NBA: Wade goes off for 45 in Miami win
HOUSTON (AP) – Dwyane Wade scored 45 points and the Miami Heat extended their road winning streak to 10 games with a 125-119 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Wade shook off a hard foul from Aaron Brooks early in the fourth quarter to reach 40 points for the 30th time in his career. He hit 17 of 24 shots, went 10 for 10 from the free-throw line and pulled down seven rebounds one night after scoring 40 points in a 106-98 win over the New York Knicks.
Wade reached 45 points for the eighth time, and hit 40 points on consecutive nights for the first time in his career.
LeBron James scored 20 points and had nine assists and Chris Bosh scored 21 points for the Heat, who have won 16 of their past 17 overall.
Luis Scola scored 22 points, Kevin Martin had 21 and Brooks added 20 points and nine assists for the Rockets, who had an eight-game home winning streak snapped.
Pistons 104, Celtics 92
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Kevin Garnett left in the first quarter with a leg injury, and Boston looked ragged without him in a loss to Detroit.
The Celtics lost for only the second time in 17 games, but they’re encountering some potentially serious adversity now. Garnett hurt himself on a dunk late in the first quarter, and although X-rays revealed no fracture in his right leg, he didn’t return. Boston was also without point guard Rajon Rondo, who missed his sixth straight game with a sprained left ankle.
Tracy McGrady scored 21 points for the Pistons, who led 45-37 at halftime and pushed the margin to 16 in the third quarter.
Lakers 103, Hornets 88
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Lamar Odom responded to his first time out of the starting lineup this season by scoring 24 points, and Los Angeles convincingly ended a three-game losing streak.
Kobe Bryant added 20 points, while Andrew Bynum, who started for Odum, scored 18 points. Pau Gasol added 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers snapped out a funk that in which they lost by 15 or more points in their previous three games.
Chris Paul had 20 points and Marco Belinelli scored 15 for the Hornets, who lost their second straight. David West twisted his left ankle late in the first half and tried to play through it, but finished with only eight points in 28 minutes.
Kings 100, Grizzlies 98
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Tyreke Evans made a 3-pointer from midcourt as time expired, lifting Sacramento over Memphis.
The shot was reviewed by officials and upheld, ending Sacramento’s eight-game losing streak and giving the NBA’s worst team only their second win in 18 games.
Moments before Evans’ game-winner, O.J. Mayo gave the Grizzlies a 98-97 lead with an off-balance 22-footer with 1.5 seconds remaining. That shot looked as if it would hold up until Evans took the inbound pass and raced to midcourt before launching the shot.
Evans, the NBA’s rookie of the year last season, raced to the sideline and jumped on the scorer’s table following his game-winning shot. He finished with 21 points for the Kings (6-23). Rookie DeMarcus Cousins added a season-high 21 points and 16 rebounds.
Zach Randolph scored a season-high 35 points and had 17 rebounds for Memphis (15-17).
Nuggets 119, Timberwolves 113
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Chauncey Billups scored 15 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three huge 3-pointers to lift Denver.
Michael Beasley scored 33 and Kevin Love had 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who missed a chance for their first three-game winning streak since February of last season.
The Nuggets were playing without star Carmelo Anthony for the fifth straight game and were missing starters Kenyon Martin, Nene and top reserve Al Harrington with injuries.
Chris Andersen stepped in with 11 points and seven rebounds and Ty Lawson had 19 points, five assists and five rebounds off the bench to help the Nuggets to their second straight win.
Thunder 114, Nets 93
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kevin Durant scored 27 points before taking the fourth quarter off and Oklahoma City rolled past error-prone New Jersey.
Oklahoma City forced a season-high 23 turnovers and bounced back from a loss in what’s becoming trademark fashion. The Thunder are 10-1 after a loss this season, meaning they haven’t had a losing streak longer than two games.
Russell Westbrook added 17 points and seven assists through the first three quarters as all 12 players scored for Oklahoma City. Reserve James Harden had 11 points to reach double figures for the ninth straight game, and Nenad Krstic and Nick Collison added 10 apiece.
Devin Harris and Brook Lopez each scored 19 points to lead New Jersey, which has lost its past three games by 51 points.
76ers 123, Suns 110
PHOENIX (AP) – Jrue Holiday scored 25 points and Philadelphia beat Phoenix.
Evan Turner scored 23 points off the bench and Andres Nocioni finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers. Philadelphia was without Andre Iguodala, who missed his second straight game with tendinitis in his right Achilles’ tendon.
Steve Nash had 23 points and 15 assists to lead Phoenix and Vince Carter added 18 points in his Suns debut. Carter has missed four straight games with a sore knee after he was acquired in a six-player deal on December 18.
Grant Hill added 17 points for the Suns, who have lost four straight.
Bobcats 101, Cavaliers 92
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Stephen Jackson scored 38 points, D.J. Augustin added 28 and Charlotte moved to 2-0 under interim coach Paul Silas with a victory over Cleveland.
Jackson hit a decisive 3-pointer with 1:40 left to stop Cleveland’s late rally and made 13 of 15 free throws. Augustin hit 10 of 14 shots and is shooting 20 of 29 from the field since Silas replaced the fired Larry Brown.
Ramon Sessions scored 22 points and Antawn Jamison added 18 for the slumping Cavaliers, who played without top scorer Mo Williams (hip) then lost Daniel Gibson (thigh) in the third quarter.
Cleveland has lost 15 of 16 and 13 straight on the road.
Hawks 103, Warriors 93
ATLANTA (AP) – Josh Smith had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Al Horford had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Atlanta beat Golden State.
The Hawks have won two straight and four of five.
Dorell Wright scored a career-high 32 points for Golden State, which missed a chance for its first four-game winning streak since Feb. 26-March 4, 2008.
The Warriors, who have lost 11 of 13 on the road, play their next four away from Oakland.
Wizards 104, Pacers 90
WASHINGTON (AP) – Nick Young had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead Washington over Indiana.
Andray Blatche had 22 points and 11 rebounds and JaVale McGee had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Washington.
Mike Dunleavy had 20 points and Danny Granger 15 for the Pacers, who’ve lost seven of their last nine games – all by more than 10 points. Indiana has dropped seven straight on the road.
The Wizards began the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run to extend a five-point lead to 83-69 with 8:24 to play. The Wizards made it 89-72 on John Wall’s layup.
Jazz 103, Clippers 95
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Al Jefferson had 31 points and 10 rebounds to help Utah beat Los Angeles.
Andre Kirilenko missed his first game of the season because of a lower back strain and reserve C.J. Miles also sat out because of flulike symptoms, leaving the Jazz vulnerable at small forward.
Utah rookie Gordon Hayward made his fifth start of the season in Kirilenko’s spot, and had 17 points and six rebounds. Mehmet Okur, playing his second game of the season after missing the first 30 while rehabbing from a torn left Achilles’ tendon, scored 13 points in 17 minutes.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Gordon added 19 points.