In brief: James scores 29, Cavaliers beat Rockets

NBA: LeBron James scored 29 points, Mo Williams added 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers used a flurry of 3-pointers and a stifling defense Sunday night to beat the Houston Rockets 108-83 at Cleveland.

James and Williams combined to make five 3-pointers in less than three minutes early in the third quarter, stretching Cleveland’s lead to 68-53.

The Cavaliers have won four straight and nine of 10. Their 10-game winning streak at home is the league’s longest active streak.

The 83 points were a season low for Houston.

Wade scores 25, Heat roll past Pacers: Dwyane Wade scored 25 points in only 28 minutes, Jermaine O’Neal added 19 points on 6 of 7 shooting against his former team and the Miami Heat enjoyed their largest victory margin this season by topping the Indiana Pacers 114-80 at Miami.

Michael Beasley scored 16 points and Udonis Haslem added 13 for Miami, 5-1 in its last six games.

Troy Murphy scored 16 for Indiana, which dropped its sixth straight.

Baron’s buzzer-beater leads Clips past Celtics: Baron Davis hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer, and the Los Angeles Clippers snapped the Boston Celtics’ nine-game road winning streak with a 92-90 victory at Los Angeles.

Rajon Rondo scored 20 points for the Celtics, but missed two potential go-ahead free throws with 1.5 seconds left in just the Celtics’ second loss in 16 games.

Davis had 24 points and 13 assists for the Clippers, who snapped a three-game losing streak when Davis took an inbounds pass with 1 second left, pivoted and jumped backward for a perfect 22-footer.

Connecticut cruises past Iona

College men: Stanley Robinson had a season-high 29 points and Jerome Dyson added 17 as No. 11 Connecticut beat Iona 93-74 at Harford, Conn., in the Huskies’ final tuneup before beginning their Big East schedule.

Kemba Walker had 14 points and seven assists, and freshman Jamal Coombs-McDaniel chipped in with a career-high 13 points for UConn.

Scott Machado had 14 for Iona, which had won four in a row, including an 82-73 victory at Providence.

Connecticut begins its Big East slate Wednesday at Cincinnati.

Flyers beat Islanders for 13th straight time

NHL: Jeff Carter snapped a tie in the second period and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders for the 13th straight time, 2-1 at Uniondale, N.Y.

The Flyers, who have won three in a row overall for the first time in two months, haven’t lost to the Islanders since Feb. 12, 2008. It is the longest active streak in the NHL, one win more than Washington’s current 12-game run over Tampa Bay.

Kane lifts Blackhawks past Predators: Patrick Kane scored with 43.4 seconds to play, his second goal of the game, capping a wild third period and lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Nashville Predators.

John Madden scored twice in the third for the NHL-leading Blackhawks. Chicago trailed 2-1 entering the final period, went up 4-2, let Nashville tie it and then finally won on Kane’s team-high 15th goal.

White scores with 1:22 left, Leafs beat Pens: Defenseman Ian White broke a tie with 1:22 to play with his third goal in four games and the Toronto Maple Leafs held on for a 4-3 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at Pittsburgh.

Lee Stempniak had a goal and two assists, and Luke Schenn and Jason Blake also scored for the Maple Leafs, who gained at least a point for the fourth time in five games. The victory was only Toronto’s second in its past seven games.

Swider-Peltz Jr. earns Olympic spot

Speed skating: Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. won the women’s 3,000 meters at the U.S. Speedskating Championships at Kearns, Utah, clinching a spot on the Olympic team.

Swider-Peltz is the daughter of four-time Olympian Nancy Swider-Peltz and will join Jilleanne Rookard and Catherine Raney Norman in the 3000 at the Vancouver Games.

Trevor Marsicano clinched a berth on the American roster by winning the 5,000 meters in 6:21.02. He had already clinched spots in the 1,000 and 1,500 and will skate with American favorites Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick in the Olympic 5,000 meters.

Asada secures Olympic berth

Figure skating: Mao Asada won the Japan women’s national figure skating championships at Osaka, Japan, to secure a place on the Vancouver Olympic team.

Asada, first after the short program, began the free skate with a triple axel and was solid the rest of the way to finish with 204.62 points for her fourth straight national title.

Asada will make her Olympic debut four years after she was left out of the Turin Games due to the age limit despite impressive results in senior events.

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