NBA roundup: James leads Heat over the Knicks
By SPORTS NETWORK
|LeBron Jamesof the Miami Heat looks on against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Chris Trotman/AFP)
Final Score: Miami 93, New York 85
New York, NY - LeBron James had 29 points and 10 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade added 28 points, nine rebounds and four assists as the Heat used an elongated run in the fourth quarter to snap the New York Knicks' nine-game home winning streak with a 93-85 victory on Sunday, clinching the Southeast Division title in the process. Chris Bosh scored 16 points and snatched 14 rebounds for Miami, which lost eight of its prior nine road games to teams with a winning mark coming in. The Heat outrebounded the Knicks 47-33 and swept the season series. Miami is 3 1/2 games behind Chicago for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Carmelo Anthony's 42 points weren't enough for New York, which had won four of its last five contests. J.R. Smith, who was the only other double-digit scorer for the Knicks, had 16. With the loss, New York moved a half-game behind idle Philadelphia for the East's No. 7 seed.
Final Score: LA Lakers 112, Dallas 108 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA - Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 16 rebounds, while Ramon Sessions added 22 points and five assists as the Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth straight game without Kobe Bryant by downing the Dallas Mavericks, 112-108, in overtime on Sunday. Bryant has missed the last five games due to a left shin injury. Pau Gasol netted 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who swept the season series against Dallas after falling in four games to the defending-champion Mavericks in last year's Western Conference semifinals. Dirk Nowitzki netted 24 points, but finished just 9-of-28 from the field for Dallas, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Boston 94, Charlotte 82
Charlotte, NC - Rajon Rondo had 20 points and 16 assists on Sunday and the Celtics defeated the Bobcats, 94-82. Boston, which clinched a playoff berth on Saturday, rested starters Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the third night of a back-to-back-to-back road stretch. Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley had 22 points apiece for the Celtics, who have won 11 of 14. They currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference -- 2 1/2 games behind Indiana -- and lead Philadelphia by four games in the Atlantic Division. Gerald Henderson had 22 points for the Bobcats, who tied a season-high with their 16th straight loss. They haven't won since March 17.
Final Score: Orlando 100, Cleveland 84
Cleveland, OH - Jameer Nelson led four teammates in double- figures with 21 points and nine assists as the Orlando Magic rolled to a 100-84 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and clinched a playoff spot on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. Jason Richardson was 4-of-7 from three-point range en route to 16 points, while J.J. Redick and Earl Clark added 13 points apiece for the Magic, who snapped a brief two-game skid and moved into a tie for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference with Atlanta, which lost to Toronto on Sunday. Daniel Orton added 11 points in the victory for Orlando. Antawn Jamison led the way for Cleveland with 21 points and Donald Sloan donated 15 points for the Cavs, who have dropped three of their last four games. Manny Harris and Alonzo Gee had 10 points each in defeat.
Final Score: Chicago 100, Detroit 94 (OT)
Auburn Hills, MI - Derrick Rose scored a team-high 24 points and handed out nine assists, and the Chicago Bulls used a dominant overtime period to down the Detroit Pistons, 100-94, on Sunday. Joakim Noah netted 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds -- 13 on the offensive glass -- while Carlos Boozer had 15 and nine in the victory, the Bulls' third straight and 15th in a row over the Pistons. With the win, Chicago remained 3 1/2 games ahead of the Heat, who won Sunday afternoon, for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Rodney Stuckey paced all scorers with 32 points for the Pistons. Charlie Villanueva had a season-high 13 before being ejected for a flagrant-2 foul on Rose late in the fourth quarter.
Final Score: New Orleans 88, Memphis 75
New Orleans, LA - Eric Gordon scored a team-high 18 points and Carl Landry added 16 points and 11 rebounds, as the Hornets took down the Grizzlies, 88-75 at New Orleans Arena. Jason Smith also posted a double- double with 14 points and 10 boards for New Orleans, which forced 21 turnovers in completing a successful 4-1 homestand. The Grizzlies, trying to gain ground in the Western Conference playoff race, shot just 36 percent from the floor and fell two games behind the fourth- seeded Clippers. Rudy Gay netted 24 points to lead the way.
Final Score: Sacramento 104, Portland 103
Sacramento, CA - Marcus Thornton's jumper with 3.4 seconds left lifted the Sacramento Kings over the Portland Trail Blazers, 104-103, at Power Balance Pavilion. Thornton had 20 points, while Tyreke Evans also dropped in 20 and DeMarcus Cousins finished with 23 points and seven rebounds for the Kings, who snapped a seven-game slide. Wesley Matthews connected on eight three-pointers, including the go-ahead three before Thornton's game- winning shot, and scored 31 points to pace Portland, which lost for the fourth time in five tries.