Heat look for No. 21
UNDATED (A) — The sizzling Miami Heat are gunning for their 21st consecutive victory tonight. The opposition comes from the Bucks who are playing host to the 49-14 Heat. Because of their winning ways, the Heat now have a 9 ½-game lead over Indiana in the race for best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat's most recent win came Wednesday night when they beat the 76ers 98-94 as LeBron James had 27 points.
Only three teams have won at least 20 consecutive games in the same season: the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won a league-record 33 in a row, the 2007-08 Houston Rockets who won 22 straight, and the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks who won 20 in a row as well. The old Washington Capitals also won 20 straight, spanning the end of the 1947-48 season and the start of the 1948-49 campaign.
Denver is red-hot as well as the Nuggets have won 10 straight. This evening the Nuggets, who are now 44-22, are home to Memphis, which has won its last six games. On the home court, the Nuggets are an amazing 29-3. The Heat are 30-3 on their home floor.
The remaining games tonight feature the Raptors at home to Charlotte, the Lakers at Indiana, Washington at home to New Orleans, the Suns in Atlanta facing the Hawks, Minnesota playing at Houston, the Thunder entertaining Orlando, Cleveland's Cavaliers at Dallas and the Bulls at Golden State.
Big day for college hoops fans
UNDATED (AP) — This is a very busy day of play in college basketball as the conference tournaments heat up. Overall, 21 of the ranked teams in the AP poll are in action with five of the games taking place this afternoon.
In Big Ten tournament play this afternoon, third-ranked Indiana is playing Illinois while sixth-ranked Michigan is going up against No. 22 Wisconsin.
In the ACC this afternoon ninth-ranked Miami is playing Boston College while in SEC play it's 13th-ranked Florida playing LSU and in the Atlantic 10 tournament 16th-ranked St. Louis is tangling with Charlotte.
Light night of play
UNDATED (AP) — There are just three games being played in the NHL this evening. In an Atlantic Division game the Flyers are hosting the Devils while Nashville is at Calgary and Edmonton is home to Detroit.
U.S. faced with must win
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. entry in the World Baseball Classic either wins tonight or the players head back to spring training to be with their MLB teams.
The Americans were beaten last night by the Dominican Republic 3-1 and need a win over Puerto Rico in Miami tonight to advance to the semifinals in San Francisco.
The three teams that have advanced so far to the semifinals are defending champion Japan, the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic.
Team USA third baseman David Wright missed last night's game due to an injured ribcage after collecting a tournament-leading 10 RBIs in four games. Manager Joe Torre doesn't expect him to rejoin the lineup.
Second round under way
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) —PGA rookie Shawn Stefani was the man on top after the first 18 holes of Tampa Bay Championship. He opened with a 6-under-65 for a two-shot lead.
Round 2 for the women
PHOENIX (AP) —Ai Miyazato (EYE mee-yah-ZAH'-toh) has the lead entering the second round of play at the LPGA's Founders Cup in Phoenix. She shot a first-round 9-under-par 63 yesterday to lead Jee Young Lee by two.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-TOSHIBA CLASSIC
Opening round being played today
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — First-round play is on tap today in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic. The winner of this event a year ago was Loren Roberts. It was his 13th Champions Tour title. Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur), Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kuh-VEHK'-ee-ah) and Tom Kite tied for second, two strokes back.
Pole qualifying today
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Qualifying is taking place today for Sunday's Food City 500 Sprint Cup race in Bristol, Tenn. Last week, in just his third start with the Joe Gibbs team, Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag in Las Vegas. That was the 25th win of his career.
Sunday's race is the fourth of the season and the points leader is Jimmie Johnson, the winner of the season-opening Daytona 500.
Season opening race on Sunday
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Formula One season starts this Sunday with the Australian Grand Prix (pree). Three-time reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel looked best today in practice with the fastest time in both sessions. Vettel and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber set the two fastest times around the circuit, immediately dashing the hopes of rivals who thought they'd caught up during the offseason.
Former heavyweight champ resting
EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes is recovering at home in eastern Pennsylvania after being hospitalized for two days because of high blood sugar. The 63-year-old Holmes tells The Express-Times of Easton he was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday after his blood sugar spiked. He says he had felt lightheaded and drowsy and his doctor sent him to the hospital.
Holmes, who grew up in Easton, was heavyweight champion from 1978 to 1985.