Melo drops 50 on Heat, Darvish perfect into 9th, Iowa and Baylor NIT Final + Tuesday Recap: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Carmelo’s has big night as Knicks downs undermanned Heat

Carmelo Anthony went 18-26 from the floor in scoring 50 points as the streaking Knicks won their ninth straight, 102-90 over the Miami Heat. The Heat played a second straight game without Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Mario Chalmers who all rested minor nagging injuries. Fifty point games are few and far between but what made Melo’s night so special was that none of the points were on dunks or scored inside the paint. Check out Carmelo’s amazing shooting night on his shot chart.

Lakers win as team retires Shaq’s #34

The Los Angeles Lakers got a much needed win against a division opponent Tuesday night, spanking the previously red-hot Dallas Mavericks 101-81. The Lakers used a 31-19 second quarter to jump out to a 55-40 halftime lead and never looked back. Kobe Bryant led the way with a 23-11-11 triple-double. At the half, the Lakers retired Shaquille’s No.34 with this ceremony.

Darvish takes perfect game into the 9th as Rangers blank Astros 7-0

Tuesday night in Houston, Japanese import Yu Darvish took a perfect game into the ninth. Darvish got the first two outs of the inning before Marwin Gonzales stroked a single up the middle to prevent the 24th perfect game in MLB history. Darvish struck out a career high 14 batters and threw 111 pitches. After the hit, manager Ron Washington came out to the mound to congratulate Darvish and take the ball. Reliever Mike Kirkman came on to get the final out.

Iowa downs Maryland, Baylor dumps BYU in NIT semis

Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, Baylor and and Iowa advanced to the final game of the NIT Tournament with wins over BYU and Maryland respectively. In the first Game, Baylor stopped BYU 76-70 behind Pierre Jackson’s 24 points. Tyler Haws had 25 points for the Cougar’s whose furious late rally cam up short. In the second game, the Hawkeyes went wire-to-wire in their 11-point win over the Terps. Devyn Marble had 21 points and nine boards for the winners. Maryland big man Alex Len had 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots in a losing effort.

Buffalo ends the Penguin win streak at 15

The Buffalo Sabres beat the Pittsburg Penguins 4-1 on Tuesday night, ending the NHL’s longest win streak at 15 games. Kevin Porter had two goals for the Sabres and his first goal to open the scoring was the first goal allowed by Pittsburg in 218 minutes. Recently acquired Jerome Igilna scored his first goal as a Penguin in the loss.

College and NFL Football News and Notes

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugh has agreed to a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers that would pay him $1.35 million dollars with incentives that could max out at $3 million. Don’t feel bad for Namdi. The Eagles also owe him $4 million for this year so he’ll get by.

The Raiders have sent Carson Palmer to Arizona for a conditional 2014 7th-round pick. This is basically a salary dump for the Raiders as the condition is that Palmer starts at least 13 games for the Cards this year. Don’t bet on it.

Ex-Oklahoma and New England Patriots coach Chuck Fairbanks is dead at 79. Fairbanks was 52-15-1 in six years with the Sooners and coached New England for six years guiding the Patriots to two playoff appearances. Fairbanks had battled brain cancer in recent years.

Messi injures hamstring in Barca 2-2 draw with PSG

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi tweaked his right hamstring and did play the second half of Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain. Messi opened the scoring for the Blaugrana with his 57th Champions League goal in the 38th minute but was seen holding his leg just momemnts later. Messi will miss this weekend’s La Liga game at Mallorca but has not been ruled out of the return leg with PSG.

Free Play

(NHL) Montreal -125 over Philadelphia (Wednesday, April 3, 7:35 PM EST )