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Allen helps Heat rally past Rockets

Mon., March 17, 2014

NBA: Ray Allen scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter on a milestone day for the veteran, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 24 and the Miami Heat beat the visiting Houston Rockets 113-104 on Sunday to snap their worst skid in three years.

Chris Bosh added 18 points for the Heat, who won for just the second time in their last seven games. They were down 97-92 following a 3-pointer by James Harden midway through the fourth, then finished the game on a 21-7 run.

Allen had 11 points during that late stretch, including a 3-pointer that allowed him to pass Allen Iverson for 21st on the NBA’s scoring list. It was also the 750th regular-season win that Allen was a part of in his career.

Harden finished with 30 points for Houston, which got 21 points and 14 rebounds from Dwight Howard.

Thompson’s 3 lifts Warriors: Stephen Curry scored 28 of his 37 points in the second half and Klay Thompson made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds remaining to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 103-102 victory over the host Portland Trail Blazers.

Thompson finished with 27 points and David Lee added 16 for the Warriors, who rallied from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter.

Damian Lillard scored 26 points and Nicholas Batum had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who lost for the fifth time in six games.

Big birthday for Griffin: Blake Griffin had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists on his 25th birthday, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 102-80 for their 11th consecutive victory.

• Mavs win in OKC: Shawn Marion scored 19 points, Vince Carter added 18 and the visiting Dallas Mavericks beat Oklahoma City 109-86, ending a seven-game regular-season losing streak to the Thunder. The Mavericks became only the third Western Conference team to win this season in Oklahoma City.

Spurs’ streak at 10: Manu Ginobili scored 21 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the visiting Utah Jazz 122-104 for their 10th consecutive victory. Derrick Favors had a season-high 28 points for Utah, which has lost four straight.

Flyers beat Penguins second day in row

NHL: Wayne Simmonds had two power-play goals in the first period and the visiting Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second consecutive day, 4-3.

Simmonds assisted on Brayden Schenn’s goal 2:06 into the game and then scored twice in a 6:54 span to give the Flyers a three-goal lead 14 minutes in. Surging Philadelphia, which beat its cross-state rival 4-0 at home Saturday, improved to 5-1-1 in its past seven.

Sharks win sixth straight: Antti Niemi stopped 41 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and made Logan Couture’s first-period, short-handed goal stand up as the visiting San Jose Sharks beat the New York Rangers 1-0 for their sixth straight win.

Canucks beat Luongo, Panthers: Nicklas Jensen scored in the first period and added the only goal in the shootout and the Vancouver Canucks earned a 4-3 victory over former goalie Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.

Luongo faced his former team just 12 days being traded from the Canucks to the Panthers on March 4. Luongo is 2-3 since joining the Panthers.

Hossa sharp in return: Marian Hossa celebrated his return to the lineup with a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the visiting Detroit Wings 4-1 to snap a two-game losing streak.

Jets rout Stars: Dustin Byfuglien had two goals and an assist and Blake Wheeler added four assists as the Winnipeg Jets cruised past the visiting Dallas Stars 7-2.

Receiver Edelman returns to Patriots

NFL: Wide receiver Julian Edelman says he’s glad to be returning to the New England Patriots after a surprising breakout season.

Edelman became a free agent last week, but a post on his Twitter account said, “Foxboro is home. Excited to be back.”

The Patriots don’t always make official announcements when they reach contract agreements with their own players. Donald Yee, Edelman’s agent, did not respond to requests for comment.

Edelman also was a free agent before last season and re-signed with the Patriots.

Broncos sign Sanders: The Denver Broncos gave Peyton Manning another receiving option, agreeing to a three-year contract with former Pittsburgh wideout Emmanuel Sanders.

Sanders, a third-round draft pick in 2010, had 161 catches for 2,030 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Steelers.

Jets keep Pace: The New York Jets re-signed veteran linebacker Calvin Pace to a two-year deal, bringing back one of their sacks leaders from last season.

Late goal gives Timbers tie with Fire

Miscellany: Gaston Fernandez scored in the 79th minute to pull the Portland Timbers to a 1-1 MLS draw with the visiting Chicago Fire.

It was the second game that the newly acquired Argentine forward scored a late equalizer. Fernandez’s goal in stoppage time gave the Timbers a 1-1 tie in the opener against Philadelphia last weekend.

Jeff Larentowicz scored on a penalty kick in the 19th minute for the Fire.

Betancur wins Paris-Nice: Carlos Betancur became the first Colombian rider to win the Paris-Nice cycling race while Arthur Vichot of France finished first on the last stage Sunday. Betancur safely protected his 14-second lead over world champion Rui Costa of Portugal by finishing in the main pack on the final stage in Nice, France. Costa crashed on the final straight.

Radionova repeats at world juniors: Elena Radionova won her second straight gold medal at the world junior figure skating championships, leading a medals sweep for Russia in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The 15-year-old Radionova scored 127.39 points in Sunday’s program and totaled 194.29 to beat Serafima Sakhanovich. The bronze went to Evgenia Medvedeva.

Radionova became the first female to successfully defend a world junior title.

Stewart wins 48th race: James Stewart won the AMA Supercross race Saturday night at Ford Field in Detroit to tie Ricky Carmichael for second place on the career victory list with 48. Earlier, Adam Cianciarulo raced to his third Eastern Regional 250SX Class victory in five events this season.

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