James, Heat tame Thunder
LeBron James had 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat trampled the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-100 in a Thursday night...
OKLAHOMA CITY — LeBron James had 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat trampled the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-100 in a Thursday night showcase before the All-Star break.
Chris Bosh chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Heat won its sixth straight against the Thunder dating to last year's NBA Finals. Miami swept the season series after winning on its home court on Christmas Day, following up after taking the last four games of the Finals.
James was in position to continue his NBA record run of games with at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting to seven, but missed from a couple steps beyond the three-point line as the shot clock ran down with just over a minute left.
That dropped him to 14 for 24 in the game, or 58 percent. James had said before the game that he didn't care if the streak continued, as long as Miami kept winning.
Kevin Durant had 40 points and eight rebounds, but missed his first seven shots as Oklahoma City fell hopelessly behind. Russell Westbrook had 26 points and 10 assists, with six turnovers.
Miami never trailed and widened its lead to as much as 79-56 in the third quarter.
Stern expects Sacramento plan by March 1
HOUSTON — NBA commissioner David Stern expects a concrete financing plan from Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson within the next two weeks, with the aim of settling the Kings' future by mid-April.
Stern said Johnson will attend an April 17-18 owners meeting in New York to deliver his proposal, but the league expects to have heard it by then.
"We have an April 17th meeting of the board, but if the mayor follows through on what he's told us, we'll have it comfortably by March 1," Stern said.
Johnson is trying to line up investors to buy the Kings and keep them in his city with a new arena, rather than watch them move to Seattle.
LOS ANGELES — Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized with cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Buss, 79, has spent time in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to the Times, which quoted Buss' son, Jim, saying his father was "doing fine." Several current and former Lakers players, including Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson, have visited Buss.
Team spokesman John Black said the team has no plans to comment on Buss' health.
• Chris Paul had 24 points and 13 assists, Blake Griffin scored 18 of his 22 points in a spectacular first quarter, and the Clippers cemented their supremacy in L.A. with a 125-101 victory over the Lakers.
• The Houston Rockets recalled forwards Terrence Jones and Greg Smith from the developmental league. The 6-foot-9 Jones was a first-round pick (18th overall) by the Rockets last summer out of Kentucky.