March 28, 2011 in Sports

In brief: Big Three all reach 30 in Heat win

 
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Miami’s LeBron James, driving against Houston’s Luis Scola, scored 33 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists.
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NBA: LeBron James had 33 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Chris Bosh added 31 points and 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat set a franchise record in beating the visiting Houston Rockets 125-119 on Sunday for their eighth win in nine games.

Dwyane Wade shook off a bruised tailbone and finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which had three players score 30 for the first time in the franchise’s 23-year history.

Kevin Martin scored 29 points, Luis Scola added 28 and Kyle Lowry had 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Rockets.

• Grizzlies hand Spurs third loss in a row: Tony Allen and Zach Randolph had 23 points apiece, and the Memphis Grizzlies sent visiting San Antonio to its third straight loss with a 111-104 victory over the Spurs.

Randolph also grabbed 11 rebounds for Memphis.

George Hill matched his career high with 30 points on 9-of-12 shooting for the Spurs.

• Kings outlast 76ers in overtime: Marcus Thornton scored 32 points and center Samuel Dalembert made two free throws in the closing seconds of overtime to give the visiting Sacramento Kings a 114-111 win over the 76ers.

The Sixers were led by Jrue Holiday’s 28 points and Jodie Meeks added 22.

• Westbrook carries Thunder to playoff berth: Russell Westbrook hit three 3-pointers down the stretch, including the clincher with 21 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 40-point night by Gerald Wallace to beat the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 99-90 and clinch their second straight playoff berth.

Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant had 21.

Bruins beat Flyers to clinch playoff spot

NHL: Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal with 3:43 left in regulation to lift the visiting Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kris Versteeg scored for Philadelphia.

• Pens win fourth straight shootout: Alex Kovalev and James Neal scored in the shootout, Marc-Andre Fleury had 37 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth consecutive shootout, defeating the visiting Florida Panthers 2-1.

Ryan Carter scored for the Panthers.

• Canucks reach 50 wins: Chris Higgins had two goals and an assist and the visiting Vancouver Canucks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 to reach 50 victories for the first time in their 40-year history.

Canucks backup Cory Schneider made 39 saves to improve to 15-3-2.

R.J. Umberger scored for Columbus.

• Atlanta wins to hold onto playoff hope: Blake Wheeler and Ben Maxwell each had a goal and an assist, Andrew Ladd scored the deciding shootout goal and the Atlanta Thrashers stayed on the fringe of the playoff race with a 5-4 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators.

Marek Svatos had his third and fourth goals, Chris Neil his sixth and Erik Condra his sixth for Ottawa.

Cubs release former Mariners pitcher Silva

MLB: Carlos Silva was released by the Chicago Cubs, one day after they told the veteran pitcher he would not make the opening-day roster.

The move leaves the Cubs on the hook for Silva’s $11.5 million salary this season.

Silva was 1-2 with a 10.90 ERA in five appearances this spring.

• Reds reassign Willis to minors: Cincinnati Reds have reassigned left-hander Dontrelle Willis and outfielder Jeremy Hermida to their minor league camp.

Willis, who agreed to a minor league deal in November, was trying to win a spot in Cincinnati’s bullpen but walked 11 in 9 2/3 innings this spring. He also had no record with a 9.31 ERA.

• Nationals trade Morgan to Brewers: The Washington Nationals have traded outfielder Nyjer Morgan to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra and cash.

Morgan became expendable once it became clear that Rick Ankiel and Jerry Hairston Jr. would platoon in center field. Ankiel will start for Washington on opening day.

Tennessee hires Missouri St.’s Martin

Miscellany: Tennessee has hired Missouri State’s Cuonzo Martin as the new men’s basketball coach while the program is facing punishment by the NCAA for recruiting violations.

Martin went 61-41 in three seasons at Missouri State and was chosen this season’s Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year.

• Mooney extended through 2021: Richmond men’s basketball coach Chris Mooney has signed a 10-year contract extension with the Spiders after leading them to this year’s Sweet 16. It is the third straight year that Mooney, 38, has received an extension.

• Neymar gives Brazil win: Neymar scored a goal in each half to halt Brazil’s two-match losing streak with a 2-0 exhibition win over Scotland in London.


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