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  • Miami breezes past L.A. 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.
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  • 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 last 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.
    Mario Chalmers finished with 18 points and Shane Battier scored 12 for Miami, which improved to 21-3 at home.
    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.
    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.
    Tony Parker scored 31 points for San Antonio and Kawhi Leonard added 16. Brandon Knight had 24 for the Pistons, Charlie Villanueva scored 21 and Kyle Singler added 14 points and seven rebounds.
    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.
    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, hitting a 19-footer with 1:10 to play that put New York up for good.
    Thunder 127, Suns 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.
    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. Russell Westbrook had a right-handed slam during the run before finishing it off with a banked-in runner to stretch the lead to 81-55 with 3:25 to go in the third quarter.
    Bulls 93, Jazz 89
    At Salt Lake City, Carlos Boozer scored 19 points, including 11 straight in the fourth quarter, and Chicago closed out a six-game road trip with a victory over Utah.
    Nate Robinson added 18 points for the Bulls, who rebounded nicely from a 32-point loss in Denver 24 hours earlier.
    Grizzlies 99, Warriors 93
    At Memphis, Tenn., 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. Tony Allen had 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, Zach Randolph added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Jerryd Bayless finished with 14 points.
    Raptors 100, Pacers 98, OT
    At Indianapolis, 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. The Raptors won it when Gay hit a 17-foot jumper with 1.7 seconds left and Paul George's 15-footer rimmed out as the horn sounded.
    Wizards 89, Nets 74
    At Washington, Washington 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.
    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 of the game.
    The Cavaliers scored the last eight points of the third to go ahead 85-80. A basket by Shaun Livingston and a 3-pointer by Wayne Ellington put Cleveland ahead 90-80 early in the fourth. The Cavaliers scored 34 points in the final period. Nikola Vucevic scored a career-high 25 points for Orlando, which has lost 23 of 25. The Magic haven't won since Jan. 16.
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