Heat wrap up a loss for James, Cavaliers
LeBron James keeps getting the same birthday present: A loss.
Dwyane Wade had 21 points and 12 assists, Mario Chalmers added 21 points and eight assists, and the Miami Heat dropped King James's pro record on birthdays to 0-3 with a 104-95 win over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers last night.
On the day he turned 24, James scored a fitting 24 of his 38 points in the second half, almost enough to rally Cleveland out of its biggest deficit of the season, a 16-point hole at halftime.
But the Heat put it away with a 16-3 run over a four-minute stretch of the final quarter, handing the Cavaliers just their fifth loss in 31 games this season.
Daequan Cook scored 17 points - with all five field goals 3-pointers - and Shawn Marion had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Udonis Haslem added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Miami.
Delonte West scored 20 for Cleveland, which had won six straight.
Suns 101, Grizzlies 89 - Leandro Barbosa scored 28 points, Shaquille O'Neal added 24 to move into eighth place on the NBA scoring list, and visiting Phoenix beat Memphis without ailing star Steve Nash.
The two-time MVP sat out with back spasms, but Barbosa filled in admirably. He connected on 10 of 18 shots and scored 22 points in the second half.
O'Neal added 13 rebounds and three blocks, and his fourth-quarter dunk moved him past Oscar Robertson on the career scoring list with 26,711 points. O'Neal was 8 of 13 from the field and missed only two of his 10 free throws.
Grant Hill had 15 points for the Suns, and Louis Amundson scored 10 off the bench.
Hakim Warrick led Memphis with 25 points, while Marc Gasol finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Hornets 97, Wizards 85 - Chris Paul had 15 points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds for his third triple-double of the season as host New Orleans beat Washington.
Rasual Butler scored 21 points and David West 20 for New Orleans, which led most of the way and never trailed by more than a basket in its third straight victory.
Mavericks 107, Timberwolves 100 - Jason Terry scored 24 of his 29 points in the second half, and host Dallas rallied from a 29-point deficit to beat Minnesota.
The Timberwolves led, 70-41, early in the third quarter when the Mavericks started their comeback, the largest in franchise history.
Hawks 110, Pacers 104 - Joe Johnson scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as streaking Atlanta beat host Indiana.
Josh Smith had 24 points, Mike Bibby scored 15, and Al Horford added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won six straight games and nine of 10.
Bucks 100, Spurs 98 - Michael Redd had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Milwaukee hung on for a victory over host San Antonio when Tim Duncan missed a layup with 3.8 seconds to go.
Kings 92, Clippers 90 - Playing his first game in nearly three weeks, Kevin Martin scored 20 points and host Sacramento snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Los Angeles.
Knicks 93, Bobcats 89 - Wilson Chandler scored 7 of his 19 points in the final four minutes, and visiting New York beat Charlotte to snap a six-game losing streak and improve to 2-0 against former coach Larry Brown.