Natl. Sports Headlines for Friday, February 9th:
Celtics stay ahead of Raptors…Cavs jettison 6 players…Heels beat Devils…Bolts whip Canucks
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics continue to lead the NBA’s Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference races by one game over the Toronto Raptors following wins by both teams last night. Kyrie Irving scored 12 of Boston’s last 17 points and finished with 28 as the Celts won for the fifth time in six games, 110-104 over the Wizards in overtime. Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors cruised to their fourth consecutive win, 113-88 against the New York Knicks.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers were part of three trades yesterday, one of which had Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick went to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance. Dwyane Wade was shipped back to Miami by the Cavs for a protected second-round selection, two years after leaving the Heat. The Cavaliers also were part of a three-team deal that sends Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder to the Utah Jazz for forward Rodney Hood and brings guard George Hill to Cleveland from Sacramento for guard Iman Shumpert.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Ninth-ranked Duke dropped its second in a row by following Saturday’s loss at St. John’s with an 82-78 setback at No. 21 North Carolina. Joel Berry II scored 21 points the Tar Heels fell behind by 12 in the first half before opening the second on a 16-2 run to take a 10-point lead. Kenny Williams drained six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 20 points for the 18-7 Tar Heels.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov snapped his 11-game goal drought by netting the opening tally in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-2 win over the Canucks. Kucherov scored his 28th goal of the season and teammate Yanni Gourde added his 20th as Tampa Bay moved three points ahead of Boston. Andrei Vasilevsky stopped 27 shots for the Lightning, who lead the NHL with 77 points and top the Atlantic Division by three over Boston.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler are co-leaders through the first round of the PGA’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Streelman and Hossler shot 7-under 65s, with Streelman playing Spyglass and Hossler handling the Pebble Beach course. Aaron Wise shot a 6-under 65 at Monterey Peninsula. Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur), Cameron Percy and Julian Suri fired 6-under 66s.
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