estimated by USGS as being a level three, with “weak” shaking and likely no damage.

People took to social media to comment on the quake.

Was that an #earthquake ? Or did one of my boys roll out of bed? It’s a toss up. #Riverside

— Leticia Juarez (@ABC7Leticia) March 1, 2021

As of 11:25 p.m., nearly 580 people had reported to the USGS as having felt the earthquake. Most were in Inland Empire areas like Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, San Bernardino and Riverside.

It was the second 3.0 quake in the area on Sunday. Another was reported about 5.6 miles north of Big Bear Lake at 12:12 p.m., according to the USGS website.

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Rickard Rakell, Adam Henrique score goals, but Ducks lose in overtime

  • Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, left, blocks the shot by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in the overtime during a game at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks players celebrate center Adam Henrique ’s goal in the third period during a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson reacts after giving up a goal to Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson in the second period during a game at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson reacts after giving up a goal to Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson in the second period during a game at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nicolas Deslauriers, left, shots pas Vegas Golden Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar during a game at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson reaches for the puck during a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras during a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Vegas Golden Knights team celebrate defenseman Alex Pietrangelo’s goal in the first period during a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, front, body checks Vegas Golden Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar during a game at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras during a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique, center, looks up to the video board during a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Henrique returned to the team after clearing the waivers. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell celebrates his goal in the first period with the bench during a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique enters the game before a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Henrique joined the team after clearing the waivers. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell shoots to score the goal in the first period during a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, right, trips Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone during a game at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell, center, celebrates his goal in the first period during a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins, top, watches his players during a game at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell, front, celebrates his goal in the first period during a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson, right, scores the game-winning goal past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson in the overtime during a game at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson, right, blocks the shot by Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch in the overtime during a game at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 27, 2021. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

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ANAHEIM — Adam Henrique was the Ducks’ forgotten man for more than a week, after the Ducks placed him on waivers, after he went unclaimed, after he joined their taxi squad, and before he returned to their lineup for a 3-2 overtime loss Saturday to the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center.

“Brutal,” he said. “You’re put on that forgotten squad. You walk into the room and the next day it’s like everybody’s seen a ghost. I did what I had to do. Lineup decisions are out of my hands, so I just focused on controlling what I can control and that’s myself and my game and that’s it.”

Henrique scored the goal that sent the game to overtime tied 2-2, a close-range shot past Marc-Andre Fleury at 11:05 of the third period. The cheers of his teammates on the ice and on the bench pierced the quiet of the empty arena as he raised his arms in triumph.

It certainly would have made for a better story if Isac Lundestrom had beaten Fleury on one of his glorious scoring chances in OT or if William Karlsson hadn’t converted on a breakaway to win it for Vegas at 3:23 of the extra period. But the Ducks fell to 0-4-2 in their last six games.

“One point is not enough,” Henrique said. “It’s as simple as that, really.”

Henrique was credited with three shots on goal and 11 wins in 12 faceoffs while logging 14:43 of ice time. He skated between wingers Nicolas Deslauriers and Derek Grant to start the game and earned a promotion by the second period to play with Trevor Zegras and Jakob Silfverberg.

His mere presence seemed to ignite his teammates.

“I think the whole team was pumped to have ‘Rico’ back in the lineup,” Rickard Rakell said, referring to Henrique by his nickname. “We were even happier because he was the one who tied the game up for us, so he feels like he’s a part of the progress and helping the team.

“Hopefully, it gives all of us a boost.”

Rakell ended a 14-game drought without a goal when he scored 10:09 into the first period, smiling broadly and celebrating with his teammates, a mixture of joy and relief spreading across his face after he gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead that they failed to maintain by period’s end.

“It’s easy to get frustrated, and it has been a frustrating time, especially since I felt I had the scoring chances and had the shots on net,” Rakell said. “Just that final touch to make the puck go in hasn’t been going my way. I can look at the past and be really frustrated by it.

“Or I can take it game by game and try to improve and try to do something about it.”

The Ducks played a crisp game, all things considered. Their passes hit their intended targets. They had plenty of scoring chances. Their checking was sound. The second-to-last-place Ducks (6-10-5) certainly weren’t outplayed by the West Division-leading Golden Knights (12-4-1).

Ducks coach Dallas Eakins welcomed defenseman Hampus Lindholm back from a three-game layoff because of an unspecified lower body injury. The Ducks were 0-2-1 without Lindholm, who was reunited with Kevin Shattenkirk, his regular defense partner.

Despite the changes, the new-look Ducks took halting steps at the start and were outshot 5-0 in the opening minutes. They regrouped, though, and Rakell gave them a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, his first goal since Jan. 24 against the Colorado Avalanche.

There were plenty of chances to extend their lead, but the Ducks failed to convert them into goals, and by the end of an evenly-played second period, they trailed 2-1 after Alex Pietrangelo, at 16:28 of the first, and Karlsson, at 9:10 of the second, scored for Vegas.

“Overall, we played hard,” Eakins said. “That’s some steep competition over there. I thought maybe we could have been more assertive early. Eventually, we got our feet underneath us and started believing a little bit more in ourselves. We played a hard game, a gritty one to tie that up.”

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Alexander: UCLA’s Michaela Onyenwere delivers on emotional Senior Night

Michaela Onyenwere tried her best not to let her emotions get the best of her Friday night. It was Senior Night for the UCLA women’s basketball program, albeit a virtual one – parents and family members celebrated with their daughters via the video board at Pauley Pavilion, rather than in person – but it was still the last home game, four years of triumphs and struggles distilled into 40 minutes against crosstown rival USC.

This night it was triumphs, overwhelmingly.

The Bruins smoked the Trojans, 93-51, and the 29-12 second quarter with which UCLA took control was the launching pad for a 30-point night for Onyenwere, with 12 points including two 3-pointers. She went on to make all six of her tries from beyond the arc, and she also grabbed eight rebounds to complement sophomore Charisma Osborne’s triple-double (18 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists).

Onyenwere’s 30 points in 30 minutes gave her 1,776 in 118 career games and enabled her to climb two spots on UCLA’s all-time scoring list, moving into ninth past Anita Ortega and Monique Billings.

And when it was over, and emotions could be released without fear, Onyenwere was the one consoling fellow senior Lauryn Miller on the bench when she was overcome by the moment. That, too, is part of the package that has enabled her to enrich UCLA’s program over the last four seasons.

“I wrote (her players) all letters today and I pretty much cried through writing all of them,” Coach Cori Close said. “With Michaela, I told her, ‘You are one of the top players to ever play at UCLA.’ But the thing that makes it most special is that that’s not what she values most. She values the experience, how she’s grown, how she’s impacted people. But it makes it really easy to celebrate her, right? And it really makes it easy to root for her.

“So obviously, yeah, I think (a night like this) was very fitting.”

Onyenwere arrived at UCLA as a Colorado’s High School Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American, which made her hardly unusual in a high-profile college program. But she made good on her promise when she got to Westwood. She has played in all but one game in four seasons, and she stepped up to be a leader when Billings and Jordin Canada left for the WNBA after her freshman season, leaving her comfort zone to speak up when necessary.

(That even meant correcting the pronunciation of her name that everyone had been butchering her first two seasons. The Bruins’ media literature now lists the pronunciation as OWN-yen-WED-ay.)

The Bruins have more work to do, beginning with the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas next week and then another crack at the NCAA Tournament. But Onyenwere almost certainly will follow Billings and Canada to the next level.

“I still don’t think she’s shown everything she is and that she can do,” said Miller, her teammate through this entire journey. “There’s just no ceiling to her game. And it’s just been so fun to watch her blossom. It’s really just a matter of when she’s confident enough to do something, because everything’s in the toolbox. She’s going to have the work ethic to obtain whatever isn’t as sharp as it needs to be.

“Whatever Michaela wants to obtain, she’s going to do. Whatever she wants to accomplish, she’s going to accomplish it. Yeah, I wish I could act surprised, but I’m not in the least.”

USC coach Mark Trakh almost certainly will be delighted to see her go to the WNBA. He cited her athletic gifts – her father, Peter Onyenwere, was an Olympic sprinter for Nigeria – and said those are complimented by her effort and drive.

“It’s a combination of things,” she said. “It’s her heart, it’s her effort. She’s got the whole package.

“Tonight she shot the three. That turnaround jumper’s unstoppable. You know, I don’t know (anyone) outside of anybody that plays in the NBA that can get up there and block that. She’s a great player, and I’m sure she’s going to have a great professional career.”

First, there was that Senior Night obstacle. It turns out the basketball was the easy part.

“I’m not an emotional person, really, so I’ve been just trying to relish the moment,” Onyenwere said afterward. “They played a video earlier with our parents and people who care about us saying nice things about us, and that almost got me, honestly. And Lauryn made a video of us, too. We came in together, so she made a video of us, and that almost got me, too. So I’ve been almost on the verge of tears, but not yet. Nobody’s got me yet.

“I’m so grateful to be able to have this moment, to have this opportunity. And like I’ve said before, I would never have picked another place. I know I picked the right place, coming to UCLA. I’m just so grateful. I’m so thankful. But I do know we have a lot of basketball left. So I think that’s what’s keeping me up, keeping me happy and not so sad today.”

The trick to surviving Senior Night, then, might be looking to the future.

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UCLA cruises past Utah, regains top spot in Pac-12

  • UCLA guard Johnny Juzang shoots as Utah forward Timmy Allen defends during the first half of Thursday’s game in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Utah forward Riley Battin, right, and UCLA forward Mac Etienne (12) reach for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA guard Tyger Campbell (10) defends against Utah guard Alfonso Plummer during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Utah center Branden Carlson, top rear, and UCLA guard Jaylen Clark (0) vie for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA’s Jaylen Clark, left, and Johnny Juzang (3) defend against Utah forward Riley Battin (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Utah center Branden Carlson shoots as UCLA forward Cody Riley (2) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA coach Mick Cronin shouts to the team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA guard Jules Bernard (1) shoots as Utah guard Rylan Jones (15) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA forward Mac Etienne (12) lays the ball up as Utah center Branden Carlson, left, defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak shouts to the team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Utah center Branden Carlson, rear, defends as UCLA guard Tyger Campbell (10) drives in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Utah forward Timmy Allen, right, shoots as UCLA guard Jules Bernard defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA guard Jules Bernard (1) shoots over Utah center Lahat Thioune (32) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA guard Jules Bernard (1) runs up court in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game against Utah Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. (4) defends against Utah forward Timmy Allen (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Utah center Branden Carlson (35) defends against UCLA forward Cody Riley (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. (4) scores against Utah center Lahat Thioune during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA guard Tyger Campbell (10) shoots as Utah guard Rylan Jones (15) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA forward Logan Cremonesi (23) celebrates a teammate’s three-point basket in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against Utah, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA guard Jules Bernard (1) lays the ball up in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game against Utah Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. (4) lays the ball up as Utah center Branden Carlson, right, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Utah forward Timmy Allen walks off the court following the team’s NCAA college basketball game against UCLA on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Statistical trends can lend interesting insight on how a team is performing, they can also be somewhat of an eye roll – at least that’s how UCLA coach Mick Cronin reacted to hearing some of them after the Bruins’ 76-61 victory over Utah on Thursday night in Salt Lake City.

Eye roll or not, some are hard to ignore.

Trend No. 1: When Jules Bernard scores nine points or more, the Bruins are unbeaten this season (now 10-0). The junior wing scored a game-high 19 points in 35 minutes with four rebounds and three assists, going 4 for 6 from3-point range to help the Bruins (17-5 overall, 13-3 Pac-12) move back atop the conference standings, a half-game ahead of USC (19-5, 13-4) following the Trojans’ loss in Colorado.

“When Jules (Bernard) takes his time, he can really shoot and then his strength comes into play,” Cronin said. “He lets the game come to him and he takes what they give him. He gives us toughness on defense, which we desperately need on this team. We need him in the lineup for athletic and toughness reasons.”

Trend No. 2: Anytime the Bruins lead by 10 or more points during the course of a game, they’re 9-0. Their largest lead of the night was 21 at the 11:52 mark of the second half. It never dropped below 14 in the last 10 minutes of the game, a less stressful scenario for UCLA than their previous meeting, when the Bruins escaped with a 72-70 win at Pauley Pavilion on New Year’s Eve.

“Utah is a very good team, we made them look average tonight,” Cronin said.

A bonus stat, that’s far from a trend: Utah (9-11. 6-10) didn’t attempt one free throw, marking the first time UCLA has held an opponent without one since a game against Delaware State on Nov. 19, 2005.

“I’ve never had that in a game,” Cronin said, who has been a head coach for 18 years. “We only had four.”

Johnny Juzang had 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, making four 3-pointers, and a team-high eight rebounds. Cody Riley scored 15 points and Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored nine of his 11 points in the second half for the Bruins, who won their fourth in a row.

“We have a lot of weapons,” Bernard said. “When we play together and play with confidence we’re a very hard team to stop.”

UCLA took an eight-point lead into halftime after shooting 60% from the 3-point line. But the shooting only got better in the second half. The Bruins used a 15-5 run to start the second half and made 11 of their first 13 shot attempts.

The Bruins finished the game shooting 58% from beyond the arc (11 for 19).

It was a swift victory for UCLA, building confidence for Saturday night’s game at Colorado (18-7, 12-6), when the Buffaloes will be looking to avenge a 65-62 loss to the Bruins in early January. The mountain trip to Utah and Colorado is often referred to as the toughest road trip in the Pac-12.

“We know we’re going to get (Colorado’s) best shot,” Bernard said. “They’re a great team, we know it’s not going to be a walk in the park.”

UCLA has three games left in the regular season, with a road game at Oregon before the home finale against USC on March 6. USC plays at Utah on Saturday then hosts Stanford before the game at UCLA.

UTES DEPLETED

Branden Carlson led the Utes, who lost their fourth in a row, with 17 points (four after halftime), while Riley Battin and Ian Martinez added 10 each. Utah was playing without 6-foot-9 forward Mikael Jantunen, who has been in quarantine since returning from a stint on the Finnish national team last week. Point guard Rylan Jones played for the first time since missing four games with a shoulder injury and dished seven assists but was scoreless in 17 minutes.

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— UCLA Men’s Basketball (@UCLAMBB) February 26, 2021

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Cal Petersen helps Kings extend win streak to 6 games

  • The Kings’ Olli Maatta controls the puck while under pressure from the Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly, right, and David Perron during the first period of Wednesday’s gamer in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • FILE – St. Louis Blues’ Ivan Barbashev (49) handles the puck against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, in this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, file photo. The banged-up St. Louis Blues got more bad injury news Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, with word that defenseman Carl Gunnarsson won’t play again this season and forward Ivan Barbashev is out at least six weeks.(AP Photo/Joe Puetz, File)

  • The Kings’ Gabe Vilardi works with the puck next to the Blues’ Mike Hoffman during the first period of Wednesday’s game in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • St. Louis Blues’ Torey Krug (47) controls the puck in front of Los Angeles Kings’ Jeff Carter (77) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • St. Louis Blues’ Austin Poganski (53) and the Kings’ Gabe Vilardi (13) reach for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) stops a shot during the first period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • St. Louis Blues’ Vince Dunn (29) passes the puck in front of teammate Robert Bortuzzo and Los Angeles Kings’ Andreas Athanasiou (22) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • The Kings’ Jeff Carter (77) handles the puck next to St. Louis Blues’ Brayden Schenn (10) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • Kings goaltender Cal Petersen protects the goal as St. Louis Blues’ Mackenzie MacEachern (28) looks to pass the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • St. Louis Blues’ Jordan Kyrou (25) handles the puck while the Kings’ Tobias Bjornfot (33) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • St. Louis Blues’ Brayden Schenn (10) handles the puck while under pressure from the Kings’ Tobias Bjornfot (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • St. Louis Blues’ Jordan Kyrou (25) handles the puck while the Kings’ Tobias Bjornfot (33) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • Kings goaltender Cal Petersen blocks a shot from St. Louis Blues’ Oskar Sundqvist (70) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • St. Louis Blues’ Brayden Schenn (10) handles the puck while under pressure from the Kings’ Matt Roy (3) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • The Blues’ Oskar Sundqvist (70) looks for a shot on Kings goaltender Cal Petersen during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • The Kings’ Blake Lizotte (46) and St. Louis Blues’ Zach Sanford (12) vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • The Kings’ Blake Lizotte (46) controls the puck while under pressure from St. Louis Blues’ Marco Scandella (6) while goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • The Blues’ Marco Scandella (6) is assisted by Sammy Blais (9) and linesman Ryan Gibbons (58) after being injured during the third period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • The Blues’ Justin Faulk (72) pressures the Kings’ Michael Amadio (10) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington blocks a shot during the third period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

  • Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) blocks the puck on a shot by Los Angeles Kings’ Andreas Athanasiou (22) as Blues’ Vince Dunn (29) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

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The Kings are the hottest team in the NHL.

Yes, the Los Angeles Kings.

Their six-game winning streak is the league’s longest, after they beat the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, in front of about 2,500 fans on Wednesday night at Enterprise Center.

Coach Todd McLellan has the Kings on the verge of matching their longest unbeaten stretch of the past two seasons and two victories shy of their eight-game surge of 2017-18.

He said the team still had room to grow, and goalie Cal Petersen said he and his teammates are taking the same measured approach to games.

“Guys are playing how we expect them to play and doing their jobs,” Petersen said. “We’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves.”

Wingers Alex Iafallo and Andreas Athanasiou scored second-period goals for the Kings, and Petersen made 35 saves to improve to 3-0-1 in his last four starts. He and Jonathan Quick have split the six victories during the surge evenly.

“When one goalie is playing well, it helps the other goalie play even better,” Petersen said. “I think that’s holding true.”

Forward Oskar Sundqvist scored for the Blues and goalie Jordan Binnington made 19 saves for the Blues, who fell to 1-5-1 in their last seven home games.

With 1:46 left, Sundqvist broke up the shutout, which would have given the Kings the longest scoreless streak in the NHL and two straight shutouts. The Blues drew no closer with Binnington again pulled for the extra attacker.

There was a bizarre moment, or string of moments, in the third period during which the Blues sustained possession for well over three minutes during a delayed penalty. Both teams made at least one line change before the Kings were able to finally touch the puck.

The Kings showed their mettle during the delayed penalty, Petersen said.

“It’s obviously unique,” said Petersen, who lauded his penalty killers for staying in their structure. “We kind of held on for dear life. It didn’t feel really too chaotic despite the long time for it.”

St. Louis entered the series against the Kings with six players out of their lineup. In the first game, they also lost defenseman Carl Gunnarsson for the season to a knee injury. Early in the third period, a cut to the face of defenseman Marco Scandella, caused by a puck off the boards, forced him out of action.

The Kings doubled their advantage with 3:52 left in the second period. Austin Wagner curled the puck back and left a drop pass for a driving Athanasiou, who let fly with his fourth goal of the season.

Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid had the secondary assist. He drew into the lineup for Mikey Anderson, who was a late scratch due to a lower-body injury he sustained in his previous game. McLellan said the injury was not severe.

Olli Maatta returned to the top pairing in Anderson’s stead.

“They were a real solid pairing for 30 minutes tonight and Olli was a big part of that,” McLellan said.

Once again, the Kings scored first, just past the midpoint of the middle frame. They have not faced a deficit in any of their last six games.

Dustin Brown received the puck and aimed far side. He banged the puck off Binnington’s right pad, and Iafallo crashed the net to pop in the rebound with 10:24 left. It was his fourth goal in his last six games and his eighth point in as many contests.

The first period saw the Blues out-shoot the Kings 11-5, but Petersen was up to the challenge. He stopped defenseman Vince Dunn and winger Zach Sanford on solid chances following Kings giveaways.

Petersen also denied forward Jordan Kyrou from point-blank range off a give-and-go play. In the second period, he stoned Kyrou again, swallowing up his one-timer from the left face-off circle.

“Our goaltender made some big saves for us,” McLellan said. “I don’t think we had a real good game from the get-go tonight, to tell you the truth. We just weren’t good with the puck. I didn’t think we were near as sharp with the puck as we were two nights ago. Some of that has to do with how St. Louis played.”

The Kings next head to Minnesota. The Wild are (along with Edmonton) the league’s next hottest team with four consecutive victories.

Iafallo with his 6th of the season. Kings up 1-0 halfway through the 2nd. pic.twitter.com/3qyKCOVpjI

— LA Kings (@LAKings) February 25, 2021

That little drop pass, though.

Just lovely.

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— NHL (@NHL) February 25, 2021

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Clippers match Wizards’ resolve, ride depth to win

  • The Clippers’ Reggie Jackson drives to the basket during the first half of Tuesday’s game against the Washington Wizards at Staples Center. Jakcson had 17 points in the 135-116 win as the Clipper reserves outscored the Wizards’ subs, 58-29. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • The Clippers’ Patrick Beverley passes through the Wizards defense during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards passes against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards passes against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards drives to he basket against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Raul Neto #19 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket against Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head Coach Tyronn Lue looks on with Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers against the Washington Wizards in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head Coach Tyronn Lue of the LA Clippers reacts against the Washington Wizards in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards looks toward the video board during a video review of a play against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 standing next to Head Coach Scott Brooks of the Washington Wizards has a technical foul fouled called on him in the first half of a NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 standing next to Head Coach Scott Brooks of the Washington Wizards has a technical foul fouled called on him in the first half of a NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards walks back to the bench after having a technical foul called on him in the first half of a NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers passes against the Washington Wizards in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers passes against the Washington Wizards in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards drives tot he basket against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards drives tot he basket against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Paul George #13 high fives teammate Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers after a time out against the Washington Wizards in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers passes against the Washington Wizards in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket past Davis Bertans #42 of the Washington Wizards in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • LA Clippers player on the bench reacts after a 3-pointer against the Washington Wizards in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard shoots over the Wizards’ Robin Lopez during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard shoots over the Wizards’ Robin Lopez during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. Leonard hade a game-high 32 points in a 135-116 win. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard shoots over the Wizards’ Robin Lopez during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head Coach Scott Brooks of the Washington Wizards reacts against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Washington Wizards in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers passes against the Washington Wizards in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers passes against the Washington Wizards in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards looks on against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Robin Lopez #15 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Nicolas Batum #33 of the LA Clippers shoots a three point shot against the Washington Wizardsvin the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket against Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against Moritz Wagner #21 of the Washington Wizards in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards fouls Serge Ibaka #9 of the LA Clippers in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers slam dunks over Davis Bertans #42 of the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers slam dunks over Davis Bertans #42 of the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers slam dunks over Davis Bertans #42 of the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head Coach Tyronn Lue of the LA Clippers reacts against the Washington Wizards in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers passes against Deni Avdija #9 of the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers controls the ball against the Washington Wizards in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Terance Mann #14 of the LA Clippers slam dunks past Robin Lopez #15 of the Washington Wizards in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers fights for the ball against Moritz Wagner #21 of the Washington Wizards in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards reacts from the bench as Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers controls the ball in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George, right, shoots as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook, right, is stripped of the ball by Los Angeles Clippers guard Luke Kennard during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac celebrates a 3-point shot by forward Mfiondu Kabengele during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 135-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LA Clippers bench reacts after scoring against the Washington Wizards late in the fourth quarter of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. LA Clippers won 135-116. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr., left, hugs guard Reggie Jackson in the closing seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 135-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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LOS ANGELES — The Washington Wizards have been flexing their resolve of late, but they met their match Tuesday against the Clippers, who won this will-wrestling match, 135-116.

The Wizards, a woeful 3-12 not so long ago, came into the game having won five consecutive games and pulled within six games of .500.

For their latest victory Monday night, they’d rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit at Staples Center against the Lakers.

Returning to the scene of the comeback 24 hours later, the Wizards tried to conjure similar magic against the Clippers, chopping their 24-point second-quarter advantage to five points entering the fourth quarter – a final period that belonged entirely to the Clippers.

“They can score the basketball,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said of the Wizards. “Coming in on a five-game win streak, they went small, had a lot of shooters on the floor and they made plays. That’s going to happen. It is a game of runs. We came back and made a run of our own and we went back up 20 again and won the game.

“Just staying resilient.”

L.A. – so hot in the first half, when Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined to shoot 16 for 22 for 41 points between them – cooled after the break.

The Clippers shot a respectable 10 for 22 in the third period, but Washington went 15 for 20 – with Moe Wagner leading the charge: The former Laker went 5 for 7 for 13 of his team’s 39 points in the frame.

But, as the Clippers’ All-Stars set the tone to start, their young teammates helped bring home the win.

Ivica Zubac – the Clippers’ 23-year-old recent center – sent a surge through Staples Center with a grown-man, serious slam dunk on Davis Bertans that extended what had been a withering lead to 113-102 with 7:52 to play.

Sandwiched around that play? An array of grown-Mann highlights.

Terance Mann, the back of his untucked jersey flying behind him, launched the Clippers on a trajectory to victory, scoring his side’s first seven points in the fourth quarter.

The 24-year-old former Florida State standout also fought on defense and for rebounds and flung a pass to an open Reggie Jackson for a 3-pointer that pushed the margin back to 116-102. He fouled out with 1:03 left, having contributed 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 20 effort-filled minutes that his coach characterized as “very important.”

“When they cut it to (five), Terance came out of the timeout, he had a big 3, he had a backdoor cut for a dunk, and he had a drive for a layup over the top of Lopez, which kind of got us going late in the game,” Lue said. “The work is paying off.”

His play helped energize and elevate the hosts when they needed the boost most, as the Clippers closed out a challenging homestand 4-2.

Leonard led L.A. with 32 points on 13-for-20 shooting, and on the day he learned he was an All-Star for the seventh time, Paul George had 30 points – 25 coming in the opening half.

“Paul and Kawhi did a great job of taking on the blitz and then getting the ball to our bigs, really to Zu,” said Jackson, who had 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting off the bench. “(Zubac) made great decisions, whether it was kicking out, getting the ball to swing again or whether it was him finishing if the big went over the top. We played tremendous tonight, and hopefully, we can keep going.”

Zubac finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds off the bench – his sixth double-double in reserve this season, second-most in the NBA.

Marcus Morris Sr. added another 11 points and four assists off the bench for the Clippers, who outrebounded Washington 46-36, a difference that led to a 17-2 advantage in second-chance points.

For Washington, Bradley Beal, the NBA’s leading scorer, entered Tuesday’s game averaging 32.9 points per game. He finished with 28 (and 10 assists) on 12-of-24 shooting.

Wagner finished with 21 points, Russell Westbrook added 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds and Raul Neto had 11 points.

The Clippers (23-10) initially took control with a 26-6 run across the first and second quarters, in which the Clippers scored 36 points apiece. Not much went Washington’s way early, in the second quarter alone the Wizards were assessed three technical fouls – two defensive three-second calls and another on Westbrook.

And though L.A. had a 17-point advantage at halftime, the Wizards (11-18) used a 16-4 run to get within 99-94 going into the fourth quarter before the Clippers blew it open, making eight of their 19 3-pointers during a 36-22 final frame.

The Clippers held on without Lou Williams, their professional scorer off the bench. The veteran guard – who scored just five points Sunday and wasn’t on the bench Tuesday – was a healthy scratch.

32 for Kawhi. 30 for PG.#NBAAllStar duo powers the @LAClippers. pic.twitter.com/H1ChwT0vbs

— NBA (@NBA) February 24, 2021

Hear from #NBAAllStar @Yg_Trece after a huge night and another win for #ClipperNation!@LAClippers pic.twitter.com/jHjoRO521q

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 24, 2021

Ty Lue was pleased with the @LAClippers effort in their win over the #Wizards!#ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/7PDH34BzOM

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 24, 2021

The @LAClippers are playing hard-nosed hoops at Staples Center!!! 🦾#ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/a09hksLDrp

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 24, 2021

A Mann and the rim.

We’ll take royalties on @terance_mann‘s biography title! 📘@LAClippers | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/VNpInHPkBv

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 24, 2021

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Orange County football season can start if COVID-19 stats reach new benchmark today

There will be a COVID-19 version of scoreboard watching done by a lot of Orange County high school football teams on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

What’s at stake? The green light that says they can finally start their season.

The scoreboard they’ll be watching is actually the state’s website that will post the updated COVID-19 statistics on Tuesday. If the numbers for O.C. are as good as expected, football teams will be eligible to begin conditioning immediately and could play their first game as early as March 11-13.

After months of doubts that there would be a season this year, the sudden change in scenarios was made possible Friday, Feb. 19, when the California Department of Public Health revised its high school sports guidelines. The CDPH decided that outdoor, high-contact sports like football can be played in counties that are in the purple and red tiers if the counties have a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000 people, and if the schools do weekly testing for COVID-19.

Under the previous guidelines, football could only be played in a county that reached the orange tier, which is based on a 2-4.9 percent positivity rate.

As of Friday, the state said the case rate in Orange County was 16. The data in recent days suggest that the county has a good chance to be at 14 or below when the state dashboard is updated Tuesday.

If that happens, teams could hold a conditioning workout Tuesday afternoon and would be able to begin full practices on Friday, Feb. 26, the day when the new guidelines officially kick in. Teams must have 14 practices, including three conditioning days, before playing their first game.

If a team begins its season the week of March 11-13, it could play six games before the season ends April 17, or five games if it plays its opener the week of March 18-20.

There are a few potential obstacles that could delay teams or perhaps end their season despite the new CDPH guidelines. The state’s revised plan must be approved at the county level, and by the school districts and private schools, before teams can start practicing in pads and playing games.

There are several reasons that schools might decide to skip this season, including the fear that the long layoff from team workouts will increase the risk of injuries to the players.

The new testing requirement, for teams that fall in the 14 per 100,000 case-rate category, is also a potential problem area. The state will pay for the testing — antigen or PCR — for every player and coach on a team, but it will be up to each school to conduct the testing until a county falls below a case rate of 7 per 100,000.

The testing requirement has many coaches and school athletic directors concerned. The organization and added responsibility might be too much for some schools to take on, especially on such short notice.

Schools and league representatives are expected to hold meetings this week to discuss the testing requirements.

Orange County might be the only local county to reach the new benchmark on Tuesday. Los Angeles County had a rate of 17.6 on Friday, and San Bernardino County was at 19. Ventura and Riverside counties did not have updated case rates through Friday, but both were a significant distance — 26.2 and 28.8, respectively — away as of Feb. 16.

Teams in the counties that don’t meet the new benchmarks Tuesday, will have to wait until next week to see if they make it. The state updates the online stats every Tuesday.

The CIF-SS said Friday it will be up to each school to decide how many games it will play this season, but the season will end on April 17. The CIF-SS decided not to extend its football season to May 1, although the CIF State made that an option for each section.

The CIF-SS put together breakdowns of possible schedules for teams based on when they are cleared to begin their season. Here is a look at those breakdowns:

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Riverside man admits guilt in fatal Santa Ana shooting, trying to kill a deputy while in custody; gets 25-year sentence

SANTA ANA  — A 37-year-old Riverside man who took part in a fatal vehicle-to-vehicle shooting in Santa Ana and tried to kill a sheriff’s deputy while in custody pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to court records obtained Monday.

Emmanuel Vega pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter, shooting at a car and attempted murder, all felonies, and admitted a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm in the Nov. 2, 2011, shooting death of 36-year-old Juan Manuel Diaz in the 1600 block of East Edinger Avenue.

Vega also pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the Jan. 12, 2019, attack on a sheriff’s deputy, according to court records. He was sentenced to nine years in prison for that case, which will run concurrent to the manslaughter case.

Vega was given credit for 3,114 days in custody.

Vega was arrested in December 2013 in connection with the Nov. 2, 2011, shooting death of Diaz.

Co-defendant Steve Moreno, 31, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in January 2014 and has been awaiting sentencing. Court records in his case are sealed.

Vega opened fire from a Toyota 4Runner owned by this father into a blue van with Diaz behind the wheel, according to police testimony from his March 2015 preliminary hearing.

Roberto Diaz, who was a passenger in the van, was also wounded but survived.

Moreno told police he was a passenger in the SUV. According to the preliminary hearing testimony, Vega picked him up and they drove to a park in Irvine looking for members of a local gang.

They didn’t see anyone from the particular gang they were looking for so they played some basketball before Vega went over to a handball court to resume the search, according to testimony. They were about to leave when they saw Juan and Roberto Diaz and decided to follow them, according to the police testimony.

Vega produced a gun during the ride, but Moreno declined to use it, so Vega opened fire on the victims, who were cousins of Moreno’s wife, police said. It wasn’t clear what motivated the shooting.

Vega had been charged with murder with special circumstance allegations of shooting from a vehicle and murder by means of lying in wait. He was also facing charges of possession of a gun by a felon and attempted murder, with sentencing enhancement allegations for discharge of a gun causing great bodily injury or death and attempted premeditated murder.

In the attack on the deputy on Jan. 12, 2019, Vega used a metal shank, prosecutors said. He was also accused of attacking another deputy and a sergeant, according to court records.

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US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

By JOHN RABY

The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus.

A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number of people who died in 2019 of chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, flu and pneumonia combined.

“It’s nothing like we have ever been through in the last 102 years, since the 1918 influenza pandemic,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The U.S. virus death toll reached 400,000 on Jan. 19 in the waning hours in office for President Donald Trump, whose handling of the crisis was judged by public health experts to be a singular failure.

The first known deaths from the virus in the U.S. happened in early February 2020, both of them in Santa Clara County, California. It took four months to reach the first 100,000 dead. The toll hit 200,000 deaths in September and 300,000 in December. Then it took just over a month to go from 300,000 to 400,000 and about two months to climb from 400,000 to the brink of 500,000.

Joyce Willis of Las Vegas is among the countless Americans who lost family members during the pandemic. Her husband, Anthony Willis, died Dec. 28, followed by her mother-in-law in early January.

There were anxious calls from the ICU when her husband was hospitalized. She was unable to see him before he died because she, too, had the virus and could not visit.

“They are gone. Your loved one is gone, but you are still alive,” Willis said. “It’s like you still have to get up every morning. You have to take care of your kids and make a living. There is no way around it. You just have to move on.”

Then came a nightmare scenario of caring for her father-in-law while dealing with grief, arranging funerals, paying bills, helping her children navigate online school and figuring out how to go back to work as an occupational therapist.

Her father-in-law, a Vietnam vet, also contracted the virus. He also suffered from respiratory issues and died on Feb. 8. The family isn’t sure if COVID-19 contributed to his death.

“Some days I feel OK and other days I feel like I’m strong and I can do this,” she said. “And then other days it just hits me. My whole world is turned upside-down.”

The global death toll was approaching 2.5 million, according to Johns Hopkins.

While the count is based on figures supplied by government agencies around the world, the real death toll is believed to be significantly higher, in part because of inadequate testing and cases inaccurately attributed to other causes early on.

Despite efforts to administer coronavirus vaccines, a widely cited model by the University of Washington projects the U.S. death toll will surpass 589,000 by June 1.

“People will be talking about this decades and decades and decades from now,” Fauci said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

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Associated Press Writer Heather Hollingsworth in Kansas City, Missouri, contributed to this report.

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