Saturday, June 23, 2018
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James misses mark, but Heat rolls

OKLAHOMA CITY — LeBron James had 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the Heat trampled the Thunder 110-100 in a Thursday night showcase before the All-Star break.

Chris Bosh chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Heat won its sixth straight against the Thunder dating to last season's NBA Finals. Miami swept the season series after winning on its homecourt on Christmas, following up after taking the last four games of the Finals.

James was in position to continue his NBA-record run of games with at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting to seven, but he missed from a couple of steps beyond the 3-point line as the shot clock ran down with just more than a minute left.

That dropped him to 14-for-24 in the game, or 58 percent. James had said before the game that he didn't care if the streak continued, as long as Miami kept winning.

"I'm not conscious about it. I'm just playing," he said at the shootaround. "I'm just going out and playing my game. I'm not conscious about the shots that I take. The shots that I take are good shots. ... If a guy is off of me, I shoot. If he's on me, I drive. If one of my teammates is open, I pass the ball. It's simple."

Kevin Durant had 40 points and eight rebounds but missed his first seven shots as Oklahoma City fell behind. Russell Westbrook had 26 points and 10 assists, with six turnovers.

Dwyane Wade had 13 points and eight assists for the Heat.

Give me Kobe, Jordan says: Former Bulls star Michael Jordan told NBA TV that he would choose the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and his five NBA titles over the Heat's James.

"Five beats one every time I look at it," Jordan said. "And not that (James) won't get five. He may get more than that, but five is bigger than one."

James wants no part of the topic, posting on Twitter: "I'm not MJ, I'm LJ."

Garnett future: Celtics center Kevin Garnett said this weekend "is definitely my last All-Star Game." But Garnett, 36, did not elaborate and declined to say if he will retire after this season.

Around the league: Commissioner David Stern said he expects a concrete financing plan from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson within two weeks with the aim of settling the Kings' future by mid April. Johnson is trying to line up investors to buy the Kings and keep them in his city. A Seattle-based group has a deal to buy 65 percent of the team and move it there. … Miami forward Udonis Haslem, a former Gator, sat against the Thunder with a lower leg bruise. … Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who bruised his right arm Wednesday, said if it is not improved by Sunday, he may sit out that night's All-Star Game. … The Celtics' Paul Pierce said he has been playing with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Heat 110, Thunder 100

MIAMI (110): James 14-24 7-9 39, Battier 2-6 0-0 6, Bosh 10-14 0-0 20, Chalmers 2-7 0-2 6, Wade 5-13 3-3 13, Allen 3-9 6-6 13, Lewis 1-5 0-0 3, Andersen 0-3 1-2 1, Cole 4-7 0-0 9, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-88 17-22 110.

OKLAHOMA CITY (100): Durant 12-24 15-15 40, Ibaka 3-6 0-0 6, Perkins 4-7 0-0 8, Westbrook 7-19 12-13 26, Sefolosha 2-4 0-0 4, Martin 2-5 4-4 9, Collison 0-2 0-0 0, Jackson 2-5 2-2 7, Liggins 0-0 0-0 0, P.Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Orton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-73 33-34 100.

Miami 32 31 25 22— 110

Oklahoma City 17 29 23 31— 100

3-Point GoalsMiami 11-29 (James 4-8, Battier 2-5, Chalmers 2-5, Cole 1-2, Lewis 1-4, Allen 1-5), Oklahoma City 3-13 (Martin 1-2, Jackson 1-3, Durant 1-5, Westbrook 0-1, Sefolosha 0-2). Fouled OutWade, Durant. ReboundsMiami 51 (James, Bosh 12), Oklahoma City 43 (Durant 8). AssistsMiami 23 (Wade 8), Oklahoma City 16 (Westbrook 10). Total FoulsMiami 29, Oklahoma City 23. TechnicalsJames, Collison, Durant, Jackson, Oklahoma City defensive three second 2. A18,203.

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