WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Timberwolves  at Celtics , 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Nuggets at Hawks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Mavericks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball : Ohio at Memphis, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Florida at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Michigan State , 8 p.m. (Big Ten  Network)
College basketball: Temple at Villanova, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Penn State at La Salle, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: South Florida at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: USC at New Mexico, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
‘¦ Cubs manager Dale Sveum revealed Tuesday at baseball’s winter meetings that he was shot in the right ear and back  during a recent hunting trip with Hall of Famer Robin Yount. The former Brewers teammates were hunting quail in Arizona when Yount fired a shot and Sveum was hit by the spray pattern from a six-shot.
“The bird got up in front of him, and he lost track of where I was and pulled the trigger,” Sveum said. “I was just looking for birds myself. It was behind me, so I got drilled with pellets in the back one stuck in the ear.”
Sveum, who said there was a lot of blood involved but he wasn’t seriously injured, added that he started calling Yount “Dick Cheney” in reference to the former vice president who shot a friend while hunting.
“You don’t get hit very often,” Sveum said, adding: “It’s not that big a deal.”
‘¦ The Lakers squandered a 13-point lead with 10 minutes remaining and dropped a 107-105 decision to the Rockets on Tuesday night in Houston. Like the Magic did Sunday night, the Rockets fouled Dwight Howard  repeatedly down the stretch, and Howard cooperated, missing 5-of-10 from the line in the last 3½ minutes (8-of-16 overall).
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni defended his decision to keep Howard in the game.
“If you take him out now, then you’ll be taking out a guy that’s going to be your franchise player all the time,” D’Antoni said. “We’ve got other problems to worry about. We shouldn’t be talking about him. He’s doing a [heck] of a job and he’ll work through it and knock them down.”
Said Howard: “People are going to say whatever they want to say, but at the end of the day, go back and look at the game. The reason we lost was not my free throws. That didn’t lose us the game. Our defense was not there in the fourth quarter.”
The Lakers played with Pau Gasol  (tendinitis in both knees), who has come under fire for his inability to acclimate to D’Antoni’s fast-paced offense. According to an ESPN report , general manager Mitch Kupchak told Gasol’s representatives that he will look to trade Gasol if the Spaniard cannot adjust to the new system.
The Wizards  recorded just their second win of the season Tuesday night, and it came against the defending NBA champion Heat . With quarterback Robert Griffin III looking on, the Wizards pulled out a 105-101 victory.
Washington, which started the season 0-12 and has been without injured point guard John Wall  all season, has defeated Miami three straight times, dating back to last season. But the Heat’s stars aren’t too concerned about the setback.
“Nah, man, there’s not no lesson. This ain’t a lesson for us. We just lost,” LeBron James  said. “We’ve seen and been through everything, so we don’t need a loss to be like, ‘Oh, let’s catch ourselves.’ It happens.”
Said Dwyane Wade : “You move on. You learn from it, but yo don’t become a good team by holding on to certain losses — or certain wins.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 5, 1982, in a 6-4 victory over the Flyers, which Bruins player recorded a hat for the second consecutive day?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Just agreed to join the Boston [Red Sox ] in the middle of paradise. #BLESSED!!! Can’t wait to get to Boston!” — New Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino , via Twitter on Tuesday night, upon agreeing to a three-year deal with the Red Sox 
Lucas Marty from the basketball team at Monticello High School in Wisconsin nails a three-quarter-court shot.
Sasho Alexandrov, a defender for the Bulgarian soccer team Chemo More Varma, charges into a referee and knocks him over while complaining about a call. He was suspended six games.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Barry Pederson
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Andy Kim was born on this day in 1946.