All Chris Bosh needed to get his scoring touch back was a matchup with the Phoenix Suns.
And it didn’t even take a full night’s work.
Bosh scored a season-high 35 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, LeBron James finished with 20 points, and the Heat ran away from the Suns, 123-96, last night in Miami.
“We’re smart,’’ Bosh said. “And we know how to play the correct way.’’
Dwyane Wade added 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Heat, who used two big runs — a 24-9 spurt to end the first half, followed by an 18-3 flurry that closed the third quarter — to snap the Suns’ three-game winning streak. James also had nine assists and eight boards, but deferred afterward to Bosh’s breakout night.
“I think he was due — well overdue — for one of these games,’’ James said.
Miami held Suns point guard Steve Nash to an uncharacteristically low two assists.
“Well, we weren’t necessarily expecting that result,’’ Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We just wanted to focus on our game, our energy, and really having a defensive edge to us again. That’s one of the most challenging teams to defend.’’
Lakers 103, Pistons 90 — Kobe Bryant scored 33 points without playing in the fourth quarter, and visiting Los Angeles took advantage of Richard Hamilton’s early ejection to beat the Pistons.
Hornets 99, Mavericks 97 — David West scored 17 points and stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki with two seconds left to preserve New Orleans’s victory over visiting Dallas.
Raptors 94, 76ers 86 — Andrea Bargnani scored a season-high 30 points, Sonny Weems added a career-high 25, and Toronto won in Philadelphia in a matchup of two of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference.
Timberwolves 113, Clippers 111 — Michael Beasley scored 33 points and hit the winning jumper with 2.3 seconds to play to lift host Minnesota over Los Angeles.
Thunder 116, Rockets 99 — Kevin Durant scored 24 points in only three quarters, Russell Westbrook had 21 points and 12 assists, and host Oklahoma City routed Houston.
Jazz 98, Nets 88 — Deron Williams scored 23 points and dished out eight assists, and Paul Millsap had 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 assists to help host Utah topple New Jersey.
Spurs 103, Bulls 94 — Tony Parker scored 21 points to lead host San Antonio to its eighth straight win and snap Chicago’s win streak at four.
Knicks 113, Kings 106 — Amare Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari each scored 27 points to help visiting New York snap a six-game losing streak.