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Thursday’s Sports Minute

BULLS DO IT AGAIN: Philadelphia 76ers' Hollis Thompson in action during an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday, March 11, in Philadelphia. Photo: Associated Press/Matt Slocum

A look at the big sports stories making headlines today, Thursday, March 12.

SHORT-HANDED BULLS DO IT AGAIN

Aaron Brooks scored seven of his season-high 31 points in overtime to help the short-handed Chicago Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-95.

Pau Gasol had 27 points and 16 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls. They snapped a three-game skid without four regulars and three of their top five scorers — Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler.

In other NBA games:

  • The Portland Trail Blazers improved to 27-6 at home by beating Houston 105-100. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 26 points and 14 rebounds. The win moves the Blazers within a game and a-half of Memphis for second seed in the West.

  • Klay Thompson reached the 5,000-point milestone and knocked down two late 3-pointers in a 69-second span, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Detroit Pistons 105-98 for their fifth straight win.

  • Dwyane Wade scored 28 points and added nine assists and the Miami Heat finished off a season sweep of the Brooklyn Nets, 104-98. Chris “Birdman” Andersen tied a career high with 18 points and set a season high with 14 rebounds.

  • Khris Middleton matched his career high with 30 for the second time in three games to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 97-91 victory over the Orlando Magic.

  • Danilo Gallinari had 23 points, Will Barton added 16 and the Denver Nuggets beat Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta 115-102 for their eighth straight home win over the Hawks.

  • Ben McLemore scored 27 points, Rudy Gay added 26, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a four-game losing streak with a 113-106 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

  • Markieff Morris scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, helping Phoenix get a 9-point win over Minnesota. The Suns are 3 games back of the Pelicans for the 8 seed in the West.

  • The Boston Celtics ended a five-game losing streak against the Memphis Grizzlies, 95-92. Marcus Smart converted a go-ahead, three-point play with 52 seconds left. Avery Bradley added a clutch jumper with eight seconds left.

    POLICE INVESTIGATING STABBING AT CELTICS ARENA

    Police are investigating a stabbing that took place during an NBA game in Boston. Authorities say a man was stabbed Wednesday night at TD Garden, just before the end of the Celtics’ 95-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

    It happened in the balcony of the arena.

    The victim was taken to a Boston hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His name was not immediately released.

    No arrests have been made.

    OKC COACH SAYS DURANT BACK IN ANOTHER WEEK OR TWO

    Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks says Kevin Durant should return to the lineup in about “a week to two weeks.”

    Brooks said before the Thunder’s game Wednesday night with the Los Angeles Clippers that Durant had been re-evaluated earlier in the day. Brooks says the 2014 NBA MVP “is progressing” and “had another good workout today” but isn’t ready to return to the lineup.

    Durant has missed 36 games with an assortment of foot and ankle injuries.

    RANGERS TAKE OVER DIVISION LEAD

    The New York Rangers moved atop the Metropolitan Division by beating the Washington Capitals 3-1 while overcoming Alex Ovechkin’s league-leading 45th goal.

    Martin St. Louis, Carl Hagelin and J.T. Miller each scored a goal for the Rangers.

    CamTalbot made 28 saves between the pipes for the Rangers.

    In other hockey:

  • Tyler Bozak tied the score late in regulation and then had the only goal in the shootout to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

  • Calgary doubled up Anaheim 6-3. Sean Monahan notched his 25th goal for the Flames.

    DAYTONA MAKING SAFETY CHANGES

    Daytona International Speedway will install energy-absorbing SAFER barriers to the concrete wall that Kyle Busch hit last month before NASCAR returns in July.

    Busch broke his right leg and left foot Feb. 20 when he crashed into a retaining wall that lacked a SAFER barrier. Daytona president Joie Chitwood says the track completed an extensive safety review after Busch’s accident and will make numerous changes before the race in July.

    The track also will install SAFER barrier on the outside backstretch wall.

    LaFAYETTE WINS PATRIOT LEAGUE

    Lafayette’s basketball team is going to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000. The Leopards held off American University 65-63 to win the Patriot League and earn the automatic bid. Point guard Nick Lindner led the Leopards with 25. Lindner, a sophomore point guard, was named tournament MVP.

    TAR HEELS ADVANCE IN ACC TOURNEY

    Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige each scored 17 points to help No. 19 North Carolina beat Boston College 81-63 in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The Tar Heels improved to 22-10 and set up a meeting with No. 14 Louisville in the quarterfinals. The Eagles close out the season with a 13-19 mark.

    NEW CONTRACT FOR CY YOUNG WINNER

    Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber has signed a one-year contract for the season with the Cleveland. No financial terms were immediately available. The Indians have expressed interest in signing the right-hander to a long-term contract extension.

    Kluber vaulted from the middle of Cleveland’s rotation to become the league’s top pitcher last season, going 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts.

    A-ROD GOES DEEP

    Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run since returning to the Yankees following a season-long drug suspension in New York’s 10-6 exhibition loss to the Boston Red Sox. Rodriguez hit a long drive to left-center off of right-hander Brandon Workman leading off the fourth inning. Rodriguez has five hits in 11 at-bats (.455) this spring training.

    U.S. CLAIMS 10th TITLE

    The U.S. women’s national team tuned-up for the World Cup by beating France 2-0 to win its 10th Algarve Cup. Julie Johnson and Christen Press scored for the winners, while Hope Solo stopped a late penalty kick for her third shutout of the tournament and 81st internationally.

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