NW Sports from the AP

Date: 02/13/2013 05:29 AM

Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press


MIAMI (AP) – LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games, Chris Bosh scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Miami Heat held off the Portland Trail Blazers 117-104 last night. James scored 30 points on 11 for 15 shooting and Dwyane Wade added 24 points for Miami, which wasted a pair of 14-point leads – then sealed the win with a 14-0 run in the final minutes. Damian Lillard had a game-high 33 points for Portland.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says the joint committee that will decide whether the Kings move to Seattle might want to hear his city’s proposal before the NBA Board of Governors meeting April 19. Johnson told reporters at his weekly City Hall news conference yesterday that he remains “extremely confident” Sacramento will complete a counteroffer for the franchise by his March 1 deadline. A Seattle group led by Chris Hansen already has a pending purchase deal for the Kings.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Marc Gasol (gah-SOHL’) had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Mike Conley scored 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Sacramento Kings 108-101 last night. Tony Allen added a season-high 19 points to help the Grizzlies win their sixth straight over the Kings at home. DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points and Tyreke (ty-REEK’) Evans had 20 for the Kings, who were attempting to win three consecutive games for the first time in more than two months.

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) – Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners have reached agreement on a $175 million, seven-year contract that will make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball. The Mariners announced the sides had reached agreement on the deal yesterday afternoon. Hernandez and general manager Jack Zduriencik (zur-EHN’-sihk) will hold a news conference in Seattle this afternoon where Hernandez is expected to sign the contract, the magnitude of which Zduriencik says “takes time” to work out.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Robert Luongo (loh-AHN’-goh) made 25 saves, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win. Luongo’s home shutout streak against the Wild ended at 228 minutes, 26 seconds but he held on for the win. He still hasn’t lost a game in regulation this season. Luongo lowered his goals-against average to 1.45, behind only Ottawa’s Craig Anderson. Kevin Bieksa and Jannik Hansen scored for Vancouver.


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