NBA: LeBron enjoys triple-double at the Garden
NEW YORK (AP) – LeBron James delivered another vintage performance at Madison Square Garden, scoring 32 points and finishing with his 30th career triple-double to help the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 113-91 on Friday night for their 11th straight victory.
James had 11 rebounds and 10 assists, silencing the first sustained boos he’s ever heard in New York.
His first trip to the Big Apple since snubbing the Knicks in free agency to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami sounded different, but otherwise looked the same. The league MVP toyed with a Knicks team hoping to prove it belonged with the big boys but instead was overwhelmed by his brilliance.
Wade and Bosh each scored 26 points, extending Miami’s longest winning streak since winning 12 in a row from Feb. 26-March 19, 2005. The Heat beat the Knicks for the sixth straight time.
New York’s Amare Stoudemire was limited to 24 points on 11-of-28 shooting, snapping his franchise-record streak of nine straight 30-point games. He grabbed 14 rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points, but the Knicks lost their second straight after an eight-game winning streak.
Lakers 93, 76ers 81
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Lamar Odom scored 28 points, Pau Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Los Angeles beat Philadelphia.
Matt Barnes had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who rallied and broke the game open in the fourth quarter to win their fourth straight game. The Lakers trailed by four when Barnes and Odom sparked a 27-8 run.
Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Andre Iguodala scored 18 points for the Sixers.
The season’s second sellout crowd of 20,366 included some of Philadelphia’s top sports stars. Kobe Bryant scored only nine points a night after his high school dedicated the gym in his honor.
Hawks 90, Bobcats 85
ATLANTA (AP) – Joe Johnson scored 16 points in his return to the Hawks’ lineup, Al Horford assisted on a crucial basket by Marvin Williams with just over a minute remaining, and Atlanta held off Charlotte.
Johnson was back on the court only 2 1/2 weeks after undergoing elbow surgery that was supposed to keep him out for at least a month. He hit two free throws to help seal the victory with 24 seconds remaining.
With the Hawks clinging to an 82-79 edge and the 24-second clock winding down, Horford wound up with the ball at the top of the key, looking around desperately for an open man. He spotted Williams underneath, feeding him the pass for an easy lay-in with 1 second left on the shot clock.
Boris Diaw and D.J. Augustin led the Bobcats with 22 points apiece. Charlotte shot just 38 percent from the field.
Clippers 109, Pistons 88
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Blake Griffin had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and Los Angeles won its first road game of the season by beating Detroit.
The Clippers hadn’t won a road game since last March, a streak of 15 games, and were 0-11 away from home this season.
Ryan Gomes added 18 points for the Clippers, while Charlie Villanueva led the Pistons with 18. Detroit’s starters scored just 29 points and pulled down two fewer rebounds than Griffin.
Pacers 108, Cavaliers 99
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Danny Granger had 30 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to help Indiana beat Cleveland, extending the Cavaliers’ losing streak to 10 games.
Granger had struggled during Indiana’s three-game losing streak, but he bounced back to make 12 of 22 shots, including four of seven 3-pointers. Roy Hibbert, Mike Dunleavy and Brandon Rush each scored 15 points for the Pacers, who are 3-0 against Cleveland this season.
Mo Williams had 22 points and 11 assists for the Cavaliers.
The chippy game included five technical fouls and an ejection in the fourth quarter. There were seven total technicals in the game.
Raptors 98, Nets 92
TORONTO (AP) – Andrea Bargnani had 32 points and nine rebounds as Toronto beat New Jersey for the sixth straight time.
Linas Kleiza had 18 points and matched his career high with 12 rebounds. Jose Calderon returned from a four-game absence to put up 15 points and 14 assists for Toronto.
The Raptors had lost two straight and six of seven.
Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Nets, who have lost nine of 10 and are 2-12 on the road.
Hornets 100, Jazz 71
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – David West scored 23 points and Chris Paul had 11 points and 10 assists to lead New Orleans in a rout of Utah.
Hornets reserve guard Marcus Thornton, seeing a sudden surge in playing time, scored 19 points in his second straight double-digit performance. Trevor Ariza added 17.
The Jazz came in 10th in the NBA in scoring at 101.4 points per game, but shot poorly and got few second chances as the Hornets finished with a season-high 53 rebounds, 29 more than Utah. The Jazz shot 35.8 percent and finished with a season low in points.
Paul Millsap had 14 points for Utah, which lost for the fourth time in 11 road games.
Thunder 102, Kings 87
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Serge Ibaka added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Oklahoma City used a trio of fourth-quarter spurts to put away Sacramento.
The pesky Kings, who have an NBA-worst five wins, stayed within single digits most of the night and trailed 83-77 midway through the fourth. Then, the Thunder had two separate runs of eight straight points to put the game away.
Russell Westbrook had 21 points as Oklahoma City won its fifth in a row.
Tyreke Evans scored 22 points and DeMarcus Cousins and Beno Udrih added 19 apiece for Sacramento, which has lost 18 of 20. Cousins, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, also had a career-high 16 rebounds.
Rockets 103, Grizzlies 87
HOUSTON (AP) – On the night the Rockets learned Yao Ming is out for the season, Kevin Martin scored 34 points to lift Houston over Memphis.
It was a much-needed lift for the Rockets, who disclosed that their star center would miss the rest of 2010-2011 because of a stress fracture in his left ankle.
Martin scored 20 points in the first quarter, staking Houston to a 34-13 lead. The Grizzlies, who entered with a four-game winning streak, never got closer than 16 after that.
Rudy Gay and Sam Young scored 19 points each to lead the Grizzlies, but Gay was ejected for a flagrant foul with about 6 minutes remaining.
Luis Scola added 23 points for the Rockets and Kyle Lowry, who has been filling in for injured point guard Aaron Brooks, had 17 points and a career-high 18 assists.
The Rockets have won seven straight overall against the Grizzlies and nine in a row over Memphis at home.