Heat pad their win streak
UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James scored a season-low 13 points on Sunday, but that didn't stop the Miami Heat from extending their team-record winning streak to 18 games.
Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade combined for 73 points on 68 percent shooting as the Heat whipped Indiana 105-91. Chalmers led the way with 26 points, Bosh had 24 and Wade added 23 as the Heat tied the seventh-longest winning streak in NBA history. Chalmers shot 5-for-6 from three-point range and was perfect on seven free throws.
James finished with seven assists and six rebounds for the Heat, who held a 27-15 edge in points off turnovers and finished the game shooting 56 percent compared with 41 percent by Indiana.
Also in the NBA, Oklahoma City picked up its fifth straight win by holding Boston to 25 percent shooting in the second half of a 91-79 victory over the Celtics. Kevin Durant scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while helping put an end to Boston's five-game winning streak.
Blake Griffin scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds in just 21 minute as the Los Angeles Clippers ripped Detroit 129-97. Chris Paul contributed 20 points and 14 assists to the Clippers' 10th win in 13 games.
The upwardly-mobile Lakers have moved into the eighth and final playoff berth in the West. Los Angeles is a-half game ahead of slumping Utah following a 90-81 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls. Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 19 points, dished out nine assists and grabbed seven rebounds while teammate Dwight Howard contributed 16 points and 21 rebounds to L.A.'s third straight win. The Lakers climb two games over .500 for the first time this season.
Dallas has a three-game winning streak after Vince Carter's 22 points and nine rebounds led the Mavericks to a 100-77 rout of Minnesota. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 16 points and Brandan Wright added 13 and seven rebounds in the victory.
Milwaukee pulled out a 115-113 win at Sacramento behind 29 points and nine assists from Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis. Mike Dunleavy made four 3-pointers and scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half of the Bucks' sixth victory in seven games.
Orlando had dropped seven straight at home until Jameer Nelson scored 24 points and had 10 assists in the Magic's 99-91 win over Philadelphia. Nik Vucevic chipped in 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Magic.
Ryan Anderson hit a layup with 1.8 seconds left to give New Orleans a 98-96 triumph over Portland. Anderson and Greivis Vasquez each finished with 20 points as the Hornets ended a three-game skid.
Amir Johnson scored 17 points and matched his career high with 16 rebounds in Toronto's 100-96 win against Cleveland. Alan Anderson scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter while the Cavaliers played without Kyrie Irving because of an apparent shoulder injury.
Hoosiers get the job done
UNDATED (AP) — Cody Zeller played a huge role in Indiana becoming the outright Big Ten regular-season champion for the first time in two decades.
Zeller scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds as the second-ranked Hoosiers rallied to beat No. 7 Michigan 72-71 at Ann Arbor. The Wolverines led 71-66 in the final minute until Zeller scored the game's last six points, including a go-ahead layup with 13 seconds remaining. He later altered Trey Burke's potential go-ahead bucket inside before Jordan Morgan missed a follow-up attempt.
Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE'-poh) added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Hoosiers, who avoided sharing the Big Ten crown with 10th-ranked Michigan State and No. 14 Ohio State.
Keith Appling scored 16 points and the Spartans finished 13-5 in the conference by downing Northwestern 71-61. Gary Harris had 12 points for Michigan State, which blew a 13-point lead but shot 66 percent from the field.
The Buckeyes were 68-55 winners over Illinois. DeShaun Thomas finished with 19 points, and Aaron Craft added 14 and six assists as Ohio State wrapped up the second seed in the Big Ten tournament.
In other college hoops action:
No. 21 Virginia Commonwealth had an opportunity to grab a share of the Atlantic 10's regular-season title in their debut season in the conference but let it slip through their fingers, losing 84-76 at Temple. Khalif Wyatt had a game-high 30 points for the Owls, who allowed Saint Louis to claim the outright A-10 crown.
Traevon Jackson's contested 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted No. 22 Wisconsin past upset-minded Penn State 63-60 in State College. The Badgers avoided entering the Big Ten tournament on their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Flames streak into NCAA tourney
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Liberty is in the NCAA basketball tournament despite a 15-20 record. The Flames beat Charleston Southern 87-76 in the final of the Big South tournament to claim the conference's automatic bid.
The Flames' .429 winning percentage is the lowest for an NCAA tournament team since Oakland, Michigan, had a 12-18 record in 2005.
Liberty got hot at the right time. A fifth straight win gives the Flames their first invitation to the Big Dance since 2004.
The Buccaneers won the Big South's regular-season title and a guaranteed spot in the NIT.
Hawks fall again...Habs, Pens win
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have begun another streak, although they hope this one doesn't set any NHL records. The Hawks have now dropped two in a row after setting a league-mark by collecting points in their first 24 games.
Sam Gagner (GAHN'-yay) scored twice while Edmonton was building a 4-0 lead in the first period of a 6-5 victory at Chicago, ending the Blackhawks' nine-game home winning streak. Ryan Whitney and Taylor Hall each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which vacated the Western Conference cellar by halting a five-game skid.
The Hawks rallied for four goals in the second period but never tied the score after Mike Brown tallied 2:24 into the game.
Also on ice, Corey Perry scored the last two goals as Anaheim beat St. Louis 4-2, the Ducks' 11th consecutive home win. Bobby Ryan tied it early in the third and Andrew Cogliano had a short-handed goal to help the Ducks improve the NHL's second-best record to 18-3-3.
Montreal still tops the Eastern Conference after Michael Ryder scored a pair of power-play goals in a 5-2 win at Florida. Ryder has two goals and seven assists in seven games since being acquired from Dallas on Feb. 26.
Pittsburgh has a seven-point lead in the Atlantic Division after Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz (KOO'-nihts) led a 6-1 rout of the New York Islanders. Crosby tied a career high with five assists and Kunitz posted his second hat trick of the season as the Penguins won their fifth in a row despite playing without forward Evgeni Malkin due to an upper body injury.
Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan scored 42 seconds apart in the second period of the New York Rangers' 4-1 win over Washington. Derek Stepan (STEP'-ahn) and Brad Richards also scored, and Martin Biron made 28 saves in the Rangers' fifth victory in six games.
Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger had goals in regulation, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves through overtime as the Jackets completed a sweep of their home-and-home series with Detroit 3-2. The Blue Jackets have a five-game winning streak and are 5-0-2 in their last seven after getting only 12 points in their first 19.
Zach Parise's (pah-REE'-sayz) two goals and an assist lifted Minnesota past Vancouver 4-2, putting the Wild and Canucks in a tie for the Northwest Division lead. Jason Zucker and Jared Spurgeon also scored in the Wild's fourth consecutive home win.
Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN') scored twice, including the game-winner with one second left in overtime to lead Colorado's 3-2 verdict over San Jose. The Sharks earned a point when Logan Couture (koo-CHUR') scored with 3:25 left in regulation.
New Jersey won for just the second time in nine games as Patrik Elias (EH'-lee-ahsh) scored the lone shootout goal in a 3-2 triumph over Winnipeg. Ryan Carter and Stephen Gionta (jee-AHN'-tah) scored in regulation to support Johan Hedberg, who made 23 saves through overtime and was perfect in the shootout.
Philadelphia ended a three-game losing streak by scoring three special-teams goals in a 3-2 win against Buffalo. Kimmo Timonen set up power-play goals by Simon Gagne (SEE'-mohn GAHN'-yay) and Claude Giroux (juh-roo), and Max Talbot scored while the Flyers were short-handed.
GOLF-WGC CADILLAC CHAMPIONSHIP
Woods goes wire-to-wire
DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods has won his 17th World Golf Championships title by capturing the Cadillac Championship for his 76th tour win. Woods posted a final round 1-under 71 for a two shot win over Steve Stricker
Woods began the day four strokes clear of second place and he is now 40-2 when he has the outright lead going into the final round.
GOLF-PGA PUERTO RICO OPEN
Brown takes title in Puerto Rico
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Scott Brown birdied his final hole for a 2-under-par 70 and a one-shot victory at the Puerto Rico Open. Fabian Gomez opened the door with a bogey on 18 and had to settle for a tie for second place with 19-year-old Jordan Spieth (speeth). They shot 71 and 67, respectively.
Brown's first PGA Tour title gives him a two-year exemption and a spot in the PGA Championship this summer.
Happy birthday Matt!
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Matt Kenseth celebrated his 41st birthday by winning the Kobalt 400. He barely held off Kasey Kahne (kayn) for his third victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kenseth earned his 25th career victory in just his third start in the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after leaving Roush Fenway in the offseason.
Pole sitter Brad Keselowski finished third, with hometown driver Kyle Busch in fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fifth.
WBC-AFTER THE BRAWL
U.S. wins elimination game
UNDATED (AP) — The U.S. has advanced to the second round of the World Baseball Classic by rallying for a 9-4 win over Canada.
The Americans trailed 3-2 until Adam Jones laced a two-run double in the eighth inning. Eric Hosmer (HAHZ'-mur) put the game out of reached with a three-run double in the ninth.
Matheny facing surgery
UNDATED (AP) — Cardinals manager Mike Matheny planned to leave the team after Sunday's spring training game and return to St. Louis for surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his lower back.
Matheny expects to be back at spring training for Thursday's game against Atlanta in Jupiter.
Elsewhere, the Oakland Athletics scheduled opening-day starter left Sunday's spring training game after facing just two batters. Left-hander Brett Anderson strained a muscle in his upper right back.
Nugent staying put
UNDATED (AP) — The Bengals have re-signed Mike Nugent for two years, preventing the veteran place kicker from becoming a free agent.
The nine-year pro has spent the last three seasons with Cincinnati. A calf injury kept him out of the last four regular-season games of the 2012 season and its playoff loss to Houston.
In 2011, Nugent set Bengals single-season records with 33 field goals and 132 points.
And the New York Giants have added a veteran defensive lineman. A person with knowledge of the deal says the Giants have signed defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins to a three-year contract worth $8 million.
Philadelphia released Jenkins last week after he recorded 9 ½ sacks in two seasons with the Eagles, including four last year.
SKIING-WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
Maze wins again
OFTERSCHWANG, Germany (AP) — Overall champion Tina Maze (MAH'-zeh) of Slovenia beat Mikaela Shiffrin in a World Cup slalom to overtake the American teenager in the discipline standings. The 29-year-old Maze is closing in on becoming the first woman to win five crystal globes in a season. She has already clinched the overall and giant slalom titles. She leads the super-G standings along with the slalom and can also clinch the downhill title at next week's World Cup finals in Switzerland.