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UCLA starts strong and finishes strong in win over Stanford

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA's Jaylen Hands was on a breakaway with Kris Wilkes and no Stanford defenders in the area. Hands got creative and took a play out of his high school playbook of fancy, crowd-pleasing moves.

He used a between-the-legs alleyoop pass to Wilkes for a basket.

''I got the rebound, and I saw Kris running and I remember I had a lot of space, so I was like, `I've got to do something crazy,' " Hands said. ''I didn't know what to do and it just came into my head.''

That was the signature play of the game and defined all the fun to be had for the Bruins in their 89-73 win over the Cardinal on Saturday night.

Before that, Wilkes had a windmill dunk. It was that kind of night for the Bruins.

Aaron Holiday scored 21 points and Wilkes added 18 while Thomas Welsh had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists.

UCLA (15-7, 6-4 Pac-12 Conference) has won consecutive games to get back on track after losing three in a row. Stanford (11-11, 5-4) has now lost three straight games after winning five of its first six league games.

The lasting memory was Hands' showboating play.

''It's Hollywood,'' UCLA coach Steve Alford said. ''I liked that. I'm glad that was very successful, by the way ... They were having fun. We try to tell them when we get these stops it's fun, because now we get out and run. We're a good transition team.''

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sat courtside for all those dunks. Dunking was banned in 1967 following Jabbar's dunkfest through college basketball the year before.

Asked what they thought Abdul-Jabbar would've thought about their dunks, Prince Ali said: ''I probably should've looked over there.''

Freshman Daejon Davis led Stanford with a career-high 23 points, and Dorian Pickens added 16.

Stanford allowed UCLA to shoot 53 percent from the field and so many of those were uncontested, high-percentage shots.

''We really struggled defending,'' Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. ''UCLA has a ton of weapons, and we really didn't defend. Our ineffectiveness on defense led to transition baskets.''

But Stanford's failure to defend UCLA's transition game was its demise.

''I felt we could've competed harder,'' Davis said. ''Coach told us it was going to be a dog fight. We knew that when we took care of business at home, these two (road) games were going to be tough. We just lacked the competitive edge that we had in our five-game winning streak. I just felt like they really got out in transition. Also, on defense, I felt we were one step slow.''

Holiday had seven points in a 14-0 run that gave the Bruins a 38-27 lead. UCLA extended it to a 49-36 at halftime and added to it in the second half, coming out of halftime with even more offensive fireworks to lead by 22 with 11:40 to play.

Early in the second half, UCLA had a 3-on-0 breakaway, and Wilkes threw down a windmill dunk. Not long after that, Hands made his highlight-reel pass.

''At first I was like ohhhhh, then we he connected on it, I was like OK,'' Ali said, laughing. ''I liked it.''

UCLA has won each of its last 12 home games against Stanford, 11 of which have been at Pauley Pavilion. When the teams met three weeks ago in Palo Alto, UCLA squandered a second-half lead and lost in double overtime.

Welsh, who sustained a knee injury in UCLA's win over Cal on Thursday but returned in that game, was in the starting lineup. He had two dunks in the first half, showing his knee was doing fine.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal will return home for home games against the Oregon schools in hopes of regaining its strength in the Pac-12 standings.

UCLA: The Bruins made a habit of starting slow in games recently but not this time. ... They surely were inspired by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the 1968 national championship team that was honored at halftime of its 50th anniversary season. The Bruins have 11 NCAA championships.

BOARDS DOMINANCE

Welsh surpassed 900 career rebounds to move into 6th on UCLA's all-time rebounding list. Bill Walton is No. 1 in that department with 1,370. Welsh, who wears a mask on his face, had another double-double, prompting Alford to say, ''He leads the country in double doubles with a mask on.''

ONLY IN LA

During the game, the public address announcer said there was a white Porsche running with the doors locked in a parking garage near Pauley Pavilion.

UP NEXT

Stanford: hosts Oregon State on Thursday.

UCLA: hosts USC on Saturday.

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Key Players
R. Travis
A. Holiday
36.8 Min. Per Game 36.8
18.9 Pts. Per Game 18.9
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
52.2 Field Goal % 46.4
27.5 Three Point % 40.7
66.3 Free Throw % 83.2
+ 3 Dorian Pickens made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Daejon Davis 6.0
+ 1 Jaylen Hands made 2nd of 2 free throws 19.0
+ 1 Jaylen Hands made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
  Personal foul on Robert Cartwright 19.0
  Defensive rebound by Kris Wilkes 43.0
  Daejon Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot 45.0
+ 1 Kris Wilkes made 2nd of 2 free throws 51.0
+ 1 Kris Wilkes made 1st of 2 free throws 51.0
  Personal foul on Dorian Pickens 50.0
  Defensive rebound by Kris Wilkes 50.0
  Robert Cartwright missed layup 52.0
Team Stats
Points 73 89
Field Goals 28-61 (45.9%) 28-53 (52.8%)
3-Pointers 8-20 (40.0%) 10-19 (52.6%)
Free Throws 9-12 (75.0%) 23-25 (92.0%)
Total Rebounds 28 33
Offensive 6 5
Defensive 17 25
Team 5 3
Assists 19 19
Steals 8 7
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 13 13
Fouls 21 12
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST
21 PTS, 2 REB, 8 AST
12T
away team logo Stanford 11-11 363773
home team logo UCLA 15-7 494089
Team Stats
away team logo Stanford 11-11 72.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 12.7 APG
home team logo UCLA 15-7 78.0 PPG 45.9 RPG 14.7 APG
Key Players
1
D. Davis G 12.1 PPG 3.3 RPG 4.4 APG 43.9 FG%
00
A. Holiday G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Davis G 23 PTS 4 REB 10 AST
A. Holiday G 21 PTS 2 REB 8 AST
45.9 FG% 52.8
40.0 3PT FG% 52.6
75.0 FT% 92.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Davis 23 4 10 9/19 1/5 4/5 4 36 2 0 2 1 3
D. Pickens 16 3 2 6/12 4/8 0/0 2 38 1 0 2 0 3
M. Humphrey 12 4 1 5/10 1/1 1/1 3 33 2 1 4 2 2
R. Travis 11 7 2 4/9 0/1 3/4 3 34 0 0 0 2 5
K. Okpala 1 1 1 0/2 0/1 1/2 3 15 0 0 2 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Davis 23 4 10 9/19 1/5 4/5 4 36 2 0 2 1 3
D. Pickens 16 3 2 6/12 4/8 0/0 2 38 1 0 2 0 3
M. Humphrey 12 4 1 5/10 1/1 1/1 3 33 2 1 4 2 2
R. Travis 11 7 2 4/9 0/1 3/4 3 34 0 0 0 2 5
K. Okpala 1 1 1 0/2 0/1 1/2 3 15 0 0 2 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Cartwright 3 2 3 1/3 1/1 0/0 2 19 2 0 1 0 2
K. Pugh 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 5 1 0 1 0 0
J. Sharma 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 1 0 0 0
O. Da Silva 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 9 0 0 1 0 0
I. White 0 2 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 2
M. Sheffield - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Stanback - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Herenton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Pagon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 23 19 28/61 8/20 9/12 21 200 8 2 13 6 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Holiday 21 2 8 5/11 2/4 9/9 2 39 1 0 6 0 2
K. Wilkes 18 5 0 6/7 2/2 4/4 2 28 1 1 0 1 4
P. Ali 16 3 0 5/11 3/4 3/3 1 29 0 0 0 0 3
T. Welsh 13 10 0 6/10 1/3 0/2 3 31 3 2 2 1 9
J. Hands 9 3 10 2/7 1/3 4/4 0 29 1 0 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Holiday 21 2 8 5/11 2/4 9/9 2 39 1 0 6 0 2
K. Wilkes 18 5 0 6/7 2/2 4/4 2 28 1 1 0 1 4
P. Ali 16 3 0 5/11 3/4 3/3 1 29 0 0 0 0 3
T. Welsh 13 10 0 6/10 1/3 0/2 3 31 3 2 2 1 9
J. Hands 9 3 10 2/7 1/3 4/4 0 29 1 0 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Goloman 5 3 0 1/2 0/1 3/3 1 13 0 2 2 2 1
A. Olesinski 5 2 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 18 0 0 0 0 2
C. Smith 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 13 1 1 2 1 1
A. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Okwarabizie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 30 19 28/53 10/19 23/25 12 200 7 6 13 5 25