Thunder in a huge comeback victory
UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma City won a statement game in the NBA last night. The Thunder fell behind Miami 18-2, then roared back to blow away the two-time defending NBA champions on their home court, 112-95. That's the ninth straight victory for the Thunder, who own the best record in West at 37-10.
For the 12th straight game, Thunder superstar Kevin Durant scored at least 30 points. Durant finished with 33 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) added 22 points.
Miami led 22-4, and then got outscored 87-53 in the next 2½ quarters.
LeBron James scored 34 for the Heat, with Chris Bosh scoring 18 and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade adding 15.
In other NBA action:
— Kevin Love had 30 points and 14 rebounds to finally carry the Minnesota Timberwolves over the .500 mark with an 88-77 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
— Evan Turner sank a layup at the buzzer to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 95-94 win over the Boston Celtics. Spencer Hawes led Philly with 20 points, and tied his career high with four 3-pointers.
— The Phoenix Suns outscored Milwaukee 126-117. Goran Dragic (GOHR'-uhn DRAH'-gitch) led all scorers with 30 for the Suns.
— Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 33 points and dished out 11 assists in Toronto's 98-83 win over Orlando. The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors have won four of five.
— Chandler Parsons scored 26 points and the Houston Rockets held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-115.
__ The Charlotte Bobcats downed Denver 101-98. Al Jefferson matched a season high with 35 points.
__ The Chicago Bulls downed San Antonio 96-86. Jimmy Butler led seven Bulls in double figures with 19.
__ Memphis downed the Sacramento Kings 97-87. Mike Conley led the way with 27 points and 10 assists.
__ The L.A. Clippers topped Washington 110-103. Blake Griffin had a big night with 29 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Spurs Ginobili sidelined
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs say Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left hamstring.
He was injured during Tuesday night's loss to Houston.
Ginobili is the latest in a long line of Spurs to miss time this season. Kawhi (kuh-WY') Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter are all out with injuries.
Ginobili is averaging 12.1 points and 4.5 assists this season.
Brooks named East coach
NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks has been named coach of the Western Conference team for the NBA All-Star game. He earned the honor as the Thunder have clinched best record in the conference through games played Feb. 2. They clinched the best mark when Portland lost to Memphis Tuesday night.
Indiana coach Frank Vogel and his staff will lead the Eastern stars in the Feb. 16 All Star game in New Orleans.
Rangers sweep Stadium series
UNDATED (AP)— The New York Rangers appear very comfortable at the home of the Bronx Bombers. The Rangers won their second game in four days at Yankee Stadium, nipping the New York Islanders 2-1 on Daniel Carcillo's game-winning goal early in the third period.
Benoit Pouliot (BEHN'-wah POO'-lee-aht) also scored for the Rangers, who are 3-0 in their history while playing outside. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots between the pipes for the Rangers.
The game drew 50,027 hockey fans to the Bronx. Game time temperature was 22 degrees.
The Rangers downed the New Jersey Devils 7-3 at Yankee Stadium last Sunday.
In other hockey action:
— Edmonton blanked San Jose 3-0 behind a monster game in goal by Ben Scrivens. He made 59 saves. The Sharks matched the record for shots against the Oilers, accomplished by the New York Rangers in a 4-3 loss in 1993.
— Defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago downed Vancouver 5-2. Brandon Saad (sahd) scored twice. Patrick Sharp scored his 27th goal. Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) added his 24th for the Blackhawks.
Name change in the NHL
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes will become the Arizona Coyotes starting in the 2014-15 season. The team has been known as the Phoenix Coyotes since moving to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996.
The Coyotes will keep the same uniforms they wear now, but will have a new shoulder patch on both their home and road jerseys.
'Zona and 'Cuse still perfect...Badgers fall to Northwestern
UNDATED (AP) ___ Nick Johnson kept Arizona's perfect season going for another game. He hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 51 seconds left and a pair of free throws with 5.8 seconds to go as the top-ranked Wildcats survived for a 60-57 victory over Stanford for their school-record 21st straight win.
Johnson finished with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists and T.J. McConnell added 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Arizona. Arizona, Syracuse and Wichita State are the lone unbeaten teams remaining in Division 1.
In other AP Top 25 hoops:
__Syracuse kept pace by downing Wake Forest 67-57 to improve to 20-0, matching the best start in school history. The second-ranked Orange avoided a trap game on the road and can now focus on playing Duke Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Freshman Tyler Ennis scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half.
— Andrew Wiggins is starting to live up to the hype. The superstar Kansas freshman scored a career-high 29 points, including six straight late in the game, to lead the sixth-ranked Jayhawks to a 92-81 victory over Iowa. Perry Ellis added 20 points for Kansas, which has won seven straight.
— Drew Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, JerShon Cobb added all 10 of his points in the second half and Northwestern upset cold-shooting No. 14 Wisconsin 65-56.
— Guard Jordair Jett had 21 points and a career-best 10 rebounds and No. 19 Saint Louis made quick work of Richmond, 77-57. The Billikens led by 24 in the first half in registering their 13th straight victory.
— St. Bonaventure clamped down on defense in upsetting No. 21 Massachusetts 78-65. Guard Matthew Wright, with 11 points, got the raucous crowd on its feet by putting the finishing touches on the win with a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left.
— Joe Jackson scored 17 points, Chris Crawford and Michael Dixon added 12 each and No. 22 Memphis held off Central Florida 69-59.
__ D.J. Newbill hit a pull-up jumper over Aaron Craft with 2 seconds left in overtime, lifting Penn State to a 71-70 victory over No. 24 Ohio State. The Buckeyes had won the last 18 meetings against Penn State.
Walker to rejoin Gators
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The NCAA has cleared highly touted freshman Chris Walker to play for No. 3 Florida and says he will be eligible to play Tuesday night against Missouri.
The 6-foot-10 forward will have sat out 12 games after the NCAA determined he "received preferential treatment from five people, including two agents."
According to facts agreed upon by Florida and the NCAA, Walker accepted free cellphones and service, airfare, lodging, meals and apparel while he was a prospect. People close to Walker also received free airfare and lodging for nine different trips, including eight associated with Walker's non-scholastic basketball team competitions.
Broncos have two-hour outdoor workout with full pads
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The Broncos braved the cold for their first full practice of Super Bowl week, working in pads for nearly two hours after a 30-minute walkthrough session yesterday.
Denver practiced on the synthetic turf outdoor field at the New York Jets training facility. By the end of practice, the temperature dipped to 21 degrees.
Broncos coach John Fox said after practice, "It was great," labeling his team "pretty much weather-proof."
Fox has chosen not to use the indoor field at the Jets plush headquarters for practices this week, opting for the type of natural elements that will greet his team at Met Life Stadium on Super Sunday.
Seahawks give Lynch his usual Wednesday off
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Running back Marshawn Lynch got his usual Wednesday off as the Seattle Seahawks began their final series of practices for Sunday's Super Bowl.
Lynch was the only Seattle player not to participate as the Seahawks practiced indoors at the New York Giants team facility. Lynch has been typically given Wednesdays off for much of the season.
Seattle opened the doors to the Giants' facility midway through practice in an attempt to simulate the temperature the Seahawks are likely to see Sunday against Denver.
DC fired...Spagnuolo lands in Baltimore
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams fired defensive coordinator Tim Walton after finishing in the middle of the pack in his one season. Walton spent four years as the secondary coach in Detroit before he was hired last year by the Rams. The Rams finished with the 15th overall defense in the NFL during the regular season, allowing 345 yards per game. They were 13th in points allowed.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have hired Steve Spagnuolo (spag-NOH'-loh) to be their secondary coach and assistant head coach.
Spagnuolo became Baltimore's senior defensive assistant in 2013. Before then, he was defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints in 2012 and head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11.
Jonathan Martin details why he left Dolphins
MIAMI (AP) — Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin says racial and aggressive talk made by teammates, along with sexually charged comments about his mother and sister, all played a role in his decision to leave the Miami Dolphins. Martin was interviewed by former NFL coach Tony Dungy for NBC. Dungy is also part of a committee assigned by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to review the team's code of conduct.
Martin left the Dolphins in October and alleged he was harassed daily by teammates, including fellow lineman Richie Incognito, who was suspended for the final eight games.
Lefty going to give it a try
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phil Mickelson is going ahead with his Phoenix Open title defense after testing his ailing lower back Wednesday at Whisper Rock.
He first felt soreness in his back two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, and then withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on Friday after making the cut at Torrey Pines. He flew to Georgia to see back specialist Tom Boers and was told his facet joints locked up. Lefty also has won the Phoenix PGA stop in 1996 and 2005.
Mickelson also said he would play next week at Pebble Beach.
Six-time All-Star retires at 37
HOUSTON (AP) — Six-time All-Star Lance Berkman is retiring after 15 seasons in the major leagues. Berkman finished a .293 career hitter with 366 home runs and 1,234 RBIs.
The 37-year-old Berkman was the first overall pick by Houston in 1997 out of Rice, and played 12 seasons for the Astros. He played 1,879 career games, all but 287 of them for Houston.
Berkman almost left the game last offseason before signing with the Texas Rangers. He then had another injury-plagued season that limited him to 73 games.
NASCAR-HALL OF FAME
Maurice Petty finishes family tree
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Petty dynasty is now completely represented in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Maurice Petty has been formally inducted into the Hall, joining his father, brother and cousin as members of the exclusive group.
"The Chief" was inducted by brother Richard Petty, the seven-time NASCAR champion and member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class.
Maurice Petty is the first engine builder to be inducted into the Hall. His engines won seven titles and more than 200 races, including seven Daytona 500s.
Fireball Roberts, considered the first superstar of NASCAR, was the second member inducted. Jack Ingram, considered one of NASCAR's greatest drivers, was inducted by his close friend and rival Harry Gant. Two-time series champion Tim Flock, one of NASCAR's first dominant drivers, also was inducted.