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Bulls extend Sixers’ losing streak to 24

Sun., March 23, 2014

NBA: The Philadelphia 76ers’ long losing streak continued and so did their march toward the wrong kind of record.

Joakim Noah finished with 20 points, Jimmy Butler scored 17, and the Chicago Bulls handed Philadelphia its 24th straight loss, winning 91-81 Saturday night in Chicago and sending the 76ers within two of the NBA record.

The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped 26 during the 2010-11 season, and Philadelphia would have to pull off an upset to avoid tying that.

The next two games are at San Antonio and Houston. Drop them, and the Sixers could set the record at home against Detroit on March 29.

Davis double-double downs Heat: Anthony Davis had 30 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, and the hometown New Orleans Pelicans handed the struggling Miami Heat their seventh loss in 11 games, 105-95.

LeBron James twisted his right ankle while stepping on Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans’ foot during a drive to the hoop late in the third quarter, but remained in the game and finished with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. It was not enough for Miami, which gave guard Dwyane Wade and center Greg Oden the night off following Friday’s victory at Memphis.

Nuggets’ Hickson has torn ACL, out for season: Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson has a torn ligament in his right knee, general manager Tim Connelly said.

A date for surgery to repair the ACL hasn’t been set.

Hickson was injured early in the fourth quarter of Denver’s 122-106 loss at Dallas on Friday night.

Quick breaks Kings’ mark for victories

NHL: Jonathan Quick broke the Kings record for wins by a goalie, making 24 saves in his fifth shutout of an injury-hampered season as Los Angeles beat the visting Florida Panthers 4-0.

Trevor Lewis, Mike Richards, Alec Martinez and captain Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who completed their five-game homestand with back-to-back wins after three straight one-goal defeats.

Quick earned his 172nd career victory and surpassed Rogie Vachon. The shutout was the 30th of Quick’s career, two shy of Vachon’s franchise mark.

Penguins win OT thriller over Lightning: James Neal’s power-play goal 1:27 into overtime lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a wild 4-3 home victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Neal’s slapshot over Anders Lindback’s right shoulder capped a frantic final 15 minutes of play as the teams traded the lead three times.

Evgeni Malkin had two goals and two assists while Sidney Crosby added a goal and two assists for the Penguins. Jeff Zatkoff stopped 21 shots and Pittsburgh ended Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak.

Scott falters but maintains lead

Golf: Adam Scott still has the lead at Bay Hill. At least five other players suddenly have a realistic chance at winning.

Scott lost more than half his lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. He missed three par putts inside 8 feet and had to settle for a 1-under 71. That gave him a three-shot lead over Keegan Bradley going into the final round.

Scott was at 15-under 201.

Matt Every (66) and Jason Kokrak (67) were four shots behind. Neither has won on the PGA Tour.

T eenager Ko in front at Founders Cup: Lydia Ko topped the crowded leaderboard in the JTBC Founders Cup, pulling ahead with two late birdies.

The 16-year-old New Zealander shot a 5-under 67 to reach 16-under 200 at Desert Ridge in Phoenix. She tapped in for birdie on the par-5 15th after missing an 8-foot eagle putt and took the outright lead with a 10-footer on the par-3 17th.

Andrade tied with Funk at Fallen Oak: Billy Andrade shot a 7-under 65 to share the lead with Fred Funk after the second round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak in Saucier, Miss.

Andrade had the low round of the day, capping it with a 20-foot birdie putt on 18. Funk shot a 67.

Spokane skier third in U.S. Alpine slalom

Skiing: David Chodounsky of Crested Butte, Colo., won his second U.S. Alpine Championships slalom title in Squaw Valley, Calif.

Chodounsky, who also won the slalom at nationals in 2009, finished with a two-run time of 1 minute, 35.82 seconds.

First-run leader Tim Kelley of Starksboro, Vt., was next in 1:36.24. Will Brandenburg of Spokane was third.

“This national title keeps eluding me, and I’m not happy about it,” Brandenburg said.

Gagnon wins women’s slalom, Shiffrin fails to finish: Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin failed to finish the first leg of the slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif., and Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada won the title by a hundredth of a second.

Stewart wins Supercross race at Rogers Centre: James Stewart came from behind to win the AMA Supercross race at Rogers Centre in Toronto, earning his fourth victory of the season to take sole possession of second place on the career wins list with his 49th victory.

Justin Barcia was a season-best second, holding off Ryan Dungey in third.

• Georgia captures swimming title: Georgia scored 528 points and defended its NCAA title at the women’s swimming and diving championships in Minneapolis.

Stanford recorded its best finish since 2010, claiming second with 402.5 points. California, which has three titles since 2009, settled for third with 386 points.

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