NBA conference leaders win...Hawks continue streak...Gators claim SEC crown

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Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 2:06 AM

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat picked up their team-record 16th straight win and opened a 7 ½-game lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference by downing Orlando 97-96. LeBron James capped his 26-point night by hitting a go-ahead layup with 3.2 seconds left. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 24 points for Miami, which saw a 20-point, second-half lead become a five-point deficit.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan and Tiago (tee-AH'-goh) Splitter each had double-doubles in San Antonio's 101-83 rout of Chicago. Duncan finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Splitter added 13 points and 10 boards, and Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) chipped in 18 points and nine assists. The Spurs' third straight win gives them a three-game lead over second-place Oklahoma City in the NBA's Western Conference.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin posted his third career triple-double, finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers beat Milwaukee 117-101. Jamal Crawford had 25 points and Matt Barnes added 20 in the Clippers' 10th victory in 13 games. L.A. still leads the NBA's Pacific Division by 8 ½ games over Golden State, which beat Sacramento 87-83.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks beat Colorado 3-2 to improve to 21-0-3 and extend their NHL-record point streak for the start of the season. Dan Carcillo's (kahr-SIH'-lohz) first goal of the year snapped a 2-2 deadlock with just 50 seconds left after Jonathan Toews (tayvz) tied the game early in the third period. haven't suffered a regulation loss in 30 games dating to last season, five off the league mark set by the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The 11th-ranked Florida Gators will have the top seed in the SEC tournament after wrapping up the conference's regular-season crown. Kenny Boynton scored 15 points and Pat Young added 14 in the Gators' 66-40 stifling of Vanderbilt. Florida took control with a 25-8 run after leading just 24-14 at halftime.

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