MIAMI'S BIG THREE
This is more like it. After a shaky 9--8 start, the Heat had banked 12 straight wins through Sunday—including a smackdown of the Knicks and a squeaker over the Wizards, both of which included 20-point games by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh—to put them atop the NBA Southeast.
AVS ARE ON FIRE
Colorado (19-10-4) was a mile high after winning its sixth straight on Sunday, 3--2 over Montreal. The Avs lead the NHL in goals per game (3.6), are second in power play percentage (23.9), and get bonus points for their youth, including 19-year-old center Matt Duchene (34 points; right).
What a finish! Trailing the Giants 31--10 with 8:23 left, Michael Vick and Co. stormed back with 28 straight points, capped by DeSean Jackson's winning 65-yard punt return as time expired, an NFL first. Afterward, Jackson (right) removed and hugged his winning cleats.
JAYHAWKS: ALL HAIL
They partied at The Hawk last Saturday after freshman Josh Selby (right) had 21 points, including the winning trey, to lift No. 3 Kansas over USC 70--68. (It was KU's NCAA-best 65th win in a row at home.) Other good news in Lawrence: No. 6 KSU fell 57--44 at Florida.