Heat beat Lakers for fifth straight win
NBA: LeBron James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting in a record-setting show, Dwyane Wade scored 30 and the Miami Heat beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 107-97 on Sunday for their fifth straight win.
It was James’ fifth straight game with at least 30 points, a franchise record. He’s shot better than 60 percent in all five of those games.
Kobe Bryant had 28 points and nine assists for the Lakers, who also got 18 points from Earl Clark. The Lakers had eight turnovers in the fourth quarter, while Miami had none.
• Pierce pushes Celtics past Nuggets in 3OT: Paul Pierce had 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists and the Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 118-114 triple overtime victory over the visiting Denver Nuggets.
Kevin Garnett had 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while Jason Terry had a season-high 26 points off the bench.
The Celtics also stayed unbeaten since Rajon Rondo’s season-ending knee injury.
• Clippers overcome Anthony’s 42 to top Knicks: Chris Paul scored 25 points in his second game back from injury, reserve Jamal Crawford had 27 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New York Knicks 102-88 on the road.
Carmelo Anthony had 42 points in his fifth 40-point game of the season for the Knicks, but made only one field goal in the fourth quarter as 40-year-old Grant Hill came off the Clippers’ bench to defend him.
Red Wings rally past Kings in final seconds
NHL: Jonathan Ericsson scored with 5 seconds left to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings failed to clear the puck, less than a minute after they tied the game, and Ericsson took advantage. His slap shot from above the right circle trickled through Jonathan Quick’s pads.
Michigan earns upset over No. 13 Purdue
Women’s basketball: Kate Thompson scored 22 points, hitting six 3-pointers to set Michigan’s single-season record, as the Wolverines (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten) upended cold-shooting No. 13 Purdue 67-56 in West Lafayette, Ind.
Michigan outshot Purdue (18-5, 7-3) 45.7 percent (21 of 46) to 38.2 percent (21 of 55).
• No. 4 Stanford defeats Arizona State: Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points and had 14 rebounds, Bonnie Samuelson scored a career-high 19 points and No. 4 Stanford (22-2, 11-1 Pac-12) earned a 69-45 rout over Arizona State (11-13, 3-9) in Stanford, Calif.
• No. 6 California handles Arizona: Talia Caldwell scored a career-high 20 points and had 12 rebounds, Gennifer Brandon also had a double-double (22 points and 14 rebounds) and No. 6 California (21-2, 11-1 Pac-12) extended its winning streak to nine games with a 91-86 victory over Arizona (11-11, 3-8) in Berkeley, Calif.
Italy eliminates U.S. in Fed Cup opener
Tennis: The United States was eliminated in the first round of the Fed Cup, losing to Italy 3-2 when Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci defeated Varvara Lepchenko and Liezel Huber in the decisive doubles match in Rimini, Italy.
Errani and Vinci, the top-ranked doubles team, won 6-2, 6-2 against a weakened American team. The U.S. was without Serena and Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens because of injuries.
The U.S. led 2-1 after Lepchenko beat Errani 7-5, 6-2 in Sunday’s first reverse singles. But Vinci stopped Jamie Hampton 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to set up the crucial doubles in the best-of-five World Group series.
Italy will host defending champion Czech Republic in the semifinals. The Czech Republic defeated Australia.
In the other semifinal, it’s Slovakia at Russia.
• Zeballos overwhelms Nadal: Rafael Nadal lost to Horacio Zeballos in three sets in the VTR Open final in Vina Del Mar, Chile, settling for a runner-up finish in his first tournament after being sidelined for seventh months with a left knee injury.
Nadal was an overwhelming favorite, shooting for this 37th singles title on clay. But Zeballos won 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-4 for his first singles title on any surface, looking every bit the equal of the seven-time French Open champion.
• Cilic claims Zagreb Indoors title: Top-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-3, 6-1 to win the Zagreb (Croatia) Indoors for the third time.
• Gasquet beats fellow Frenchman: Frenchman Richard Gasquet beat compatriot Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3 in the Open Sud de France final in Montpellier, France.
Nigeria captures title at African Cup
Soccer: Nigeria won its first African Cup of Nations title since 1994, beating Burkina Faso 1-0 in Johannesburg, on Sunday Mba’s left-footed volley off a rebound in the 40th minute.
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi captained the Super Eagles when they won in 1994. Nigeria also won the title in 1980.