NBA ROUNDUP: James Nets 30, Heat Victorious
MIAMI (AP) – 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.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – 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.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – 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.
THUNDER 127 PHOENIX 96
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – 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.
All five Thunder starters had at least one basket during a 21-0 run that put Oklahoma City in position to complete a perfect homestand with a third straight blowout.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Marc Gasol scored six of his 20 points down the stretch to help Memphis beat Golden State.
Gasol, who also grabbed 11 rebounds, was 9 of 14 from the field to help the Grizzlies end a two-game slide.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – 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, and the Pistons led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter. It was 65-52 at halftime, and although the Spurs cut the deficit to seven in the fourth, they fell short against a Detroit team that equaled its highest point total of the season.
TRAIL BLAZERS 103
HOUSTON (AP) – James Harden had 35 points and 11 assists, and Chandler Parsons scored 20 to help Houston beat Portland.
Harden went 13 for 16 from the field and 4 of 5 from 3-point range, putting on an individual show in the last game at the Toyota Center before the NBA’s All-Star weekend comes to town.
PACERS 98, OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Rudy Gay scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, rallying Toronto past weary Indiana.
The game went into overtime after Amir Johnson’s buzzer-beating tip-in stood following a replay review.
WIZARDS 89, NETS 74
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington 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.
ATLANTA (AP) – 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
CLEVELAND (AP) – Kyrie Irving scored 24 points and Cleveland sent Orlando to its 12th straight loss.
Marreese Speights had 18 points and Tristan Thompson added 16 for Cleveland, which scored 13 straight points in a stretch that began late in the third period to take control.