Heat End Mini-Skid With Win Over Hornets

Dwayne Wade led the 13-5 Miami Heat out of a two-game slide with 26 points while his teammate Lebron James added 24 points ans they beat the New Orleans Hornets 106-90 in Miami on Saturday night. The Heat went on a 33-10 run to close out the first half and break the game open. They led 64-47 at the half. Five Heat players finished in double figures including Chris Bosh with 13 points, Ray Allen with 11 and also Shane Battier with 11.

Ryan Anderson led the Hornets with 24 points while Ryan Lopez added 20. The Hornets were without rookie top draft choice Anthony Davis for the ninth straight game with an injured foot. Davis has played in only six games this season.

Lebron has scored at least 20 points in all 18 Heat games this season. Going back to last season, including the playoffs, his streak is 38 straight. On Saturday he hit 10 of his first 11 shots.

”Better activity tonight,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ”You could see the motor was better. We didn’t do everything right. We still had a handful of breakdowns. But the commitment on the defensive end was better than the past two games.”

The Heat outscored the Hornets 33-15 in the second quarter with a stifling defense that saw New Orleans hit only 9 for the last 31 shots of the half. The Heat will host Atlanta Hawks on Monday. Atlanta trails the Heat by a half game in the Southeast Division with a 12-5 record.

In other Saturday action, the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 117-99 for their fifth straight win. Blake Griffin had 24 points to lead the Clippers.The Clippers lead the Pacific Division at 13-6.

The Golden State Warriors beat the Washington Wizards 101-97. The Warriors improved their record to 13-7 and trail the Clippers by a half game in the Pacific. They were led by David Lee with 24 points and 17 rebounds  Klay Thompson added 23 points and Stephen Curry added 22.

The Boston Celtics got even for their loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night with a 92-79 win over them on Saturday night. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 19 points and Jeff Green added 16. The Celtics and Sixers are tied again in the Atlantic Division at 11-9.

The Chicago Bulls got a big win over the New York Knicks 93-85. Marco Belinelli and Luol Deng each led the Bulls with 22 points. The Bulls are now 11-8 while the Knicks dropped to 15-5. Both lead their respective divisions.

The Dallas Mavericks beat the Houston Rockets 116-109 behind an O.J. Mayo explosion of 40 points. The Mavs evened their record at 10-10  while the Rockets fell to 9-10.

The San Antonio Spurs pounded the Charlotte Bobcats 132 -102 handing the Bobcats their seventh straight loss. Danny Green led the Spurs with 23 points while Tony Parker added 22 points.

The Atlanta Hawks beat the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis 93-83. Josh Smith had 24 points to lead the Hawks who are now 12-5. Memphis dropped to 14-4 and slipped a game and a half behind the Spurs in the Southwest Division.

The Detroit Pistons beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-97. Brandon Knights led the Pistons with 30 points.

The Sacramento Kings beat the Portland Trail Blazers 99-80. Six Kings finished in double figures led by Demarcus Cousins with 19 points.




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