MIAMI – Outfought for a late rebound by Dwyane Wade, a grinning LeBron James chided his teammate as they ran upcourt.
With the game in hand, the Miami Heat could worry about individual stats. Wade and James had handsome numbers in Monday’s 102-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
James totaled 24 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, just missing the Heat’s first triple-double of the season. Wade scored 30 points, his best total since Dec. 18 in an injury-hampered season, and he added a season-high 10 rebounds and five assists.
James was blanked in the rebound department down the stretch. When Wade snatched one away from him with 4 minutes left, he heard about it from his taller teammate.
D-Wade knew what he had going on, too, James said. He was like, I need this double-double.’ He had a heck of a game. He was spectacular.
Brandon Jennings had 26 points and seven assists for the Pistons.
WIZARDS 100, TRAIL BLAZERS 90: In Washington, the Wizards moved above .500 for the first time in more than four years, accomplishing the feat on their eighth try this season by pulling away in the second half to beat Portland.
John Wall scored 22 points, and Trevor Ariza added 20 for the Wizards, who hadn’t had a winning record since beating the New Jersey Nets to improve to 2-1 on Halloween in 2009.
BUCKS 101, KNICKS 98: In Milwaukee, Brandon Knight made a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left and finished with 25 points as the Bucks snapped a six-game losing streak.
The Knicks had one last chance, though Carmelo Anthony misfired on a deep 3. He finished with 36 points.
SPURS 102, PELICANS 95: In New Orleans, Tony Parker scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and also doled out nine assists as San Antonio overcame a 14-point deficit. Tim Duncan scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, and Marco Belinelli added 13 against his former club.
Anthony Davis had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks for the Pelicans.
NETS 108, 76ERS 102: In New York, Paul Pierce scored 25 points and Deron Williams added 21 as Brooklyn stopped a three-game losing streak.
Michael Carter-Williams led Philadelphia with 21 points and Elliot Williams had 18 off the bench.
THUNDER 86, GRIZZLIES 77: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Serge Ibaka had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Thunder moved to 21-3 at home.
Zach Randolph had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Marc Gasol added 13 points for Memphis.
MAVERICKS 124, CAVALIERS 107: In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, Devin Harris had a season-high 16 and the Mavericks handed Cleveland its fifth straight loss.
Kyrie Irving had 27 to lead the Cavaliers, who have dropped seven of their last eight.
RAPTORS 94, JAZZ 79: In Salt Lake City, DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 18 to help Toronto.
Marvin Williams scored 23 points and Alec Burks had 20 off the bench but it wasn’t enough to keep the Jazz from their third straight loss.