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In brief: James returns, leads Heat past Knicks

A masked LeBron James drives to the basket against New York. James returned after missing a game due to a broken nose. (Associated Press)
A masked LeBron James drives to the basket against New York. James returned after missing a game due to a broken nose. (Associated Press)

NBA: LeBron James scored 31 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat used a huge third quarter to run away and eventually rout the New York Knicks 108-82 Thursday night in Miami.

James donned a dark mask to protect his broken nose and was clearly unencumbered, hitting 13 of 19 shots and topping 30 points for the fifth consecutive game.

Wade shot 10 for 13 from the field for Miami, which outscored New York 23-3 over the final 7:02 of the third and won its sixth straight.

The Heat shot 61 percent, while the Knicks shot 37 percent.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for New York, but none in the final 21:38. Tyson Chandler had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and J.R. Smith added 11 points for the Knicks, who fell to 2-10 in February.

• Wizards outlast Raptors: Trevor Ariza scored the go-ahead basket on a fast-break layup with 1:20 left in the third overtime and the Washington Wizards beat the host Toronto Raptors 134-129. DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points in 58 minutes for Toronto.

• Pacers down Bucks: Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds to help the host Indiana Pacers rally for a 101-96 victory over Milwaukee.

• Bucks dismiss Butler: The Milwaukee Bucks waived forward Caron Butler after agreeing to a contract buyout. The 33-year-old Butler, from Racine, Wis., made 13 starts and appeared in 34 games this season, averaging 11.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

• Kings, Fredette part: The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette have completed a buyout of his contract. Fredette, drafted 10th overall in 2011 after dazzling at BYU, is averaging 5.9 points this season. He’s shooting 49.3 percent from 3-point range.

• NBA suspends Cousins: The NBA has suspended Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for one game and fined him $20,000 for punching an opposing player and verbally abusing an official in a game earlier this week.

• Hawks nab Muscala: The Atlanta Hawks have signed center Mike Muscala, a 2013 second-round draft pick, after completing the buyout of his Spanish League contract. Muscala averaged 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in Spain.

Islanders knock off Maple Leafs in OT

NHL: Lubomir Visnovsky scored 1:55 into overtime and former Chief Michael Grabner scored two goals as the New York Islanders outlasted the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4.

• Rangers stop Blackhawks: Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots, and Derick Brassard and Rick Nash scored as the host New York Rangers recorded a 2-1 victory over Chicago.

• Sharks thrash Flyers: Joe Pavelski had a hat trick, Raffi Torres and Logan Couture each scored twice, and the San Jose Sharks defeated host Philadelphia 7-3.

• Montreal outshoots Pens: David Desharnais scored the lone goal in the shootout, leading the visiting Montreal Canadiens to a wild 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McIlroy grabs early lead at Honda Classic

Golf: Rory McIlroy shot a 7-under 63, with birdies on the last two holes at PGA National giving him a one-shot lead over Russell Henley after the first round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Tiger Woods, in his first tournament in a month, shot 71, leaving him eight shots behind.

• Webb in front: Australia’s Karrie Webb shot a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore. Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall and American Paula Creamer shot 67. American Angela Stanford, the 2012 winner, was another stroke back along with Taiwan’s Teresa Lu. Top-ranked Inbee Park opened with a 70.

Louisville collects seventh straight win

Men’s basketball: Russ Smith had 24 points, moving into ninth place on Louisville’s career scoring list, and the seventh-ranked Cardinals (24-4, 13-2 American) throttled visiting Temple (7-20, 2-13) 88-66.

• Dukes surprise St. Louis: Micah Mason had 22 points, Jerry Jones added 19 and visiting Duquesne (12-15, 4-10 Atlantic 10) surprised No. 10 Saint Louis (25-3, 12-1) 71-64 to snap the Billikens’ school-record, 19-game winning streak.

• Arkansas nips Kentucky: Coty Clarke scored seven points in overtime and visiting Arkansas (19-9, 8-7 SEC) made all 16 of its free-throw attempts to upset No. 17 Kentucky (21-7, 11-4) 71-67 and complete a season sweep.

• Hoosiers drop Iowa: Will Sheehey scored 19 of his career-high 30 points in the first half and Stanford Robinson added a career-best 17 to lead host Indiana (16-12, 6-9 Big Ten) over No. 20 Iowa (19-9, 8-7) 93-86 in a game that was postponed last week.

• Houston upsets Memphis: Danuel House had 19 points and host Houston (14-14, 6-9 American) closed with a surge to beat No. 21 Memphis (21-7, 10-5) 77-68. TaShawn Thomas added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars.

• Penn State scores upset: D.J. Newbill scored 23 points, Tim Frazier added 16 and host Penn State (14-14, 5-10 Big Ten) held off a late rally by No. 22 Ohio State (22-7, 9-7) for a 65-63 win on Senior Night.

US announces roster for friendly

Soccer: Coach Jurgen Klinsmann named a 24-man roster for next Wednesday’s friendly against Ukraine. Jonathan Spector could make his first U.S. national team appearance in more than two years, and midfielder Brek Shea and defender Oguchi Onyewu are returning to the roster for the first time since last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Midfielder Danny Williams could play his first national team game since the World Cup qualifier at Honduras on Feb. 6 last year. Defender Tim Ream, who hasn’t been with the team since August, also was chosen for the match, which was moved to Larnaca, Cyprus, from Kharkiv, because of violence in Ukraine.

• Anelka suspended: The English Football Association has given West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka a five-game ban and $133,000 fine after finding him guilty of causing racial offense with a goal celebration deemed anti-Semitic. The gesture, known as a “quenelle,” has been described as an “inverted Nazi salute.”


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