NBA Wrap: LeBron, Heat throttle Clippers

NBA Wrap: LeBron, Heat throttle Clippers
February 8, 2013, 11:45 pm
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MIAMI -- LeBron James scored 30 points in another efficient performance, Dwyane Wade scored 20 and the Miami Heat dominated the middle two quarters on the way to an easy 111-89 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

James shot 9 for 11, giving him 37 makes on his last 47 attempts, and sat out the fourth quarter. It was his fourth straight 30-point game, tying him with Wade as the only Heat player with such streaks in the franchise's 25-year history.

Mario Chalmers finished with 18 points and Shane Battier scored 12 for Miami, which improved to 21-3 at home.

The Clippers got Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin back from injuries, but that trio of starters combined for only 23 points. DeAndre Jordan led Los Angeles with 17 points.

Miami was without Chris Bosh and Ray Allen, both sidelined with the flu (see full recap).

Wizards stay hot, top Nets
WASHINGTON -- Over the last month, the Washington Wizards have put together a body of work at home worthy of comparison with any of the best teams in the NBA.

If only they weren't 21 games under .500.

"If this team was healthy at the beginning," forward Chris Singleton said, "I feel like we'd be in the top four in the East. ... Looking at the standings just hurts."

The Wizards capped an impressive three-game homestand Friday night with an 89-74 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. The team with the third-worst record in the NBA has won eight of nine at the Verizon Center - a stretch in which they've taken down Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Chicago, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Our record should be backwards," guard Bradley Beal said, "whatever it is," (see full recap).

Pistons snap Spurs' win streak
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Gregg Popovich was explaining before the game how his San Antonio Spurs had managed to win 11 in a row despite injuries to Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.

It was an impressive run, but it wasn't going to last forever.

"We'll probably lay an egg here sometime," the veteran coach cautioned. "Everybody does after a while. You never know what night that will be."

It turned out to be Friday for the Spurs, whose streak came to an end with a 119-109 loss to the Detroit Pistons. San Antonio fell behind by 21 points in the second quarter, and Detroit held on thanks to Greg Monroe's 26 points and 16 rebounds (see full recap).

Knicks rally past Bobcats
MINNEAPOLIS -- Down 11 in the fourth quarter against a team he feels the New York Knicks should beat, Carmelo Anthony didn't see another disappointing loss coming. He saw an opportunity, and that's exactly what he told Raymond Felton.

"I told Raymond, `I'm going to try to go get it,'" Anthony said.

Once he made up his mind, the Minnesota Timberwolves were powerless to stop him.

Anthony had 36 points and nine rebounds, scoring 12 points down the stretch to rally the Knicks to a 100-94 victory on Friday night (see full recap).