James helps Heat handle Clippers Scores 30 as Miami romps, 111-89 ASSOCIATED PRESS
LeBron James scored 30 points in another efficient performance, Dwyane Wade scored 20 and the Miami Heat dominated the middle two quarters on the way to an easy 111-89 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
James shot 9 for 11, giving him 37 makes on his last 47 attempts, and sat out the fourth quarter. It was his fourth straight 30-point game, tying him with Wade as the only Heat player with such streaks in the franchise's 25-year history.
Mario Chalmers finished with 18 points and Shane Battier scored 12 for Miami, which improved to 21-3 at home.
The Clippers got Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin back from injuries, but that trio of starters combined for only 23 points.
Wizards 89, Nets 74: Washington held Brooklyn without a field goal for nearly nine minutes during the first half, survived a second-half slump and then held on for a victory in its latest win over a team near the top of the standings.
Nene had 20 points and 11 rebounds, John Wall added 15 points and nine assists, and Martell Webster scored 16 points for the Wizards, who have one of the worst records in the NBA but have nevertheless taken eight of their last nine at home -- a stretch that includes wins over Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Chicago, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Lakers 100, Bobcats 93: Kobe Bryant shrugged off a scoreless first half to finish with 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Los Angeles overcame a 20-point second-half deficit to beat Charlotte.
The Lakers avoided a costly defeat to the NBA's worst team and pulled within three games of .500.
Raptors 100, Pacers 98: Rudy Gay scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, leading Toronto past Indiana.
The game went into overtime after Amir Johnson's buzzer-beating tip-in stood following a replay review. The Raptors won it when Gay hit a 17-foot jumper with 1.7 seconds left and Paul George's 15-footer rimmed out as the horn sounded.
Pistons 119, Spurs 109: Greg Monroe had 26 points and 16 rebounds, and Detroit snapped short-handed San Antonio's 11-game winning streak. The Spurs played without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
Hornets 111, Hawks 100: Greivis Vasquez had his first career triple-double and Eric Gordon scored 27 points, leading New Orleans over Atlanta and a rare winning streak for the last-place Hornets.
Cavaliers 119, Magic 108: Kyrie Irving scored 24 points and Cleveland handed Orlando its 12th straight loss.
Thunder 127, Suns 96: Kevin Durant scored 21 points, Thabo Sefolosha had a season-high 18 and Oklahoma City rode a gigantic third-quarter run to roll over Phoenix.
Knicks 100, Timberwolves 94: Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and nine rebounds, scoring 12 points down the stretch to rally New York past Minnesota.
Rockets 118, Trail Blazers 103: James Harden had 35 points and 11 assists, and Chandler Parsons scored 20 as Houston hammered Portland.
Grizzlies 99, Warriors 93: Marc Gasol scored six of his 20 points down the stretch to help Memphis get past Golden State.