Sports Digest: Deng's 28 help Bulls win 18th straight vs. Pistons

2013-03-31T21:15:00Z 2013-04-09T23:28:07Z Sports Digest: Deng's 28 help Bulls win 18th straight vs. Pistons nwitimes.com
March 31, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro basketball

DENG'S 28 HELP BULLS WIN 18TH STRAIGHT VS. PISTONS: Luol Deng scored 28 points, Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson each added 16, and the Bulls beat Detroit 95-94 to extend their winning streak to 18 straight against the Pistons.

Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points and Greg Monroe added 18 points for the Pistons, who have not beaten Chicago since Dec. 23, 2008.

The Bulls rallied from a 13-point deficit to tie the score 78-all with 9:27 remaining on Butler's dunk after a steal. Robinson then fed Deng for a layup for an 80-78 lead, Chicago's first advantage since 1-0.

Deng and Robinson each hit 3-pointers to extend the Bulls' lead to 91-84. Stuckey's layup cut Chicago's lead to one with 1:27 left before Deng had a layup for a 94-91 lead. Charlie Villaneuva missed a 3 with 5.9 seconds left and Daequan Cook made a free throw.

Stuckey made a 3 before the buzzer for the final margin.

BOSH'S LATE 3 LIFTS SHORT-HANDED HEAT PAST SPURS: Chris Bosh scored 23 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining, and the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 88-86 on Sunday night with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade sitting out due to injuries.

Ray Allen had 14 points, Norris Cole added 13 and Mike Miller 12 for Miami (58-15), which swept the season series with San Antonio (55-18). By earning the head-to-head tiebreaker with San Antonio, the Heat essentially have a four-game cushion with nine remaining for the league's best record and home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs.

Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who a seven-game home winning streak snapped. Danny Green and Tony Parker added 12 points apiece and Stephen Jackson had 11.

 

Pro golf

POINTS WINS THE HOUSTON OPEN: D.A. Points came back from a long rain delay and made four pars, the last one giving him a one-shot victory in the Houston Open and a trip to the Masters.

With a putter he once borrowed from his mother and never returned, Points rolled in a putt from just outside 12 feet on the final hole to polish off a 6-under 66 and avoid a sudden-death playoff with Masters-bound Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel.

It was quite a turnaround for Points, whose only other PGA Tour win was at Pebble Beach two years ago with actor Billy Murray along for the laughs.

He started the year by missing the cut seven times in nine tournaments. He arrived at Redstone Golf Club having not broken 70 in last nine rounds. But he stayed in the hunt after opening with a 64, and he kept his calm when he returned to the golf course after a rain delay of nearly three hours.

"Thank you for staying," Points said to the sparse gallery in the bleachers as he walked off the green.

 

Pro hockey

CROSBY OUT INDEFINITELY WITH BROKEN JAW: Sidney Crosby has a broken jaw and is out indefinitely after being hit in the mouth with a puck during a win against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins said on the team website Sunday that Crosby had surgery Saturday night, and there will be an update on his status later in the week.

Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer, was struck in the face during the first period of the Penguins' 2-0 win. Slow-motion replays showed multiple teeth flying out of his mouth after the puck struck him during his first shift. The team said Crosby had "major dental work" and will have more done later in the week.

The Penguins have won 15 straight games, and next play Buffalo on Tuesday.

Crosby has 56 points (15 goals, 41 assists) and holds a 10-point lead in the scoring race. He has not missed a game yet this season after being limited to 22 regular-season games over the prior two calendar years because of concussion-like symptoms and neck issues after absorbing big hits in consecutive games Jan. 1 and Jan. 5, 2011.

 

Pro baseball

RAILCATS TICKETS ON SALE TODAY: Single-game tickets for the RailCats season will go on sale at 10 a.m. today at U.S. Steel Yard.

Individual ticket prices remain $10 for box seats and $9 for reserved seats. Kids aged 12 and under and seniors receive a $1 discount. New for 2013, outfield terrace seats will cost $5 for Sunday through Thursday home games. They are $7 on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets will be available for purchase in person at the box office from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, by phone at (219) 882-2255 or online at railcatsbaseball.com.

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