Whiteside, Heat roll
MIAMI — With 17 games to play in 31 days and two brutal road trips awaiting, the Miami Heat know January will be far from easy.
At least it's off to a flying start.
Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 19 rebounds, Gerald Green added 19 points off the bench and the Heat rolled past the Dallas Mavericks 106-82 on Friday night to snap a two-game slide.
"You want to be tested," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "You want to be measured in this league. You want to be pushed to adversity. ... But I don't want these guys thinking about 16 more games right now."
Chris Bosh scored 16 points and Goran Dragic had 15 points and seven assists for the Heat. Miami adjusted its starting lineup shortly before tip-off when Dwyane Wade was stricken by flu-like symptoms. Wade got some intravenous fluids and checked in early in the second quarter, just his 10th time playing off the bench in his 13-year career. He finished with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
Whiteside made 12 of 16 shots, and the Heat enjoyed their biggest victory margin of the season.
"I'm just trying to get my All-Star ratings up," Whiteside said.
Dallas had just 10 points in the first quarter — its low for any period this season — and shot just 36 percent for the game, compared to 56 percent for Miami. The Heat have just four home games left in January, two of those in the next five days, and have separate five- and six-game trips this month.
"The bottom line with this tonight is they played an angrier game," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "The combination of that, and our shot-making was just not there all night, we just lost a little bit of our edge."
Zaza Pachulia led the Mavericks with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Wesley Matthews made four 3-pointers for his 12 points, and Dirk Nowitzki added 11 points for Dallas — which was playing for the first time since topping Golden State on Wednesday.
BULLS 108, KNICKS 81: At Chicago, Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, and Nikola Mirotic had 17 points and seven assists to help Chicago beat New York.
Pau Gasol added 17 points and eight rebounds as the Bulls won for the fourth time in five games while avenging a blowout loss at New York on Dec. 19. Rookie reserve Bobby Portis had 16 points and 10 rebounds in his third consecutive game scoring in double figures.
The Bulls blew a 17-point lead before pulling away from the Knicks in the fourth quarter.
Carmelo Anthony scored 20 for New York, which has dropped five of six.
Chicago played without Derrick Rose, who missed his second straight game due to right hamstring tendinitis.
RAPTORS 104, HORNETS 94: At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 18 points and 11 assists as Toronto rallied to beat Charlotte.
It was the fourth double-double of the season for Lowry, who helped the Raptors come back from a seven-point deficit entering the fourth quarter and avenge a 109-99 loss in Charlotte last month.
DeMarre Carroll and Patrick Patterson both added 14 points for Toronto.
Kemba Walker had 18 points for the Hornets.
WIZARDS 103, MAGIC 91: At Washington, John Wall scored 24 points with 13 assists, Otto Porter had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Washington extended its dominance of Orlando.
The Wizards won their 11th straight game over the improving Magic, who entered with a 13-5 record since Nov. 25, best in the Eastern Conference.
Wall had 12 points in the fourth quarter and Kris Humphries scored 11, all in the final period. Humphries' jumper with 7:38 to play started the Wizards on a 15-3 run that gave them a 93-81 lead with 3:51 left.
Victor Oladipo led Orlando with 20 points.
LAKERS 93, 76ERS 84: At Los Angeles, Lou Williams scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter against his former team and Jordan Clarkson added 19, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a win.
Rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. had a season-high 14 rebounds and eight points for the Lakers on his 23rd birthday while playing on a tender right ankle.
Julius Randle scored 15 off the bench for Los Angeles in a matchup between teams with the NBA's two worst records. The Sixers (3-32) and Lakers (7-27) have played each other four times in the NBA Finals, most recently in 2001.
Kobe Bryant didn't play for the Lakers against his hometown team because of a sore right shoulder, the same one he had surgery on last January to repair a torn rotator cuff. That forced the NBA's third all-time leading scorer to miss the final 48 games of the 2014-15 season.