CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said after all of these years in the NBA he’s still amazed at some of the things LeBron James does.
You know, he’d be fun to watch if you weren’t coaching the other team, Clifford said.
James scored 30 points to help Miami beat Charlotte 97-81 Saturday night for the Heat’s 13th straight victory against the Bobcats.
With Mario Chalmers suspended, Chris Bosh limited due to foul trouble, Ray Allen out with the flu and Dwyane Wade a non-factor, James came up big for the Heat.
More than anything, it was his energy, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of James. When you see him attacking off the glass and pushing coast to coast, you know he feels good with his body and you know it sets a great tone for our team. He’s playing with great energy on both ends of the court.
Kemba Walker had 22 points to lead the Bobcats.
CAVALIERS 103, WIZARDS 96: In Washington, Kyrie Irving scored nine of his 41 points in overtime to help Cleveland snap a three-game slump.
John Beal scored 28 points for Washington.
HAWKS 110, KNICKS 90: In New York, Jeff Teague scored 16 points to lead eight players in double figures, and Atlanta sent New York to a fifth straight home loss.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 12 rebounds for New York.
MAVERICKS 108, MAGIC 100: In Orlando, Fla., Monta Ellis had 19 points and eight assists to help Dallas win for the eighth straight time in Orlando.
TIMBERWOLVES 106, CELTICS 88: In Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic had 20 points and 12 boards as Minnesota pinned a third straight loss on Boston.
Avery Bradley scored 27 points for the Celtics.
PELICANS 135, 76ERS 98: In New Orleans, Ryan Anderson scored 26 points as New Orleans emphatically snapped a three-game skid.
ROCKETS 122, NUGGETS 111: In Houston, Dwight Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2 -minute stretch as Houston never trailed and led by as many as 23.
THUNDER 92, BUCKS 79: In Milwaukee Russell Westbrook scored 26 points and Kevin Durant added 24 as Oklahoma City snapped a two-game losing streak.