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Heat breezing now that James, Wade on 'same page'

By Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. » On a day when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade split the Eastern Conference player of the month award, the duo delivered yet another road victory and reached a new achievement.

Yes, the Miami Heat superstars can put up big numbers together.

James scored 38 points for his 10th game of 30 or more and Wade added 31 for his ninth. But last night's 96-82 victory over the short-handed Charlotte Bobcats marked the first time they each topped 30 in the same game.

"To look at us in the Boston game earlier this year, we didn't know what each other was thinking," Wade said. "Now we're on the same page. Us not being able to play together is not a conversation anymore. I think we do a good job of playing off each other.

"This is what we envisioned and it's starting to come true," he said.

It was the Heat's 11th straight road win and their 18th win in 19 games.

Charlotte played without starting forward Gerald Wallace (ankle) and center Nazr Mohammed (knee) the same day tests revealed backup big man DeSagana Diop is lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon.

Celtics 96, Timberwolves 93

Paul Pierce scored 23 points to help host Boston overcome a double-digit deficit -- and another double-digit rebounding performance by Kevin Love (12 points and 24 rebounds) -- and beat Minnesota.

Michael Beasley scored 19, including Minnesota's last eight points, but his desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced harmlessly off the backboard.

The Celtics haven't lost to the Timberwolves since they traded Kevin Garnett to Boston in the summer of 2007.

Jazz 102, Pistons 97

Deron Williams scored 22 points, including a pair of late free throws, as host Utah beat Detroit for the 11th consecutive time.

Raja Bell hit a 3-pointer and sank two free throws to give the Jazz a 100-97 lead with 17.9 seconds left. The game featured 15 ties and 11 lead changes.

Tracy McGrady, starting in place of Rodney Stuckey, missed a 3-pointer and Al Jefferson grabbed the rebound to seal the victory.

Magic 110, Warriors 90

Hedo Turkoglu had 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists and Dwight Howard added 22 points and 17 rebounds as host Orlando won its sixth in a row.

"I'm glad I finally did something to help this team win," said Turkoglu, who was part of two trades involving eight players that Orlando engineered to reload its roster.

"When I have the ball in my hands, I'm able to do the things I'm good at. My strength is to be the guy who is a facilitator, get my shot or find one for my teammates."

Nuggets 113, Rockets 106

Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points and host Denver pulled ahead late in the fourth quarter to beat Houston for its fourth consecutive win.

Anthony had 11 rebounds and made 13 of 14 free throws to help the Nuggets fend off the Rockets with his eighth game of 30 or more points this season.

Hornets 84, 76ers 77

David West scored 17 points and host New Orleans held on for its third straight victory.

 

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HEAT 96, BOBCATS 82

MIAMI
James 15-26 6-6 38, Bosh 4-9 3-5 11, Ilgauskas 1-3 0-0 2, Arroyo 1-2 0-0 2, Wade 12-20 6-6 31, Jones 2-4 0-0 6, Anthony 1-1 0-0 2, Howard 0-2 2-2 2, Chalmers 1-7 0-0 2, Miller 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 37-76 17-19 96.

CHARLOTTE
Jackson 7-15 7-8 22, Diaw 2-4 0-0 4, K.Brown 1-4 3-4 5, Augustin 4-10 6-7 16, Henderson 3-9 0-0 6, Carroll 1-5 2-2 4, Thomas 4-14 0-0 8, McGuire 2-4 0-0 4, Livingston 2-6 0-0 4, D.Brown 3-6 1-2 7, Najera 0-1 0-0 0, Collins 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 30-79 19-23 82.

Miami 23 24 31 18 -- 96
Charlotte 28 15 16 23 -- 82

3-Point Goals--Miami 5-15 (Jones 2-4, James 2-4, Wade 1-4, Chalmers 0-3), Charlotte 3-10 (Augustin 2-4, Jackson 1-5, Carroll 0-1). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Miami 50 (Wade, Anthony 11), Charlotte 44 (McGuire, K.Brown 7). Assists--Miami 15 (James 5), Charlotte 19 (Diaw, Jackson 5). Total Fouls--Miami 15, Charlotte 20. Technicals--Ilgauskas, Miami defensive three second 2. A--19,233 (19,077).

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic
  W L Pct GB
Boston 26 7 .788 --
New York 19 14 .576 7
Philadelphia 13 21 .382 13 1/2
Toronto 11 22 .333 15
New Jersey 9 25 .265 17 1/2
Southeast
  W L Pct GB
Miami 27 9 .750 --
Orlando 22 12 .647 4
Atlanta 22 14 .611 5
Charlotte 11 21 .344 14
Washington 8 24 .250 17
Central
  W L Pct GB
Chicago 22 10 .688 --
Indiana 14 18 .438 8
Milwaukee 13 18 .419 8 1/2
Detroit 11 23 .324 12
Cleveland 8 26 .235 15

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Southwest
  W L Pct GB
San Antonio 29 4 .879 --
Dallas 25 8 .758 4
New Orleans 21 14 .600 9
Houston 16 18 .471 13 1/2
Memphis 15 19 .441 14 1/2
Northwest
  W L Pct GB
Utah 24 11 .686 --
Oklahoma City 23 12 .657 1
Denver 20 13 .606 3
Portland 18 16 .529 5 1/2
Minnesota 9 26 .257 15
Pacific
  W L Pct GB
L.A. Lakers 23 11 .676 --
Phoenix 14 18 .438 8
Golden State 13 21 .382 10
L.A. Clippers 10 24 .294 13
Sacramento 7 24 .226 14 1/2

Yesterday
Miami 96, Charlotte 82
Orlando 110, Golden State 90
Boston 96, Minnesota 93
New Orleans 84, Philadelphia 77
Denver 113, Houston 106
Utah 102, Detroit 97

Today
Milwaukee at Miami, 2:30 p.m.
San Antonio at New York, 2:30 p.m.
Toronto at Chicago, 3 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Memphis, 3 p.m.
Portland at Dallas, 3:30 p.m.
Atlanta at Sacramento, 5 p.m.
Detroit at L.A. Lakers, 5:30 p.m.

Tomorrow
Toronto at Cleveland, 2 p.m.
Chicago at New Jersey, 2 p.m.
Milwaukee at Orlando, 2 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 2 p.m.
San Antonio at Boston, 2:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Minnesota, 3 p.m.
Golden State at New Orleans, 3 p.m.
Portland at Houston, 3:30 p.m.
Atlanta at Utah, 4 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Clippers, 5:30 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 5:30 p.m.

 






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