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Kentucky tops Louisville in Midwest Regional PDF Print E-mail
Written by EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer   
Saturday, 29 March 2014 01:22
INDIANAPOLIS — OK, so maybe they’re not the quickest learners. Still, the kids at Kentucky figured out Louisville just in time.
Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer for the go-ahead score with 39 seconds left and Julius Randle made a pair of clutch free throws to lift the fantastic freshman of Kentucky to a 74-69 victory over their in-state rivals.
The eighth-seeded Wildcats (27-10) led for a grand total of 65 seconds in this Midwest Regional semifinal. They’ll play Michigan on Sunday for a trip to the Final Four.
Few expected a run this deep as this season played out and Kentucky’s five freshmen starters struggled to play a team game. But they’ve been learning slowly. Trailing by seven with 4 1/2 minutes left, things kicked in again.
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Michigan State beats Virginia PDF Print E-mail
Written by JIM O’CONNELL AP Basketball Writer   
Saturday, 29 March 2014 01:21
NEW YORK — Branden Dawson had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Michigan State beat top-seeded Virginia 61-59 on Friday night to advance to East Regional final.
The fourth-seeded Spartans (29-8) will play Connecticut (29-8) on Sunday with a Final Four berth at stake. The seventh-seeded Huskies beat third-seeded Iowa State 81-76 earlier Friday.
Michigan State overcame a horrible start to the second half and then withstood a late run by the Cavaliers (30-7) to advance to the regional finals for the eighth time since 1985 — all under coach Tom Izzo.
Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogden both had 17 points for Virginia, which became the second No. 1 seed to be eliminated, joining Wichita State.
Adreian Payne had 16 points for Michigan State and his 3-pointer with 1:29 left gave the Spartans the lead for good at 54-51. After a miss by Brogdon, the 6-foot-10 Payne turned point guard, finding Dawson with a line drive lob pass for a dunk with 52 seconds to go.
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Nets beat Cavs for 12th straight win at home PDF Print E-mail
Written by BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 23:26
NEW YORK — After three long games on the road, the Brooklyn Nets made quick work of Cleveland back at home.
Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 22 points in a flawless first quarter, and the Nets pulled away in the second on the way to their 12th straight home victory, 108-97 over the Cavaliers on Friday night.
“It was great for him to come out and get us started and get us going, and then that second group kind of finished it off,” Nets guard Deron Williams said.
Joe Johnson added 14 points for the Nets, who played three straight overtime games on their road trip, losing the last two of them. But things were much easier inside Barclays Center, where they won for the 19th time in their last 21 games.
“It sure beats us getting booed earlier in the year,” Pierce said. “So we’re playing well here. We feel comfortable on our home turf.”
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James’ triple-double helps Heat pound Pistons PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 23:28
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — LeBron James took a look at the stat sheet after three quarters and liked what he saw.
There was a lot to like.
James had 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Miami Heat build a big lead, and then rested in the fourth quarter of a 110-78 victory against the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
It was James’ first triple-double of the season and No. 37 for his career.
“That thing has been pretty elusive, hasn’t it?” James asked. “I’m just glad it came in a win. That is the important thing about getting those. It is only special if you win the game.”
James had a triple-double without needing a point, assist or rebound in the final quarter for the fourth time in his career. His last triple-double through three quarters was Jan. 27, 2009, for Cleveland against Sacramento, according to STATS.
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Penguins clinch playoff spot with win over Blue Jackets PDF Print E-mail
Written by RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 23:25
COLUMBUS — The Pittsburgh Penguins have struggled at times in an injury-filled season.
When a game is in the balance, however, they still have the personnel and the experience to end up with the two points.
Chris Kunitz and Beau Bennett scored goals 47 seconds apart midway through the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves and the Penguins clinched a playoff spot with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
“I thought to a man we stepped up,” coach Dan Bylsma said after his team ended a string of three regulation defeats. “We’re fighting for every inch we can get right now. Tonight, this was exactly what we’ve talked about and wanted from this game. It was a playoff-type game, with playoff-type intensity.”
The Penguins are now at 99 points to move closer to clinching the Metropolitan Division title.
But it was far from easy, particularly without star forward Evgeni Malkin (foot) and other injured mainstays such as Paul Martin, Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang.
Bennett hadn’t played in the past 50 games after surgery on his wrist. Yet he came up with the game-winning goal.
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