Wizards beat Bobcats in Wittman's first game as coach
Nick Young scored 20 points, and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Washington Wizards to a 92-75 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night in Randy Wittman's first game as coach. Wittman, who took over for the fired Flip Saunders on Tuesday, guided the team without the benefit of a practice and didn't change the starting lineup.
"All these guys get a clean slate with me," Wittman said.
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Former Kentucky star John Wall scored 12 points for the Wizards, who broke a three-game losing streak but are still just 3-15.
Heat 101, Pistons 98: LeBron James scored 32 points, including the game's last six from the free-throw line, to lead Miami to a win at Detroit. Chris Bosh hit his first seven shots and finished with 27 points for Miami — which was without Dwyane Wade, who sat out because of a right ankle injury.
Cavaliers 91, Knicks 81: Anderson Varejao had 16 rebounds and a powerful dunk down the stretch, and he outhustled New York's big men as host Cleveland ended a four-game losing streak with a win over struggling New York, which lost for the seventh time in eight games. Amare Stoudemire had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who had 23 turnovers.
Nets 97, 76ers 90 (OT): Deron Williams scored 34 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 26.8 seconds left in overtime, to help lift New Jersey to a victory at Philadelphia. Kris Humphries had 13 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and Jordan Farmer added 12 points for the Nets. Lou Williams led Philadelphia with 17 points.
Bucks 105, Rockets 99: Stephen Jackson and Brandon Jennings each scored 20 points, Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 19 rebounds after Andrew Bogut sprained his left ankle, and Milwaukee snapped an 11-game losing streak in Houston.
Love gets extension with Timberwolves
Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to a four-year contract extension worth between $60 million and $62 million, a deal that includes an early termination option for Love in the final year. The All-Star power forward and the team faced an 11 p.m. Wednesday deadline to sign an extension. If not, Love would have become a restricted free agent this summer.
■ The Denver Nuggets signed 23-year-old Danilo Gallinari to a four-year, roughly $42 million extension, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The extension was first reported by the Denver Post and CBSSports. Gallinari is averaging a career-best 17.4 points this season.
■ Sacramento Kings leading scorer Marcus Thornton is expected to be sidelined one to two weeks with a deep bruise in his left thigh. The Kings announced that an MRI exam on Thornton revealed a "significant hematoma" in his thigh. Rookie guard Jimmer Fredette is expected to see his minutes increase.
Ravens assistant Pagano gets Colts job
The Indianapolis Colts hired Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as their new head coach on Wednesday. The team said Pagano will be introduced at a news conference on Thursday. It will be the first head coaching job for the 51-year-old Pagano, who has been a career assistant until now with stops in Oakland and Cleveland in the NFL and stints at schools including Miami and North Carolina. He replaces Jim Caldwell, who was fired after the Colts' 2-14 season in which quarterback Peyton Manning never played a down as he recovered from neck surgery.
Pro Bowl players will tweet during game
The NFL is relaxing its social media policy and allowing players to tweet before and during Sunday's Pro Bowl. The NFL on Wednesday said it will set up a computer on each sideline where players can use Twitter. Mobile devices will not be allowed during the game. The players can also tweet from their phones before the game and at halftime. NFL officials say the Pro Bowl experiment is not being considered for the regular season or playoffs. The players will be tweeting to #ProBowl.
■ Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark will replace injured Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed in this weekend's Pro Bowl. Clark led the Steelers with 100 tackles this season.
Reds gets Valdez from Phillies
The Cincinnati Reds acquired infielder Wilson Valdez from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor-league pitcher Jeremy Horst on Wednesday, another move to add depth to their bench. The Reds also announced that they had signed utility player Willie Harris, a free agent from the Mets. Valdez, 33, has played six seasons in the majors with the White Sox, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, Mets and Phillies. He batted .249 last year with one homer and 30 RBI in 99 games. Horst, 26, reached the majors for the first time last season, making a dozen relief appearances with a 2.93 ERA.
■ Right-handed reliever Nick Masset has agreed on a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds, avoiding salary arbitration. Masset gets a base salary of $2.4 million this year and $3.1 million in 2013. Masset made $1,825,000 last season, when he went 3-6 with a 3.71 earned run average in 75 relief appearances.
■ More than a month after joining the Nationals in a trade from Oakland, Gio Gonzalez made it official by signing a $42 million, 5-year contract Wednesday. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said the left-hander is "going to be part of the furniture for a long time." The 26-year-old Gonzalez was an All-Star last season, when he went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA in 32 starts.
■ Andruw Jones and the Yankees have finalized a $2 million, one-year contract that keeps him in New York for a second season. Jones hit .247 with 13 homers and 33 RBI last year.
■ Cardinals closer Jason Motte has agreed to a $1.95 million, one-year contract after helping St. Louis win the World Series.
Solo's status in doubt with leg injury
The U.S. women's soccer team is about to play a game that determines whether it goes to the Olympics, and they might have to do it without Hope Solo. The goalkeeper and former Dancing With the Stars contestant was clutching her right leg during the Americans' 4-0 win over Mexico on Tuesday and was wearing an ice pack on the leg after the game. She tweeted afterward that she had a "little quad pull." The United States plays Costa Rica on Friday in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. The winner goes to London, the loser stays home for the summer. "We have to make a decision whether she is 100 percent to go or not," Coach Pia Sundhage said Wednesday. "And if she isn't, we have a tremendous backup goalkeeper."
Nearly 100 arrested in fake ticket scam
Nearly 100 people have been arrested for selling fake tickets and bogus hotel rooms ahead of the London Olympics. With some six months to go before Britain's largest-ever planned security operation, Home Secretary Theresa May said police had arrested 97 people in scams involving tickets, fake Olympic Web sites and nonexistent hotel rooms. The demand for tickets and hotels in London during the July 27-Aug. 12 games has been huge — some rooms are going for more than 600 pounds per night (nearly $1,000).
The last word
Sacramento Kings Coach Keith Smart, responding to a Timberwolves fan who mocked his interim status:
"But it's a real good part-time job — it pays really well."