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James sits, but Heat reserves top Bulls

Out with a broken nose, LeBron James high-fives teammate Dwyane Wade during a timeout in the second half as the Heat pulls away from the Bulls.

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Out with a broken nose, LeBron James high-fives teammate Dwyane Wade during a timeout in the second half as the Heat pulls away from the Bulls.

MIAMI — LeBron James watched from the bench in a stylish gray suit, and with the game deadlocked at halftime, he took off his necktie.

Soon the tie on the scoreboard was gone, too. Stout defense plus Chris Bosh's outside shooting and a boost from Miami's reserves helped the Heat overcome the absence of its MVP on Sunday to beat the Bulls 93-79.

"We were missing a pretty big man," guard Dwyane Wade said. "There's nothing we can do to replace the best player in the world, but we just had to go out there and play team basketball on both ends of the floor."

James was a late scratch after he broke his nose in Thursday's win at Oklahoma City, and his teammates picked up the slack. Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden replaced James for his first NBA start since December 2009 when he was with the Blazers, and reserves Chris Andersen, Michael Beasley and Ray Allen helped the Heat pull away in the second half.

"You don't want to see guys out," said coach Erik Spoelstra, who earned his 300th career victory. "But when guys are out, I'm always curious to see how you respond as a team. We've have several of these games that could have been excuse games, but guys have stepped up."

Bosh tied a career high with four 3-pointers and had 28 points and 10 rebounds. Wade added 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Defense did the rest against the offensively challenged Bulls. "We're starting to put it together defensively," Bosh said. "We got off to a slow start early in the season, but I think right now we're starting to get it, starting to click."

Like the Heat, the Bulls were also shorthanded, with starter Jimmy Butler a late scratch because of bruised ribs. They shot 36 percent, went 6-for-21 from 3-point range and were called for a 24-second violation at least six times, including twice in a row.

"We weren't playing with a good enough thrust," guard Kirk Hinrich said.

Magic road slide hits 15: Kyle Lowry scored 28, DeMar DeRozan had 24 and the Raptors beat the Magic 105-90 to hand Orlando its 15th straight road loss.

Tobias Harris scored 28 and E'Twaun Moore had 16 as the Magic opened a four-game trip with its fourth loss in five games. Nikola Vucevic scored 11 and Kyle O'Quinn had 10.

Orlando has not won away from home since beating the Bulls in Chicago on Dec. 16. The Magic is within one defeat of the longest road skid in franchise history, a 16-game streak between Jan. 27 and March 21, 2006. The Magic visits Washington on Tuesday, then heads to Philadelphia and Miami.

Orlando played without leading scorer Arron Afflalo, who did not travel to Toronto after spraining his right ankle in Friday's 129-121 double-overtime victory over New York.

Clippers drop Thunder: Jamal Crawford scored 36 as the Clippers overcame Kevin Durant's 42 and beat the host Thunder 125-117.

Crawford, who averages 19, is known for being streaky, and in this game he hit 5 of 8 3-pointers.

"Jamal Crawford comes across halfcourt shooting," Durant said. "You've got confidence once you start seeing the ball go in the rim."

Matt Barnes scored 24 for the Clippers, who ended a two-game skid and beat the team with the league's best record.

Game highlights: John Wall scored 21, former Gator Bradley Beal had 17 and the Wizards beat the host Cavaliers 96-83 to return to .500 on the season. … Isaiah Thomas scored 33, Rudy Gay had 32 and the Kings beat the Nuggets 109-95 for their first win in Denver in six years.

Around the League: Glen Davis, bought out of the last two years of his deal when the Magic could not move him before the trade deadline, cleared waivers and said he would sign with the Clippers, according to the Los Angeles Times. Davis played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers with the Celtics from 2007 to 2011.

Heat 93, Bulls 79

CHICAGO (79): Dunleavy 5-12 1-2 13, Boozer 3-8 2-2 8, Noah 7-11 6-7 20, Hinrich 4-10 0-0 10, Snell 2-10 0-0 6, Augustin 0-10 2-2 2, Gibson 8-18 4-4 20, Mohammed 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-81 15-17 79.

MIAMI (93): Battier 1-5 0-0 3, Bosh 10-23 4-4 28, Oden 2-4 1-1 5, Chalmers 5-10 1-2 12, Wade 10-22 3-3 23, Andersen 3-8 1-4 7, Allen 4-8 0-0 10, Beasley 2-4 0-0 5, Cole 0-4 0-0 0, Douglas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-88 10-14 93.

Chicago 24 16 12 27— 79

Miami 20 20 25 28— 93

3-Point GoalsChicago 6-21 (Hinrich 2-2, Snell 2-7, Dunleavy 2-7, Augustin 0-5), Miami 9-23 (Bosh 4-9, Allen 2-3, Beasley 1-1, Chalmers 1-2, Battier 1-5, Cole 0-1, Andersen 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 62 (Noah 15), Miami 47 (Bosh, Wade 10). AssistsChicago 18 (Augustin 5), Miami 22 (Chalmers 9). Total FoulsChicago 15, Miami 19. A19,848.

Raptors 105, Magic 90

ORLANDO (90): Harkless 1-3 0-0 2, Harris 10-15 7-8 28, Vucevic 4-12 3-4 11, Nelson 4-9 1-2 9, Oladipo 4-13 1-1 11, Nicholson 0-5 0-0 0, Moore 7-15 1-2 16, Lamb 1-4 0-0 3, O'Quinn 5-11 0-0 10. Totals 36-87 13-17 90.

TORONTO (105): Ross 6-11 1-1 16, Johnson 5-7 2-2 12, Valanciunas 1-2 5-7 7, Lowry 7-13 10-11 28, DeRozan 9-17 6-6 24, Salmons 0-1 1-2 1, Patterson 1-5 0-0 2, Hansbrough 1-2 3-7 5, Vasquez 4-7 0-0 10, De Colo 0-0 0-0 0, Hayes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-65 28-36 105.

Orlando 14 27 24 25— 90

Toronto 19 25 36 25— 105

3-Point GoalsOrlando 5-14 (Oladipo 2-3, Lamb 1-1, Harris 1-2, Moore 1-3, Harkless 0-1, Nicholson 0-1, Nelson 0-3), Toronto 9-17 (Lowry 4-5, Ross 3-6, Vasquez 2-3, DeRozan 0-1, Patterson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 37 (Harris 6), Toronto 57 (Valanciunas 9). AssistsOrlando 20 (Nelson 8), Toronto 23 (Lowry 6). Total FoulsOrlando 25, Toronto 22. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second, Toronto defensive three second. A17,435.

Wizards 96, Cavaliers 83

WASHINGTON (96): Ariza 6-10 0-0 15, Nene 4-10 0-0 8, Gortat 5-14 3-4 13, Wall 8-18 2-4 21, Beal 8-15 1-2 17, Booker 1-2 0-0 2, Webster 3-8 0-0 7, Seraphin 3-8 0-0 6, Miller 1-4 0-0 2, Temple 0-0 0-0 0, Harrington 2-7 0-0 5. Totals 41-96 6-10 96.

CLEVELAND (83): Deng 4-13 9-9 17, Thompson 4-9 3-5 11, Zeller 3-7 0-0 6, Jack 3-11 0-0 6, Irving 6-17 2-2 15, Bennett 2-3 0-0 4, Hawes 5-10 5-6 16, Dellavedova 1-5 0-0 2, Gee 2-3 2-4 6, Karasev 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-78 21-26 83.

Washington 30 28 20 18— 96

Cleveland 27 25 20 11— 83

3-Point GoalsWashington 8-20 (Ariza 3-6, Wall 3-6, Harrington 1-3, Webster 1-4, Beal 0-1), Cleveland 2-18 (Hawes 1-4, Irving 1-5, Deng 0-2, Jack 0-3, Dellavedova 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 54 (Gortat 13), Cleveland 58 (Thompson, Hawes 12). AssistsWashington 26 (Wall 9), Cleveland 15 (Irving 5). Total FoulsWashington 19, Cleveland 12. A17,238.

Clippers 125, Thunder 117

L.A. CLIPPERS (125): Barnes 8-14 2-2 24, Griffin 6-15 7-10 20, Jordan 6-6 6-11 18, Paul 5-12 7-7 18, Crawford 13-20 5-5 36, D.Collison 3-8 1-2 7, Dudley 1-2 0-2 2, Hollins 0-0 0-0 0, Bullock 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 42-81 28-39 125.

OKLAHOMA CITY (117): Durant 15-30 10-12 42, Ibaka 10-16 0-0 20, Adams 0-1 1-2 1, Westbrook 3-13 5-6 13, Sefolosha 4-8 0-0 10, N.Collison 2-3 1-2 5, Jackson 3-12 0-0 7, Lamb 1-2 2-2 4, Fisher 5-8 0-0 15, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-93 19-24 117.

L.A. Clippers 28 44 27 26— 125

Oklahoma City 32 34 27 24— 117

3-Point GoalsClippers 13-30 (Barnes 6-10, Crawford 5-8, Griffin 1-1, Paul 1-4, D.Collison 0-3, Bullock 0-4), Oklahoma City 12-29 (Fisher 5-7, Westbrook 2-4, Sefolosha 2-5, Durant 2-6, Jackson 1-5, Lamb 0-1, Ibaka 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsClippers 54 (Jordan 12), Oklahoma City 51 (Ibaka, N.Collison, Adams 6). AssistsClippers 26 (Paul 12), Oklahoma City 26 (Durant 10). Total FoulsClippers 23, Oklahoma City 30. TechnicalsCrawford, Paul, Clippers Coach Rivers, Oklahoma City defensive three second. A18,203.

Kings 109, Nuggets 95

SACRAMENTO (109): Gay 12-23 8-9 32, Thompson 2-3 0-0 4, Cousins 8-16 11-12 27, Thomas 12-16 5-6 33, McLemore 2-10 1-1 6, Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Landry 1-2 1-2 3, Williams 0-4 2-4 2, Outlaw 0-0 0-0 0, Acy 0-0 0-0 0, McCallum 0-4 2-2 2, Evans 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-78 30-36 109.

DENVER (95): Chandler 2-7 0-0 6, Faried 5-10 0-0 10, Hickson 0-2 1-6 1, Brooks 3-12 1-2 9, Foye 8-18 5-5 27, Mozgov 3-15 0-0 6, Fournier 8-11 7-8 27, Miller 1-7 0-0 3, Vesely 3-5 0-0 6, Randolph 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-88 14-21 95.

Sacramento 27 21 39 22— 109

Denver 27 25 18 25— 95

3-Point GoalsSacramento 5-13 (Thomas 4-5, McLemore 1-4, Williams 0-2, Gay 0-2), Denver 15-32 (Foye 6-11, Fournier 4-5, Brooks 2-5, Chandler 2-6, Miller 1-4, Randolph 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSacramento 57 (Gay 11), Denver 52 (Foye, Hickson, Faried 6). AssistsSacramento 18 (Thomas 6), Denver 23 (Brooks 8). Total FoulsSacramento 21, Denver 28. TechnicalsRandolph. A16,263.

James sits, but Heat reserves top Bulls 02/23/14 [Last modified: Sunday, February 23, 2014 11:07pm]

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