Sports News-February 8, 2012

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     MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, LeBron James
added 24 against his former team and the Miami Heat tuned up for a
long road trip by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-91. Chris
Bosh finished with 15 points for the Heat, who have won 11 of their
last 13 games and now head out for five road games in seven nights
starting with Orlando tonight.
     
     BOSTON (AP) - Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for No. 2 on the
Celtics' career scoring list, finishing with 15 points as Boston
increased its winning streak to five straight with a 94-84 victory
over the Charlotte Bobcats, who lost their 12th in a row. Pierce
needed nine points to tie Bird's total of 21,791 and nearly
celebrated with a triple-double, adding nine assists and eight
rebounds.
     
     LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 13
points and 13 rebounds in leading top-ranked Kentucky to a 78-58
victory over No. 8 Florida last night. The 24-1 Wildcats have won
49 straight home games and are 15-0 in Southeastern Conference
play.
     
     NEW YORK (AP) - Martin Brodeur stopped 30
shots for his first shutout of the season and the record 117th of
his NHL career, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Eastern
Conference-leading New York Rangers 1-0 for their fifth straight
win. The Rangers appeared to score the tying goal with 3.5 seconds
left, but it was disallowed because Marian Gaborik (MEHR'-ee-uhn
GA'-bohr-ihk) was called for goalie interference.


The NBA-leading Oklahoma City Thunder withstood a career-best 48-point barrage by Monta Ellis and edged the Golden State Warriors 119-116 last night.  The Thunder improved to 20-5 with the win.  Kevin Durant finished with 33 points, ten rebounds and seven assists.  Russell Westbrook added 31 points and seven rebounds to give Oklahoma City its fourth win in five games.  David Lee had 25 points, eleven rebounds and ten assists for his second career triple-double for the Warriors.  

Colt Ryan's jumper with 3:08 left in the second half broke a 56-56 tie, and Evansville pulled away for a 65-57 upset of 17th ranked Creighton last night.  The nation's best shooting team was out of sync all night and wound up losing a second straight game for the first time this season.  The Bluejays were led by Doug McDermott with 21 points and eight rebounds.  Austin Chatman had eleven points and Gregory Echenique added ten points, eight boards, and two blocked shots.  Kenny Harris scored 15 points to lead the Aces, which ended a six-game losing streak against Creighton.  Evansville limited the Bluejays to 40% shooting from the field, including 4-22 on three-pointers, and didn't trail until early in the second half.  The Aces were behind 48-41 with 12:56 to go but went on a 9-2 run to tie and took the lead for good on Ryan's jumper.  Creighton drops to 21-4 overall and 11-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference while Evansville improves to 12-12 overall and 7-7 in the conference.

Local Schedule:  Michigan at Nebraska (MBB-7:30).

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106 KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

Saturday Afternoon:  The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team takes on Sutton at the fifth annual Heartland Hoops Classic at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on Saturday at 2:15.  Pregame coverage with Norfolk Catholic coach Shane Anderson at approximately 1:55 at Newstalk WJAG 780 AM, 105.9 FM, & WJAG.com.    

Local Scores:  Nfk Cath 65 West Point Guardian Angels 58 (GBB); NECC 81 Southeast CC 75 (MBB); Southeast CC 61 NECC 52 (WBB).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Nicholas Williams of the Lutheran High Northeast wrestling team. 

     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
    
     Final  Indiana        104  Utah           99
     Final  Phoenix        107  Milwaukee     105
     Final  Minnesota       86  Sacramento     84   
    
       NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final      Washington      4  Florida        0
     Final      Columbus        3  Minnesota      1
     Final 2OT  N-Y Islanders   1  Philadelphia   0 (SO N.Y. Islanders 2-0)
     Final      Los Angeles     3  Tampa Bay      1
     Final 2OT  Montreal        3  Pittsburgh     2 (SO Montreal 3-2)
     Final      St. Louis       3  Ottawa         1
     Final 2OT  Vancouver       4  Nashville      3 (SO Vancouver 2-1)
     Final      Phoenix         4  Dallas         1
     Final      Winnipeg        2  Toronto        1
     Final      Colorado        5  Chicago        2
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
      Final  ( 3) Ohio St.     87       Purdue      84
    
      TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 2) Notre Dame   74       Syracuse     55
     Final  ( 3) UConn        56  (20) Louisville   46

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