Heat win streak now 13
LeBron James endured his worst shooting night of the season, and still delivered the biggest basket of the game. That's how things are going...
MIAMI — LeBron James endured his worst shooting night of the season, and still delivered the biggest basket of the game.
That's how things are going these days for the Miami Heat.
Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and set up James for a critical three-pointer in the final half-minute, and the Heat extended its winning streak to 13 games by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 98-91 on Friday night.
"I thought this was one of our better wins of the season," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It was tough. We had to work for everything."
On a night when he shot just 4 for 14, James finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double, with 18 points and 10 assists. Shane Battier scored 14, Chris Bosh added 13 and Ray Allen had 10 for Miami, which snapped Memphis' eight-game winning streak.
Down the stretch, James — who had 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in the fourth quarter alone — was simply too much to handle.
The Sacramento Kings waived guard Aaron Brooks from Franklin High School.
Brooks averaged 8.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 20.8 minutes per game. He played in 46 games, starting 20.
The Seattle native had talked in recent weeks about the possibility of playing in his hometown next season.
• Paul Pierce had 26 points as the host Boston Celtics overcame foul trouble and some erratic free-throw shooting to beat the Golden State Warriors 94-86. Warriors guard Stephen Curry, coming off a 54-point performance in New York, was held to 25 on 6-of-22 shooting.
• Dirk Nowitzki and former Nets guard Vince Carter each scored 20 points as the Dallas Mavericks avoided another late collapse, beating the host Brooklyn Nets 98-90.
• Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School scored 24 points, making two three-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Chris Paul had 15 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers ran away in the final period for a 105-89 victory over the host Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving missed his third straight game with a hyperextended right knee.
• Wilson Chandler tied his career high with 35 points and Ty Lawson's jumper with 0.2 seconds left lifted the host Denver Nuggets to a 105-103 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
• Out all season with bad knees, Andrew Bynum's latest setback may be the one that finally ends his year. Bynum admitted for the first time he may not play for the Philadelphia 76ers this season because of swelling in his right knee.
• Pamela Smith of Atlanta has filed a lawsuit saying basketball Hall of Famer and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is the father of her teenage son. Jordan had no comment.