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NBA roundup: LeBron James leads Heat to victory with triple-double

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Heat 110, Pistons 78

LeBron James had 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Miami Heat build a big lead, and then rested in the fourth quarter of a victory against the host Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

It was James’ first triple-double of the season and No. 37 for his career. It also was the fourth time he accomplished the feat without playing in the fourth quarter.

The banged-up Heat had little trouble with the Pistons even though they were without Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen and Greg Oden. They had plenty of players make up for the losses.

Udonis Haslem scored 12 of his 17 points in the first quarter, when James already had seven assists.

Wizards 91, Pacers 78

John Wall scored 20 points, and the host Washington Wizards avenged two of their biggest losses of the season, never trailing in a win over the cold-shooting, turnover-prone Indiana Pacers.

Marcin Gortat added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Al Harrington added 12 points, including a personal 10-0 run in the second quarter, for the Wizards, who dropped their first two games against the Pacers this season by a combined 47 points.

The Pacers committed five turnovers in the first four minutes Friday and shot 35 percent overall.

Magic 110, Bobcats 105

Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson had five points in overtime as the host Orlando Magic edged the Charlotte Bobcats.

Aaron Afflalo, who finished with 17 points, sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds remaining as Orlando won its second straight.

In overtime, Nelson’s 3-pointer with 2:26 left put Orlando ahead for good.

Vucevic, who recorded his fifth career game with 20 points and 20 rebounds, keyed a dominant rebounding effort (57-36) by Orlando.

Raptors 105, Celtics 103

Amir Johnson scored the winning basket with seven seconds left, and the host Toronto Raptors clinched their first playoff berth in six seasons by beating the Boston Celtics.

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points as the Raptors won for the 18th time in 24 home games. Terrence Ross had 17 points, Greivis Vasquez scored 15 and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 13.

Trail Blazers 91, Bulls 74

Mo Williams scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures as the Portland Trail Blazers won on the road for a second straight night with a rout of the Chicago Bulls.

Damian Lillard had 16 points and Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez each had 13 for the Blazers.

The Blazers got past the Bulls easily, despite a quiet night from All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, who was playing just his second game after missing two weeks with a back injury. He had five points and 13 rebounds in 29 minutes.

Pelicans 102, Jazz 95

Tyreke Evans had 22 points and 15 assists, and the short-handed host Pelicans overcame the loss of Anthony Davis to extend their winning streak to a season-long five games.

Davis left the game with a left ankle injury less than four minutes in, further depleting New Orleans’ already injury-riddled roster. Evans played point guard for a second straight game.

Derrick Favors had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz, which lost their third straight. Gordon Hayward added 21 points.

Thunder 94, Kings 81

Kevin Durant scored 29 points to help the host Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings.

Durant has scored at least 25 points in 37 consecutive games, the longest streak since Michael Jordan’s 40-game run for the Chicago Bulls during the 1986-87 season. Durant could have done more damage, but he sat for good with 1:25 left in the third quarter.

Oklahoma City bolted to a 32-15 lead at the end of the first quarter after holding the Kings to 26 percent shooting, and the Thunder led 54-38 at halftime.

Timberwolves 143,
Lakers 107

Kevin Love had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double and host Minnesota hammered the woeful Los Angeles Lakers.

Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points on 9-for-10 shooting in his first game back from an ankle injury and Love hit three of five 3-pointers in just three quarters. Kevin Martin scored 17 points for the Wolves, who led by 19 points in the first quarter, 37 in the second and 40 in the third.


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