MIAMI (AP) - Kelly Olynyk scored 22 points and had a career-best 10 assists, and the Miami Heat topped the New York Knicks 119-98. Tyler Johnson also scored 22 points, including eight straight in the third quarter when the Heat pulled away for good. Enes Kanter and Michael Beasley combined for 45 points for the Knicks.
NEW YORK (AP) - Dwight Howard had 32 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds to become the first player with a 30-30 game against the Nets since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1978 and the Charlotte Hornets stormed back to beat Brooklyn 111-105. Kemba Walker scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets, who trailed by as many 23 points in the second half to win in front of an announced crowd of 10,231 at Barclay Center while a heavy snowfall outside blanketed the New York City area.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Giancarlo Stanton says he is prepared for the scrutiny he will attract during his first season with the New York Yankees. Stanton won the NL MVP last year after leading the major leaguers with 59 homers and 132 RBIs for the Miami Marlins. He was traded to the Yankees in December by Miami's new ownership group and joined a team that lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. New York opens at Toronto on March 29, then hosts Tampa Bay starting April 2.
NEW YORK (AP) - Teddy Bridgewater believes he can return to the Pro Bowl level he was at with the Minnesota Vikings before suffering a serious knee injury in August 2016. He signed a one-year deal with the Jets last week and is eager to prove that he can play at a high level. Bridgewater wouldn't say whether he thought his knee would be healthy enough for him to participate in offseason workouts or minicamp this spring.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Clayton Keller had two assists to set the Arizona Coyotes' franchise record for most points by a rookie in a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres in a matchup the NHL's two worst teams. Rookie Dylan Strome scored in his first game after being called up from the minors.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina is looking to clean up its play heading into the women's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The second-seeded Gamecocks made it through two uneven performances last weekend to advance to Albany, New York for its fifth straight appearance in the Round of 16. South Carolina Saturday takes on 11th-seeded Buffalo, which topped sixth-seeded South Florida and third-seeded Florida State.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Zay Jones' father says his son will be fine, and online jail records show the Buffalo Bills receiver has been released two days after being arrested in Los Angeles following a naked, bloody argument with his brother. Robert Jones posted a note on his Twitter account saying Jones "is with me and his mom." Prosecutors did not immediately file a case against Jones and have asked police to further investigate the matter, district attorney's office spokesman Paul Eakins said.
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) - The University at Buffalo has hired Mark Alnutt to take over as athletic director. Alnutt spent the previous three years at Memphis, where he was the school's deputy director of athletics. He replaces Allen Greene, who was hired in January to take over as Auburn's athletic director.
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