LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the final game before the NBA All-Star break, the L.A. Clippers mauled the Lakers 125-101 behind Chris Paul's 24 points and 13 assists in advance of Sunday's All-Star game in Houston. The loss drops the Lakers three and a-half games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — LeBron James had 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder for the sixth straight time, 110-100. James had his streak of scoring at least 30 points while shooting at least 60 percent end as he missed a couple shots near the end to wind of 14 of 24 for the game, or 58 percent.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spokesmen for the L.A. Lakers and Jerry Buss are not commenting on a Los Angeles Times report that says the 79-year-old Buss is in a Los Angeles hospital with cancer. The paper says several current former Lakers, including Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson, have visited Buss in the hospital.
LOS ANGELES (AP) —Matt Kuchar (KOO'-char) takes a one-shot lead over Sergio Garcia into today's second round of the Northern Trust Open at storied Riviera Country Club. Kuchar shot a 7-under 64 yesterday.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) —Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino (loo-KEE'-noh) says he thinks the team's sellout streak at Fenway Park will end in April, a month shy of 10 years of a packed ballpark. Lucchino says the 793-game streak which began May 15, 2003, could be snapped possibly as early as the second game of the season — April 10th against the Orioles.