Bosh gets double-double; Heat roll over Spurs by 30
For the Miami Heat, there was symmetry in the turnabout. Lose by 30 in San Antonio, win by 30 in Miami. Chris Bosh scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 29 and the Miami Heat avenged their worst loss of the season by routing the NBA-leading Spurs 110-80 on Monday night.
LeBron James had 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Heat, who have won three straight and moved within two games of Eastern Conference front-runners Boston and Chicago. Miami lost 125-95 in San Antonio on March 4, the midpoint of a five-game slide that now seems all but forgotten after wins over the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and now the Spurs.
Tony Parker scored 18 points and Tim Duncan added 14 for the Spurs, who had won 15 of their last 18 against Miami.
■ Chuck Hayes had a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds and the Houston Rockets snapped a seven-game losing streak to Phoenix with a 95-93 win over the visiting Suns. Kevin Martin scored 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Rockets, who stayed three games behind Memphis in the race for the final playoff spot in the West.
■ Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook had 18 points and 12 assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the host Washington Wizards 116-89. It was the 25th time this season that Durant, the NBA scoring leader, scored at least 30 points.
James Cook had 18 points and was 6-for-9 on three-pointers for Oklahoma City, which has now won four straight and six of seven, as well as the last five meetings against Washington. The Thunder are 23-4 this season against teams with sub-.500 records.
John Wall had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Wizards, who have lost four in a row and 20 of their last 23 games.
■ Brook Lopez scored 20 points, Deron Williams added 16 and made the clinching three-pointer, and the New Jersey Nets extended their longest winning streak in three years to five games with an 88-79 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics. Rajon Rondo, who went down after a hard pick in the first half and briefly went to the locker room in the third quarter, missed his first seven shots before making a jumper with 3:10 left in third quarter. He finished with two points and nine assists.
■ Zach Randolph had 30 points and 12 rebounds to help the host Memphis Grizzlies snap a two-game skid with a 105-82 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points for the Clippers while Blake Griffin was limited to eight points and nine rebounds. It was the fourth straight game without reaching a double-double — the longest such drought — for Griffin.
Reds lose second straight spring game
Jhoulys Chacin pitched five sharp innings, working out of a jam in the third, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 in exhibition play. Scott Rolen had an RBI for the Reds, who have lost two in a row for the first time this spring.
Reds starter Chad Reineke pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and walking one. He's yielded one run over his last seven innings, a span of three starts.
"He's been around for a while and it seems like he always keeps winning," Baker said. "He reminds me of the guy whose stuff doesn't wow you but he gets you out."
Jonny Gomes was 0-for-3 and his average fell to .080. He did hit the ball hard in his first at-bat, a line drive to center field.
"I'm not concerned," Baker said. "I look at how guys hit the ball. We have two weeks left and he can get plenty of hitting. We can send him to a minor-league game where he can get concentrated hitting."
■ The Reds and catcher Ryan Hanigan agreed to a $4 million, three-year contract. Originally signed out of a tryout camp, Hanigan hit .300 with five homers and 40 RBI in 203 at-bats last season.
■ Oakland Athletics closer Andrew Bailey left Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians with discomfort in his pitching elbow after facing three batters. The right-hander had elbow surgery Sept. 24 to remove bone chips and bone spurs. He had Tommy John surgery in 2004.
■ Houston Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles after being diagnosed with mild tendinitis in his right shoulder. Astros Manager Brad Mills said the Astros would shut down the former Legends standout "for a few days." ... The Astros reassigned Koby Clemens to minor-league camp.
■ The Seattle Mariners optioned right-hander Chaz Roe, who starred at Lafayette High School, to Triple-A Tacoma.
Worlds seeks replacement for Japan
Accepting that Tokyo could not host the World Figure Skating Championships next week, the sport's governing body stepped up efforts Monday to find a new venue and dates for its marquee event. The International Skating Union is expected to announce a backup plan this week after giving up hopes — initially shared with Japanese organizers — to proceed as planned after Tokyo's Yoyogi stadium escaped damage in Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Instead, the ISU made the inevitable ruling — backed by federations including the United States, Canada and France — to postpone the March 21-27 worlds, and the World Team Trophy scheduled to be held in Yokohama on April 14-17. ISU President Ottavio Cinquanta said it took account of "critical developments" in Japan, including emergencies at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Japan cancels all matches for March
Japan called off all soccer games in the country this month because of the devastation from the earthquake and tsunami. The announcement was made Monday by J-League chairman Kazumi Ohigashi. Last weekend's games had already been called off. So far, 41 games have been postponed with no date set for the resumption of play. Ohigashi said he has spoken with the president of the club Vegalta Sendai and was told its stadium and facilities were in ruins and the players had disbanded. Ohigashi said: "They're struggling to live over there. It's not about training or the game."
UK softballer Yocke wins top SEC award
UK softball senior Megan Yocke was named the Southeastern Conference's player of the week after she batted .556 in leading the Wildcats to a pair of upsets against top-10 ranked Tennessee. Next up for the Cats is a trip to Arkansas for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Kentucky's baseball team, winners of five of its last six, will host Murray State at 4 p.m. Tuesday in its final non-conference matchup before Southeastern Conference play begins. Freshman Corey Littrell (2-1, 6.32 ERA) will make his third career start for the Wildcats. He was named the SEC's freshman of the week after allowing three hits and one run in a win against Eastern Kentucky.
■ Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger needs surgery on his right hand and is expected to miss three to four weeks. Pronger sat out the last two games with the injury. He has four goals and 25 points in 50 games.
The last word
Kevin Love's remarkable 53-game streak of consecutive double-doubles came to an end with a thud on Sunday night, and no one was happier about it than the Minnesota Timberwolves star himself. Slowed by a thigh injury and worn out from all the attention he's been receiving lately, Love was relieved and eager to move on now that it's over:
"Now I can start focusing on playing my game. I thought I was doing it for myself but a lot of it was for the fans and everybody watching. I feel a big weight off my shoulders."