Heat duo scorch Lakers 107-97 for fifth straight win
AP Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 3:45 am TWN
MIAMI--LeBron James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting, Dwyane Wade scored 30 and the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-97 on Sunday for their fifth straight win.
It was James' fifth straight game with at least 30 points, a franchise record. He's shot better than 60 percent in all five of those games.
Mario Chalmers scored 13 and Chris Bosh finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat.
Kobe Bryant had 28 points and nine assists for the Lakers, who also got 18 points from Earl Clark. The Lakers had eight turnovers in the fourth quarter, while Miami had none.
With the win, Miami moved 2 1/2 games clear of the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference standings. The Knicks lost to the Los Angeles Clippers earlier Sunday.
Dwight Howard and Steve Nash each scored 15 for the Lakers.
Wade also shot 12 for 18 for Miami, which shot 55 percent as a team and held a 38-29 edge in rebounding. James scored 20 in the second half and Wade had 18 in the final two quarters.
Spurs 111, Nets 86 Tony Parker had 29 points and 11 assists in another brilliant performance without his two sidekicks, and San Antonio dominated the second half to beat Brooklyn.
Two nights after a loss in Detroit ended their 11-game winning streak, the Spurs got back on track quickly behind Parker, who fell short of his third straight 30-point game only because he was so good he sat out the final minutes of the rout.
Danny Green added 14 points and Tiago Splitter had 13 for the Spurs, who were again without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili because of injuries as they beat the Nets for the 19th time in 20 meetings.
Joe Johnson scored 19 points and Brook Lopez had 18 for the Nets.
Thunder 97, Suns 69 Thabo Sefolosha made a career-high 5 3-pointers and Oklahoma City routed Phoenix for the second game in a row.
The 28-point blowout followed a 127-96 romp over the Suns in Oklahoma City on Friday night.
Russell Westbrook scored 24 points in 28 minutes in the Thunder's 10th straight victory over Phoenix, the longest active streak for any Suns opponent.
Sefolosha added 20 points, two shy of his career high. Kevin Durant scored 18, 11 below his NBA-leading season average (29.1), in limited duty in the Thunder's fourth straight win.
Markieff Morris was the only Phoenix player in double figures with 12 points.
Clippers 102, Knicks 88 Chris Paul scored 25 points in his second game back from injury and reserve Jamal Crawford had 27 to lead Los Angeles over New York.
Carmelo Anthony had 42 points — his fifth 40-point game this season — for the Knicks, but made only one basket in the fourth quarter as 40-year-old Grant Hill came off the bench to defend him.
Blake Griffin finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who bounced back from a 22-point loss in Miami on Friday to win for just the fourth time in 12 games. They finish off their eight-game road trip Monday in Philadelphia.
Raymond Felton scored 20 points for the Knicks, who lost for the second time in eight games.
Celtics 118, Nuggets 114, 3 OT Paul Pierce had a triple-double with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists, and Boston extended its winning streak to seven games with a triple overtime win over Denver.
The loss ended Denver's winning streak at nine games.
Pierce made a 3-pointer in the second overtime, sending the game to a third extra period with the score tied at 107.
Kevin Garnett had 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, while reserve Jason Terry scored a season-high 26 points for the Celtics, who remain unbeaten since Rajon Rondo's season-ending knee injury.
Ty Lawson scored 29 points to lead the Nuggets.
Other games on Sunday
Magic 110, Blazers 104
Grizzlies 105, Timberwolves 88
Raptors 102, Hornets 89
Kings 117, Rockets 111
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