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LeBron, Heat overpowers Magic

MIAMI — LeBron James caught an alley-oop flip from Dwyane Wade on a fast break, threw down a dunk and then headed up court with his arms spread like some superhero.

James can look the part, whether he's wearing a clear mask or a black one.

Switching to a clear protective cover at the league's request, James had 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists Saturday to help the Heat earn its seventh consecutive victory by beating the Magic 112-98.

James dispensed with the black mask he wore Thursday when playing for the first time since he broke his nose.

Wade scored 24 and Bosh 20 for the Heat, which shot 58 percent.

"They're an efficient team, the most efficient team in the NBA," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "That's done with LeBron setting up people, and you're getting shots that you want. You're not rushing."

James said league officials wanted him to wear something that would let opponents see his face. The newer mask seemed to bother James and he frequently took it off when the clock was stopped.

"It's not comfortable," he said. "Having something on your face isn't comfortable, but it is what it is."

SIXERS RETIRE IVERSON'S 3: Trevor Ariza hit eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 40 to help the Wizards beat the host 76ers 122-103. Philadelphia retired Allen Iverson's No. 3. The 11-time All-Star played there from 1996-2006 and 2009-10.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Bulls and former BYU sensation Jimmer Fredette tentatively agreed to a contract. Fredette was the 10th pick in the 2011 draft, but was waived by the Kings on Thursday. … Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he thinks prospects would be better off in the NBA Development League than in college. "A major college has to pretend that they're treating them like a student-athlete," Cuban said. "It's a big lie and we all know it's a big lie.'' … Forward Caron Butler signed with the Thunder.

Heat 112, Magic 98

ORLANDO (98): Harkless 5-11 3-5 14, Harris 6-11 7-7 20, Vucevic 9-14 0-0 18, Nelson 1-8 0-0 3, Oladipo 2-6 6-10 10, O'Quinn 6-10 2-2 14, Moore 4-7 1-2 10, Nicholson 1-6 2-2 4, Lamb 0-6 0-0 0, Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, Dedmon 1-2 1-1 3. Totals 36-83 22-29 98.

MIAMI (112): James 8-12 4-5 20, Battier 2-4 0-0 5, Bosh 5-8 5-5 17, Chalmers 2-3 2-2 7, Wade 10-14 4-5 24, Allen 3-7 0-0 7, Beasley 4-8 0-0 8, Andersen 2-3 1-2 5, Cole 3-9 2-2 9, Oden 3-3 2-3 8, Haslem 1-1 0-0 2, Douglas 0-2 0-0 0, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-74 20-24 112.

Orlando 30 23 20 25— 98

Miami 32 29 28 23— 112

3-Point GoalsOrlando 4-18 (Moore 1-2, Harris 1-2, Harkless 1-3, Nelson 1-6, Thomas 0-1, Lamb 0-2, Oladipo 0-2), Miami 6-16 (Bosh 2-3, Chalmers 1-1, Battier 1-2, Cole 1-3, Allen 1-4, Beasley 0-1, James 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 45 (O'Quinn 15), Miami 44 (James 9). AssistsOrlando 18 (Nelson 11), Miami 20 (James 7). Total FoulsOrlando 19, Miami 20. A19,834 (19,600).

Pacers 102, Celtics 97

INDIANA (102): George 9-20 4-5 25, West 4-9 4-4 12, Hibbert 6-10 3-3 15, Watson 3-8 0-0 7, Stephenson 5-8 5-6 16, Sloan 0-3 0-0 0, Turner 8-14 1-3 17, Mahinmi 1-2 0-0 2, Scola 3-3 2-2 8. Totals 39-77 19-23 102.

BOSTON (97): Green 10-22 5-6 27, Bass 7-13 2-2 16, Humphries 7-15 4-5 18, Rondo 4-12 1-2 12, Bayless 5-11 0-0 11, Sullinger 4-12 2-2 10, Johnson 1-3 0-0 3, Babb 0-0 0-0 0, Pressey 0-1 0-0 0, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-89 14-17 97.

Indiana 28 27 21 26— 102

Boston 27 21 30 19— 97

3-Point GoalsIndiana 5-13 (George 3-6, Stephenson 1-2, Watson 1-3, Sloan 0-1, Turner 0-1), Boston 7-21 (Rondo 3-6, Green 2-5, Johnson 1-2, Bayless 1-5, Pressey 0-1, Sullinger 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 45 (Stephenson 9), Boston 51 (Humphries 10). AssistsIndiana 19 (Stephenson 6), Boston 25 (Rondo 11). Total FoulsIndiana 19, Boston 21. TechnicalsHibbert, Rondo. A18,624 (18,624).

Rockets 118, Pistons 110

DETROIT (110): J.Smith 8-24 5-6 21, Monroe 3-11 4-4 10, Drummond 8-11 0-1 16, Jennings 4-13 1-1 11, Singler 2-4 2-2 7, Stuckey 10-17 3-3 23, Caldwell-Pope 2-2 0-0 5, Bynum 6-10 0-0 12, Jerebko 1-5 0-0 2, Villanueva 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 45-100 16-19 110.

HOUSTON (118): Hamilton 6-12 0-0 13, Jones 10-15 2-2 22, Howard 5-7 7-9 17, Beverley 6-15 2-4 19, Harden 7-16 5-8 20, Lin 1-6 2-2 4, Casspi 4-5 5-6 16, Motiejunas 3-7 0-0 7, Asik 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 42-84 23-33 118.

Detroit 20 26 34 30— 110

Houston 41 28 26 23— 118

3-Point GoalsDetroit 4-19 (Jennings 2-8, Caldwell-Pope 1-1, Singler 1-2, Villanueva 0-1, Bynum 0-1, Stuckey 0-1, Jerebko 0-2, J.Smith 0-3), Houston 11-33 (Beverley 5-9, Casspi 3-4, Motiejunas 1-4, Harden 1-6, Hamilton 1-6, Jones 0-1, Howard 0-1, Lin 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 54 (Drummond 17), Houston 56 (Jones 10). AssistsDetroit 22 (Jennings 8), Houston 26 (Harden 12). Total FoulsDetroit 24, Houston 20. TechnicalsDrummond, Houston defensive three second. A18,330 (18,023).

Wizards 122, 76ers 103

WASHINGTON (122): Ariza 14-23 4-5 40, Booker 6-7 2-2 14, Gortat 6-9 1-2 13, Wall 6-10 4-4 17, Beal 5-12 0-0 11, Webster 5-13 5-7 17, Singleton 1-5 1-4 3, Miller 0-2 2-2 2, Gooden 0-2 0-0 0, Harrington 1-3 1-2 3, Temple 0-1 0-0 0, Porter Jr. 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 45-89 20-28 122.

PHILADELPHIA (103): Thompson 3-8 1-1 7, Young 7-14 3-4 17, Sims 3-6 1-2 7, Carter-Williams 5-14 4-6 15, Anderson 5-11 1-1 13, Mullens 2-5 2-2 6, Wroten 5-12 9-12 19, Williams 2-5 0-0 4, Moultrie 1-2 0-0 2, Maynor 5-7 1-4 13, Varnado 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-84 22-32 103.

Washington 41 33 23 25— 122

Philadelphia 28 34 21 20— 103

3-Point GoalsWashington 12-26 (Ariza 8-12, Webster 2-5, Wall 1-1, Beal 1-4, Harrington 0-1, Porter Jr. 0-1, Singleton 0-2), Philadelphia 5-22 (Maynor 2-3, Anderson 2-7, Carter-Williams 1-2, Wroten 0-2, Young 0-2, Thompson 0-3, Williams 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 54 (Gortat 14), Philadelphia 54 (Mullens 7). AssistsWashington 33 (Wall 16), Philadelphia 22 (Carter-Williams 7). Total FoulsWashington 25, Philadelphia 24. A20,856 (20,328).

Nets 107, Bucks 98

BROOKLYN (107): Johnson 2-9 2-2 7, Pierce 3-7 5-7 12, Plumlee 2-3 1-2 5, Williams 6-16 0-0 15, Livingston 7-11 0-0 14, Blatche 5-12 9-9 19, Kirilenko 3-5 1-5 7, Teletovic 1-4 0-0 3, Thornton 8-13 5-6 25, Anderson 0-2 0-0 0, Collins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-83 23-31 107.

MILWAUKEE (98): Middleton 8-12 0-0 16, Ilyasova 3-9 4-5 11, Pachulia 1-5 0-0 2, Knight 6-13 1-1 14, Wolters 3-6 0-0 7, Henson 2-5 2-2 6, Antetokounmpo 3-7 5-9 12, Mayo 4-7 1-1 9, Sessions 2-5 11-11 16, Adrien 2-5 1-2 5. Totals 34-74 25-31 98.

Brooklyn 31 24 22 30— 107

Milwaukee 29 24 19 26— 98

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 10-25 (Thornton 4-7, Williams 3-6, Pierce 1-3, Johnson 1-4, Teletovic 1-4, Anderson 0-1), Milwaukee 5-12 (Sessions 1-1, Ilyasova 1-2, Antetokounmpo 1-2, Wolters 1-2, Knight 1-3, Mayo 0-1, Middleton 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 49 (Blatche 13), Milwaukee 51 (Ilyasova 11). AssistsBrooklyn 23 (Kirilenko, Pierce 5), Milwaukee 17 (Knight 5). Total FoulsBrooklyn 19, Milwaukee 19. TechnicalsTeletovic. A14,081 (18,717).

LeBron, Heat overpowers Magic 03/01/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 1, 2014 11:28pm]

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