Pierce helps Nets withstand the Heat to win
NBA: Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter, Mirza Teletovic scored 17 off the bench and the visiting Brooklyn Nets beat Miami for the third time in as many tries this season, topping the Heat 96-95 on Wednesday night.
Chris Bosh scored 24 points for Miami, giving him 15,003 for his career. Dwyane Wade scored 22, LeBron James finished with 19 and Mario Chalmers scored 14 for the Heat.
• Griffin leads Clippers to ninth win in a row: Blake Griffin had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Danny Granger added 18 points off the bench, and the Los Angeles Clippers surged past the visiting Golden State Warriors 111-98 for their ninth straight victory.
• Raptors chomp away at Pistons for win: DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Amir Johnson had 20 against his former team and the Toronto Raptors handed Detroit its 10th straight road defeat, beating the Pistons 101-87.
• Spurs win eighth straight by defeating Trail Blazers: Patty Mills scored 15 points, Tim Duncan had 10 points and 11 rebounds in limited minutes, and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to their eighth straight win with a 103-90 victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.
Vancouver quiets Jets in shootout win
NHL: Chris Higgins had the only goal in the shootout and the visiting Vancouver Canucks beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2, rebounding from a third-period collapse in their last game.
Alexandre Burrows, with the first and second goals of his injury-marred season, tied it 2 at 11:17 of the third period.
• Flames burn Ducks by five: Mikael Backlund scored twice and added an assist to help the Calgary Flames rout the visiting Anaheim Ducks 7-2.
• Bettman says concussions incidents are down: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman indicated fewer concussions have occurred in the league so far this season, but wouldn’t reveal any numbers.
Bettman credited the players and NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan for the decrease.
• Comeau suspended after illegal hit: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for hitting Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith from behind.
• Peverley set to undergo procedure after collapse: Rich Peverley will not play again this season after the Dallas Stars forward collapsed on the bench during a game on Monday.
One of Peverley’s doctors said at a news conference that the 31-year-old will undergo a procedure that was originally planned for after the season. He was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat in training camp.
Denver Art Museum makes good on wager
NFL: The Denver Art Museum has made good on its Super Bowl bet and delivered the Frederic Remington “Broncho Buster” sculpture to the Seattle Art Museum for a three-month exhibit.
The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8. If the Broncos had won the Super Bowl, the Seattle Art Museum would have sent Denver a 1901 Japanese painted screen showing an eagle on a seashore.
• New York teams come to agreement with Triple Five: The New York Giants and New York Jets say they’ve settled legal issues with developer Triple Five regarding American Dream, the retail and entertainment complex that sits unfinished near MetLife Stadium.
A statement from the teams and the developer says the settlement contains traffic and parking plans and infrastructure improvements.
Raonic’s 15 aces lead to win over Murray
Tennis: Milos Raonic rode his big serve to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Andy Murray in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., giving the young Canadian his first win over a top-10 player since September.
Raonic fired 15 aces and held triple match point when he ripped a crosscourt forehand to close out the win after breaking Murray three times in the final set.
• Injured Azarenka gets eliminated in first match: Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka tumbled out of the BNP Paribas Open on Friday night in her first match in more than a month, falling 6-0, 7-6 (2) to American Lauren Davis. Azarenka, from Belarus, who had been sidelined since the Australian Open because of a left foot injury that required her to wear a boot for several weeks.
Germany claims Algarve Cup
Soccer: A flurry of goals at the start the second half helped Germany to a 3-0 win over world champion Japan in the final of the Algarve Cup in Faro, Portugal.
The United States beat North Korea 3-0 for seventh place.
• Barcelona reaches Champions League quarters: Barcelona eased into the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight year, shaking off a slump that has dropped it to third place in the La Liga standings.
Lionel Messi and Dani Alves scored second-half goals in a 2-1 win over Manchester City in Barcelona, Spain, completing a 4-1 aggregate victory.
McFadden adds to Paralympic medals
Miscellany: Tatyana McFadden of the United States added to her 10 Summer Paralympic medals by claiming her first of the Winter Games.
McFadden, who won three titles at the 2012 London Games in wheelchair racing, claimed silver in the cross-country one-kilometer sprint sitting event in Sochi.
• Cavendish takes Tirreno lead: British sprinter Mark Cavendish took the overall lead when his Omega Pharma-Quick Step won a team time trial to open the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race.
Omega clocked 20 minutes, 13 seconds over the 18.5-kilometer (11.5-mile) route from Donoratico to San Vincenzo.
• Hoefl-Reisch ruled out for rest of season: Germany team spokesman Ralph Eder tells The Associated Press that Maria Hoefl-Riesch will miss the rest of the ski season after crashing in a World Cup downhill in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, leaving Anna Fenninger as the favorite to win the overall title.
• Gut wins downhill while Fenninger leads overall: Anna Fenninger of Austria took the lead in the overall World Cup standings by finishing sixth in a downhill race won by Lara Gut of Switzerland.
• Svindal retakes overall lead with fifth place finish: Aksel Lund Svindal retook the lead in the overall World Cup standings on by placing fifth in a downhill race won by Olympic champion Matthias Mayer of Austria. Svindal earned 45 points to move 41 ahead of Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who skips downhill races.