HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden drove the length of the floor for a layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift the Houston Rockets over the Denver Nuggets 125-124 on Monday night. Harden had 39 points, 11 assists and was three rebounds shy of his 20th triple-double of the season. Houston outlasted Denver in a duel between the second- and third-highest scoring teams in the NBA. Harden likely saved the game for Houston, too, when he batted down an inbounds pass to Mason Plumlee near the basket following his layup.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston increased its slim hold over Washington for second place in the playoff hunt in the NBA’s Eastern Conference with a 110-102 victory over the slumping Wizards. Isaiah Thomas, back after missing two games with an injury, led the Celtics with 25 points in the game, which extended Boston’s lead over Washington in the division to two and a half games.
DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Bozak scored the go-ahead power-play goal with less than two minutes left and the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. The win pulled the Leafs (81 points) within one point of the Bruins (82 points) for third place in the Atlantic division. And Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson each scored a power-play goal in the first two periods to propel the Buffalo Sabres over the Detroit Redwings 2-1.
UNDATED (AP) — In the women’s NCAA basketball tournament, Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied a tournament record with nine 3-points to lead undefeated UConn to a 94-64 win over Syracuse in a second round rematch of last year’s national championship game. In other games, Stanford routed No. 7 seed Kansas State 69-48 to advance to the Cardinal’s 10th straight Sweet 16, and Oregon earned its first Sweet 16 berth by upsetting Duke 74-65.
BOSTON (AP) — Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots’ locker room — but the mystery isn’t over. The NFL said the jersey was found in “possession of a credentialed member of the international media,” and authorities were investigating Monday whether a former Mexican tabloid newspaper executive played a role in the theft.