Heat look for No. 28
UNDATED (AP) -- The Miami Heat win streak stands at 27 and tonight they look to move even closer to the all-time NBA record for consecutive victories. This evening the Heat are in Chicago for a game with the Bulls. When the Lakers won their 33 in a row back in 1971-'72, they did it with dominating performances. They won 17 of the games by 15 points or more. The Heat have had to earn many of their victories. Against the Celtics they trailed by 13 points in the fourth quarter before pulling away. Against the Cavaliers they were down by 27 on the road but found a way to come back. In Detroit and Charlotte the Heat trailed by 11 before staging a comeback, and on Monday night they were tied with the Magic late in the third quarter before LeBron James turned on the jets.
In facing the Bulls tonight they are playing a team that they have lost to already once this season. Up next after tonight's game, if they win it, the Heat play the Hornets in New Orleans before a game against Western Conference leader San Antonio Sunday on the Spurs home floor.
In other games this evening, the Spurs are home to the red-hot Nuggets. Denver had its 15 game win streak snapped two nights ago by the Hornets in New Orleans.
The Cavaliers are home to Boston tonight, Orlando is playing at Charlotte, the 76ers are hosting Milwaukee, it's Atlanta at Milwaukee, the Knicks are home to the Grizzlies, Houston is entertaining Indiana, the Timberwolves have a home date with the Lakers, the Wizards are playing the Thunder in Oklahoma City, Phoenix is at Utah, Golden State is home to the Kings and Brooklyn is at Portland.
First place in the Northeast is up for grabs
UNDATED (AP) -- The two teams that top the Northeast Division of the NHL are facing off tonight in Boston. The Bruins are playing host to the Canadiens with each team entering the contest with 45 points.
Anaheim's Ducks can close the gap between themselves and Chicago at the top of the Western Conference. Starting play the Ducks trail the idle Blackhawks by five points. This evening Anaheim is skating at San Jose.
Minnesota is tied with Vancouver for first place in the Northwest Division with 40 points. The Canucks have the night off but the Wild are home to Phoenix. And in the final game of the night Colorado is skating at Calgary.
Quarterfinals continue in NIT
UNDATED (AP) -- The final three spots in the NIT semifinals are up for grabs tonight. The winners of this evening's games will join Maryland in New York for the semifinals and final at Madison Square Garden.
In the first game of the night Iowa is playing host to Virginia, followed by Southern Mississippi hosting BYU and Providence at Baylor.
Politicians approve arena deal
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- In a move to try and keep the Kings in Sacramento the city council has approved a deal that contributes $258 million to a project to build a new 18,500 seat downtown arena. The balance of the money to build the facility would come from the California investment group seeking to have the NBA negate a pending sale of the franchise that would move the team to Seattle.