NBA Wrap: Wizards beat undermanned Clippers

NBA Wrap: Wizards beat undermanned Clippers
February 5, 2013, 12:00 am
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The Sixers won their third straight game, but it wasn't without a cost. Thaddeus Young left the team's win over the Magic in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return (see story).

Second-year pro Nik Vucevic was back in Philadelphia for the first time since being traded from the Sixers to the Magic. It was a trade that many believe was a mistake because of Vucevic's early success in Orlando (see story).

Meanwhile, here's a review of Monday's action around the NBA:

Wizards beat shorthanded Clippers
WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Clippers were missing Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. The Washington Wizards won the game.

Tread carefully around Randy Wittman when trying to connect those two thoughts.

"Hey, listen, we played enough games this year without players," the Wizards coach said. "Don't give me the (bull) about who was here and who wasn't here. ... You guys would have printed it a wholly different other way if we had lost. ... Now you're going to print, `Ah, you won because Blake didn't play.' Give me a break," (see full recap).

LeBron, Bosh lead Heat over Bobcats
MIAMI -- LeBron James scored 31 points and Chris Bosh added 23 to lead Miami past Charlotte 99-94 Monday night, the Heat's 10th consecutive victory against the Bobcats.

Dwyane Wade had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Miami, which has won nine of its last 10 at home. James was 13 for 14 from the field, for a career-best 93-percent shooting. The Heat improved to 19-3 on their home floor.

Ramon Sessions scored 18 points for Charlotte, which lost its fourth in a row and 12th in the last 14. Ben Gordon had 16 points as six Bobcats players scored in double digits (see full recap).

Knicks breeze past Pistons
NEW YORK -- The toughest part of Tyson Chandler's night was the postgame interview.

The California native and San Francisco 49ers fan, who had just tied a franchise record with his third straight 20-rebound game, was forced to face the media wearing a Ravens Super Bowl champion hat, payment of a lost bet with Baltimore fan Carmelo Anthony.

"That made my day. You just don't know," said Anthony, who stood across the locker room and watched Chandler's interview with a smile. "It was a good day for me, it just was a coincidence that he had three games with 20 rebounds. That picture will be everywhere," (see full recap).

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