SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Tim Duncan had 23 points and 14 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 100-99 win over Denver on Wednesday night when Nuggets veteran guard Andre Miller missed a short jumper at the buzzer.
Danny Green added 20 points and Tony Parker had 18 points and 11 assists for the Spurs, who remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Oklahoma City in the race for the top spot in the Western Conference. Kawhi Leonard chipped in with 11 points and Tiago Splitter had 10.
NHL/AVS LOSE AGAIN
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Mike Cammalleri scored twice in the second period and Calgary held off the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Wednesday night with Flames captain Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN’-luh) out of the lineup for the first time in nearly six years amid speculation that he will traded to Boston. The Avalanche have lost three straight games and seven of their past eight to drop to 1-17-4.
ROCKIES FALL TO A’S
PHOENIX (AP) – Jhoulys Chacin (joh-LEES’ cha-SEEN’) was roughed up in his final spring training start, allowing six runs and 10 hits in five innings, and the Colorado Rockies lost 6-5 to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
Elsewhere in sports…
WASHINGTON (AP) – The East Regional semifinals are being played tonight at Verizon Center in Washington. The first game of the doubleheader has Miami playing Marquette while the second contest features Syracuse and Indiana. The winners advance to the regional final Saturday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – West Regional semifinal play is tonight in L.A.’s Staples Center. The opening game has Ohio State taking on Arizona while the nightcap has La Salle playing Wichita State. The winners of these two games will play for the regional championship and a spot in the Final Four on Saturday.
UNDATED (AP) – The Miami 27-game winning streak is kaput. The second-longest streak in NBA history came to a close last night when the Bulls got the better of the Heat, 101-97. The defeat was Miami’s first since February 1.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) – A judge in South Africa has ruled that Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR’-ee-uhs) can leave the country to compete in international track meets. To do so Pistorius, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend, must travel under specific conditions.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma (aw-ree-EH’-muh) has a new contract. The deal keeps him with the school through the 2017-18 season and is worth $10.86 million. The Hall of Famer has guided the Huskies have to seven national titles and 13 Final Fours in his 28-year career at the school.