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Heat swats away Grizzlies in runaway win

MIAMI — In less than a minute, Dwyane Wade set the tone for the Heat.

Wade blocked four shots in a dazzling 55-second span shortly after tipoff, and the Heat rolled past Memphis 118-85 on Saturday for its biggest margin of victory since Dec. 27, 2009.

It was one of Miami's top defensive displays of the season, as the Grizzlies shot 39 percent and missed their final 10 shots of the first half. By then, the outcome was already decided.

Wade blocked Tony Allen's jumper with 7:56 left in the first quarter. Another Allen layup was blocked 17 seconds later, then Sam Young had three shots swatted away in 36 seconds, the first by LeBron James, then two by Wade.

"That moment right there, that's pretty much how I felt the game was going to go," Wade said.

Wade's final line: 28 points, nine assists, five rebounds and five blocks. The last NBA guard to have numbers like that in a game? Michael Jordan, in 1988.

James scored 27 then took the fourth off for Miami, which got 18 points and 10 rebounds from Chris Bosh and 17 points from Mike Bibby — who was 5-of-5 from 3-point range. Bibby has hit his past seven 3s overall and is 13-of-14 from long range against Memphis this season.

Miami set a season high with 11 blocks.

Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas sat out with an infected foot. He accidentally stepped on a nail at his home several days ago; the injury was mild at first, and he played Thursday against the Lakers without problems, but the infection worsened.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Jeff Teague matched a career high with 24 points to help the host Hawks end a four-game slide with a 91-82 victory over the Trail Blazers. Atlanta won without former Florida star Al Horford (sore left ankle). … Blake Griffin had all of his 26 points in the first half as the visiting Clippers rolled past the Wizards, 122-101.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Hornets All-Star guard Chris Paul was back in the starting lineup against the Kings, his first action since being diagnosed with a mild concussion last week. … Injured forwards Carlos Boozer (Bulls) and Paul Millsap (Jazz) sat out when their teams met, leaving each team without its second-leading scorer.

JACKSON-CUBAN, AGAIN: Lakers coach Phil Jackson and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban always seem to have a jab for each other. Before their teams met Saturday in Dallas, Jackson said that, while Cuban has toned down over the years, he believes the outspoken owner's criticism of referees might have cost the Mavericks the 2006 NBA Finals against Miami. Earlier this season, Cuban referred to Jackson as "Jeanie Buss' boy toy."

Late Friday: Magic blows big lead in loss

OAKLAND, Calif. — Eight days after coming back from 24 points down to top Miami, the Magic felt what it was like on the other side.

The Warriors came back from 21 down to stun Orlando 123-120 in overtime late Friday in a game that set a record for most combined 3-pointers made.

Golden State set a franchise record for 3-pointers made, finishing 21-of-35 beyond the arc. Monta Ellis had 39 points and 11 assists and Dorell Wright scored 32 for the Warriors.

Jason Richardson scored 30 and Jameer Nelson had 24 points for Orlando, which was 15-of-32 from long range. The 36 total 3s were the most in league history (Seattle at Phoenix combined for 32 on Jan. 22, 2006).

"I think we kind of looked at the scoreboard and figured we were going to be up by 20 and it was going to be a blowout game," Richardson said. "We just didn't finish the game hard in the first half, and in the second half, they got a little confidence and went on a run."

Orlando's Hedo Turkoglu hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 8.3 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 101.

Golden State, which trailed by 21 in the first half, came out in the second on a 27-12 run, going ahead 69-68 on Wright's 3 with 4:28 left in the third quarter.

Heat 118, Grizzlies 85

MEMPHIS (85): Young 1-7 4-6 6, Randolph 6-12 1-2 13, Gasol 6-12 3-4 15, Conley 1-11 0-0 2, Allen 2-7 2-2 6, Arthur 2-7 2-2 6, Mayo 8-13 3-3 19, Battier 1-4 0-0 2, Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Vasquez 4-5 1-2 10, Haddadi 1-3 0-0 2, Powe 1-1 2-4 4. Totals 33-84 18-25 85.

MIAMI (118): James 10-16 5-6 27, Bosh 7-11 4-5 18, Dampier 1-2 0-0 2, Chalmers 2-7 1-1 7, Wade 9-15 9-9 28, Howard 1-2 4-4 6, Anthony 0-0 1-2 1, Miller 1-3 0-0 3, Bibby 5-5 2-2 17, Magloire 2-2 0-0 4, House 1-4 0-1 2, Jones 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 40-69 26-30 118.

Memphis 22 15 23 25— 85

Miami 28 27 29 34— 118

3-Point GoalsMemphis 1-10 (Vasquez 1-1, Mayo 0-1, Randolph 0-1, Allen 0-1, Haddadi 0-1, Gasol 0-1, Battier 0-2, Conley 0-2), Miami 12-19 (Bibby 5-5, Chalmers 2-3, James 2-4, Jones 1-1, Wade 1-2, Miller 1-2, House 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 47 (Randolph 9), Miami 44 (Bosh 10). AssistsMemphis 17 (Conley 10), Miami 27 (Wade 9). Total FoulsMemphis 23, Miami 25. TechnicalsMayo, Memphis Bench, Howard. A19,600 (19,600).

Hawks 91, Trail Blazers 82

PORTLAND (82): Batum 2-8 1-1 5, Aldridge 7-16 8-8 22, Camby 1-4 0-0 2, Miller 0-8 1-1 1, Matthews 7-12 2-4 19, Wallace 1-5 2-4 5, Fernandez 3-8 3-3 10, Roy 5-11 4-4 16, Mills 0-3 0-0 0, Jar.Collins 1-2 0-0 2, A.Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-77 21-25 82.

ATLANTA (91): J.Johnson 5-12 1-2 11, Smith 5-12 3-4 14, Pachulia 3-5 0-0 6, Teague 11-17 1-4 24, Hinrich 0-4 0-0 0, M.Williams 2-4 0-0 4, Crawford 8-14 0-0 20, Wilkins 6-9 0-0 12, Armstrong 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-77 5-10 91.

Portland 18 20 16 28— 82

Atlanta 19 16 27 29— 91

3-Point GoalsPortland 7-22 (Matthews 3-6, Roy 2-3, Wallace 1-3, Fernandez 1-6, Aldridge 0-1, Mills 0-1, Batum 0-2), Atlanta 6-14 (Crawford 4-7, Smith 1-2, Teague 1-2, Hinrich 0-1, J.Johnson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPortland 45 (Wallace 12), Atlanta 51 (Smith 12). AssistsPortland 20 (Aldridge 7), Atlanta 18 (Smith 6). Total FoulsPortland 14, Atlanta 22. TechnicalsCrawford, Smith. A15,522 (18,729).

Clippers 122, Wizards 101

L.A. CLIPPERS (122): Gomes 1-5 0-0 3, Griffin 8-17 10-11 26, Jordan 3-5 4-10 10, Foye 2-5 1-1 5, Williams 7-14 5-5 22, Bledsoe 9-14 5-9 23, Aminu 3-5 4-4 10, Kaman 6-9 2-3 14, Moon 2-5 0-0 5, Smith 2-3 0-0 4, Diogu 0-1 0-0 0, Cook 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-83 31-43 122.

WASHINGTON (101): Howard 4-9 1-2 9, Booker 4-7 5-5 13, McGee 6-7 0-0 12, Wall 9-23 7-10 25, Young 7-17 0-0 15, Yi 0-1 0-0 0, Evans 2-6 2-2 8, Seraphin 0-1 0-0 0, Crawford 4-16 8-8 16, N'diaye 0-0 0-0 0, Shakur 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 37-89 24-29 101.

L.A. Clippers 38 26 27 31— 122

Washington 27 28 18 28— 101

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 5-14 (Williams 3-5, Moon 1-2, Gomes 1-3, Bledsoe 0-1, Griffin 0-1, Foye 0-2), Washington 3-16 (Evans 2-3, Young 1-6, Wall 0-1, Howard 0-1, Crawford 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 60 (Jordan 17), Washington 49 (McGee 8). AssistsL.A. Clippers 24 (Williams, Bledsoe 6), Washington 16 (Wall 8). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 24, Washington 27. TechnicalsWashington defensive three second. A20,278 (20,173).

Heat swats away Grizzlies in runaway win 03/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 12, 2011 10:05pm]
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