Heat defeats Knicks, avoids going 0-4 in New York
LeBron James had 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat avoided a winless season in the Big Apple with a 106-91 victory Saturday night that snapped the New York Knicks’ four-game winning streak.
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — LeBron James had 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat avoided a winless season in the Big Apple with a 106-91 victory Saturday night that snapped the New York Knicks’ four-game winning streak.
Dwyane Wade added 22 points for the Heat, which avoided becoming the first team to go 0-4 in New York this season after losing on its previous trip to Madison Square Garden and both games in Brooklyn.
Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who had been 4-1 against the Heat over the past two seasons but were overmatched in this one. They finished 4-4 on their eight-game homestand, which matched the longest in franchise history.
• John Wall scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and the host Washington Wizards took advantage of a rare off-game from hometown star Kevin Durant in a 96-81 win over the Thunder that stopped Oklahoma City’s 10-game winning streak. Durant’s 26 points came on 8-for-21 shooting, including 0 for 6 from three-point range.
• LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 15 rebounds, Damian Lillard hit a go-ahead free throw with 11.8 seconds left and the host Portland Trail Blazers edged the Toronto Raptors 106-103.
• Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School scored 27 points off the bench, Blake Griffin had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 102-87.
• Tim Duncan had 23 points and 17 rebounds and the host San Antonio Spurs snapped a three-game slide by rallying past the skidding Sacramento Kings 95-93. Former Husky Isaiah Thomas had 26 points for the Kings.
• James Harden returned from injury to score 28 points and Jeremy Lin had his first career triple-double to lead the host Houston Rockets over the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-92. Lin came off the bench to tally 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
• Andre Drummond had 22 points and 14 rebounds as the host Detroit Pistons overwhelmed the Philadelphia 76ers 113-96. Former Husky Tony Wroten led the 76ers with 18 points.
• Adam Silver has become the NBA’s fifth commissioner. The NBA posted a picture on its Twitter account of Silver holding a basketball and shaking hands with outgoing boss David Stern.
• The Indiana Pacers added size and scoring punch to their roster by signing mercurial free-agent center Andrew Bynum.
• Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol will miss at least the next week with a strained right groin.
• Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is expected to miss at least a week because of a sprained right ankle.