Sunday, January 21, 2018
Sports

Cavaliers enter break on hot streak

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 31, Kyrie Irving added 26, Kyle Korver made six 3-pointers and the Cavaliers rolled into the All-Star break with their seventh win in eight games, beating the Pacers 113-104 Wednesday.

Irving and Korver combined to make four 3s in the first 2:50 of the fourth quarter as the NBA champions pulled away and improved to 7-1 in February after a drama-filled January. Korver finished with 22 points and became the seventh player with 2,000 career 3s.

And while most of the Cavs will relax over the weekend, James and Irving are headed to New Orleans for Sunday's All-Star Game.

Glenn Robinson scored 17 for Indiana, which lost its fifth straight. Pacers All-Star Paul George scored just 13 and missed 12 straight shots after the first quarter. George ended his drought by making a 3-pointer with 5:15 left.

Cleveland played its second game without All-Star forward Kevin Love, who could miss six weeks after having surgery on his left knee. Love's injury could hasten the team to make a major move before next week's trading deadline.

Game Highlights: Isaiah Thomas scored 33 and the surging Celtics held on to beat the visiting 76ers 116-108. It was the 40th straight 20-point game for Thomas, tying the team record set by John Havlicek during the 1971-72 season. … LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 and Kawhi Leonard added 22, leading the visiting Spurs to an easy 107-79 victory over the Magic. … Hassan Whiteside had 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to help the visiting Heat top the Rockets 117-109. … Kyle Lowry scored 21 as the host Raptors erased a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Hornets 90-85.

Around the League: Sixers center Joel Embiid will not participate in the Rising Stars Challenge or the Skills Challenge at All-Star weekend because of an injured left knee. Oklahoma City's Alex Abrines will replace him on the World Team for Friday's Rising Stars game, and Denver's Nikola Jokic will take Embiid's spot Saturday in the Skills Challenge. … Terrence Ross, who was acquired from the Raptors for Serge Ibaka on Tuesday, will not make his Magic debut until after the All-Star break. Ross passed his physical, but Ibaka did not pass his until after tipoff so Ross was unable to play. … Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, replacing the injured Kevin Love.

Comments
Super Bowl LII preview: First look at New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Super Bowl LII preview: First look at New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Remember when the Bills were 3-1 and in first place in the AFC East? And when the Patriots were 2-2 and allowing 32 points per game? Weird, right?The Bills part, yes. The Patriots part, no.New England had done that before. Four other times in the Bil...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Eagles blow out Vikings to win NFC title

Eagles blow out Vikings to win NFC title

PHILADELPHIA — Confetti filled the air, fireworks erupted overhead, and fans sang "Fly, Eagles Fly!" No one dared head for the exits. There was too much to celebrate.The Eagles are going to the Super Bowl.The makeshift podium hadn’t taken space on Ph...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Patriots rally past Jaguars to return to Super Bowl

Patriots rally past Jaguars to return to Super Bowl

Updated: 2 hours ago
Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

CHICAGO — It didn’t take the sound of a door slamming in the visitor’s dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.Tampa Bay believed it had worked hard against the Wild — at least, harder than it did in Thursday’s letharg...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Jones: Saluting CBS, honesty and goats (not to be confused with GOATS)

Jones: Saluting CBS, honesty and goats (not to be confused with GOATS)

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.Best coverageThe best football broadcast I’ve ever seen was Super Bowl XLIII. That was NBC’s coverage of the Steelers’ last-minute victory over th...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Sports in brief

Sports in brief

hockeyU.s. men’s olympic Gm, key program builder dies suddenlyLongtime USA Hockey executive and U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team general manager Jim Johannson died unexpectedly Sunday at age 53, shocking the sport less than three weeks before the start...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Healthy Keys back in Aussie quarters

Healthy Keys back in Aussie quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia — Madison Keys continued her strong run through the Australian Open draw, returning to the quarterfinals here for the first time in three years with today’s 6-3, 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia.The U.S. Open finalist is yet to drop ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballNorth Carolina at Virginia Tech7 p.m.ESPNOhio State at Maryland7 p.m.ESPN2Iowa State at Texas7 p.m.ESPNUMaryland at Indiana7 p.m.FS1Holy Cross at American7 p.m.CBSSNWomen: LSU at Texas A&M7 p.m.SECNebraska at Ohio State8 p.m.Bi...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Expansion Golden Knights pass Lightning for top spot in NHL

Expansion Golden Knights pass Lightning for top spot in NHL

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Golden Knights are giving Vegas a great odds-beating story in their first year.The expansion team has the whole league playing catchup.James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault scored to help Vegas beat the Hurricanes 5-1 on Sunday and...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Greased poles don’t ward off Philly fans

PHILADELPHIA — Thousands of Eagles fans took to the streets to celebrate after their team’s 38-7 win over the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game. The Eagles will be playing in their first Super Bowl since they lost to this year’s AFC champions the ...
Updated: 3 hours ago