James lends spark to Heat

Miami’s LeBron James reacts after his dunk in the second half of the Heat’s 10th consecutive victory.

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Miami’s LeBron James reacts after his dunk in the second half of the Heat’s 10th consecutive victory.

PHILADELPHIA — LeBron James had 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 35th career triple double and the Heat cruised to its 10th straight win, 114-90 over the 76ers on Saturday night.

Dwyane Wade had 33 points, Mario Chalmers scored 14 and Chris Bosh added 13 to help the NBA champions improve to 39-14. The Heat has a comfortable 5½-game lead over Indiana in the Eastern Conference.

It has won four in a row on the road, including impressive wins over Oklahoma City before the All-Star break and Chicago on Thursday.

Jrue Holiday scored 21 and Nick Young had 19 points for Philadelphia, which continues to fall further behind in the playoff chase.

Philadelphia entered 3½ games behind Milwaukee for the No. 8 spot in the East.

A rare sellout crowd turned out for the nightcap of an NHL/NBA doubleheader at the Wells Fargo Center to see James, Wade and Co. There were even scalpers outside the arena selling tickets before the game for one of the few big draws of the season.

Fans roared when Spencer Hawes rejected James late in the first quarter, swatting the ball back at the three-time MVP's face. Many of the same people jumped and cheered when James threw down a thunderous dunk off an alley-oop pass from Norris Cole late in the third quarter.

By that time, Miami led 85-63 and the crowd was more interested in seeing James make a highlight play than rooting for the Sixers.

Magic falls again

ORLANDO — St. Petersburg native and former Florida star Marreese Speights had 18 points, Alonzo Gee added 17 and the Cavaliers used a big fourth quarter to run past the Magic 118-94. Kyrie Irving chipped in 12 points and nine assists for Cleveland.

Orlando has lost five consecutive games and 28 of its past 31.

Arron Afflalo scored 16 for the Magic in its first home game since a trade deadline deal last week that saw the departure of four players, including sixth man J.J. Redick. Two of the team's three new additions, Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih, finished in double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Game highlights: Former Gators star Bradley Beal scored 21, and Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 11 rebounds and made the go-ahead free throw with 5.2 seconds left to help the host Wizards overcome the Rockets' 3-point barrage for a 105-103 win. Houston hit 19 3s and led by 17 at one point. … JaVale McGee had 17 points, including seven dunks, and the Nuggets snapped a four-game road losing streak with a 113-99 victory over the Bobcats.

Late Friday: The Warriors, wearing jerseys that looked more like a T-shirt than a tank top, broke a 16-game losing streak to the Spurs, defeating visiting San Antonio 107-101 in overtime.

Heat 114, 76ers 90

MIAMI (114): James 7-12 1-2 16, Haslem 2-4 0-0 4, Bosh 6-12 1-1 13, Chalmers 5-8 2-2 14, Wade 14-18 5-7 33, Battier 2-2 0-0 6, R.Allen 4-9 0-0 12, Andersen 0-1 2-2 2, Cole 5-10 2-2 12, Anthony 0-0 2-2 2, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Varnado 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 45-77 15-18 114.

PHILADELPHIA (90): Turner 8-19 0-0 16, L.Allen 2-7 2-2 6, Hawes 1-5 0-0 2, Holiday 8-11 3-4 21, N.Young 8-14 0-0 19, Wright 6-13 0-0 17, Pargo 2-4 2-2 7, Ivey 0-4 0-0 0, Moultrie 0-1 0-0 0, Wilkins 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 35-78 9-10 90.

Miami 27 29 31 27— 114

Philadelphia 24 23 24 19— 90

3-Point GoalsMiami 9-21 (R.Allen 4-6, Battier 2-2, Chalmers 2-5, James 1-4, Jones 0-1, Wade 0-1, Bosh 0-2), Philadelphia 11-28 (Wright 5-10, N.Young 3-7, Holiday 2-3, Pargo 1-3, Ivey 0-2, Turner 0-3). ReboundsMiami 41 (James 10), Philadelphia 38 (Turner 7). AssistsMiami 27 (James 11), Philadelphia 25 (Holiday 6). Total FoulsMiami 10, Philadelphia 15. A20,665 (20,328).

Cavaliers 118, Magic 94

CLEVELAND (118): Gee 6-9 4-4 17, Thompson 1-5 0-2 2, Zeller 7-12 2-2 16, Irving 4-9 4-4 12, Waiters 5-16 1-2 12, Speights 4-8 10-12 18, Livingston 2-3 0-0 4, Walton 1-2 0-0 2, Miles 5-10 2-2 16, Ellington 6-10 0-0 15, K.Jones 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 43-87 23-28 118.

ORLANDO (94): Harkless 6-13 0-3 13, Nicholson 4-10 0-0 8, Vucevic 3-3 0-0 6, Moore 5-12 0-0 12, Afflalo 6-12 3-5 16, O'Quinn 2-3 2-3 6, Udrih 3-7 4-5 10, D.Jones 4-6 1-2 9, Harris 5-10 4-4 14, Lamb 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 38-79 14-22 94.

Cleveland 26 25 28 39— 118

Orlando 25 26 21 22— 94

3-Point GoalsCleveland 9-21 (Miles 4-7, Ellington 3-6, Waiters 1-3, Gee 1-3, Speights 0-1, Irving 0-1), Orlando 4-14 (Moore 2-5, Harkless 1-2, Afflalo 1-5, Harris 0-1, Udrih 0-1). ReboundsCleveland 55 (Thompson 11), Orlando 43 (Vucevic, O'Quinn 7). AssistsCleveland 28 (Irving 9), Orlando 22 (Udrih 7). Total FoulsCleveland 20, Orlando 20. TechnicalsSpeights, Orlando defensive three second 3. A17,171 (18,500).

Wizards 105, Rockets 103

HOUSTON (103): Parsons 9-15 1-2 24, Delfino 4-14 0-0 12, Asik 2-4 1-2 5, Lin 2-9 0-0 5, Harden 10-23 4-4 27, Beverley 6-9 0-0 15, Smith 0-1 1-4 1, Motiejunas 4-6 1-2 11, Anderson 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 38-84 8-14 103.

WASHINGTON (105): Webster 5-10 0-0 12, Nene 3-6 2-2 8, Okafor 8-16 1-3 17, Wall 4-10 4-4 12, Beal 7-15 5-6 21, Singleton 2-3 0-0 4, Ariza 8-12 0-0 18, Price 1-4 2-2 5, Booker 3-4 2-2 8, Temple 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-80 16-19 105.

Houston 32 25 26 20— 103

Washington 22 24 31 28— 105

3-Point GoalsHouston 19-46 (Parsons 5-9, Delfino 4-12, Beverley 3-5, Harden 3-11, Motiejunas 2-4, Anderson 1-2, Lin 1-3), Washington 7-16 (Ariza 2-4, Beal 2-4, Webster 2-5, Price 1-2, Booker 0-1). ReboundsHouston 47 (Asik 10), Washington 47 (Okafor 11). AssistsHouston 24 (Harden, Lin 6), Washington 31 (Wall 11). Total FoulsHouston 19, Washington 18. A20,308 (20,308).

Nuggets 113, Bobcats 99

DENVER (113): Gallinari 2-3 0-0 6, Faried 7-9 1-1 15, Koufos 4-7 0-0 8, Lawson 6-15 7-9 20, Iguodala 5-7 2-3 13, Brewer 5-16 2-2 14, McGee 8-10 1-1 17, Chandler 4-9 2-2 11, A.Miller 3-6 2-2 8, Randolph 0-0 1-2 1, Hamilton 0-1 0-0 0, Fournier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-83 18-22 113.

CHARLOTTE (99): Kidd-Gilchrist 4-11 4-4 12, Mullens 1-9 2-4 4, Biyombo 3-8 3-4 9, Walker 9-14 5-6 24, Henderson 7-11 4-4 19, Sessions 4-8 1-2 9, Gordon 0-3 0-0 0, Taylor 7-13 4-6 18, Adrien 2-3 0-0 4, Haywood 0-1 0-0 0, McRoberts 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-82 23-30 99.

Denver 31 29 23 30— 113

Charlotte 29 25 20 25— 99

3-Point GoalsDenver 7-19 (Gallinari 2-3, Brewer 2-8, Chandler 1-2, Lawson 1-2, Iguodala 1-3, A.Miller 0-1), Charlotte 2-11 (Henderson 1-1, Walker 1-2, McRoberts 0-1, Sessions 0-1, Mullens 0-3, Taylor 0-3). ReboundsDenver 45 (Chandler, Koufos, McGee 6), Charlotte 50 (Biyombo 9). AssistsDenver 30 (Iguodala 10), Charlotte 22 (Walker 5). Total FoulsDenver 28, Charlotte 20. TechnicalsFaried, Denver Coach Karl. A18,481 (19,077).

Pacers 90, Pistons 72

INDIANA (90): George 5-14 1-2 12, West 6-14 4-4 16, Hibbert 3-6 4-4 10, Hill 7-10 0-1 17, Stephenson 2-3 0-0 5, Mahinmi 3-8 1-2 7, T.Hansbrough 3-5 3-4 9, Granger 1-10 0-0 2, Augustin 3-4 1-2 10, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 34-75 14-19 90.

DETROIT (72): Singler 1-6 0-0 2, Maxiell 2-6 0-2 4, Monroe 4-16 4-7 12, Calderon 5-7 3-3 13, Stuckey 3-8 5-5 11, Kravtsov 0-1 0-0 0, Middleton 3-7 2-2 9, English 0-1 1-2 1, Bynum 7-14 1-1 15, Villanueva 1-11 2-2 5. Totals 26-77 18-24 72.

Indiana 16 23 24 27— 90

Detroit 9 19 20 24— 72

3-Point GoalsIndiana 8-22 (Augustin 3-4, Hill 3-5, Stephenson 1-2, George 1-7, Granger 0-4), Detroit 2-14 (Villanueva 1-5, Middleton 1-5, Stuckey 0-1, Singler 0-3). Fouled OutHibbert. ReboundsIndiana 58 (George 12), Detroit 45 (Monroe 12). AssistsIndiana 21 (George 8), Detroit 14 (Calderon 5). Total FoulsIndiana 25, Detroit 22. TechnicalsWest, Indiana defensive three second, Villanueva. Flagrant Fouls—Bynum. Ejected— Bynum. A17,509 (22,076).

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