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  • Miami blows past struggling Orlando

  • MIAMI — LeBron James' switch to a clear mask didn't hinder his shooting eye, and he had 20 points Saturday to help the Miami Heat earn their seventh consecutive victory by beating the Orlando Magic 112-98.
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  • MIAMI — LeBron James' switch to a clear mask didn't hinder his shooting eye, and he had 20 points Saturday to help the Miami Heat earn their seventh consecutive victory by beating the Orlando Magic 112-98.
    At the NBA's request, James dispensed with the black mask he wore Thursday when playing for the first time since he broke his nose. He missed only four shots, grabbed nine rebounds and had seven assists.
    Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Chris Bosh 20 for the Heat, who shot 58 percent. Eleven players scored for the Heat, and their bench totaled 39 points.
    Clippers 108, Pelicans 76
    At Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 21 points and eight assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points before both All-Stars sat out the fourth quarter of Los Angeles' rout of New Orleans.
    Rockets 118, Pistons 110
    At Houston, Terrence Jones had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Houston opened a big early lead and beat Detroit for its third win in four games.
    Jones finished 10 of 15 from the floor as Houston shot 50 percent for the game, including 61 percent in the first half. Houston scored 41 points in the first quarter and finished 11 of 33 from behind the arc.
    Pacers 102, Celtics 97
    At Boston, Paul George scored 10 of Indiana's last 12 points and the Pacers beat Boston two days after beating another of the NBA's worst teams.
    Nets 107, Bucks 98
    At Milwaukee, Marcus Thornton scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead Brooklyn over Milwaukee and within a game of .500.
    Grizzlies 110, Cavaliers 96
    At Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Memphis used a big second half to defeat Cleveland.
    Timberwolves 108, Kings 97
    At Sacramento, Calif., Kevin Martin scored 26 points, Kevin Love had 22 and Minnesota reached .500 with its win over Sacramento.
    It was the second straight win and fifth in six games for the Timberwolves (29-29).
    Minnesota never trailed after opening the third quarter with nine straight points.
    Wizards 122, 76ers 103
    At Philadelphia, Trevor Ariza made eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 40 points to help Washington win its sixth straight game.
    Ariza made all six 3-point attempts in the first quarter for 24 points and finished 14 of 23 from the floor overall.
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