NBA roundup: Heat blasts Bobcats
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CHARLOTTE — LeBron James scored 38 points, Dwyane Wade added 31 points and the Miami Heat dominated the second half to beat the short-handed Charlotte Bobcats 96-82 on Monday night for their 11th straight road win.
Playing for the first time against Paul Silas, his first NBA coach in Cleveland, James scored 26 of his points in the second half and added nine rebounds. Wade grabbed 11 boards in Miami’s 18th win in 19 games.
Stephen Jackson scored 22 points and D.J. Augustin added 16 for the Bobcats, who shot 38 percent from the field with 15 turnovers.
Magic 110, Warriors 90
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hedo Turkoglu had 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists and Dwight Howard added 22 points and 17 rebounds for Orlando.
Jason Richardson scored 20 points for the Magic, who had 66 points in the second half after trailing 53-44 at halftime.
Monta Ellis led Golden State with 20 points and Dorell Wright added 17 points. The Warriors played without starting center David Lee, who bruised his back in a loss at Miami and is day to day.
The Magic, who were just 3 of 11 on 3-pointers in the first half, was 12 of 21 on 3-pointers after the break.
Celtics 96, Timberwolves 93
BOSTON — Paul Pierce scored 23 points to help the Celtics overcome a double-digit deficit — and another double-digit rebounding performance by Kevin Love — and beat Minnesota.
Love had 24 rebounds and 12 points, but he airballed a jumper with just over a minute left and Minnesota trailing by one. Michael Beasley scored 19, including Minnesota’s last eight points, but his desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced harmlessly off the backboard.
Ray Allen scored 20, Glen “Big Baby” Davis had 17 points and Rajon Rondo added 16 assists for the Celtics, who haven’t lost to the Timberwolves since they traded Kevin Garnett to Boston in the summer of 2007. Garnett missed his third straight game with a right calf injury.
Hornets 84, 76ers 77
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — David West scored 17 points and New Orleans held on to beat Philadelphia.
Paul scored 15 points, using a speedy left-to-right dribble on a clutch driving layup off the glass with just under 20 seconds left to give the Hornets an 82-77 lead. Emeka Okafor had 13 points and former Sixer Willie Green added 11 for New Orleans, which saw a lead as large as 13 in the fourth quarter trimmed to three, at 78-75, on Elton Brand’s layup with 3:09 to go.
Brand led Philadelphia with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Andres Nocioni had 13 points and Jrue Holiday and Marreese Speights each had 12 points.
Jazz 102, Pistons 97
SALT LAKE CITY — Deron Williams scored 22 points, including a pair of late free throws, as the Utah Jazz beat Detroit 102-97 for their 11th straight victory over the Pistons.
Raja Bell hit a 3-pointer and sank two free throws to give the Jazz a 100-97 lead with 17.9 seconds left.
Tracy McGrady, starting in place of Rodney Stuckey, missed a 3-pointer and Al Jefferson grabbed the rebound to seal the victory.
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