NBA Wrap: Heat take down Lakers

NBA Wrap: Heat take down Lakers
February 10, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Doug Collins has an interesting way of reminding himself that all great coaches endure times of failure. A 3-by-5 index card helps him do just that (see story).

Meanwhile, Jeremy Pargo made his Sixers debut Friday night and drew praise from Collins, Jrue Holiday and most notably, the fans (see story).

Now, here's a review of Sunday's action around the NBA:

LeBron, Wade lead Heat past Lakers
MIAMI -- LeBron James ran a few steps behind the play, knowing exactly what was coming. The lob from Norris Cole arrived, and the NBA's reigning MVP rose for a catch and dunk.

He made it look easy.

He's making everything look easy right now.

James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting in a record-setting show, Dwyane Wade scored 30 and the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-97 on Sunday for their fifth straight win.

It was James' fifth straight game with at least 30 points, a franchise record. He also joined Adrian Dantley (1979) and Moses Malone (1982) as the only NBA players to score at least 30 and shoot at least 60 percent in five straight outings, the team said (see full recap).

Anthony's 42 not enough vs. Clippers
NEW YORK -- Chris Paul preserved the big lead that Jamal Crawford helped build, then they both looked elsewhere for the key to this Clippers victory.

"I think the game ball goes to Grant Hill," Paul said.

Hill led the defensive effort that limited Carmelo Anthony to one basket in the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles pulled away for a 102-88 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Anthony scored 42 points in his fifth 40-point game of the season, but took only two shots in the final period while defended by the 40-year-old Hill, who didn't even play in the first half but was on the floor for the final 15:21 (see full recap).

Celtics outlast Nuggets in three OTs
BOSTON -- Paul Pierce had 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists and the Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 118-114 triple overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

Boston's win also ended Denver's winning streak at nine games.

Pierce made a tying 3-pointer in the second overtime to make it 107-107 and extend the game.

Kevin Garnett had 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while Jason Terry scored a season-high 26 points off the bench.

The Celtics also stayed unbeaten since point guard Rajon Rondo's season-ending knee injury (see full recap).

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