Heat torch Nets...Knicks coast past Magic...Pacers, Bulls, Hawks win
UNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have made great strides this season, but they still can't beat the Miami Heat.
The Heat outscored the Nets 56-36 in the second half to turn a tie game into their 13th consecutive win over Brooklyn, 105-85. LeBron James provided 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as Miami bounced back from Sunday's double-overtime loss to Boston. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade finished with 21 points and Chris Bosh added 16 to help the Eastern Conference-leading Heat stay 1 ½ games ahead of New York.
The Knicks used dominant performances from two of their big men in a 113-97 win over the Orlando Magic. Tyson Chandler shot 10-for-11 from the field and finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and a season-high five assists. Amare Stoudemire (ah-MAR'-ay STOW'-duh-my-ur) hit all seven of his shots and scored 14 points in the Knicks' third win over the Magic this season.
Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points to set a team record with his 30th straight 20-point game.
Also in the NBA, Tony Parker dropped in 22 points and San Antonio picked up its ninth straight win by downing Charlotte 102-78. Kawhi Leonard had 18 points in the Spurs' 17th consecutive home win.
Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each had double-doubles and combined for 42 points and 25 rebounds in the Los Angeles Clippers' 96-90 triumph at Minnesota. Griffin finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Jordan added 16 points and 12 boards as the Clippers won their second straight since a four-game skid.
Danilo Gallinari hit four three-pointers and scored 27 points in Denver's 118-110 win over Houston. Kenneth Faried had 19 points and nine rebounds as the Nuggets won their fifth in a row.
Michael Beasley scored a season-high 27 points and the Phoenix Suns closed on a 27-8 run to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 92-86, L.A.'s eighth consecutive road loss. The Lakers blew a 78-65 lead over the final 10 minutes and finished without Dwight Howard, who reinjured his right shoulder with seven minutes left.
Indiana was a 98-74 winner over Detroit behind Roy Hibbert's 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tyler Hansbrough came off the bench to contribute 14 points and 11 boards in just 17 minutes.
Nate Robinson scored 16 of his 24 points in the second quarter of Chicago's 104-88 triumph at Milwaukee. Former Marquette star Jimmy Butler had 18 points and five rebounds in a return to the arena where he played college basketball.
Al Horford's 22-point night included the go-ahead dunk with 21 seconds remaining in Atlanta's 93-92 win over Toronto. Josh Smith added 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks improved to 16-7 at home.
Paul Pierce scored 16 points and Boston raced out to a 59-38 halftime lead in a 99-81 win over Sacramento. Kevin Garnett added 13 points for the Celtics, who shot 62.5 in the opening half and won their second straight since starting point guard Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) went down with a season-ending knee injury.
Paul Millsap capped his 25-point night by hitting two free throws in the waning seconds of Utah's 104-99 verdict over New Orleans. Al Jefferson's 22 points helped the Jazz rally from a 12-point deficit.
Jrue (juh-ROO') Holiday scored 21 points and Nick Young had 18 in Philadelphia's 92-84 win over Washington. Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each added 14 points to help the Sixers win for just the seventh time in their last 24 games.
Gay part of three-way trade with Raptors and Pistons
UNDATED (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies currently sit fourth in the NBA's Western Conference and own the league's fifth-best record. That isn't stopping them from dealing their leading scorer in a three-team swap with Toronto and Detroit.
The Grizzlies sent swingman Rudy Gay and backup center Hamed Haddadi to the Raptors for point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis. Calderon was then shipped to the Pistons for Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince.
Gay is averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds this season and is due $37 million for the next two seasons. Trading away Gay also eases a luxury tax hit due next season, while concentrating the team around center Marc Gasol and All-Star forward Zach Randolph.
Memphis coach Lionel Hollins had been lobbying to keep his five starters together the rest of this season.
Calderon is averaging 11.1 points and 7.4 assists this season.
Ravens stand by Lewis
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens say a report linking linebacker Ray Lewis to performance-enhancing drugs won't be a distraction in their preparation for Sunday's Super Bowl against San Francisco.
An article in Sports Illustrated said Lewis sought help from a company that says its deer-antler spray and pills contain a banned product connected to human growth hormone.
Lewis on Wednesday denied ever using the drugs in his effort to return from a torn right triceps. Ravens coach John Harbaugh says his star assured him "there's nothing to" a magazine report linking him to a company that makes deer-antler spray containing a banned performance enhancer.
The Ravens and the 37-year-old linebacker are preparing to face San Francisco in the Super Bowl on Sunday in the final game of his career.
Driver to call it quits
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers say that veteran receiver Donald Driver is retiring. A formal announcement is planned next week for the team's all-time leading receiver. Driver finishes as the Packers all-time leader in yards receiving, 10,137 yards, and catches, 743. He is third behind Don Hutson and Sterling Sharpe with 61 touchdown receptions.
Driver turns 38 on Saturday.
Seahawks Hill arrested
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has been arrested.
Police say they responded to Hill's home around 4 p.m. Tuesday. A 26-year-old woman told them she had been assaulted several times and was kept in Hill's home against her will. Police say the woman escaped the home when Hill used the bathroom. She was treated at a hospital and released.
It's at least the fourth time that the 30-year-old football player has been arrested and the second time he's been accused of domestic violence.
A Seahawks spokesman says the team is aware of the situation. Hill is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason.
TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan posted an easy victory in its first game since moving to the top of The Associated Press men's basketball poll for the first time since 1992-93.
Trey Burke scored 18 points and had eight assists as the Wolverines whipped Northwestern 68-46. Michigan hit 10 of its first 11 shots and didn't commit a first-half turnover.
The Wolverines won without forward Jordan Morgan, who sprained his right ankle last weekend.
In other top-25 action, Cody Zeller scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half as No. 3 Indiana blasted Purdue 97-60, the Boilermakers' worst loss at Mackey Arena. Christian Watford added 17 points in the Hoosiers' fourth straight win, which keeps them tied with Michigan for the Big Ten lead.
Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario each scored 15 points as fourth-ranked Florida silenced South Carolina 75-36. The Gators led 33-10 by halftime and improved to 7-0 in the SEC with their ninth straight win.
Fifth-ranked Duke needed most of Mason Plumlee's career-high 32 points to beat Wake Forest 75-70. Seth Curry added 21 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minutes.
No. 10 Oregon was crushed on the road as Chasson Randle had 17 points in Stanford's 76-52 rout of the Ducks. Josh Huestis chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Dwight Powell also had a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards.
Shane Larkin scored 25 points and No. 14 Miami earned its eighth straight win by downing Virginia Tech 73-64. Kenny Kadji added 18 points for the Hurricanes who trailed by 12 in the first half before getting a 22-6 burst spanning halftime.
No. 17 Missouri lost on the road as Anthony Hickey scored 20 points and Andre Stringer added 18 in LSU's 73-70 triumph over the Tigers. Hickey had 14 points in the second half and Stringer converted a key four-point play late in the game for the Tigers.
Kansas State's two-game skid is over after Thomas Gibson scored 17 points off the bench to lead the 18th-rated Wildcats to an 83-57 rout of Texas. Omari Lawrence also scored 12 in a reserve role for the Wildcats, who built a 38-19 lead by halftime.
Cameron Bairstow scored 17 points to lead No. 20 New Mexico over Wyoming 63-59.
Doug McDermott scored 29 points and made five of Creighton's 15 3-pointers in the No. 21 Bluejays' 91-77 victory over Missouri State.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points and No. 24 Cincinnati overcame a 10-point deficit to beat Rutgers 62-54.
Wild deal Hawks their first loss...Sens rip Habs
UNDATED (AP) — The San Jose Sharks are now the NHL's only team with a perfect record following Chicago's loss at Minnesota.
Matt Cullen scored once in regulation before adding the deciding goal in the Wild's 3-2 shootout win over the Blackhawks. Niklas Backstrom stopped all 28 shots he faced after replacing Josh Harding, who gave up two goals in the first 6:45. Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Wild, who dropped the Blackhawks to 6-0-1.
Elsewhere on ice, Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal of the season and Ottawa ended Montreal's four-game winning streak by routing the Canadiens 5-1. Craig Anderson turned back 31 shots and blanked the Habs after Tomas Plekanec (pleh-KAH'-nehch) scored a power-play goal 5 ½ minutes into the game.
Nail Yakupov scored 3:52 into overtime to give Edmonton a 2-1 win against Phoenix. Devan Dubnyk (DOOB'-nik) stopped 27 saves and blanked the Coyotes until Nick Johnson scored with 19 seconds left in regulation.
Roberto Luongo picked up his first win of the season and 61st career shutout by stopping 24 shots in Vancouver's 3-0 win over Colorado. Jason Garrison and Max Lapierre (lah-ee-EHR') each scored their first goals of the season, both of them unassisted.
Jamison's purchase of Coyotes unlikely to be completed by Thursday deadline
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The future of the Phoenix Coyotes is in jeopardy once again.
A league official tells The Associated Press that prospective owner Greg Jamison is unlikely to complete a deal to buy the team from the NHL before a lease agreement with the City of Glendale expires on Thursday. The official says that, barring a last-minute change, the former CEO of the San Jose Sharks won't have the money or investors in place to meet the deadline.
Jamison reached a 20-year, $324 million lease deal with Glendale last year that was reworked in November.
The Coyotes have been run by the NHL since the previous owner took the team into bankruptcy in 2009.
McDonald paying a price...Sabres' Kaleta out of hospital
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has suspended New York Islanders forward Colin McDonald for two games after a boarding incident involving Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy on Tuesday.
Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, McDonald will lose $7,567.56 in salary. The funds will be sent to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
In other hockey news:
— Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta was released from the hospital Wednesday, after absorbing a hard hit late in the first period of Buffalo's 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs Tuesday in Toronto. Kaleta, who has a history of head and neck problems, was boarded by Toronto's Mike Brown. Kaleta will miss Thursday's game at Boston.
— Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will be sidelined for 10 to 14 days after hurting his shoulder in New York's victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
No new trial for Sandusky
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky isn't getting the new trial he asked for. He'd argued that his lawyers weren't given enough time to prepare for the proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict.
Judge John Cleland issued a 27-page order saying Sandusky's lawyers conceded that their post-trial review turned up no material that would have changed their trial strategy.
Singh says he used deer-antler spray
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Vijay Singh admits he used deer-antler spray but says he wasn't aware that it may contain a substance banned by the PGA Tour.
The 49-year-old Fijian first revealed he used the spray in an interview with Sports Illustrated. The magazine says Singh paid one of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids' owners $9,000 last November for the spray, hologram chips and other products.
PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw says the tour is "looking into the matter."
The magazine also reported Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sought help from SWATS in his recovery from a torn right triceps.
In related news:
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mark O'Meara doesn't think Vijay Singh would ever try to cheat but still believes the Fijian should be suspended "for a couple of months" by the PGA Tour for admitting he used a deer-antler spray that contains a banned substance.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former British Open winner Bob Charles of New Zealand says he used and promoted a banned deer-antler spray for more than 20 years and is surprised to learn it contains a substance that violates golf's doping protocols.
The 1963 Open winner was a spokesman for the deer-antler product and used it daily over two decades.
No arbitration for Jepsen
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels and reliever Kevin Jepsen have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,181,250, avoiding arbitration.
The hard-throwing right-hander returned to an important role in the Halo's bullpen last year after missing much of the 2011 season with a knee injury. He went 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA.
Jepsen asked for $1.4 million in arbitration and was offered $975,000. He made $501,000 in 2012.
Soccer club investigating racist chants
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch club FC Den Bosch is pledging to do all it can to identify and punish a group of fans who hurled racist abuse at United States striker Jozy Altidore (JOH'-zee AL'-tih-door) during a match.
Den Bosch says fans responsible for the monkey chants Tuesday in the Dutch Cup match do not belong in the their stadium and "will face the toughest possible sanctions."
After the match, Altidore, who is black, told Dutch television the chants were the worst abuse he has been subjected to on a soccer field.