LeBron on fire as Heat burn Clippers
February 10, 2013, 12:32 am TWN
MIAMI--LeBron James scored 30 points in another efficient performance, Dwyane Wade added 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. DeAndre Jordan led Los Angeles with 17 points.
Miami was without Chris Bosh and Ray Allen, both sidelined with the flu.
Lakers 100, Bobcats 93 In Charlotte, North Carolina, Kobe Bryant shrugged off a scoreless first half to finish with 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and Los Angeles overcome 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.
Bryant attempted only two shots in the first half and didn't come out for warmups to start the second. But he provided the jolt the Lakers needed in the third quarter and scored 14 points in the final period, including a driving layup with 40 seconds left to push the lead to five.
Steve Nash and Earl Clark each scored 17 points and Dwight Howard added 12 points, all in the first half, and 11 rebounds for the Lakers (24-27).
Byron Mullens and Gerald Henderson each had 20 points for the Bobcats, who have lost six straight.
Knicks 100, Timberwolves 94 In Minneapolis, Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and nine rebounds, scoring 12 points down the stretch to rally New York over Minnesota.
Anthony topped 30 points for the 17th time this season for the Knicks, who trailed by 11 with seven minutes to play. But Anthony did all his fourth-quarter damage in those final minutes, hitting a 19-footer with 1:10 to play that put New York up for good.
Derrick Williams scored 19 points and Ricky Rubio had 18 points and 11 assists for the Timberwolves, who lost for the 14th time in 16 games.
Nikola Pekovic added 16 points and 11 rebounds, but Minnesota had no answer for Anthony down the stretch.