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Heat extend winning streak to 22 games

Mon., March 18, 2013

NBA: The Miami Heat equaled the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, pulling away in the fourth quarter Sunday to beat the Raptors 108-91 in Toronto for their 22nd consecutive victory.

LeBron James had 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Dwyane Wade added 24 points and nine assists, and Ray Allen scored 16 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Chris Bosh finished with 18 points as the Heat tied the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. The longest is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Miami will try to move into sole possession of second today when it visits the Boston Celtics – who ended the Rockets’ run five years ago.

Curry, Thompson lead Warriors over Rockets: Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 26 with six 3-pointers, and visiting Golden State stayed ahead of Houston in the Western Conference standings with a 108-78 win over the Rockets.

James Harden and Jeremy Lin scored 21 points apiece for the Rockets, who now trail Golden State by 1 1/2 games for the No. 6 seed in the West.

Clippers extend Knicks’ woes: Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists, Caron Butler added 14 points, and Los Angeles Clippers beat the injury-depleted New York Knicks 93-80 at home.

The Knicks played without All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler in their fourth straight blowout loss on a five-game road trip.

Penguins top Bruins for ninth straight win

NHL: Sidney Crosby scored his 13th goal of the season, Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the visiting Boston Bruins 2-1 for their ninth straight win.

Joe Vitale added his first goal in more than a year for the Penguins.

Nadal, Sharapova win Indian Wells titles

Tennis: Maria Sharapova defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2 to win her first title of the year in a final between two former top-ranked players.

Sharapova dictated from the opening game, when she broke Wozniacki at love with groundstrokes that had the Dane running from side to side. Sharapova faced just two break points on her serve in the nearly 1 1/2-hour match.

On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal, down more than a set, rallied to beat Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open final at Indian Wells, Calif., giving the Spaniard his third title in four tournaments since returning from a seven-month layoff.

Nadal improved to a career-best 17-1 on the year, including 14 straight match wins. He’s won three titles – two on clay while runner-up in another on his favorite surface – since returning from a left knee injury.

Maze ends World Cup season on high note

Skiing: Tina Maze performed her trademark celebration cartwheel in the finish area after first-run leader Tessa Worley of France fell 0.35 seconds behind her winning two-run time of 2 minutes, 16.67 seconds, ending her historic season with a giant slalom win in Lenzerheide, Switzerland

The Slovenian racer’s 11th World Cup victory this season extended her record overall points total to 2,414.

Neureuther takes season-ending race: Felix Neureuther of Germany edged overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher in a men’s season-ending slalom race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Neureuther hung on to his opening-leg lead to finish 0.36 seconds ahead of Austrian Hirscher in a two-run time of 1 minute, 52.20 seconds.

Hendrickson edges Takanashi: American Sarah Hendrickson edged Japan’s Sara Takanashi to win the season’s last women’s ski jumping World Cup meet on the large hill at Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway.

The 18-year-old Hendrickson led by 1.9 points after the first round and won the second by 0.1 points for a total of 262.8 from jumps of 135.5 and 129 meters. The 16-year-old Takanashi gained 260.8 points from leaps of 134 and 133.5 meters.

Bright Thought sets turf-race world mark

Miscellany: Bright Thought set a world record of 2 minutes, 22.72 seconds for a 1 1/2-mile turf race at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., bettering the old mark of 2:22.80 set by Hawkster in 1989.

The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred won the $150,000 San Luis Rey Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths on Saturday.

Duliba, Mose victorious in L.A. Marathon: Aleksandra Duliba of Belarus won the 28th Asics Los Angeles Marathon in her marathon debut, and Kenyan Erick Mose won the men’s race with a personal best.

Duliba finished in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 8 seconds. On top of the $25,000 first prize, Duliba won a $50,000 bonus as the first elite runner to cross the finish line, 2:09 ahead of Mose, who won in 2:09:44. The women got an 18:35 head start.

Kenyans sweep NYC half Marathon: Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Caroline Rotich won the New York City half marathon in freezing weather.

Kipsang finished the 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds on a day that was 30 degrees and windy at the start.

Rotich set a course record of 1:08:52 in 2011 and finished this year’s race in 1:09:09.

Multiple American record holder Bernard Lagat made his half-marathon debut and finished 12th in 1:02:33.

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