TORONTO — LeBron James scored 30 points, Chris Bosh had 28 against his former team and the Miami Heat beat Toronto 100-85 Sunday for their 10th straight victory over the Raptors.
Dwyane Wade added 23 points as the Heat bounced back after Friday's 102-89 loss at Indiana, ensuring that coach Erik Spolestra will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars. The Heat clinched the best record in the East through Feb. 3 with the win. Had Miami lost, New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson would have been in charge of the East's bench.
Rudy Gay led the Raptors with 29 points and DeMar DeRozan had 27. Kyle Lowry scored 10 points and Aaron Gray had 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost four of five.
James finished with team highs of eight rebounds and seven assists, and Bosh scored 13 in the fourth quarter for Miami, which improved to 12-11 on the road.
Celtics 106, Clippers 104
BOSTON — Paul Pierce scored 22 points and Boston held off a late comeback to beat Los Angeles and improve to 4-0 since losing Rajon Rondo for the season to a torn knee ligament.
The Clippers had pulled to 103-101 on a 3-pointer by Eric Bledsoe with 56 seconds remaining. But Avery Bradley drew an offensive foul on Los Angeles' Jamal Crawford with 26 seconds to go, and Pierce held on to the ball before making a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to clinch the win.
Jeff Green and Leandro Barbosa scored 14 points each for the Celtics.
The Clippers were led by Bledsoe, replacing Paul, and Crawford, who made a 3-pointer at the buzzer, with 23 points each.
Lakers 98, Pistons 97
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Pau Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and he contested Detroit's last-second alley-oop attempt to help Los Angeles hold on for the win.
The Lakers blew an 18-point third-quarter lead but went back ahead for good on Kobe Bryant's driving three-point play with 1:09 remaining. That gave the Lakers a 98-95 lead, and they held on despite missing four free throws in the final 16.8 seconds.
Bryant scored 18 points for the Lakers, who have won five of six, including their last two games without Dwight Howard. The All-Star center has been out with a right shoulder problem.
Greg Monroe had 20 points for Detroit and Will Bynum had 18 points and 10 assists.
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BW’s boys coach Boyle resigns
Bishop Walsh Principal Shelby Webb announced Monday that head boys basketball coach Bob Boyle has resigned effective immediately.
Allegany to induct three into its Sports Hall of Fame
Allegany High School has three new members in its Sports Hall of Fame with the announcement of Donald “D.J.” Jessie, class of 1994; Jimmy O’Neal, class of 1991; and Tonya B. Wharton, class of 1992, being selected as the school’s 33rd enshrinement class, bringing the total membership to 111 inducted since the hall was instituted in 1980.
Hot Stove Board meets tonight
The Hot Stove Executive Board will meet tonight at the Bingo Hall beginning at 6 p.m.
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Redskins’ Shanahan might sit RG3 for rest of year
Mike Shanahan, still for now the coach of the Washington Redskins, made a surprising reversal Monday and said he might bench a “100 percent” healthy Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season to keep the quarterback from getting hurt.
Kobe, Lakers ready for bumps during star’s return
Kobe Bryant had the ball in his hands and the crowd on its feet for the final possession of the first half in his comeback game.
He deked and drove — and his shot was swatted away by Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan.
Brazil tries to ease fears of World Cup violence
As video of Brazilian fans kicking, beating and using metal bars to pummel supporters of a rival team spread across the globe, officials moved quickly to assure people considering coming to the 2014 World Cup that they won’t see that type of violence at the global tournament.
Miners repeat as area soccer champions
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Southern wins opener
Ritchie scored 21 points and
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Sentinels dine on Duck
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