MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has bolstered its case for an NCAA tournament bid by beating top-ranked Indiana 77-73. Trevor Mbakwe (ehm-BAHK'-way) had 21 points and 12 rebounds while outplaying Cody Zeller, who committed four turnovers and was held to nine points. Mbakwe helped the Gophers outrebound the Hoosiers 44-30.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan McRae scored 27 points and Tennessee gave its NCAA tournament hopes a boost by knocking off No. 8 Florida 64-58. Jarnell Stokes had eight points and 14 rebounds as the Vols picked up their sixth straight win and improved to 9-6 in the SEC.
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat stretched their winning streak to 12 games with a 141-129, double-overtime win against Sacramento. LeBron James had 40 points and a career-high 16 assists, making him the first NBA player to register that many points and assists in the same game since Kevin Johnson in April 1994. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade had 39 points and Ray Allen chipped in 21 as the Heat improved their record to an Eastern Conference-leading 41-14.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — David West had 28 points, George Hill finished with 23 and Paul George added 21 as the Indiana Pacers won their fifth in a row, 108-97 over Golden State. Pacers center Roy Hibbert was ejected and four other players received technical fouls after a skirmish midway through the fourth quarter.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The B's are 16-3-1 in their last 20 games versus the New York Islanders following a 4-1 victory at Nassau Coliseum. Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal 38 seconds into the second period before David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) made it 3-1 less than five minutes later. Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn) and Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) each had two assists, and Tuukka Rask stopped 36 shots as the Bruins improved to 12-2-2 overall this season.