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James clears air, helps Heat clobber Wizards

MIAMI — LeBron James and Erik Spoelstra had a pregame meeting to talk about Miami's offensive troubles.

Early returns suggest it was a productive chat.

James had 30 points, Dwyane Wade 26 and Chris Bosh 20 as the Heat beat Washington 105-94 on Monday night, dropping the Wizards to 0-8 on the road.

James had 20 points in the first half, Wade added 15 in the third quarter, and though it didn't become a blowout until the fourth quarter — the Wizards lost by double digits on the road for the fifth time this season — it was comfortable for Miami throughout.

"We have to figure out how to complement each other on the court," James said.

The Heat topped 100 points for the first time in seven games on the way to its second win in its past six. It came in the first game after a Saturday loss in Dallas that remains a hot topic, for James' shoulder-bump of Spoelstra during a timeout when Miami was coming unglued in the third quarter, then a 40-minute players-only postgame meeting.

"We move on. You know, we can't dwell on this. It's a step in the right direction," said Spoelstra, now 100-82 in his career. "And now we have to continue to build these habits and remember that pain. I won't forget the pain of the other night, the third quarter, and I don't want our guys to forget that, either."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Russell Westbrook scored 12 of his 25 during a decisive 14-0 run late in the fourth quarter as the host Thunder rallied to beat the Hornets 95-89. … Caron Butler had 13 of his 19 points during a decisive third-quarter run, and the host Mavericks won their sixth straight game, 101-91 over the Rockets.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Bulls forward Carlos Boozer reported no problems after practicing with the team for the first time since breaking his right hand in an accident at his home Oct. 2. … The Bucks were missing three key players against the Jazz. Center Andrew Bogut and forward Carlos Delfino did not make the trip to Utah, and power forward Drew Gooden was ruled out because of a foot injury. … Celtics coach Doc Rivers said center Shaquille O'Neal missed practice because the veteran forgot the time it was scheduled to start.

Heat 105, Wizards 94

WASHINGTON (94): Gee 2-4 3-4 7, Blatche 8-19 10-14 26, Armstrong 0-1 0-0 0, Arenas 9-21 2-2 23, Hinrich 2-7 1-2 5, McGee 5-7 0-1 10, Young 4-15 5-6 13, Martin 2-4 0-0 4, Booker 3-4 0-0 6, Seraphin 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-84 21-29 94.

MIAMI (105): James 10-18 9-11 30, Bosh 5-14 10-14 20, Ilgauskas 2-3 0-0 4, Arroyo 0-2 0-0 0, Wade 8-17 10-10 26, Jones 2-5 1-1 7, Anthony 2-3 2-4 6, Ju.Howard 2-3 0-0 4, Dampier 1-1 1-2 3, Chalmers 2-8 0-0 5, House 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-74 33-42 105.

Washington 21 23 25 25— 94

Miami 24 28 28 25— 105

3-Point GoalsWashington 3-17 (Arenas 3-10, Hinrich 0-1, Martin 0-2, Young 0-4), Miami 4-12 (Jones 2-4, James 1-1, Chalmers 1-5, Wade 0-1, Arroyo 0-1). Fouled OutMcGee, Anthony. ReboundsWashington 51 (McGee 10), Miami 55 (Wade 8). AssistsWashington 14 (Arenas 7), Miami 15 (Wade 6). Total FoulsWashington 31, Miami 21. TechnicalsHinrich, Washington defensive three second, Ju.Howard, Jones. Flagrant Fouls—Gee, Armstrong. Ejected—Armstrong, Ju.Howard. A19,600 (19,600).

Thunder 95, Hornets 89

NEW ORLEANS (89): Ariza 4-7 0-0 10, West 10-24 0-3 20, Okafor 5-8 3-5 13, Paul 6-13 4-4 17, Belinelli 3-10 2-2 10, Mbenga 1-1 0-0 2, W.Green 2-5 2-2 6, Smith 2-7 0-0 4, Jack 1-3 0-0 3, Pondexter 2-4 0-1 4. Totals 36-82 11-17 89.

OKLAHOMA CITY (95): Durant 7-22 12-13 26, J.Green 4-14 2-2 13, Krstic 1-4 1-2 3, Westbrook 9-19 5-6 25, Sefolosha 4-4 3-3 13, Ibaka 0-5 0-0 0, Collison 3-5 1-1 7, Harden 2-5 0-0 4, Maynor 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 31-82 26-29 95.

New Orleans 19 29 22 19— 89

Oklahoma City 23 27 18 27— 95

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 6-14 (Ariza 2-4, Belinelli 2-6, Jack 1-1, Paul 1-2, W.Green 0-1), Oklahoma City 7-20 (J.Green 3-6, Sefolosha 2-2, Westbrook 2-2, Maynor 0-2, Harden 0-3, Durant 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 40 (Okafor 11), Oklahoma City 66 (Durant, Ibaka 11). AssistsNew Orleans 21 (Paul 14), Oklahoma City 17 (Westbrook 11). Total FoulsNew Orleans 26, Oklahoma City 17. TechnicalsNew Orleans defensive three second, Ibaka. A18,203 (18,203).

Mavericks 101, Rockets 91

HOUSTON (91): Battier 1-5 0-0 3, Scola 6-13 3-6 15, Hayes 1-1 0-0 2, Lowry 3-7 0-0 6, Martin 4-15 6-6 17, Hill 3-9 4-5 10, Miller 4-6 2-2 11, Budinger 2-7 5-5 9, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Lee 4-13 2-2 13, Taylor 1-4 2-2 5, Jeffries 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-81 24-28 91.

DALLAS (101): Butler 8-14 2-2 19, Nowitzki 10-16 0-0 20, Chandler 0-2 5-6 5, Kidd 3-8 0-0 8, Stevenson 3-5 2-2 10, Marion 5-10 4-5 14, Terry 2-7 2-2 6, Haywood 3-6 0-0 6, Barea 5-8 0-0 11, Jones 0-2 2-2 2, Cardinal 0-1 0-0 0, Mahinmi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-79 17-19 101.

Houston 26 19 26 20— 91

Dallas 25 27 31 18— 101

3-Point GoalsHouston 9-23 (Lee 3-4, Martin 3-6, Taylor 1-2, Miller 1-3, Battier 1-3, Jeffries 0-1, Budinger 0-2, Lowry 0-2), Dallas 6-16 (Kidd 2-3, Stevenson 2-4, Barea 1-1, Butler 1-3, Jones 0-1, Cardinal 0-1, Nowitzki 0-1, Terry 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHouston 47 (Hill 8), Dallas 51 (Nowitzki, Marion 10). AssistsHouston 22 (Miller, Lowry 5), Dallas 23 (Kidd 11). Total FoulsHouston 17, Dallas 18. A19,435 (19,200).

Jazz 109, Bucks 88

MILWAUKEE (88): Mbah a Moute 1-4 0-0 2, Ilyasova 6-10 4-4 18, Sanders 0-3 4-6 4, Jennings 8-20 7-9 27, Salmons 1-11 3-4 6, Brockman 2-2 0-0 4, Douglas-Roberts 5-12 6-9 19, Dooling 3-10 2-2 8, Boykins 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-75 26-34 88.

UTAH (109): Kirilenko 4-9 5-6 13, Millsap 4-7 0-0 8, Jefferson 11-14 0-0 22, Williams 8-12 4-4 22, Bell 5-14 0-0 10, Elson 2-2 0-0 4, Miles 2-9 1-2 6, Price 4-7 2-2 10, Fesenko 0-0 0-0 0, Watson 5-8 0-0 12, Hayward 0-1 0-0 0, Evans 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 46-84 12-14 109.

Milwaukee 26 26 21 15— 88

Utah 30 30 20 29— 109

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 10-23 (Jennings 4-9, Douglas-Roberts 3-5, Ilyasova 2-4, Salmons 1-2, Boykins 0-1, Dooling 0-2), Utah 5-17 (Watson 2-3, Williams 2-4, Miles 1-5, Price 0-1, Bell 0-2, Kirilenko 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 38 (Ilyasova 6), Utah 59 (Jefferson 11). AssistsMilwaukee 16 (Salmons, Jennings, Dooling 4), Utah 28 (Williams 10). Total FoulsMilwaukee 15, Utah 30. A18,497 (19,911).

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