Monday Blurbs - Miami Continues Winning Streak
The Miami Heat upped their NBA-best winning streak to 11 yesterday as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-105 in front of their hometown fans. The game was surprisingly good, despite a dominating start from the Heat who led 33-20 at the end of the first quarter and 64-46 at half. LeBron's former team went on a tear to start the third as they outscored Miami 36-17 to take a one-point lead going into the fourth. Dwyane Wade took over for the Heat as he scored 15 of his 24 points in the game's final quarter. LeBron added 28 of his own against his old squad.
Cleveland managed to compete and push the Heat to the brink despite their All-Star Kyrie Irving struggling to only score 17 points on a rough shooting night. Rookie Dion Waiters had one of his best games yet by leading the Cavaliers with 26 points. Miami now leads the Eastern Conference by six games over the two-seed Indiana Pacers with an impressive 40-14 record, including a 24-3 record at home.
• The Los Angeles Lakers ousted the Mavericks in Dallas Sunday 103-99. The game came after Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban's controversial assertion that the Lakers could possibly consider using their amnesty clause on Kobe Bryant at season's end to keep Dwight Howard. Kobe led the Lakers with a huge 38 points along with 12 rebounds and seven assists. He then proceeded to Tweet "Amnesty THAT," following the game.
• Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees will miss up to 10 weeks thanks to a broken forearm he suffered in a Spring Training game. The Yankees' 2012 team-leader in home-runs - and second most in all of baseball - was hit by a pitch from Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher J.A. Happ which caused the fracture. New York is now left scrambling to fill the void as Granderson will be out until May. Veterans Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera are on the Spring Training squad and former Yankee Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs could be a possible trade candidate.
• Jimmie Johnson won Nascar's 55th Daytona 500 yesterday, his second Daytona victory of his career. Danica Patrick made history by becoming the first woman to ever lead a lap in Daytona history while Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second.
• Tom Brady has signed an extension with the New England Patriots as the QB inked a three-year extension earlier today. The extension is worth $27 million and it will keep him in New England through the 2017 season. The less-than-lucrative contract frees up $15 million in salary-cap space for the Patriots in the next two seasons.
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