The Dallas Cowboys have nothing left to play for on the season, yet they played like they had everything to prove Monday night. Dez Bryant caught two touchdown passes, while also recording his first career passing score, as the Cowboys pulled away from the Lions in the second half for a 42-21 victory. Ezekiel Elliott also scored twice on the ground, while Dak Prescott threw for three touchdowns of his own, playing all four quarters. There has been talks that Tony Romo could see some action in the season finale next week against the Eagles. The Lions can still clinch a playoff spot if the Redskins lose to the Giants next week. They will battle the Packers on Sunday Night Football for the NFC North Division title.
Cavs Fall to Pistons Without LeBron
The Cleveland Cavaliers just seem to be a different team when LeBron James is not on the floor. The Kings rested Monday night after a thrilling Christmas Day victory, but his team could not hold the fort, as they fell to the Pistons, 106-90. Tobias Harris led the way with 21 points off the bench for Detroit, who snapped a five-game losing streak. James rested on the tail end of a back-to-back, but it was also the Cavs' fifth game in seven nights. They do not play again until Thursday agaisnt the Celtics.
Nova, UCLA Stay Atop AP Polls
The top of the men's college basketball AP Polls has not changed the past few weeks, and it remained the same again this week. Villanova and UCLA stayed as the top two teams in the country in the new rankings, with both teams still undefeated. In fact, the top 10 has consisted of the same teams, just in different orders. Kansas, Baylor, Duke Louisville, Gonzaga, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Creighton make out the rest of the top 10. Most teams have been enjoying their holiday break since last Friday. Only 14th-ranked Wisconsin is in action tonight in their Big Ten opener against Rutgers. The remainder of the top 25 will kick conference play off Wednesday night, including No. 6 Louisiville taking on No. 12 Virginia.