Heat take the night off before looking for No. 19
UNDATED (AP) — Now that the Chicago Blackhawks have lost, the Miami Heat are the hottest team in sports. The club led by LeBron James won its 18th straight game last night, beating Indiana 105-91. The Heat are now 47-14, just one win shy of tying San Antonio for the most wins in the NBA. This evening the Heat have the night off before entertaining the Hawks Tuesday night.
The Spurs can pad their lead over Miami and Oklahoma City with a win tonight over the Thunder in the Alamo city. The Spurs are 48-15 while the visiting Thunder are 47-16. Oklahoma City is on a five-game winning streak and faces a Spurs team that is 25-4 at home this season. The Spurs top the Southwest Division while the Thunder lead the Northwest. This is the third meeting of the season between the two Western Conference rivals. They have split the first two.
Brooklyn has the fourth-best mark in the NBA East and tonight the 37-26 Nets are on the road for a game in Philadelphia. The 76ers have dropped five in a row while the Nets have won their last three.
Rounding out tonight's schedule, Brooklyn's closest rival for supremacy of the Atlantic Division, New York, is at Golden State. The Knicks lead the Nets by 2 ½ games. Denver is at Phoenix and the Utah Jazz are home to Detroit.
Light night of play
UNDATED (AP) —There are just two games on ice this evening. In the first contest the Ottawa Senators are home to Boston in a Northeast Division contest. This is the second of five meetings between the clubs this season with Boston winning the opener, 2-1 in overtime. It's an interesting matchup as the Senators are the NHL's best home team with a record of 9-1-2, while the Bruins are the leagues best road team at 8-1-2.
The second game tonight has Calgary playing the Kings in Los Angeles. This is the last of three meetings this season between the clubs and the second in three days. The Kings routed the Flames 6-2 in L.A. on Saturday after winning 3-1 in Calgary on Feb. 20.
Bulldogs look for conference title.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The championship game of the West Coast Conference is tonight in Las Vegas with No. 1 Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) facing Saint Mary's of Calif. The Bulldogs advanced with a 66-48 win over Loyola Marymount, while Saint Mary's beat San Diego in the other semifinal 69-66.
Gonzaga took over the top spot in the AP poll last week.
TOKYO (AP) — Andruw Jones scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Netherlands past Cuba 7-6 and advance to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic.
The Netherlands will join defending champion Japan in the March 17-19 championship round in San Francisco.
Surgery for veteran skier
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian skier Ivica Kostelic (EE'-vih-kuh KAH'-steh-lich), the winner of the 2011 overall World Cup title, faces knee surgery for the 10th time in his career. Kostelic, who won a slalom race on Sunday, will have the operation on his left knee in April, allowing him the chance to take part in the World Cup finals starting Wednesday despite the injury.
Lawyers file appeal for Pistorius
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR'-ee-uhs) have filed an appeal in a South African court against bail restrictions imposed on the Olympian, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend. The Associated Press received a copy of the papers filed with the court by email from representatives of the Pistorius family.
In the papers, lawyers for the double-amputee athlete argued against the requirement that he surrender all passports and travel documents, and refrain from applying for such documents pending the end of his case. The lawyers said evidence presented at the athlete's bail hearing showed he is not a flight risk and should have the option of traveling outside South Africa as long as he has official permission.