Lebron James powers Heat to victory against the Philadelphia 76ers
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LeBron James had 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 35th career triple-double and the Miami Heat cruised to a 10th consecutive victory, a 114-90 triumph against the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
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David West scored 16 points to help the Indiana Pacers easily beat the host Detroit Pistons for the second time in as many nights with a 90-72 victory.
• Emeka Okafor had 17 points, 11 rebounds and made the go-ahead free throw with 5.2 seconds remaining to help the host Washington Wizards defeat the Houston Rockets, 105-103.
• Marreese Speights scored 18 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers used a big fourth quarter to run past the host Orlando Magic, 118-94.
• JaVale McGee had 17 points, including seven dunks, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a four-game road losing streak with a 113-99 victory against the Charlotte Bobcats.
NCAA president Mark Emmert got a vote of confidence from the association's executive committee, despite a series of recent missteps that have many questioning his leadership.
• ESPN is set to retain the television rights to the Big East Conference after matching a contract offer that the league reportedly had from NBC.
Ariya Jutanugarn, 17, of Thailand, shot a 2-under 70 to lead by three strokes after the third round of the LPGA Thailand in Chonburi despite finishing with two bogeys. Jutanugarn had seven birdies -- including five in a row from No. 10 -- for an 11-under 205 total. Stacy Lewis (76), Se Ri Pak (71) and Beatriz Recari (72) were in second.
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her first title in six months when she beat Italian Sara Errani, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, in the Dubai Championships final at United Arab Emirates.
• Kei Nishikori of Japan advanced to the final of the U.S. National Indoor Championships in Memphis, Tenn., when Australian Marinko Matosevic retired with a bone bruise in his right foot after losing the first set 6-4. Nishikori will face Feliciano Lopez of Spain, a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
Christof Innerhofer of Italy won his third World Cup downhill of the season. Innerhofer topped three Austrians to earn his sixth career victory, covering the 1.6-mile Kandahar course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in 1:37.83 to beat Georg Streitberger by 0.12 seconds.
• Carolina Ruiz Castillo of Spain stunned the field by earning her first career World Cup victory at age 31 in Meribel, France, winning a downhill race 13 years after her only previous podium finish. Castillo had never placed higher than seventh in a downhill but beat Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany by 0.20 seconds and Frenchwoman Marie Marchand-Arvier by 0.21.
Adam Brace and Cody Wydo each had two goals and an assist as the Robert Morris men (18-12-2, 13-11-2) defeated Canisius (11-18-5, 10-13-2), 6-3, in Atlantic Hockey Association action at 84 Lumber Arena, Neville Island.
• Kylie St. Louis' second-period goal was the difference and Kristen DiCiocco only had to make 10 saves as the host Robert Morris women (13-14-3, 9-10-1) defeated Penn State (7-24-2, 1-17-2), 4-2, in a College Hockey America game.
Orb came from well off the pace to beat heavily favored Violence and win the Fountain of Youth Stakes in Hallandale Beach, Fla., a major Kentucky Derby prep race for 3-year-olds. Ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb finished 11/16 miles in 1:42.24 seconds on a fast track at Gulfstream Park.
• Long-shot Ive Struck A Nerve edged Code West at the wire in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Ive Struck A Nerve, Code West and Palice Malice were nose to nose down the stretch in the final prep for the Louisiana Derby.
First Published February 24, 2013 12:05 am