At one point this season the Miami Heat were only 29-14. As respectable record but not as dominant as some might’ve expected. That has all changed. Last night the Heat went out and throttled the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-81. Dwayne Wade had 32 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds. LeBron James, who was nursing a sore left knee, still added 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The win was the franchise-record 15th consecutive win. They are now 44-14 and own a commanding seven game lead in the Eastern Conference. More here.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were in the national spotlight last night as they took on the Tampa Bay Lightning at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Chris Kunitz notched the only goal of the first period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. In the second period, it was all Lightning. Steven Stamkos scored his 16th of the year to tie the game and 10 minutes later Tom Pyatt gave Tampa the 2-1 lead. Evgeni Malkin tied the game for Pittsburgh on a pretty goal in his first game back after missing four games with a concussion. Less than two minutes later, captain Sidney Crosby gave Pittsburgh the 3-2. James Neal would add an empty netter with just under a minute left to ice the game at 4-2. Or did it? Steven Stamkos batted a puck out of mid air with eight seconds left to cut the lead to 4-3. Unfortunately it was too little, too late as the Lightning lost 4-3. More here.
Once again the NCAA has a new No. 1 team. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the new No. 1 team in the country. They are the fifth team to hold the honor. They join the 2003-04 Saint Joseph’s Hawks and the 2008-09 Memphis Tigers as the only non-Big Six schools to be ranked No. 1 in the country. The Indiana Hoosiers come it at No. 2 with Duke right behind them at No. 3. The Kansas Jayhawks and Georgetown Hoyas round out this week’s Associate press Top 5. More here.