Heat beats Spurs in exhibition that is a rematch of Finals
Dwyane Wade scored 25 points in 26 minutes as the defending champion Miami Heat beat visiting San Antonio 121-96 in an exhibition game Saturday between the teams that met in last season’s NBA Finals.
LeBron James, the reigning league most valuable player, didn’t play for the Heat.
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Wade made 10 of 14 shots and teammate Chris Bosh scored 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting.
“I’m getting better every day,” said Wade, who coped with knee problems during last season’s playoffs. “But I’m not where I want to be.”
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 17 points.
Miami won the last two games of the Finals.
“It still goes through my head every day,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.
“The other night, I dreamt about LeBron. The next day, it might be Ray Allen hitting a shot in the corner. It might be us missing a free throw, not getting a rebound. All those things go through your head.”
Paul gets on a roll in Las Vegas
Chris Paul collected 40 points and 11 assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 118-111 overtime exhibition victory over the Denver Nuggets in Las Vegas.
Point guard Paul made 13 of 21 shots from the field and 12 of 13 free throws.
Utah’s Favors gets extension
The Utah Jazz signed Derrick Favors, 22, to a four-year contract extension for a reported $49 million.
The 6-foot-10 forward-center averaged career highs of 9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.69 blocks last season. He had nine double-doubles.
“We have tremendous respect for and confidence in Derrick and see him as an important part of our future. He brings a toughness and defensive mindset that make him a key piece to what we are trying to build here,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said in a statement released by the team.
Mixed martial arts
Velasquez keeps title at UFC 166
Cain Velasquez stopped Junior Dos Santos in the fifth round to retain the heavyweight title at UFC 166 in Houston.
Dos Santos came out firing to start the final round, but Velasquez (13-1) worked him down to the mat — only to have Dos Santos (16-3) get back up against the Octagon walls.
The two traded lefts before Velasquez landed a left and took Dos Santos down headfirst to the mat, causing referee Herb Dean to stop the bout at 3:09.
Wozniacki, Beck advance
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will play 19-year-old Annika Beck of Germany in Sunday’s final of the Luxembourg Open.
Wozniacki, ranked No. 9 in the world, defeated third-seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-4, 6-4 in a semifinal match. Meanwhile, Beck advanced to her first WTA final when Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland retired while she trailed 7-5, 1-0.
Wozniacki, 23, has 20 career titles but has yet to win one this year.
Stosur to face Halep in final
Samantha Stosur of Australia beat doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2, 6-4 and will meet Simona Halep of Romania in the Kremlin Cup final Sunday in Moscow.
Stosur will play for her second title in two weeks; she won the fifth title of her career last weekend in Japan.
Halep routed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-2, 6-1 to advance to her fifth final this season.
In the men’s semifinals, top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France defeated Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-4, 7-5, while qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan upset defending champion Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
Asada wins short program
Mao Asada of Japan beat Ashley Wagner to win the Skate America women’s short program in Detroit, and Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov set a pairs short-program world record with 83.05 points.
Asada skated cleanly and had 73.18 points. American Wagner, the defending Skate America champion, was next at 68.26.
Russian Elena Radinova, who is 14 and the reigning world junior champion, was third.
Radinova is ineligible for next year’s Sochi Olympics because of her age.
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