NBA: Paul George scored 23 points and Roy Hibbert had 21, leading the Indiana Pacers back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit for an 84-83 victory over the visiting Miami Heat Wednesday night.
LeBron James scored 38 points, but missed a potential go-ahead 3 late. Chris Bosh had a jumper at the buzzer to win it but it hit nothing but air.
George had two monster dunks – one over James – to get the Pacers back in the game.
• Duncan leads Spurs over Nuggets: Tim Duncan had 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a fourth-quarter collapse to beat the visiting Denver Nuggets 108-103 for their 15th straight victory.
Danny Green scored 16 points before leaving with a foot injury early in the second half.
• Davis powers Pelicans past Clippers: Anthony Davis had 16 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks, and the undermanned New Orleans Pelicans won their fourth straight, 98-96 over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.
Darius Miller capped a 16-point effort with a pair of crucial late jumpers, the last giving New Orleans a 97-92 lead with 47 seconds left.
• Bobcats push past Nets in OT: Al Jefferson scored 35 points, Kemba Walker had 20 with 12 assists and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the visiting Brooklyn Nets 116-111 in overtime for their 10th victory at home in the last 12 games.
Booth’s 2 goals lift Canucks over Wild
NHL: David Booth scored two unassisted goals and Eddie Lack made 29 saves to lead the visiting Vancouver Canucks over the Minnesota Wild 5-2.
Zack Kassian, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver as the Canucks try to make a late push to overtake Phoenix and Dallas for the Western Conference’s final wild-card playoff spot.
• Lundqvist, Rangers top Flyers: Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots and came within 1:53 of his second shutout in three games, and the host New York Rangers stretched their season-best winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
• Ducks douse Flames in final period: Andrew Cogliano scored the go-ahead goal at 14:41 of the third period as the visiting Anaheim Ducks picked up an important two points with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Nick Bonino and Mathieu Perreault also scored for Anaheim, which kicked off a three-game road trip to Western Canada with its sixth road win in its last eight games away from the Honda Center.
SMU outlasts Cal in NIT quarterfinals
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Nic Moore made a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left to lift SMU past California 67-65 in Dallas and into the NIT semifinals.
SMU regained the lead for the first time in over 8 minutes when Nick Russell, one of two Mustangs seniors, made a reverse layup with 36 seconds left.
Justin Cobbs made a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to put the Golden Bears ahead. He had one more chance, but his game-ending shot ricocheted off the rim as he fell to the floor.
SMU will play Clemson Tuesday in New York.
• Florida State holds off Louisiana Tech: Aaron Thomas scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and Okaro White had 14 first-half points as Florida State defeated Louisiana Tech 78-75 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Louisiana Tech’s Raheem Appleby missed a pair of 3-point attempts in the final 7 seconds that could have tied the game.
FSU will play Minnesota in the NIT semifinals on Tuesday nightin New York.
• Rice signs VCU’s Rhoades: Mike Rhoades will be the new men’s basketball coach at Rice.
Rhodes was an associate head coach at Virginia Commonwealth, which went 137-46 during his five seasons, including a trip to the 2011 Final Four.
R&A to vote on admitting women
MISCELLANY: The Royal & Ancient Golf Club will vote in September on a motion to admit female members for the first time. The club’s committees are in favor of the rule changes and are asking their 2,400 members to support it.
Pressure has been building on the R&A to changes its male-only policy, especially after Augusta National Golf Club last year invited two women to join at the home of the Masters. The British Open last year was held at Muirfield, which also has a male-only membership policy.
• Hamlin cleared after metal removed from eye: Denny Hamlin has been cleared to race at Martinsville Speedway, a week after doctors refused to let him drive at California because of vision problems they believed were associated to a sinus infection.
But Joe Gibbs Racing said doctors at a California hospital found a small piece of metal inside Hamlin’s eye. Once removed, Hamlin felt immediate improvement.
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