Sun Devils, Eagles advance...Rockets waste Harden’s 57...Heat end Spurs’ win streak
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Arizona State and North Dakota State have moved into the opening round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Luguentz Dort overcame a hard foul and a leg injury to score 21 points and lead Arizona State to a 74-65 win over St. John’s. Tyson Ward scored 23 points and North Dakota State earned the right to face No. 1 seed Duke on Friday by posting a 78-74 victory against North Carolina Central.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Houston Rockets fell for just the second time in 14 games despite James Harden’s 57 points in a 126-125 overtime loss to the Grizzlies in Memphis. Mike Conley scored 35 points for the Grizzlies and Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nihs) had a career-best 33, including the game-winning free throw with less than a second left.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs’ nine-game winning streak is over after Goran Dragic (GOHR’-uhn DRAH’-gich) had 22 points to help the Heat earn a 110-105 win in Texas. Dion Waiters added 18 points and Josh Richardson had 15 in Miami’s third straight win, which gives the Heat a 1 ½-game lead over Orlando for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. San Antonio’s previous loss was Feb. 25 in Brooklyn as part of their 1-7 Rodeo Road Trip.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid (joh-EHL ehm-BEED’) had 37 points, 22 rebounds and a key block on Kyrie Irving with 35 seconds remaining to help the 76ers close out a 118-115 triumph over the Celtics. Jimmy Butler scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter of Philadelphia’s sixth straight win, which gives the Sixers a three-game lead over Indiana and four over Boston for third place in the East. Irving scored 36 points for the Celtics.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Milwaukee failed to wrap up the NBA’s Central Division title as rookie Collin Sexton scored 25 points and Jordan Clarkson finished with 23 points as the Cavaliers got past the Bucks, 107-102 in Cleveland. Sexton made a 3-pointer with 1:42 left and dropped a driving layup one minute later as Cleveland dropped the Bucks to 53-19. Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) missed the game with a sprained right ankle that also caused him to sit out Tuesday’s win.