Heat, Nuggets continue streaks
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat now possess the second-longest winning streak in NBA history following a comeback win at Boston.
LeBron James drained a long jumper with 10.5 seconds left to give the Heat their 23rd consecutive victory, a 105-103 win over the Celtics. Boston led by 13 with eight minutes remaining before Miami closed on a 22-7 run.
James finished with 37 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds for the Heat. Mario Chalmers shot 4-for-5 from three-point range and had 21 points, while Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 16 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.
The Heat still need 10 more consecutive wins to tie the league's all-time record of 33, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
Boston ended an 11-game home winning streak despite Jeff Green's game-high 43 points.
Denver has picked up its 12th straight win. Andre Iguodala (ig-ah-DAH'-lah) converted a three-point play with 7.1 seconds remaining in overtime as the Nuggets escaped Chicago with a 119-118 win over the Bulls.
Wilscon Chandler had a team-high 35 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets.
In other NBA action, Gerald Green scored 13 of his team-high 20 points in the second quarter of Indiana's 111-90 rout of Cleveland. Tyler Hansbrough added 18 points and 11 rebounds in place of second-leading scorer David West, who missed the game with a sprained lower back suffered in Saturday's game against Philadelphia.
Deron Williams poured in 31 points in just 28 minutes of Brooklyn's 119-82 dismantling of Detroit. Brook Lopez added 18 points and seven rebounds as the Nets dealt the Pistons their ninth straight loss.
Stephen (STEF'-ehn) Curry shot 6-for-9 from three-point range while scoring 30 points in Golden State's 93-72 stifling of New Orleans. David Lee added 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Warriors moved nine games over .500.
The 76ers blew a 14-point lead before knocking off Portland 101-100. Jrue (juh-ROO') Holiday scored 27 points and Spencer Hawes added 18 and 13 rebounds in the Sixers' second straight win.
Darren Collison scored 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki chipped in 22 as Dallas topped the Hawks 127-113 in Atlanta. The Mavericks set a season high for points and shot 57 percent, with Collison going 10-for-14.
Gerald Henderson's 27 points and eight assists highlighted Charlotte's 119-114 triumph over Washington. Kemba Walker scored nine of his 18 points in the final three minutes to spark a 12-0 run that sent the Bobcats to just their second victory in 14 games.
No season for Bynum
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There's a chance Andrew Bynum will never play for the Philadelphia 76ers after the 25-year-old center undergoes season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday.
Bynum hasn't played since being acquired by the Sixers from the Los Angeles Lakers after last season. He was coming off his best NBA season, averaging career highs with 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds while making his first All-Star team.
Bynum becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Bulldogs top final poll
UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga (gahn-ZA'-guh) winds up on top in the final Associated Press top-25 men's basketball poll.
The Bulldogs hauled in 45 of 65 first place votes after finishing the season with a 31-2 record and another West Coast Conference title.
No. 2 Louisville gets the remaining 20 votes. Rounding out the top five are Kansas, Indiana and Miami. The second five consist of Duke, Ohio State, Georgetown, Michigan State and Michigan.
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT-SEEDS
Baylor, Stanford, Notre Dame and UConn claim top seeds, top of the pole
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor has claimed the first overall seed in the upcoming women's basketball tournament as the Lady Bears try to become the fourth different school to win consecutive national championships.
Baylor heads the Oklahoma City Region after running its record to 32-1. The lone loss came in November against Stanford, which has drawn the No. 1 seed in the Spokane Region.
Notre Dame is the top seed in the Norfolk Regional, while Big East rival Connecticut grabbed the No. 1 seed in the Bridgeport Region.
Baylor also has finished No. 1 in the final Associated Press women's basketball poll for the second straight year, receiving all 40 first-place votes. The Lady Bears topped the poll for the final 11 weeks.
Notre Dame is second, followed by UConn, Stanford and Duke.
Rangers outlast 'Canes
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers have ended a three-game losing streak with a shootout win over Carolina.
Rick Nash and rookie J.T. Miller provided the shootout tallies while Henrik Lundqvist stop both Hurricane attempts to secure a 3-2 win over Carolina. Lundqvist turned back 29 shots and Derek Stepan (STEP'-ahn) scored in the second period to help the Rangers move into ninth place in the NHL's Eastern Conference, two points behind the Hurricanes.
Carolina is 0-2-1 in its last three games.
Also on ice, Teddy Purcell (PUR'-sul) snapped a 2-2 tie midway through the third period of Tampa Bay's 4-2 win against Philadelphia. Steven Stamkos iced the victory with an empty-netter, his 21st goal of the season.
Goodell: No post-season additions now
PHOENIX (AP) — The NFL will not be adding teams to the playoffs this season, but still is discussing an expanded postseason.
Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') says that the league's competition committee has looked into adding teams to the playoffs, and the topic will be discussed at this week's owners meetings. However, he says any adds won't happen this year.
Currently, twelve of the 32 teams make the playoffs, including all eight division winners.
Goodell also calls it "unacceptable" to ask a college player at the scouting combine any questions about his sexual orientation, as several players have indicated. Goodell says the league will make clear to the team at this week's owners meetings what can and can't be asked of the prospects.
Pats owner: We offered Welker more
PHOENIX (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says his team's contract offer to Wes Welker was better than what the receiver got in Denver. Kraft also says Welker's agent "misrepresented" Welker's market value.
Welker got a two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos. Kraft says Welker could have received $8 million in the first year of a two-year contract with New England as opposed to $6 million he gets in Denver "and there is no guarantee that he plays the second year there."
Titans dump Hasselbeck
UNDAED (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have released veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, which buys the team some more cap space after they couldn't work out an agreement trimming his $5.5 million salary for 2013. The 37-year old spent the past two seasons with the Titans. He lost his starting job to Jake Locker last season.
Hasselbeck has 34,517 yards passing with 201 touchdowns in his 14-year NFL career.
In other NFL news;
— Free agent tight end Matt Spaeth (SPAYTH) is rejoining the Steelers after two seasons in Chicago. Spaeth had 36 receptions for 275 yards in four years with Pittsburgh before grabbing just 13 passes for the Bears..
— The Bengals have signed middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (mow-ah-LOO'-guh) to a new contract. The Bengals have re-signed four of their defensive players who were eligible for free agency: Maualuga and defensive ends Michael Johnson, Robert Geathers (gathers) and Wallace Gilberry.
— The Atlanta City Council has voted 11-4 to approve a financing plan to build a new pro football stadium in downtown Atlanta. The city will use city hotel-motel tax revenue to cover the $200 million public contribution for the proposed $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium for the Falcons.
— The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed linebacker Ernie Sims to a one-year deal worth a reported $715,000.
— The league has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their permission. The league will use the money to fund a trust over the next eight years that will benefit retired players.
— A federal judge in Pittsburgh has dismissed a lawsuit from people who bought tickets to the February 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas, but were forced to watch it on TV because their seats weren't properly installed for the game. U.S. District Judge David Cercone (sur-KOHN') dismissed the fraud claim saying the four buyers can't prove that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys intended to defraud anyone. The judge says the case is a contract dispute but the ticket-holders can't pursue it in federal court because the combined ticket, travel and hotel costs don't exceed $75,000.
Headley to miss opener...Carpenter could be facing end of career
UNDATED (AP) — The San Diego Padres will open the season without their top player.
Third baseman Chase Headley (HEHD'-lee) will miss at least the first two weeks after breaking the tip of his left thumb while sliding into second base on Sunday. Headley led the National League with 115 RBIs last season and paced Padres regulars with 31 homers and a .286 average.
In other major league news, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter realizes his baseball career may be over, saying he wants to return but doesn't think he can. The 37-year-old right-hander made a surprise appearance at spring-training camp Monday and said he's still dealing with numbing and tingling sensations in his pitching hand, arm and shoulder.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay maht-soo-ZAH'-kah) will not make the Cleveland Indians' opening-day roster. The 32-year old was trying to make a comeback after pitching in just 11 games last season with Boston following elbow reconstruction surgery. He may accept an offer to stay in the club's minor league camp.
Former Oklahoma quarterback killed in plane crash
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Former Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis was one of two people killed when a small aircraft smashed into a house in South Bend, Ind. on Sunday. He started every game of Barry Switzer's first three seasons as head coach at Oklahoma, piling up a 32-1-1 record with two national championships. Davis' school records for consecutive starts and career victories were surpassed only last season by Landry Jones, who started every game the past three seasons plus most of 2009.
Davis was 60.