Heat tops Lakers behind James

TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Published:

MIAMI (AP) -- LeBron James ran a few steps behind the play, knowing exactly what was coming. The lob from Norris Cole arrived, and the NBA's reigning MVP rose for a catch and dunk.

He made it look easy.

He's making everything look easy right now.

James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting in a record-setting show, 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 also joined Adrian Dantley (1979) and Moses Malone (1982) as the only NBA players to score at least 30 and shoot at least 60 percent in five straight outings, the team said.

"Don't take it for granted," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He's making greatness look easy."

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.

"Turnovers," lamented Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. "You have to give them credit. They're good."

With the win, Miami moved 21⁄2 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.

"They have a couple of sensational players over there that made some big plays," Bryant said.

SPURS 111, NETS 86

NEW YORK -- 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.

THUNDER 97, SUNS 69

PHOENIX -- 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.

CLIPPERS 102, KNICKS 88

NEW YORK -- 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.

CELTICS 118, NUGGETS 114, 3 OT

BOSTON -- 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.

MAGIC 110, BLAZERS 104

ORLANDO, Fla. -- J.J. Redick scored 22 points, Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 19 rebounds, and Orlando snapped a 12-game losing streak with a win over Portland.

The Magic shot 50 percent from the field in earning their first win since Jan. 16. They play their next two games at home. Reserve Gustavo Ayon had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando.

GRIZZLIES 105,

TIMBERWOLVES 88

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points, hitting all eight of his shots from the field, and Memphis pulled away in the second quarter before coasting to a win over Minnesota.

Three other Memphis players -- Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Austin Daye -- each finished with 16 points. Conley also handed out eight assists, while Randolph grabbed eight rebounds to help the Grizzlies win their second straight.

RAPTORS 102, HORNETS 89

TORONTO -- John Lucas scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to match his season high and Rudy Gay had 20 points to lead Toronto over New Orleans.

Kyle Lowry had 14 points and 10 assists, and Amir Johnson scored 14 points for the Raptors, who won consecutive games for the first time since beating Philadelphia and Charlotte on Jan. 9 and 11.

KINGS 117, ROCKETS 111

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Isaiah Thomas scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and John Salmons also had 23 points to help rally Sacramento to a win over Houston.

The Kings trailed by 10 early in the fourth quarter but outscored the Rockets 17-7 over a four-minute stretch to tighten things up.

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