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Grizzlies snap Heat’s home streak at 17

Sat., April 7, 2012

NBA: Rudy Gay scored 17 points, Zach Randolph had 14 points and 14 rebounds off the bench, and the Memphis Grizzlies put seven players in double figures to snap Miami’s 17-game home winning streak by beating the Heat 97-82 on Friday night.

LeBron James finished with 21 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Heat, who never led and failed in a bid to match the franchise’s longest home win streak, set in the 2004-05 season. Miami last lost at home on Jan. 22 to Milwaukee.

Rockets win after Bynum ejected: Goran Dragic had 26 points and 11 assists, Luis Scola scored 10 of his 25 points during a 2:39 span of the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets capitalized on the ejection of Andrew Bynum to beat the host Los Angeles Lakers 112-107.

The Lakers were trailing 80-75 when Bynum took exception to a foul by Samuel Dalembert with 1:18 left in the third quarter and had to be restrained by teammates, earning a technical foul. He got another one with 11:17 left in the game after hitting a hook shot and mouthing off to the Houston bench on his way downcourt.

Bynum finished with 19 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes.

• Spurs move to top of West: Tim Duncan scored 19 points to lead host San Antonio to its 10th straight win, 128-103 over New Orleans, and move the Spurs atop the Western Conference.

The win, coupled with Oklahoma City’s loss to Indiana, moved the Spurs percentage points ahead of the Thunder for first place in the West.

Hot Pacers blunt Durant’s 44 points: Danny Granger scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help Indiana win its fourth straight and eighth in 10 games with a 103-98 win at Indianapolis over Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant scored 44 points for the Thunder, the most against the Pacers this season.

Aldridge’s buzzer-beater boost Blazers in overtime: LaMarcus Aldridge’s buzzer-beating 17-foot jumper lifted Portland past host Dallas 99-97 in overtime.

Aldridge, a former Dallas-area high school star who finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, made the fallaway jumper over the outstretched arm of Mavericks 7-foot center Brendan Haywood at the overtime buzzer, then was mobbed by teammates at center court.

• Magic’s Turkoglu out three weeks: Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu will have surgery for a facial fracture and miss at least the final three weeks of the regular season. Turkoglu was inadvertently hit across the face by the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony under the basket during a game on Thursday.

Seahawks agree to terms with three

NFL: The Seahawks agreed to terms with linebacker Barrett Ruud, cornerback Roy Lewis and guard Deuce Lutui on one-year deals.

Ruud adds a veteran presence to the Seahawks’ young linebacker corps and replaces David Hawthorne, who signed with New Orleans on Tuesday.

Ruud played nine games for the Tennessee Titans last season before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. He played his first six NFL seasons with Tampa Bay.

Lutui played for head coach Pete Carroll at USC before spending the last six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Lutui could potentially challenge for the starting job at left guard after the release of Robert Gallery last month.

Lewis has played the last three seasons in Seattle, primarily as a nickel back and special-teams standout.

Coyotes take lead in Pacific Division

NHL: Mike Smith made 31 saves in another stingy start, helping the Phoenix Coyotes take the Pacific Division lead with a 4-1 victory over the suddenly beatable Blues in St. Louis.

Patrik Berglund’s rebound goal in the first period ended Smith’s shutout streak at 234:25 and tied it at 1, but Smith was perfect the rest of the way. The Coyotes won their fourth in a row and extended the Blues’ season-worst winless streak to four games in St. Louis’ home finale.

Petrino didn’t want 911 call made

College football: Moments after their motorcycle accident, Bobby Petrino and a female employee told a passer-by not to call 911, then got a ride back to Fayetteville, Ark., where the Arkansas football coach was met by a state trooper who provides his personal security during the season.

New details of the immediate aftermath of Petrino’s crash were in a 911 call released Friday by the state police. The passer-by, Larry Hendren, describes coming upon the accident scene Sunday evening just after Petrino and Jessica Dorrell “were getting up out of the ditch.” He said Petrino was “walking, but it looked like his face was bleeding quite a lot.”

“The rider and the passenger of the motorcycle declined us to call 911,” Hendren told a dispatcher. “They got into a vehicle and headed toward the hospital.”

Petrino was taken to a Fayetteville intersection by another passer-by. There, Dorrell left in her own car while Petrino was met by Capt. Lance King, his personal security guard during the season. King took Petrino to a hospital, where he was treated for broken ribs and a cracked neck vertebra.

The developments came as Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long considered the future of the football coach, who is married.

Petrino failed to mention having Dorrell with him during the accident and then admitted the two previously had an inappropriate relationship.

Isner pulls U.S. even in Davis Cup quarters

Tennis: John Isner defeated Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-2, 7-5, pulling the United States even with France at 1-1 after opening singles in the best-of-5 Davis Cup quarterfinals in Roquebrune, France.

Earlier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat 19-year-old Ryan Harrison 7-5, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

Today’s doubles match pits Bob and Mike Bryan against Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra.

• No all-Williams matchup after Stosur’s win: Samantha Stosur beat Venus Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, spoiling the chance of an all-Williams sister semifinal at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C. Serena Williams reached the semis when Sabine Lisicki had to withdraw with a twisted ankle.

Connolly captures Hobey Baker Award

COLLEGE HOCKEY: Minnesota-Duluth center Jack Connolly won the Hobey Baker Award as the top college hockey player. A Dallas Stars draft pick, Connolly had 20 goals and 40 assists in 41 games.

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