NBA: Kevin Durant remained sizzling with 33 points, Serge Ibaka added 22 and the Oklahoma City Thunder roared back from an abysmal start to embarrass the Heat 112-95 on Wednesday night in Miami, erasing an 18-point deficit by outscoring the two-time defending champions by 43 points over a 33-minute span.
The Thunder led by as many as 25, and shot 16 for 27 from 3-point range. Miami was 3 for 19 from beyond the 3-point line.
Durant has now scored at least 30 points in 12 straight games, matching the league’s longest such streak since Tracy McGrady did it 14 straight times in the 2002-03 season.
LeBron James scored 34 points for Miami, his 1-on-1 duel with Durant not really amounting to much on a night the Heat allowed 25 points off turnovers.
• Brooks to coach West in All-Star game: Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks earned his second All-Star coaching assignment, clinching the Western Conference spot when Portland lost to Memphis, guaranteeing the Thunder will have a better winning percentage than the Trail Blazers through Sunday.
• Sixers sink Celtics: Evan Turner sank a layup at the buzzer to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 95-94 win over the host Boston Celtics in a matchup of the two worst teams in the Atlantic Division.
• Love carries T-wolves past Pelicans: Kevin Love had 30 points and 14 rebounds to carry the Minnesota Timberwolves (23-22) over the .500 mark with an 88-77 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in Minneapolis.
• Bulls send Spurs spiraling: Jimmy Butler had 19 points and Carlos Boozer added 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls handed the injury-riddled Spurs their third straight loss, 96-86 in San Antonio.
The Spurs were without Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter.
• Hamstring sidelines Spurs Ginobili: The San Antonio Spurs say Manu Ginobili will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left hamstring.
The 36-year-old Ginobili, averaging 12.1 points and 4.5 assists this season, had an MRI exam one day after he was injured while dunking in a loss to the Houston Rockets.
• Winter storm postpones Pistons, Hawks: The Detroit Pistons’ game at the Atlanta Hawks was postponed due to the winter storm which has made travel unsafe in Atlanta.
The game will be rescheduled but no date was announced.
Penn State slips past No. 24 Ohio State
Men’s basketball: D.J. Newbill hit a pull-up jumper over Aaron Craft with 2 seconds left in overtime, lifting Penn State (11-10, 2-6 Big Ten) to a 71-70 win over No. 24 Ohio State (16-5, 3-5) and ending the Buckeyes’ string of victories in the series at 18.
Newbill, who led the Nittany Lions with 25 points, hit a 3 that forced overtime.
• Bonnies upset Minutemen: Youssou Ndoye scored 11 of his 12 points in the second half, and St. Bonaventure (13-8, 3-4 Atlantic 10) clamped down on defense to claim a 78-65 win over No. 21 Massachusetts (17-3, 4-2) in Olean, N.Y.
• Northwestern upsets No. 14 Wisconsin: Drew Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, JerShon Cobb added all 10 of his points in the second half and Northwestern (11-11, 4-5 Big Ten) upset No. 14 Wisconsin 65-56 in Madison, Wis.
Ben Brust’s 21 points led Wisconsin (17-4, 4-4).
• Syracuse improves to 20-0: Freshman Tyler Ennis scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and No. 2 Syracuse (20-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat Wake Forest 67-57 to match the best start in program history.
Travis McKie had 12 points for the Demon Deacons (14-7, 4-4) ), and his free throw with 4:10 left pulled them to 54-49.
Carcillo, Rangers freeze out Islanders
NHL: Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal 4:36 into the third period, and the Rangers held on for a 2-1 win over the Islanders at frigid Yankee Stadium in New York.
The temperature was 22 degrees when the first puck dropped with a single-digit wind-chill factor.
• Coyotes to change name: The Phoenix Coyotes will become the Arizona Coyotes starting next season.
The team has been known as the Phoenix Coyotes since moving to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996. The team played its home games in downtown Phoenix before moving to Glendale in 2003, but kept the Phoenix name.
The Coyotes will keep the same uniforms, but will have a new shoulder patch on both their home and road jerseys.
• Stars extend Garbutt: The Dallas Stars signed forward Ryan Garbutt to a three-year, $1.8 million contract extension. The 28-year-old Garbutt has a career-high 18 points with 10 goals and eight assists in 46 games this season.
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