In the NBA, Brooklyn ended a five-game losing streak as Andray Blatche scored 24 points and Joe Johnson added 21 in a 102-100 win at Toronto. Paul Pierce scored 16 points and Kevin Garnett had 12 to help the 4-10 Nets avoid falling into the Atlantic Division cellar.
The Washington Wizards defeated the Lakers' 116-111, ending the Lakers’ three-game winning streak.
Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant has a target date in mind for his season debut. The Lakers guard is eyeing the team's Dec. 6 game in Sacramento as his possible return.
Baseball's four-day break for the All-Star Game ends tonight with a full slate of games. The AL East-leading Red Sox are hosting the Yankees, who start the second half of the season six games behind Boston. The Red Sox play 13 of their next 16 games at home, where they are 31-16 this season.
In golf news, it is another sunny day along the Scottish coast. Zach Johnson heads into the second round of the British Open with a one-shot lead. He opened with a 5-under 66. The weather has been unseasonably warm and dry. It's expected to stay that way through the weekend.
The NBA draft was Thursday night and the Brooklyn Nets made the biggest news. A person with knowledge of the talks confirmed a Yahoo Sports report that the Nets and Celtics were working on a trade that would bring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn. This comes days after losing their head coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers. The trade can't be completed until July 10th.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had first pick at Barclays Center and chose UNLV forward Anthony Bennett. Bennett is the first Canadian to be taken No. 1 in the NBA draft.
The San Antonio Spurs just couldn't put away the Miami Heat.
The Heat managed to force a seventh game Thursday night in the NBA Finals by scoring the last six points to beat San Antonio 103-100 in overtime. LeBron James and Ray Allen each hit three-pointers in the last 21 seconds of the fourth quarter after the Spurs failed to come up with rebounds of missed Miami shots.
In other NBA news, the proposed deal between the Celtics and Clippers that would have sent Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles is off.
In the NHL, Daniel Paille scored in the second period and the Bruins blanked the Hawks 2-0. The game was scoreless until Paille tallied 2:13 into the middle period, two nights after providing the overtime goal in Boston's 2-1 victory at Chicago. Patrice Bergeron doubled the Bruins' lead with 5:55 left in the period.
In the NBA, the Heat picked up their 27th straight win by downing the Magic 108-94 in Orlando. Lebron James finished with 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to help Miami get within six games of matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers league mark for longest winning streak. Elsewhere, Indiana beat Atlanta 100-94. Washington topped Memphis 107-94. New Orleans defeated Denver 110-86. Utah won against Philadelphia 107-91 and Golden State beat the Lakers 109-103.
Boston's Kevin Garnett is expected to miss at least a week with inflammation in his left ankle.