January 31, 2013

NBA Roundup: Miami pulls away to extend mastery over the Nets

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - LeBron James had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat blew out Brooklyn in the second half for a 105-85 victory Wednesday night, their 13th straight against the Nets.

David West, Rodney Stuckey
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Rodney Stuckey of the Detroit Pistons lifts a shot over David West of the Indiana Pacers during the Pacers’ 98-79 victory.

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Dwyane Wade added 21 points and Chris Bosh had 16 for the Heat, who outscored the Nets 56-36 in the second half after it was tied at halftime.

In their first game since falling in double overtime Sunday at Boston, the Heat made sure this would be a much easier night. James, Wade and Bosh were all on the bench long before the end, and Miami shot 52 percent from the field and made 11 of 19 3-pointers.

Brook Lopez scored 21 points for the Nets, who had their eight-game home winning streak snapped.

Playing for the first time since visiting the White House on Monday, the Heat looked plenty capable of getting invited back next year. Just a 10-10 team on the road when they arrived in Brooklyn, the Heat were nearly flawless offensively and defensively in the third quarter and outscored the Nets, 36-14.

76ERS 92, WIZARDS 84: Jrue Holiday scored 21 points, Nick Young had 18 and Philadelphia won at home.

Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each added 14 points to help the Sixers win for just the fourth time in 13 games.

PACERS 98, PISTONS 79: Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana at Indianapolis.

David West scored 14 points, and Lance Stephenson added 12 points and 11 boards to help the Pacers snap a three-game skid.

KNICKS 113, MAGIC 97: Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points to set a team-record with his 30th straight 20-point game, leading New York at home.

Anthony's scoring tended to overshadow outstanding games by New York big men Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire, who combined for 35 points on 17-of-18 shooting from the field against the Magic, who lost their seventh straight and 18th in 20 games.

BULLS 104, BUCKS 88: Nate Robinson scored 16 of his 24 points in the second quarter, leading Chicago at Milwaukee.

Jimmy Butler, a second-year pro from Marquette, had 18 points and five rebounds.

CLIPPERS 96, TIMBERWOLVES 90: Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan added 16 points and 12 boards to lift Los Angeles at Minneapolis.

Caron Butler had 19 points and Jamal Crawford scored 17 for the Clippers.

SPURS 102, BOBCATS 78: Tony Parker had 22 points and San Antonio never trailed at home, extending its winning streak to nine games.

Kawhi Leonard added 18 points, Danny Green had 17 and Tiago Splitter 15 for San Antonio, which has won 17 straight at home.

JAZZ 104, HORNETS 99: Paul Millsap scored 25 points, Al Jefferson had 22 and Utah won at Salt Lake City.

Ryan Anderson's 3-pointer with 15 seconds left pulled the Hornets within 100-97 but Randy Foye and Millsap each hit two free throws down the stretch to seal it.

HAWKS 93, RAPTORS 92: Al Horford scored 22 points, including a go-ahead dunk with 21 seconds remaining as Atlanta won at home.

NOTES

TRADE: Rudy Gay is on his way to Toronto, a person with knowledge of the situation said, as the Grizzlies agreed to part with the leading scorer on a team that has aspirations of making a run in the powerful Western Conference.

The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis in the deal, and another person said the Grizzlies were in discussion with Detroit to swap Calderon for Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince.

MAGIC: Forward Glen Davis broke his left foot against New York in the first half.

It wasn't clear how he was injured.

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