NEW YORK (AP) - The Brooklyn Nets overcame an injury to Paul Pierce in a 104-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings last night. Marcus Thornton scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter against his old team and Joe Johnson added 18 points. Alan Anderson had 11 points and Shaun Livingston and Deron Williams each scored 10 points as the Nets won for the fifth time in six games.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Celtics had their second-highest scoring output of the season in a 118-111 win over the Detroit Pistons last night. Rajon Rondo had 11 points and a season-high 18 assists and Jeff Green scored 27 points. Kris Humphries added a season-high 20 points, including two free throws with 25 seconds left to help Boston seal the win after the Pistons closed to 113-109.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - The Boston Bruins won their season-high fifth straight with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers last night. Torey Krug scored the go-ahead goal in the third period. Chad Johnson made 20 saves, and Chris Kelly, Jarome Iginla, Patrice Bergeron and Andrej Meszaros also scored for Boston.
NEW YORK (AP) - Henrik Lundqvist earned his 300th NHL victory and 49th career shutout in the New York Rangers' 3-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings yesterday. Lundqvist made 30 saves in shutting out the Red Wings for the second time this season, as New York completed a three-game season-series sweep of its Original Six rival.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - David Phelps boosted his bid to be the New York Yankees' fifth starter, pitching five scoreless innings yesterday during a 3-3 tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in 10 innings. Phelps gave up three hits and struck out one. He's competing with Michael Pineda, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno for the final rotation spot behind CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Braves pitcher Kris Medlen left in the fourth inning with a strained forearm and the New York Mets went on to beat Atlanta 8-2 yesterday. The Mets scored seven unearned runs in the eighth inning to break open a tie game. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in attendance with his family while on vacation.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - The Boston Red Sox beat a Pittsburgh Pirates split squad 4-1 yesterday in exhibition baseball. Clay Buchholz pitched three hitless innings and Mike Carp hit a long homer. Buchholz faced nine batters and got five outs on grounders. He walked one and struck out one.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Jets have released cornerback Antonio Cromartie, a decision that saves the team millions of dollars under its salary cap. Cromartie was entering the final year of his four-year deal and was scheduled to cost the Jets' cap $14.98 million this season - including a $5 million roster bonus that would kick in later this month.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - In men's college basketball, Number 2 Stony Brook escaped third-seeded Hartford 69-64 in the semifinals of the America East tournament last night. Carson Puriefoy scored 21 points - including the clinching runner in the lane in the final seconds. Corban Wroe scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers and Mark Nwakamma added 16 for the Hawks.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Manhattan pulled away from third-seed Quinnipiac for an 87-68 win last night in the semifinals of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament. Ike Azotam had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats. Manhattan plays league champion Iona for the MAAC title today.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - In women's college basketball, top-ranked UConn breezed into the finals of the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament with an 83-57 rout of Number 24 Rutgers yesterday. Breanna Stewart scored 22 points. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 19 points for the Huskies.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Number 3 Louisville beat South Florida 60-56 yesterday in Uncasville, Connecticut in the American Athletic Conference semifinals. Shoni Schimmel hit a pullup in the lane with 6 seconds left to lift Louisville to victory. The Cardinals will face top-ranked UConn tonight for the inaugural conference tournament title.
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