LeBron's passing skills drive Heat

MIAMI — LeBron James isn't sure that he wants to be called a point guard.

There's no arguing he can play like one.

Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 26 points, James added 20 points and 12 assists, most ever by a Heat forward, and Miami rolled to its fourth straight win, 129-97 over the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Wade made 12 of 17 shots in 24 minutes for Miami, which has outscored opponents by 22.8 points per game after losing the season opener in Boston.

James Jones hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 for the Heat. Kevin Love led Minnesota with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

It was Miami's highest-scoring non-overtime game since it beat the Suns 135-129 on March 4, 2009.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Marvin Williams had 22 points and the visiting Hawks remained the only undefeated team in the Eastern Conference by beating the Cavaliers 100-88 for their fourth straight win. … John Wall had 29 points, 13 assists, nine steals and eight turnovers in his home debut, outshining fellow rookie Evan Turner as the Wizards beat the 76ers 116-115 in overtime in the first matchup of the top two picks in this year's draft. … Rajon Rondo had nine points and 17 assists to lead the visiting Celtics to a 109-86 rout of the Pistons.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Michael Beasley's return to Miami ended painfully for the Timberwolves forward, who was helped off after a hard fall while driving for a score against his former team in the second quarter. X-rays were negative. … The Grizzlies signed point guard Mike Conley, 23, to a five-year, $40 million extension. … The Wizards expect Gilbert Arenas to return to practice today after he missed the first three games with a strained tendon in his right ankle. … Shaquille O'Neal and Richard Hamilton were out of the lineup for the Celtics' game at Detroit.

Heat 129, Timberwolves 97

MINNESOTA (97): Beasley 4-9 2-2 11, Love 7-11 5-5 20, Milicic 0-5 0-0 0, Ridnour 1-7 0-0 3, Ellington 2-8 2-6 7, Telfair 5-7 3-4 13, Brewer 1-8 3-4 5, Tolliver 1-3 2-2 4, Johnson 4-12 4-6 13, Koufos 1-1 0-1 2, Pekovic 4-10 4-4 12, Hayward 1-3 4-4 7. Totals 31-84 29-38 97.

MIAMI (129): James 7-12 6-8 20, Bosh 4-12 5-6 13, Anthony 1-1 2-2 4, Arroyo 2-3 3-3 8, Wade 12-17 2-2 26, Haslem 5-6 1-2 11, House 4-5 3-4 15, Ilgauskas 3-6 0-0 6, Jones 6-10 0-0 17, Chalmers 2-4 2-2 8, Stackhouse 0-2 1-2 1, Howard 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 46-79 25-31 129.

Minnesota 27 26 17 27— 97

Miami 33 36 29 31— 129

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 6-18 (Beasley 1-1, Love 1-2, Ridnour 1-3, Johnson 1-3, Hayward 1-3, Ellington 1-3, Telfair 0-1, Brewer 0-2), Miami 12-21 (Jones 5-9, House 4-4, Chalmers 2-4, Arroyo 1-2, James 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 49 (Pekovic 8), Miami 52 (Haslem 10). AssistsMinnesota 14 (Johnson 5), Miami 31 (James 12). Total FoulsMinnesota 23, Miami 27. A19,600 (19,600).

Celtics 109, Pistons 86

BOSTON (109): Pierce 8-13 2-2 21, Garnett 9-12 4-4 22, J.O'Neal 5-8 2-2 12, Rondo 3-7 2-2 9, Allen 6-14 2-2 16, Davis 3-7 4-4 10, Robinson 1-6 0-0 2, Erden 1-1 0-0 2, Daniels 3-7 2-2 9, Wafer 1-4 0-0 2, Harangody 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 42-81 18-18 109.

DETROIT (86): Prince 4-8 2-2 10, Daye 7-14 1-2 16, Wallace 2-3 2-2 6, Stuckey 6-15 3-3 15, Gordon 6-10 2-3 14, Villanueva 7-13 2-2 17, McGrady 0-1 0-0 0, Maxiell 0-2 1-4 1, Summers 3-6 1-2 7, Monroe 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 35-78 14-20 86.

Boston 31 26 31 21— 109

Detroit 26 18 24 18— 86

3-Point GoalsBoston 7-21 (Pierce 3-7, Allen 2-7, Rondo 1-1, Daniels 1-1, Wafer 0-2, Robinson 0-3), Detroit 2-9 (Villanueva 1-3, Daye 1-4, Gordon 0-2). Fouled OutGordon. ReboundsBoston 38 (Garnett 6), Detroit 50 (Monroe 10). AssistsBoston 33 (Rondo 17), Detroit 13 (Gordon 4). Total FoulsBoston 19, Detroit 19. TechnicalsDavis, Garnett, Villanueva. A15,313 (22,076).

Hawks 100, Cavaliers 88

ATLANTA (100): Ma.Williams 8-12 5-6 22, Smith 3-11 0-2 6, Horford 7-13 2-2 16, Bibby 6-10 2-5 15, Johnson 6-21 2-2 15, Ja.Crawford 4-7 6-6 16, Pachulia 1-1 1-3 3, Powell 2-4 1-2 5, Teague 0-5 2-2 2, Collins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-84 21-30 100.

CLEVELAND (88): Moon 3-5 0-0 6, Hickson 11-17 9-11 31, Varejao 1-6 0-0 2, Sessions 2-9 3-4 7, Parker 4-10 0-0 10, Gibson 3-10 0-1 6, J.Williams 2-2 0-0 5, M. Williams 4-12 2-2 12, Hollins 2-2 4-4 8, Powe 0-1 1-4 1. Totals 32-74 19-26 88.

Atlanta 40 19 15 26— 100

Cleveland 27 20 26 15— 88

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 5-17 (Ja.Crawford 2-2, Ma.Williams 1-3, Bibby 1-4, Johnson 1-6, Teague 0-1, Smith 0-1), Cleveland 5-17 (Parker 2-3, M. Williams 2-6, J.Williams 1-1, Moon 0-2, Gibson 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 52 (Horford 12), Cleveland 53 (Varejao 12). AssistsAtlanta 26 (Johnson 9), Cleveland 15 (Varejao, Sessions 3). Total FoulsAtlanta 17, Cleveland 22. TechnicalsAtlanta Bench, Varejao, Cleveland defensive three second. A20,562 (20,562).

Wizards 116, 76ers 115, OT

PHILADELPHIA (115): Nocioni 1-5 0-0 2, Brand 9-11 3-4 21, Hawes 2-3 0-0 4, Holiday 6-11 2-2 14, Iguodala 5-13 1-3 12, T.Young 4-4 0-0 8, Williams 6-16 15-17 30, Turner 4-7 1-2 9, Battie 2-2 0-0 4, Speights 3-5 0-0 6, Kapono 2-3 1-1 5. Totals 44-80 23-29 115.

WASHINGTON (116): Thornton 5-12 2-2 12, Blatche 5-17 13-14 23, McGee 1-3 1-3 3, Wall 9-16 11-14 29, Hinrich 3-5 1-1 8, Armstrong 2-3 2-2 6, N.Young 7-11 3-3 20, Martin 2-3 0-0 6, Yi 3-8 3-4 9, Booker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-78 36-43 116.

Philadelphia 28 20 18 40 9— 115

Washington 27 23 22 34 10— 116

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 4-15 (Williams 3-7, Iguodala 1-3, Nocioni 0-2, Holiday 0-3), Washington 6-12 (N.Young 3-5, Martin 2-2, Hinrich 1-2, Yi 0-1, Wall 0-1, Thornton 0-1). Fouled OutBrand. ReboundsPhiladelphia 43 (Brand 9), Washington 47 (Blatche 8). AssistsPhiladelphia 34 (Holiday 13), Washington 24 (Wall 13). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 30, Washington 24. TechnicalsNocioni. A17,803 (20,173).

Trail Blazers 90, Bucks 76

PORTLAND (90): Batum 1-5 0-0 2, Aldridge 6-14 1-3 14, Camby 1-3 0-0 2, Miller 5-10 2-2 12, Roy 7-17 2-2 17, Matthews 7-15 2-2 18, Johnson 4-4 0-0 10, Oberto 0-0 0-0 0, Cunningham 6-8 0-0 12, Fernandez 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 38-80 7-9 90.

MILWAUKEE (76): Delfino 5-8 1-2 14, Gooden 1-5 3-4 5, Bogut 5-10 2-4 12, Jennings 2-7 4-5 8, Salmons 2-14 1-2 5, Mbah a Moute 3-4 0-0 6, Maggette 4-12 8-8 16, Brockman 2-4 0-0 4, Ilyasova 1-2 0-0 2, Dooling 1-2 0-0 2, Sanders 1-3 0-0 2, Boykins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-72 19-25 76.

Portland 21 26 26 17— 90

Milwaukee 27 18 17 14— 76

3-Point GoalsPortland 7-24 (Johnson 2-2, Matthews 2-8, Aldridge 1-1, Fernandez 1-4, Roy 1-5, Miller 0-1, Batum 0-3), Milwaukee 3-15 (Delfino 3-5, Ilyasova 0-1, Maggette 0-1, Salmons 0-4, Jennings 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPortland 46 (Camby 13), Milwaukee 49 (Bogut 9). AssistsPortland 21 (Miller, Johnson 5), Milwaukee 16 (Jennings 7). Total FoulsPortland 24, Milwaukee 11. TechnicalsMiller. A13,087 (18,717).

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