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Clemson baseball wins weekend series with USC


CLEMSON -- James Parker's 2-out, 2-run double in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted Clemson to a 5-2 victory over South Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday. The victory gave the Tigers a 2-1 win in the series. They improved to 9-2 on the season, while the Gamecocks fell to 7-4.

Clemson's Bryar Hawkins lofted a sacrifice fly in the first inning to score the game's first run. Noah Campbell grounded a 2-out, 2-run single in the second inning to put the Gamecocks up 2-1.

In the seventh inning, Hawkins hit another sacrifice fly to tie the score 2-2, then Parker lined a 2-out double to right-center to score two runs. Adam Hackenberg added a run-scoring single in the 4-run frame.

Mat Clark pitched three scoreless innings in relief to earn the win and improve to 2-0. He allowed one hit, no runs and no walks with four strikeouts. Carson Spiers pitched the final 2.0 innings to record his fourth save of the season. Daniel Lloyd (0-2) suffered the loss.

Sam Weatherly, who tossed 7.0 hitless and scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts in Clemson's 7-1 win on Friday, received the Bob Bradley Award as the Tigers' MVP of the series. Andrew Eyster, who helped lead Carolina to an 8-5 win over Saturday, won the Tom Price Award as South Carolina's series MVP.

Morant's double-double leads Grizziles over Lakers

EMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies snapped their 5-game losing streak by beating the team they could face in the playoffs if they hold on to the last spot in the Western Conference.

Rookie Ja Morant had 27 points and matched his season high with 14 assists, and the Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers 105-88 on Saturday night.

"We just locked in, stayed focused, learned from our losses and came out and played a full 48 (minutes)," Morant said. "We were able to come out with a great win."

James, Lakers top Williamson, Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS - LeBron James keeps finding ways to assert his supremacy over the upstart New Orleans Pelicans and rookie sensation Zion Williamson - with or without the help of fellow Lakers All-Star Anthony Davis.

James had 34 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, and Los Angeles overcame both Davis' absence and Williamson's highest-scoring game to beat New Orleans 122-114 on Sunday night.

"Obviously, spectacular performance by LeBron James," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. "His shot-making was ridiculous from both in the post, with turnaround jump shots, and at the 3-point line.

"When they brought double-teams, he is one of the best passers in the league," Vogel added. "He showed it tonight and picked their defense apart."

Williamson finished with 35 points, but his largely productive and highlight-filled night was marred somewhat by six turnovers.

From staff and wire reports