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Heat rally again to send streak to 25

Sat., March 23, 2013

NBA: Another game, another double-digit rally for the Miami Heat.

And most importantly, another win.

LeBron James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 19 and the Heat extended their winning streak to 25 games by pulling away in the second half and beating the visiting Detroit Pistons 103-89 on Friday night.

James added eight rebounds and eight assists for Miami, whose magic number for clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference is now three.

• Ariza lights up ex-teammates: Trevor Ariza hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on his way to 25 points, John Wall added 24 and Washington rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to beat host Los Angeles in Kobe Bryant’s return from a two-game absence with a sprained left ankle.

Down two points, Kobe Bryant missed a short open jumper with 5 seconds to go and Metta World Peace fouled Wall, who made both free throws. After a timeout, Bryant’s 3-pointer drew the Lakers to 101-100 with 2 seconds left. But Bryant fouled Wall with 1 second to go, and he again made both.

Penguins come back to knock off Islanders

NHL: Tomas Vokoun was sharp in making 33 saves, and Brandon Sutter snapped a tie early in the third period for the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, who rallied for a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders that stretched their winning streak to 11 games.

• Abdelkader, Red Wings stop Ducks’ streak: Justin Abdelkader had his first NHL hat trick, Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists, and Detroit ended Anaheim’s club-record 13-game home winning streak with a 5-1 victory at Anaheim, Calif.

Rose, Haas share lead; Woods 1 back

Golf: Tiger Woods still has plenty of work to do if he wants to defend his title at Bay Hill and go back to No. 1 in the world.

Justin Rose three-putted the final hole for bogey and a 2-under 70 to share the lead with Bill Haas in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Orlando, Fla. Haas never had a par putt longer than 4 feet in his bogey-free round of 66.

Woods was one shot out of the lead until he bogeyed the last three holes. Woods had a 70 and was four shots behind.

• Sutton among leaders at Gulf Coast Classic: Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Corey Pavin and Roger Chapman shot 3-under 69 to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier, Miss.

The 54-year-old Sutton was the most surprising player among the leaders. Winless since the PGA Tour’s 2001 Houston Open, he had his left hip replaced in October.

• Recari shoots bogey-free 67 at Kia Classic: Beatriz Recari shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to take the lead after two rounds in the Kia Classic at Carlsbad, Calif.

The Spaniard’s two-round total of 8-under 136 gave her a one-stroke lead over Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb.

Wendy Ward (Edwall, Wash.) failed to make the cut.

Hamlin captures 2nd straight Fontana pole

Auto racing: Denny Hamlin won the pole for the second straight year at Fontana, turning a lap of 187.451 mph in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Greg Biffle finished second and Brad Keselowski was third in Friday’s qualifying session, but they’ll start at the back after engine changes.

Defending champion Tony Stewart qualified eighth.

Croatia beats Serbia 2-0 in rare meeting

Miscellany: Fans greeted the visitors with chants that included “Kill, Kill the Serbs!” as Croatia beat Serbia 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Zagreb, Croatia, that marked the first soccer meeting between the Balkan rivals since their war in the 1990s.

Mario Mandzukic and Ivica Olic scored first-half goals for Croatia, which like Serbia was once part of Yugoslavia.

Thousands of riot police were deployed at packed Maksimir Stadium to prevent trouble from home fans.

Serbian supporters were banned from attending to prevent possible clashes between fans.

• Ross wins super G: Laurenne Ross won super G on Friday in the U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif., beating Stacey Cook by 0.01 seconds for her first national title.

Defending champion Julia Mancuso was third, 0.08 seconds behind Ross.

In the men’s race, Squaw Valley star Travis Ganong won by 0.20 seconds on his home course.

• Kearney wins fourth World Cup moguls title: American Hannah Kearney won her fourth World Cup moguls title in the FIS Freestyle World Cup Finals at Sierra Nevada, Spain, and the United States took the prestigious Nation’s Cup for the second year in a row.

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