MINNEAPOLIS – Dwyane Wade had 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, LeBron James shrugged off a sore left knee to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat earned their franchise-record 15th straight victory with a 97-81 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Chris Bosh added 11 points and nine rebounds, and James played 35 minutes despite being listed as a game-time decision with a twisted left knee.
Derrick Williams had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 14 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds for the Timberwolves. J.J. Barea had four points on 1-for-11 shooting and was ejected in the fourth quarter after getting a Flagrant-2 foul for a hit on Heat guard Ray Allen.
The Heat had every reason to sit James down in this one, and the runaway favorite for MVP wouldnt have been blamed. The Heat were playing the second game of a road back-to-back, coming off a stirring victory over New York and playing an undermanned opponent that had lost 21 of its last 25 games.
MAGIC 105, HORNETS 102: In New Orleans, Arron Afflalo scored five of his game-high 26 points in the final 38 seconds, as Orlando snapped a three-game skid.
Jameer Nelson, returning from a knee injury that sidelined him six games, scored 15 points and Tobias Harris also scored 15 for Orlando, which trailed by as many as 17 in the second half and erased nine-point deficit during the final 3:15.
Anthony Davis had 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots for New Orleans.
BUCKS 109, JAZZ 108: In Milwaukee, Monta Ellis scored 34 points and Brandon Jennings added 20 points and 17 assists to lead the Bucks. J.J. Redick scored 17 for the Bucks, including their first eight in overtime. Milwaukee won its fourth consecutive game after dropping three in a row after the All-Star break.
Derrick Favors tied a career high with 23 points and added 15 rebounds for Utah, which lost for the fourth time in five games.
KNICKS 102, CAVALIERS 97: In Cleveland, Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points, J.R. Smith added 18 and the New York Knicks overcame a 22-point deficit without All-Star Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks trailed 52-30 in the second quarter when Anthony injured his right knee. He stumbled and fell awkwardly after catching a pass and did not return.
Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in his return after missing Clevelands past three games with a hyperextended right knee.