Celts win triple OT thriller...Clippers withstand 42-point barrage by 'Melo
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics continued their amazing run since the season-ending knee injury to point guard Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) by winning their seventh straight game, a 118-114 triple-overtime thriller over Denver. That ended the Nuggets' nine-game win streak.
Paul Pierce led the way with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists. Pierce made a tying 3-pointer in the second overtime to make it 107-107 and extend the game. Kevin Garnett had 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Jason Terry scored a season-high 26 points off the bench.
The Celtics are 7-0 since Rondo went down.
In other NBA action:
__All-star guard Chris Paul scored 25 points in the L.A. Clippers' 102-88 road win in New York. Former Knicks guard Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 27 for the Clips, who won for only the fourth time in 12 games. Knicks star Carmelo Anthony scored 42 points for his fifth 40-point game of the season.
— LeBron James scored 32 points and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 30 as the Heat topped the visiting Lakers 107-97. It's James' fifth straight game with at least 30 points, coinciding with the Eastern Conference leaders' five-game winning streak. Miami's 34-14 record is third best in the league behind San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Kobe Bryant's 28 points led the Lakers, who sit 10th in the Western Conference race.
— J.J. Redick scored 22 points, Nikola Vucevic (VOOCH'-uh-vitch) added 17 points and 19 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 110-104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
— John Lucas scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to match his season high, Rudy Gay had 20 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the New Orleans Hornets 102-89.
— Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points, hitting all eight of his shots from the field, and the Memphis Grizzlies coasted to a 105-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
— Thabo Sefolosha (tah-BOH' sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) made a career-high 5 of 7 3-pointers and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Phoenix Suns for the second game in a row 97-69. Sefolosha finished with 20 points.
— Isaiah Thomas scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and John Salmons also had 23 points to help rally the Sacramento Kings to a 117-111 victory over the Houston Rockets.
— Tony Parker had 29 points and 11 assists and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-86. The Spurs were again without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili because of injuries but beat the Nets for the fifth straight time and 19th in the last 20 meetings.
Red Wings nip Kings in thriller...Having a Devil of a time
UNDATED (AP) — Jonathan Ericsson took advantage of the Kings' inability to clear the puck and scored an unassisted goal with 5 seconds left in regulation to lift Detroit past visiting Los Angeles 3-2.
It happened less than a minute after the Kings knotted the score at 2-2 with an Alec Martinez goal.
The Stanley Cup champion Kings have won just one of their last five games and are to a 3-5-2 start. The Red Wings improve to 7-4-1 with their first three-game winning streak of the season.
In other NHL action:
— Marcus Kruger and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) each scored 66 seconds apart in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks remained the NHL's lone undefeated team in regulation by beating the Nashville Predators 3-0. The Blackhawks are 8-0-2.
— Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL'-yah KOH'-vul-chook) and David Clarkson scored less than two minutes apart in the second period as the New Jersey Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 on Sunday night for their season-high fifth straight win.
— Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhehr-ahn) scored the go-ahead goal on a third-period power play in leading the hot-starting Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins are 8-1-1 on the NHL campaign.
__Carl Hagelin had two goals and an assist, and Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves in the New York Rangers' 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay. That's the Lightning's fourth straight loss.
— Magnus Paajarvi (pee-yah-YAR'-vee) scored a go-ahead short-handed goal with 3:10 remaining and Devan Dubnyk (DOOB'-nihk) made 39 saves as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
T25 BASKETBALL-FINAL SCORES
Hoosiers pass important road test...Illini finish great week
UNDATED (AP) — Three days after getting upset at unranked Illinois, top-ranked Indiana bounced back with an 81-68 victory at tenth-ranked Ohio State. Victor Olapido (oh-luh-PEE'-doh) was high man for the Hoosiers with a career-high 26 points. Teammates Cody Zeller and Christian Watford contributed 24 and 20, respectively.
Big Ten leading scorer DeShaun Thomas scored 26 points in a losing effort.
Indiana improves to 21-3 with a 9-3 Big Ten record that ties Michigan State for the conference lead, one game ahead of Michigan and Wisconsin.
Ohio State is 7-4 in the league and 17-6 overall after losing two straight for the first time in more than three years.
In other Top-25 action around the country:
__ Fourth-ranked Duke held off Boston College 62-61. Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 10 rebounds and sank the game-winning free throw with 26 seconds left. Seth Curry added 18 points for the Blue Devils, who've won five straight.
__Allen Crabbe scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half, Justin Cobbs hit a big shot in the closing seconds and California knocked off No. 7 Arizona 77-69. Cal rallied from a 15-point deficit.
— Ninth-ranked Syracuse topped visiting St. John's 77-58.C.J. Friar led the way with 17 points and nine rebounds and teammate James Southerland returned from a six-game absence due to an eligibility issue and scored 13 points. The Orange improve to 20-3 and 8-2 in Big East play by extending the longest home winning streak in the nation to 37 games.
__ Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week for Illinois with 16 points, and the Fighting Illini went 11 for 23 from 3-point range in a 57-53 win over No. 18 Minnesota. The Illini knocked off Top-ranked Indiana last Thursday.
Snedeker wins Clambake title
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by two shots for his first title PGA Tour of the season. Snedeker broke through for his first victory of 2013 after finishing second to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson the past two weeks.
Snedeker closed with a 7-under-par 65, dropping him to 19-under for the tournament. It was his 10th straight round in the 60s.
Chris Kirk ended up alone in second place after signing for a 66.
GOLF-MATCH PLAY FIELD
Lowry earns last spot
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Shane Lowry got into the Match Play Championship by the slimmest of margins, all because of a birdie putt thousands of miles away from his home in Ireland.
Patrick Reed holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole Sunday at Pebble Beach for a two-way tie for seventh with Fredrik Jacobson (YAHK'-uhb-sihn). That meant Jacobson moved up only to No. 66 by 0.0002 points behind Lowry.
Sunday was the final day to qualify for the 64-man field on Feb. 20-24 in Arizona. The top 65 are eligible because Phil Mickelson has said he would not be playing.
Mediate doesn't waste time
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — First time's the charm for Rocco Mediate (MEE'-dee-ayt), who won the Allianz Championship by two strokes in his Champions Tour debut.
Mediate carded a 1-under-par 71 a day after firing a course-record 61, and ended up 17-under for the 54-hole tournament.
Bernhard Langer carded a 68 and Tom Pernice (pur-NEES') Jr. shot a 70 to tie for second place.
MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
Dice-K among those getting a look
UNDATED (AP) — Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay mat-soo-ZAH'-kah) and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league contract.
The 32-year-old will have a chance to win a spot in Cleveland's starting rotation if he passes a physical.
Dice-K has won 50 major league games since signing a $52 million, six-year contract with Boston as free agent in 2007. He is reuniting with new Indians skipper Terry Francona, who was his manager for most of his time with the Red Sox.
— Scott Hairston and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a two-year contract. The 32-year-old outfielder hit .263 with a career-high 20 homers and 57 RBIs last year in his second season with the New York Mets.
—Catcher Rod Barajas (bah-RAH'-hahs) has returned to the organization where he started his major league career. The Arizona Diamondbacks say the 37-year-old agreed to a minor league contract and will go to spring training and compete with Wil Nieves (nee-EH'-vehs) for a backup job behind Miguel Montero. Barajas hit .206 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 321 at-bats for Pittsburgh last year.
— Veteran pitcher Armando Galarraga (gah-lah-RAH'-guh) has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds and will try to win a job at spring training. The 31-year-old right-hander was 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in five starts last year with the Houston Astros.
— Mark Lowe and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a minor league contract, giving the team another bullpen option in spring training. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 36 relief appearances for the Texas Rangers last year. He didn't pitch in the major leagues from June 25 to Aug. 10 because of a strained muscle in his right side.
Paternos issue report, challenge Freeh's findings
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A report commissioned by Joe Paterno's family says the late coach did nothing wrong in his handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The report portrays the late Hall of Fame coach as the victim of a "rush to injustice" created by former FBI director Louis Freeh's investigation of the case for Penn State.
The family's critique argues that the findings of the Freeh report published last July were unsupported by the facts.
Former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh is one of the experts assembled by the family's lawyers to review Freeh's report. He says the document is fundamentally flawed and incomplete.
In a statement released through a spokesman, Freeh says he stands by his conclusion that Paterno and top administrators concealed child sex abuse allegations against Sandusky.
A statement released by the university says it is "understandable and appreciated that people will draw their own conclusions and opinions from the facts uncovered in the Freeh report."
Surgeon says Vonn's surgery goes well
UNDATED (AP) — Lindsey Vonn had surgery on her right knee on Sunday after she shredded two ligaments during a crash last week at the world championships.
The U.S. Ski Team said Dr. William Sterett, a physician for the squad, operated on the four-time overall World Cup champion in Vail, Colo.
Sterett was optimistic at a full recovery and said of Vonn: "She will do everything in her power to return as quickly as possible to competitive skiing."
Vonn tore her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments last week during the super-G in Schladming, Austria. She also broke a bone in her lower leg.
The 28-year-old Vonn is hoping to be healed in time for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, which are a year away.
U.S. out of Fed Cup
RIMINI, Italy (AP) — The United States was eliminated in the first round of the Fed Cup, losing to Italy 3-2. The top-ranked doubles team of Sara Errani (ehr-RAH'-nee) and Roberta Vinci defeated Varvara Lepchenko and Liezel Huber (LEE'-zul HYOO'-bur) 6-2, 6-2 in the decisive doubles match.
Lepchenko beat Errani 7-5, 6-2 in Sunday's first reverse singles. But Vinci stopped Jamie Hampton 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to set up the crucial doubles in the best-of-five World Group series.
The U.S. was without Serena and Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens because of injuries.