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Heat clobber Wolves for 15th straight

LeBron James, who scored 20 points in Monday’s win, is a big reason the Heat have won a franchise-record 15 straight games. (Associated Press)
LeBron James, who scored 20 points in Monday’s win, is a big reason the Heat have won a franchise-record 15 straight games. (Associated Press)

NBA: Dwyane Wade had 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, LeBron James shrugged off a sore left knee to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat earned their franchise-record 15th straight victory with a 97-81 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis.

Chris Bosh added 11 points and nine rebounds, and James played 35 minutes despite being listed as a game-time decision with a twisted left knee.

Derrick Williams had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 14 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds for the Timberwolves. J.J. Barea had four points on 1-of-11 shooting and was ejected in the fourth quarter after getting a Flagrant-2 foul for a hit on Heat guard Ray Allen.

• Melo-less Knicks rally to beat Cavaliers: Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points, J.R. Smith added 18 and the visiting New York Knicks overcame a 22-point deficit without All-Star Carmelo Anthony to beat the Cavaliers 102-97.

Steve Novak made three of New York’s seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Knicks rallied.

The Knicks trailed 52-30 in the second quarter when Anthony injured his right knee. He stumbled and fell awkwardly after catching a pass and did not return.

Kyrie Irving scored 22 in his return after missing Cleveland’s past three games with a hyperextended right knee.

• Bucks beat Jazz in overtime: Monta Ellis scored 34 points, Brandon Jennings added 20 points and 17 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the visiting Utah Jazz 109-108 in overtime.

J.J. Redick scored 17 for the Bucks, including their first eight in overtime, and Larry Sanders chipped in with eight points, 16 rebounds and six blocked shots for Milwaukee.

• Blazers rout Bobcats: LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the visiting Charlotte Bobcats their seventh straight loss with a 122-105 victory.

Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard each finished with 20 points for the Blazers, who had seven players in double figures and shot nearly 60 percent from the field.

Malkin fuels rally in return for Penguins

NHL: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored less than 2 minutes apart in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied past the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3.

Malkin, making his return after missing four games due to a concussion, tied it 5:38 into the third period on a pretty breakaway. Crosby put Pittsburgh in front moments later with a slap shot from the slot that zipped past Anders Lindback and into the net.

Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored twice to push his league-leading total to 17.

• Coyotes edge Ducks in shootout: Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Mike Smith stopped Bobby Ryan to help the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in Glendale, Ariz.

Andrew Vermette, Shane Doan, Matthew Lombardi and Keith Yandle scored for the Coyotes in regulation.

• Kadri leads Leafs past Devils: Nazem Kadri continued his points streak with a goal and an assist in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-2 victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils.

Clarke MacArthur, Jay McClement and Phil Kessel scored in the third period for Toronto. Kadri connected in the first period and assisted on MacArthur’s goal to earn points in his fifth straight game.

• NHL to hold draft June 30; new rules for lottery: The NHL is increasing the number of teams eligible to make the No. 1 pick in its draft to 14, and announced that all seven rounds of the draft at the Prudential Center will take place June 30.

The league announced that all 14 teams that miss the playoffs, or the teams that hold the rights to the top 14 picks, will be eligible for the No. 1 draft pick.

No. 4 Kansas wins big on Senior Night

Men’s College Basketball: Jeff Withey scored 22 points and every senior had a big night in their last home game, leading No. 4 Kansas past Texas Tech 79-42 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.

Kevin Young had 14 points and Ben McLemore and Travis Releford added 13 apiece for the Jayhawks, who took a half-game lead over No. 9 Kansas State in their quest for a ninth straight conference title.

Fueled by Young and Withey, Kansas unleashed a 19-2 run and seized a 45-20 halftime lead. Withey and McLemore combined to score the first 10 points in a 16-3 run to open the second half.

• No. 8 Louisville wears down Cincinnati: Russ Smith scored 18 points and No. 8 Louisville gave Rick Pitino his 300th victory with the Cardinals by beating visiting Cincinnati 67-51.

The Cardinals forced Cincinnati into a season-high 21 turnovers..

Jordan asks court to dismiss lawsuit

Miscellany: Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan asked a Georgia court to dismiss a paternity suit against him, calling it a “shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system.”

Jordan’s lawyer, John Mayoue, said in a document filed in Fulton County Superior Court that the six-time NBA champion is not the father of Pamela Y. Smith’s 16-year-old son. The paternity of the teen was “conclusively established” in divorce filings between Smith and her ex-husband, Jordan’s attorney wrote.

• Hingis to enter International Tennis Hall: Five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis heads the 2013 class for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The other new members are Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, and Ion Tiriac. Australian player Thelma Coyne Long’s election was announced earlier.

• Beckham to help boost image of Chinese soccer: David Beckham will play in an all-star game in China this year as part of a deal to help raise soccer’s profile in the world’s most populous country.

• Coroner: Texas man identified: Authorities have identified the man who died at the start of the swim portion of a California triathlon as a 46-year-old lawyer from Austin, Texas, Ross Ehlinger.

“Escape from Alcatraz” organizers speculated Ehlinger died of a heart attack immediately after jumping into the 51-degree waters of the San Francisco Bay.

• Bouhanni wins first Paris-Nice stage: Nacer Bouhanni of France overtook Italian veteran Alessandro Petacchi in a sprint to the line to win the first stage of the Paris-Nice bicycle race in Nemours, France.

Bouhanni completed the ride in 4 hours, 47 minutes, 24 seconds.


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