Wire sports briefs: Sharks earn sixth straight win

By From page B8 | April 04, 2013

SAN JOSE (AP) — Dan Boyle scored on a spectacular end-to-end rush with a two-man advantage to help the San Jose Sharks win their sixth straight game, 4-2 over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

Marty Havlat got the scoring started for San Jose and Joe Thornton broke a tie with a goal off the skate of a Minnesota defender late in the second period. TJ Galiardi also scored and Antti Niemi made 31 saves to help the Sharks move into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference.

Charlie Coyle and Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who lost for the third time in four games following a seven-game winning streak. Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves as Minnesota lost consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 12-14 to fall into a tie for the Northwest Division lead with Vancouver.

Rockets starts come back to beat Kings

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Chandler Parsons scored 29 points and James Harden added 21 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 112-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Tyreke Evans scored 22 points and Marcus Thornton had 21 for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points but fouled out late in the fourth quarter, while Jason Thompson added 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Parsons and Harden, the team’s two leading scorers, returned to the lineup to help the Rockets win their third straight and eighth in 11 games. Parsons, who made 12-of-18 shots, had missed the previous game with food poisoning, while Harden had been nursing a foot injury. Harden also has nine rebounds and seven assists.

The Associated Press

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