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Associated Press

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 4 at 9:06 AM


Spurs improve to 24-3 at home...Thunder win on the road...Heat rally to extend streak

UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are expected to spend about a month without All-Star point guard Tony Parker, who sprained his left ankle in Friday's win over Sacramento. They managed to win their first game since the injury, posting their most lopsided victory of the season with a 114-75 laugher against Detroit.

Manu Ginobili (jih-NOH'-bih-lee) finished with 17 points, Danny Green had 16 and Tim Duncan added 16 and 11 rebounds. Cory Joseph chipped in eight points, four assists and one turnover in place of Parker.

The Spurs had 35 assists on 45 baskets and improved to an NBA-best 47-14.

San Antonio leads the Western Conference by three games over Oklahoma City and 4½ over the Los Angeles Clippers after the Thunder beat the Clippers 108-104 in Los Angeles. Kevin Durant threw in 35 points and Russell Westbrook contributed 29 points and 10 assists as the Thunder ended a three-game road skid. The Clippers' third loss to the Thunder this season snaps a four-game winning streak.

Chris Paul led Los Angeles with 26 points.

The Miami Heat needed a strong second-half comeback to tie the longest winning streak in franchise history.

The Heat trailed 59-43 in the final minute of the second quarter before pulling out their 14th straight victory, a 99-93 downing of the Knicks in New York. LeBron James overcame a third-quarter leg injury to finish with 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade chipped in 20 points and Chris Bosh added 16 as the Heat ended the Knicks' three-game winning streak.

Miami still leads the East by 6½ games after David West pumped in 31 points to lead the Pacers past Chicago 97-92. George Hill had 21 points in the Pacers' seventh victory in eight games.

Also in the NBA, Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead layup with nine seconds left to give the Los Angeles Lakers a 99-98 win over Atlanta. The Lakers blew a 16-point lead in the second half before Bryant scored their last six points, allowing them to reach the .500 mark for the first time in more than two months.

Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points and Memphis led by as many as 32 in a 108-82 rout of the Magic in Orlando. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') had 12 points and 11 assists as the Grizzlies won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Houston beat Dallas for the first time in 10 tries as Chandler Parsons poured in a career-high 32 points on 12-of-13 shooting in a 136-104 pounding of the Mavericks. Jeremy Lin and James Harden added 21 points apiece, with Lin also contributing nine assists to the rout.

Jason Thompson's 18 points and 14 rebounds helped Sacramento blast Charlotte 119-83. John Salmons had a team-high 22 points for the Kings, who outscored the Bobcats 70-32 over the second and third quarters and hit 13 three-pointers.

John Wall and Martell Webster each had 16 points in Washington's 90-87 win over Philadelphia. The 76ers dropped to 6-20 on the road and fell six games behind Milwaukee for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.


Wolverines win tight one

UNDATED (AP) — Fourth-ranked Michigan has avenged last month's road loss to Michigan State that knocked the Wolverines from the top of the AP poll. Michigan slipped past the ninth-ranked Spartans 58-57 in Ann Arbor. Trey Burke stole the ball from Keith Appling near midcourt and went in for the dunk with 22 seconds left that provided the decisive points.

Michigan State's third straight loss clinches at least a tie for the Big Ten title for top-ranked Indiana.

Elsewhere around the country:

— Seventeenth-ranked Wisconsin is left clinging to Big Ten title hopes after getting upset by visiting Purdue 69-56. D.J. Byrd and Terone Johnson scored 16 points each to lead the Boilermakers, who had lost three straight road games and four of five overall. The Badgers fall two games behind conference leader Indiana.

— Pittsburgh won its final Big East home game, but had to put in some extra work to get a win. The 23rd-ranked Panthers rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit and beat Villanova 73-64 in overtime. Pitt's Talib Zanna scored nine of his 14 points in OT and finished with a career-high 19 rebounds.


Blackhawks keep streak alive

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have earned 12 one-goal victories while setting an NHL-record, season-opening point streak. Seven of those wins have come in overtime or a shootout, including Sunday's 2-1 decision over the Detroit Red Wings.

Patrick Kane scored the tying goal on a power play with 2:02 left in regulation and had the only shootout tally as the Hawks improved to 19-0-3. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford was perfect in the shootout and finished with 32 saves.

The Blackhawks have earned at least a point in 28 straight games dating to a March 25, 2012 loss in regulation to Nashville. That ties the second-longest streak in league history.

Also on the ice:

— David Desharnais (day-ahr-NAY') had two goals, including the game-winner midway through the third period of Montreal's 4-3 verdict over Boston. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-RET'-ee) scored the equalizer in the third period before setting up the game-winner.

— Mikko Koivu (MEE'-koh KOY'-voo) provided the tiebreaking goal nine seconds into the third period of Minnesota's 4-2 win over Edmonton. The Wild outshot the Oilers 18-0 in a scoreless second period before beating Edmonton for the 19th time in their last 20 meetings in Minnesota.

— Shootout goals by John Taveras and Frans Nielsen allowed the New York Islanders to beat Ottawa 3-2, the Senators' third straight loss. Evgeni Nabokov (ehv-GEH'-nee nah-BAH'-kahv) made 29 saves as the Islanders won for only the third time in 12 home games.

— Artem Anisimov's (a-NEE'-see-mawvz) power-play goal midway through overtime lifted Columbus past visiting Colorado 2-1. Sergei Bobrovsky (SAIR'-gay bawb-RAWF'-skee) made 18 saves while Avalanche counterpart Semyon Varlamov (sehm-YAWN' vahr-LA'-mawv,) had 32.

— Dallas used Derek Roy's goal and two assists to beat St. Louis 4-1. Erik Cole scored in his second game since the Stars acquired him from Montreal last week.

— Carolina completed a home-and-home sweep of Florida as Jordan Staal, Alexander Semin, and Justin Faulk provided the Hurricanes' scoring in a 3-2 triumph over the Panthers. Cam Ward stopped all 15 shots he faced before leaving midway through the second period with what appeared to be a leg injury.

— Rick Nash was the offensive star in the New York Rangers' 3-2 win over Buffalo, registering a goal and an assist in regulation before scoring in the shootout. Derek Stepan (steh-PAHN') and Nash scored 43 seconds apart early in the third period on assists by Marian Gaborik (GAB'-uh-rik), but the Sabres extended the game on Nathan Gerbe's (GUR'-beez) short-handed goal with 11:41 left in regulation.

— Mike Cammalleri scored twice and Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN'-luh) notched the game-winner with 7:24 left as Calgary doubled up Vancouver 4-2. Iginla has five goals in his last four games after scoring just once in his first 16 games of the season.


Thompson gets No. 1

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Michael Thompson captured his first PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic.

Thompson capped a 1-under-par 69 with a birdie on the final hole and finished two strokes better than runner-up Geoff Ogilvy, who also carded a 69 on another difficult scoring day at PGA National.

Luke Guthrie was tied for the lead with Thompson after three rounds, but the tour rookie could do no better than a 73, finishing alone in third place, four shots back.

The 27-year-old Thompson was one of only five golfers to break par in the final round.

Tiger Woods closed with a 74 and was tied for 37th.


Lewis slips past Choi

SINGAPORE (AP) — American Stacy Lewis captured the sixth title of her LPGA career at the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. After starting play tied for the lead with Na Yeon Choi, the reigning LPGA Player of the Year closed with a 1-under-par 71 while the South Korean matched par and had to settle for second place.

Paula Creamer of the U.S. carded a 71 and finished in third place, two shots back.


Edwards wins

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Carl Edwards ended a drought by taking the checkered flag at Phoenix International Raceway.

Edwards led the final 78 laps in ending his 70-race winless skid, one week after he wrecked five cars at Daytona.

Jimmie Johnson was the runner-up a week after winning the season-opening Daytona 500. Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

One week after becoming the first female pole-sitter and first woman to lead laps in the Daytona 500, Danica Patrick crashed out midway through the second Sprint Cup race of the year and finished 39th. She blew a right front tire and slammed hard into an outside wall while running 26th.


Cubs name opening day starter

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAR'-juh) will be the opening-day starter for the Chicago Cubs. He gets the nod after the team announced that Matt Garza will start the season on the disabled list because of an injured muscle in his side that is preventing the right-hander from throwing.

Samardzija was 9-13 with a 3.81 ERA last season. He finished strong, posting a 2.39 ERA in his last seven starts.