NBA: Paul Pierce scored 22 points and Boston held off a late comeback to beat visiting Los Angeles 106-104 and improve to 4-0 since losing Rajon Rondo for the season to a torn knee ligament.
The Clippers had pulled to 103-101 on a 3-pointer by Eric Bledsoe with 56 seconds remaining. But Avery Bradley drew an offensive foul on Los Angeles’ Jamal Crawford with 26 seconds to go, and Pierce held on to the ball before making a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to clinch the win.
Jeff Green and Leandro Barbosa scored 14 points each for the Celtics.
• Gasol helps Lakers top Pistons: Pau Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and he contested Detroit’s last-second alley-oop attempt to help the Los Angeles Lakers hold on for a 98-97 win in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Lakers blew an 18-point third-quarter lead but went back ahead for good on Kobe Bryant’s driving three-point play with 1:09 remaining. That gave the Lakers a 98-95 lead, and they held on despite missing four free throws in the final 16.8 seconds.
Bryant scored 18 points for the Lakers.
• Heat win to put Spoelstra on All-Star bench: LeBron James scored 30 points, Chris Bosh had 28 against his former team and Miami beat the Raptors 100-85 in Toronto.
The win ensures that coach Erik Spolestra will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars. The Heat clinched the best record in the East through Sunday with the win. Had Miami lost, New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson would have been in charge of the East’s bench.
Kunitz’s hat trick puts Pens past Caps
NHL: Chris Kunitz scored a hat trick in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ visit to the nation’s capital, leading a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals.
Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Matt Cooke also scored, Sidney Crosby had three assists, and Tomas Vokoun made 21 saves against his former team for the Penguins, who have won three straight and four of five to lead the Atlantic Division.
• Canadiens top Senators: David Desharnais and Erik Cole scored first-period goals and the Montreal Canadiens held on for a 2-1 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators.
Max Pacioretty was back on the ice for Montreal only eight days after having his appendix removed and got an assist on his first shift.
• Hedberg, Devils blank Islanders: Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for his 22nd career shutout and the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Islanders 2-0 in Uniondale, N.Y.
Steve Bernier scored for New Jersey in the third period and David Clarkson added an empty-netter to help the Devils snap a four-game winless streak.
• Panthers rally past Sabres: Defenseman Brian Campbell scored on the power play with 10:33 remaining to cap Florida’s three-goal rally to beat the Sabres 4-3 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Peter Mueller, George Parros and Shawn Matthias also scored for the Panthers.
Missouri earns rout over No. 9 Tennessee
Women’s basketball: Morgan Eye scored 26 points and Bri Kulas added 20, and Missouri (15-8, 4-5 SEC) upset No. 9 Tennessee 80-63 in Columbia, Mo.
The Tigers shot 52.7 percent from the field and went 11 for 24 on 3-point attempts.
Kamiko Williams scored 14 points to lead the Lady Vols (17-5, 8-1 SEC) before leaving with an apparent leg injury.
• Duke tops UNC: Chloe Wells had a career-high 18 points as No. 5 Duke rolled to an 84-63 win over No. 11 North Carolina (20-3, 8-2) at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Tricia Liston added 15 for the Blue Devils (20-1, 10-0 ACC), who blew the game open with a 29-3 run over 10 minutes, led by 31 at halftime and were up by as many as 33 points in their fifth straight win in the rivalry.
• No. 13 Georgia handles No. 8 Kentucky: Khaalidah Miller scored a career-high 25 points and No. 13 Georgia (19-3, 7-2 SEC) forced a key turnover with five seconds to play as the Lady Bulldogs held on for a 75-71 win over Kentucky (19-3, 7-2).
• West Virginia routs No. 21 Oklahoma: Christal Caldwell scored 24 points and freshman Bria Holmes came off the bench to score 17, leading West Virginia (13-8, 5-5 Big 12) to an 82-63 win over Oklahoma (16-5, 6-3) in Morgantown, W.Va.
Holmes picked up the scoring load for Taylor Palmer, who got into early foul trouble after scoring 30 points for the Mountaineers.
• Northwestern slips past No. 24 Iowa: Karly Roser hit a layup just before time expired to lift Northwestern (11-11, 3-6 Big 12) to a win 67-65 over No. 24 Iowa (16-7, 5-4), dealing the Hawkeyes a second straight loss since entering the national rankings.
Hollis lifts Gophers over Hawkeyes
Men’s basketball: Austin Hollins hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds left, lifting No. 23 Minnesota to a 62-59 victory over Iowa (14-8, 3-6).
Hollins finished with 17 points for the Gophers (17-5, 5-4 Big Ten). With Minnesota trailing 59-57, the 6-foot-4 Hollins got open in the corner on an inbounds play and made the shot over 6-foot-1 Mike Gesell. Hollins then hounded Gesell on the other end to force the ball out of bounds.
• Louisville runs over Marquette: Russ Smith scored 18 points, Peyton Siva added 14 and No. 12 Louisville (18-4, 6-3 Big East) shot 52 percent to run away from No. 25 Marquette 70-51 in Louisville, Ky.
The Cardinals finished 27 of 52 from the field after an 0-for-8 start while holding the Golden Eagles (15-5, 6-2) to 36 percent shooting (19 of 53).
Querry captures win for U.S. in Davis Cup
Tennis: Sam Querrey beat Thiago Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in Jacksonville, Fla., to give the United States a dramatic 3-2 victory over Brazil and a spot in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
The U.S. will host Serbia in the next round in Boise from April 5-7.
Querrey stepped up after teammate John Isner lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3 to Thomaz Bellucci earlier Sunday, forcing a deciding fifth match. It was the first time since 2000 that a U.S. team needed to win the fifth match to advance.
• Canada upsets Spain in Davis Cup: Canada upset a short-handed Spain team in Vancouver, B.C., to reach the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup for the first time.
Fifteenth-ranked Milos Raonic defeated No. 82 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the opening reverse singles match to give Canada a 3-1 lead.
Five-time champion Spain was missing Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro because of injuries and fatigue.
Canada will play Italy in April.
• Barthel beats top-seeded Errani: Unseeded Mona Barthel of Germany won her second career title, upsetting top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the Open GDF Suez final in Paris. Barthel had 53 winners and 50 unforced errors.
• Kirilenko wins Pattaya Open: Second-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia won the Pattaya (Thailand) Open event by coming from a set down to beat fifth-seeded German Sabine Lisicki 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (1).
Arndt leads Germany to bobsled title
Miscellany: Maximilian Arndt led Germany to a four-man bobsled world title in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and defending champion Steven Holcomb of the United States took bronze.
Arndt and his crew won by 0.47 seconds over silver medalist Alexander Zubkov of Russia.
Olympic champion Holcomb trailed 0.59 behind Arndt’s combined four-run time of 4 minutes, 20.67 seconds on the Olympia track.
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