Heat winning streak reaches 9
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls are teams clearly going in opposite directions. The Heat thrashed the Bulls 86-67 for their season-high ninth straight victory. Meanwhile, Chicago has lost five of seven.
LeBron James led the way with 26 points and 12 rebounds on 11-of-15 shooting. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 17.
Meanwhile, the Bulls continued to struggle without injured All-Star point guard Derrick Rose.
After saying last week that he wouldn't rush back from his knee injury to play this season if he wasn't ready, Chicago's sidelined superstar had to go into damage control mode after his older brother Reggie blasted the organization in an ESPNChicago.com article for not making a move before Thursday's trade deadline.
In the only other NBA game of the night, the San Antonio Spurs got 31 points from Tony Parker and led all the way to beat the L.A. Clippers 116-90 for their fifth straight victory. The Spurs improved to an NBA-best 22-10 on the road.
Some moves, no blockbuster at trade deadline
UNDATED (AP) — The traders were active just before the NBA trade deadline, they just didn't pull the trigger on any mega-deals involving high-profile talent.
The Oklahoma City Thunder unloaded free-agent-to-be Eric Maynor in a trade deadline deal with Portland, picking up a trade exception and the rights to Greek forward Georgios Printezis. Maynor had been a reliable backup for All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook over his first two seasons in Oklahoma City.
In other trade deadline moves:
—Orlando traded veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick, center Gustavo Ayon and reserve point guard Ish Smith to Milwaukee in exchange for guards Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih, as well as forward Tobias Harris, said a person familiar with the situation.
— Washington had sent disgruntled guard Jordan Crawford to Boston for center Jason Collins and injured guard Leandro Barbosa.
— Phoenix sent a 2013 second-round draft pick to Houston for Marcus Morris. The move reunites Marcus with his identical twin brother Markieff (MAR'-keef) in Phoenix. Only once before in NBA history have twins played for the same team, when Dick and Tom Van Arsdale were together with the Suns in 1976-77.
— The New York Knicks have traded swingman Ronnie Brewer to Oklahoma City for a 2014 second-round pick and cash.
— Miami has traded backup center Dexter Pittman and a second-round pick in this year's draft to Memphis for the rights to center Ricky Sanchez.
— The Charlotte Bobcats have acquired Josh McRoberts from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Hakim Warrick in a trade involving a pair of veteran backup forwards.
— The Hawks failed to trade leading scorer Josh Smith. There had been talks with several teams for Smith, who is an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Hawks did make one move, sending guard Anthony Morrow to the Dallas Mavericks for guard-forward Dahntay Jones.
Basketball greats remember Lakers owner
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Jerry West were among a host of basketball greats who gathered to remember the life and legacy of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss.
They spoke at a memorial service held Thursday for Buss, who died this week at 80 after an 18-month struggle with cancer. The stage at the Nokia Theatre across from Staples Center was bedecked with all 10 of the NBA championship trophies won by the Lakers under Buss and more than 30 floral arrangements.
Johnson punctuated the 1 1/2-hour service by getting the audience on its feet, clapping and cheering for Buss. As Johnson said, "He didn't like it sad, he wanted it to be fun."
Coach K moving on up...Cal wins a buzzer-beater
UNDATED (AP)— Seth Curry scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half as No. 6 Duke opened a 20-point lead and sent Virginia Tech to its ninth consecutive loss, 88-56.
Rasheed Sulaimon (SOO'-lah-mahn) added 17 points and Mason Plumlee had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) moved into sole possession of third place on the career list for victories at one school with 877.
He was tied with Adolph Rupp of Kentucky. Coach K is now two behind North Carolina's Dean Smith. Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym) leads with 910 victories.
In the only other AP Top-25 game, Justin Cobbs' jumper with seven-tenths of a second to play gave California a 48-46 victory over No. 23 Oregon. Cobbs finished with 14 points and Allen Crabbe had 12 for Cal, which has won four straight.
Having a Devil of a time...Beat goes on for Buffalo
UNDATED (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL'-yah KOH'-vul-chook) scored the tiebreaking goal on a 5-on-3 power play with about 8½ minutes left to complete the New Jersey Devils' 3-2 comeback victory over the Washington Capitals, who have yet to beat any of the Eastern Conference's elite teams.
Washington led 2-1 entering the third period, thanks to power-play goals by Mathieu Perrault (per-ROH') and Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR'-oh). But the Caps defense coughed up a couple of third-period goals.
The Eastern Conference-worst Capitals dropped to 0-7-1 against the conference's top six teams. They will get another chance Saturday when they host New Jersey again.
In the rest of the NHL:
— The Buffalo Sabres changed coaches, but not a whole lot more. In their first game since firing longtime coach Lindy Ruff, the Sabres fell 3-1 at Toronto. Jeff Van Riemsdyk (REEMS'-dyk) scored twice. That spoiled the NHL head coaching debut of Ron Rolston. The Sabres fell to 6-11-1.
— Nathan Horton scored two goals, and the Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhehr-ahn) and Brad Marchand also scored for Boston, which improved to 6-1-1 on the road.
— Jonathan Huberdeau (HYOO'-bur-doh) and Peter Mueller each had two goals to help the Florida Panthers snap a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over Philadelphia.
— Vinny Prospal scored with 24.7 seconds left, capping a comeback that lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
— Blake Wheeler scored his second goal of the game with 4:54 remaining to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
— The New York Islanders ended Montreal's five-game winning streak with a 4-3 overtime victory. Rookie Thomas Hickey's first NHL goal was the game-winner.
— Ottawa nipped the New York Rangers 3-2 in a shootout. Kaspars Daugavins got the decisive goal in the shootout.
— Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin scored third-period goals to help lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars.
__ Minnesota dumped the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. Matt Cullen scored a pair of goals.
Woods, McIlroy fall in Match Play first round
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — After Wednesday's snow day, first-round play resumed in the PGA's Match Play Championship and it was a short week for Tiger Woods. Charles Howell III beat Woods, one of four top seeds in the 64-man field, 2 and 1 in the first round.
Woods had company in leaving early. Another No. 1 seed, Rory McIlroy, also fell in the first round to unheralded Shane Lowry, 1-up. It was the first time since 2002 when the top two seeds were eliminated after one day — even though this round took two days because of snow.
Another top seed, Luke Donald, barely survived. He made a birdie putt on the 18th hole to edge Marcel Siem, 1-up.
The final No. 1 seed, Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) beat Scotland's Richie Ramsey, 2-up.
Action was halted Wednesday when a freak winter storm dropped two inches of snow on the course in Arizona.
Other first-round winners were Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar (KOO'-char), Ian Poulter, Bo Van Pelt, Russell Henley, Jason Day, Richard Sterne, Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han), Justin Rose, Nicolaus Colsaerts, Tim Clark, Thorbjorn Olsesen, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk), Fredrik Jacobsen (YAHK'-ub-sihn), Nick Watney, Alexander Noren, Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson, Peter Hanson, Robert Garrigus and Scott Piercy. Two matches did not finish due to darkness.
Lewis has lead
CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Stacey Lewis shot a 3-under 69 today to keep her three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Thailand. Lewis had five birdies and two bogeys for a 12-under 132 total. A teenager from the host nation stands alone in second place.
Busch, Harvick win qualifying races
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has positioned himself as the favorite to win the Daytona 500.
Harvick won the first Daytona 500 qualifying race to make it 2 for 2 at Daytona International Speedway, where he also won an exhibition race last weekend. It positions Harvick, the 2007 Daytona 500 winner, as a top contender in Sunday's "Great American Race." Harvick won the season-opening Daytona 500 in 2007.
Kyle Busch won the second race securing a spot alongside Harvick in the second row for Sunday's race. Busch held off Kasey Kahne (KAYN) to take the checkered flag.
Jets still want Revis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The New York Jets want to make one thing perfectly clear: They want Darrelle Revis (duh-REHL' REE'-vihs) to stay with the team.
New general manager John Idzik spent the first eight minutes of his news conference at the NFL Scouting Combine addressing Revis questions. He says nothing has changed and the Jets still want him.
The comments come almost a month after Idzik said he called Revis to end rumors that he might be traded.
Revis missed most of last season with a knee injury and is still considered one of the league's top cover cornerbacks.
No WBC for Cueto
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have blocked ace Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) from pitching for the Dominican Republic in next month's World Baseball Classic.
Cueto strained his right oblique eight pitches into last October's division series against San Francisco. Because he finished the year with an injury, the Reds had the right to block him from playing in the WBC.
Cueto was 19-9 with a 2.78 ERA in 33 starts during the regular season.
Contracts are being pulled
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nike Inc. has suspended its contract with Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR'-ee-uhs), the double-amputee runner from South Africa charged with premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day slaying of his girlfriend. On its website the shoemaker said Pistorius should be afforded due process and "we will continue to monitor the situation closely."
On Monday, eyewear maker Oakley Inc. suspended its contract with Pistorius.