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Saturday, December 18, 2010
NEW YORK — LeBron James scored 32 points and finished with his 30th career triple-double to help the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 113-91 on Friday and notch their 11th straight NBA victory.
James had 11 rebounds and 10 assists, silencing the first sustained boos he's ever heard in New York.
His first trip to Madison Square Garden since snubbing a Knicks contract offer to join Miami sounded different, but otherwise looked the same. The league MVP toyed with a Knicks team hoping to prove it belonged with the big boys but instead was overwhelmed.
Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 26 points, extending Miami's longest winning streak since 2004-05. The Heat beat the Knicks for the sixth straight time.
New York's Amare Stoudemire was limited to 24 points, snapping his franchise-record streak of nine straight 30-point games. Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points to lead the Knicks.
Hornets 100, Jazz 71
In New Orleans, David West scored 23 points to lead New Orleans in a rout of Utah.
Chris Paul had 11 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, who finished with a season-high 53 rebounds — more than twice as many as their opponents.
The Jazz was averaging 101.4 points per game, but shot just 35.8 percent and finished with a season low in points.
Paul Millsap led Utah with a meager 14 points.
Lakers 93, 76ers 81
In Philadelphia, Lamar Odom scored 28 points to lead Los Angeles over Philadelphia.
Pau Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who rallied and broke the game open in the fourth quarter to win their fourth straight game. The Lakers trailed by four before turning the game around with a 27-8 run.
Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Sixers.
Hawks 90, Bobcats 85
In Atlanta, Al Horford assisted on a crucial basket by Marvin Williams with just over a minute remaining, and Atlanta held off Charlotte.
With the Hawks clinging to an 82-79 edge, Horford spotted Williams underneath, feeding him the pass for an easy lay-in with 1 second left on the shot clock.
Joe Johnson scored 16 points in his return to the Hawks' lineup, 2½ weeks after undergoing elbow surgery that was supposed to keep him out for at least a month. He hit two free throws to help seal the victory with 24 seconds remaining.
Boris Diaw and D.J. Augustin led the Bobcats with 22 points apiece. Charlotte shot just 38 percent from the field.
Thunder 102, Kings 87
In Oklahoma City, the hosts used three fourth-quarter spurts to put away Sacramento.
The pesky Kings, who have an NBA-worst five wins, stayed within single digits most of the night and trailed 83-77 midway through the fourth. Then, the Thunder had two separate runs of eight straight points to put the game away.
Kevin Durant scored 24 points and Serge Ibaka added 12 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma City won its fifth in a row.
Tyreke Evans scored 22 points for Sacramento, which has lost 18 of 20.
Pacers 108, Cavaliers 99
In Indianapolis, Danny Granger had 30 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to help Indiana beat Cleveland, extending the Cavaliers' losing streak to 10 games.
Granger had struggled during Indiana's three-game losing streak, but bounced back to make 12 of 22 shots, including four of seven 3-pointers. Roy Hibbert, Mike Dunleavy and Brandon Rush each scored 15 points for the Pacers, who are 3-0 against Cleveland this season.
Mo Williams had 22 points and 11 assists for the Cavaliers.
The aggressive game included five technical fouls and an ejection in the fourth quarter.
Raptors 98, Nets 92
In Toronto, the hosts beat New Jersey for the sixth straight time.
Andrea Bargnani had 32 points and nine rebounds, while Linas Kleiza had 18 points and matched his career high with 12 rebounds for the Raptors.
Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Nets, who have lost nine of 10 and are 2-12 on the road.
Clippers 109, Pistons 88
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Los Angeles won its first road game of the season by beating Detroit.
The Clippers had gone 15 games without an away win.
Blake Griffin had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers, while Charlie Villanueva led the Pistons with 18. Detroit's starters scored just 29 points and pulled down two fewer rebounds than Griffin.
Rockets 103, Grizzlies 87
In Houston, the Rockets overcame the season-ending loss of All-Star center Yao Ming to defeat Memphis. Kevin Martin scored 34 points for the Rockets, who disclosed earlier that their 2.29 meter tall center would miss the rest of 2010-2011 because of a stress fracture in his left ankle.
Rudy Gay and Sam Young scored 19 points each to lead the Grizzlies, but Gay was ejected for a flagrant foul with about 6 minutes remaining.
Luis Scola added 23 points for the Rockets and Kyle Lowry, who has been filling in for injured point guard Aaron Brooks, had 17 points and a career-high 18 assists.
Mavericks 106, Suns 91
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry scored 18 points apiece as the surging Dallas Mavericks beat Phoenix, taking advantage of an injury to Suns guard Steve Nash.
Caron Butler added 17 points and Shawn Marion scored 15 for the Mavericks, who have won 14 of 15.
The Suns played without their star point guard for the final three quarters after Nash left because of what the team called a "stinger."
Earlier in the first quarter, Nash and Tyson Chandler collided while going for a loose ball in the Phoenix backcourt. Nash's neck appeared to drive into Chandler's hip, and Nash was down for several minutes before walking slowly to the bench.
Hakim Warrick had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost four of five.
Trail Blazers 107, Timberwolves 102
In Portland, Lamarcus Aldridge equalled his career high with 36 points and Rudy Fernandez added a personal-best 26 as Portland beat Minnesota.
Aldridge went 15 of 22 from the field, scored six baskets on dunks off lob passes and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Trail Blazers win their 13th consecutive game over Minnesota.
Michael Beasley scored 33 points for Minnesota. Kevin Love added 19 points and 17 rebounds. (AP)