LeBron leads Heat to blowout of Clippers
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 past 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.
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.
Raptors 100, Pacers 98 (OT): At Indianapolis, Rudy Gay scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, rallying Toronto past Indiana.
David West scored 30 points and George had 26 as the Pacers’ 15-game home winning streak came to an end.
Lakers 100, Bobcats 93: At Charlotte, N.C., 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.
Pistons 119, Spurs 109: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Greg Monroe had 26 points and 16 rebounds as Detroit snapped San Antonio’s 11-game winning streak with a victory over the short-handed Spurs.
San Antonio played without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. The Pistons led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter.
Knicks 100, Timberwolves 94: At Minneapolis, Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and nine rebounds, scoring 12 points down the stretch to rally New York over Minnesota.
Thunder 127, Phoenix 96: At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 21 points, Thabo Sefolosha had a season-high 18 and Oklahoma City rode a gigantic third-quarter run to a victory over Phoenix.
Grizzlies 99, Warriors 93: At Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol scored six of his 20 points down the stretch to help Memphis beat Golden State.
Rockets 118, Trail Blazers 103: At Houston, James Harden had 35 points and 11 assists, and Chandler Parsons scored 20 to help Houston beat Portland.
Wizards 89, Nets 74: At Washington, the Wizards held Brooklyn without a field goal for nearly 9 minutes during the first half, withstood a second-half slump and held on for their latest win over a team near the top of the standings.
Hornets 111, Hawks 100: At Atlanta, Greivis Vasquez had his first career triple-double and Eric Gordon scored 27 points, leading New Orleans over Atlanta to give the last-place Hornets a rare winning streak.
Cavaliers 119, Magic 108: At Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, and Cleveland sent Orlando to its 12th straight loss.