Miami Heat Wins 14th Straight
Charles E. Sutton | 3/5/2013, 10:34 a.m.
Heat 99, Knicks 93
LeBron James ended Sunday's victory over the New York Knicks with an emphatic slam dunk as Carmelo Anthony hung his head in defeat. The Knicks played well most of the game, but it wasn't enough to beat the defending champions, who won the nationally televised game in front of an energetic crowd at Madison Square Garden.
James scored 29 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had seven assists, and the Heat tied a franchise record with its 14th consecutive win, rallying for a 99-93 victory on the road.
Guard Dwayne Wade added 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Miami, who came back after trailing by 16 points to beat the Knicks for the first time in three attempts this season.
Thunder 108, Clippers 104
Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists and Oklahoma City fought off a late rally by Los Angeles in a clash between two of the Western Conference's best teams.
Forward Serge Ibaka added 16 points as the Thunder ended a three-game road losing streak, coming back two days after losing at Denver. In addition, they also completed a season sweep of the Clippers, who is chasing Oklahoma City and league-leading San Antonio in the West.
Chris Paul led the Clippers with 26 points and Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin added 20 points each. Los Angeles' four-game winning streak ended with their third loss to Oklahoma City this season. Paul converted on all nine of his foul shots to help the Clippers go 19-for-22 from the line.
Spurs 114, Pistons 75
Manu Ginobili scored 17 points, Tim Duncan had 16 points and 11 rebounds and San Antonio crushed Detroit without All-Star point guard Tony Parker.
Danny Green added 16 points and Kawhi Leonard scored 14 for the Spurs (47-14), who posted their most lopsided win of the season in their first game since Parker was sidelined.
Grizzlies 108, Magic 82
Forward Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points and center Marc Gasol added 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Grizzlies rolled to a win over the Magic.
Memphis, who has won nine of their last ten games, built a lead of 32 points and had six players in double figures. Sunday marked the first of five consecutive games against teams with losing records.