Heat 101, Lakers 95
Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had 23 points apiece, and the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers for their sixth consecutive win. Bosh also had 11 rebounds in the Heat’s fifth consecutive victory against the Lakers on Christmas Day. LeBron James added 19 points and Ray Allen had 12.
Miami improved to 7-0 against the Western Conference this season with its 19th consecutive overall win against West opponents.
Nick Young scored 20 points for the Lakers, who were tied four times in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles was hurt by poor shooting in its third loss in a row.
Jodie Meeks had 17 points for Los Angeles, Xavier Henry scored 14 and Pau Gasol had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Jordan Farmar returned from a left hamstring tear after missing 10 games, giving the Lakers a true point guard to run the offense. But he was ineffective, with three points and two assists in 32 minutes.
Thunder 123, Knicks 94
Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double by the middle of the third quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled over the New York Knicks, who played without Carmelo Anthony.
The Durant-Anthony showdown between the NBA’s top two scorers was canceled because of Anthony’s sprained left ankle, so the Thunder had the Christmas spotlight all to themselves while winning for the 10th time in 11 games.
Westbrook finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in his first triple-double of the season and seventh of his career. Serge Ibaka added 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting.
Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 22 points, and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 for the Knicks, who also were missing starting point guard Raymond Felton. J.R. Smith scored 20 points, but shot 8-for-22 and was booed when he left the court for good.
Bulls 95, Nets 78
Taj Gibson scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 15, and the Chicago Bulls routed the host Brooklyn Nets. Trailing 50-49 early in the third quarter, the Bulls took over behind Butler. He keyed a 21-5 run that gave Chicago control.
Butler, who sat out the last game with a right ankle injury, started the burst with a 3-pointer and then soon added a three-point play that made it 57-52. That was the first of 12 consecutive points by the Bulls.
Another three-point play by Butler made it 66-52.
Chicago (11-16) led by 19 at the end of the period after Reggie Evans’ dunk with less than a second left ended a 5˝-minute field goal drought for the Nets (9-19).
Rockets 111, Spurs 98
Dwight Howard scored 15 points and grabbed 20 rebounds and James Harden scored 28 points to lead the visiting Houston Rockets over the San Antonio Spurs.
All five Houston starters scored in double figures. Terence Jones added 21 points and 14 rebounds and Chandler Parsons also had 21 points for the Rockets, who scored 40 points in the first quarter and had a 15-point lead.
Manu Ginobili scored 22 points to lead San Antonio.