Dwyane Wade scored 26 points and dominated during a second-quarter run to lead the Miami Heat over the Washington Wizards 106-89 Friday night.
Wade either scored or got the assist on 20 consecutive Heat points, starting with a drive to the basket that began with a behind-the-back dribble at the free throw line followed by a 360-degree move in the paint and ending with a shot off the glass.
Then came another spin move at the baseline for a basket on the next possession, and a driving layup the next time the Heat had the ball.
Wade and LeBron James combined to score Miami’s last 18 points of the first half, including a pair of one-handed throw-down alley-oop Wade-to-James dunks during a 10-0 spurt.
Chris Bosh had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and James added 18 points and nine assists.
JaVale McGee had a season-high 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wizards, who are 3-7 since Randy Wittman replaced fired coach Flip Saunders. Nick Young scored 22 points and John Wall added 15 points and 10 assists.
KNICKS 92, LAKERS 85 -- Jeremy Lin keeps getting better. Better even than Kobe Bryant.
Lin had the most astounding performance of his remarkable week, scoring a career-high 38 points and outdueling Bryant as host New York held off Los Angeles.
Buried deep on the bench a little more than a week ago, Lin led the Knicks to their fourth straight win, tying their longest streak of the season. His two free throws with 52 seconds left and booming “MVP! MVP!” chants stopped the Lakers’ final rally and allowed the undrafted Harvard product to pass Carmelo Anthony for the Knicks’ highest point total this season.
Bryant finished with 34 points, but he got off to a horrendous start and finished only 11-of-29 from the field.
CLIPPERS 78, SIXERS 77 -- Chris Paul hit a 17-foot jumper with 3.2 seconds left and finished with 24 points to lift Los Angeles over host Philadelphia.
BULLS 95, BOBCATS 64 -- Joakim Noah had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 16 points, and Chicago beat host Charlotte despite the absence of reigning league MVP Derrick Rose.
RAPTORS 86, CELTICS 74 -- DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Jose Calderon had 17 points and 14 rebounds and host Toronto beat Boston for their third win in the past 20 meetings against the Celtics.
MAVERICKS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 97 -- Dirk Nowitzki welcomed Kevin Love back from his two-game suspension with a season-high 33 points, winning the matchup of Western Conference All-Star power forwards and helping visiting Dallas stave off a Minnesota rally.
GRIZZLIES 98, PACERS 92 -- Rudy Gay scored 21 points, and Marreese Speights added a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Memphis over visiting Indiana.
BUCKS 113, CAVALIERS 112 (OT) -- Brandon Jennings scored 24 points and made a big layup in overtime as Milwaukee rallied past host Cleveland.
TRAIL BLAZERS 94, HORNETS 86 -- Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 31 points, and Portland snapped a two-game skid while handing host New Orleans its eighth straight loss.
PISTONS 109, NETS 92 -- Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help host Detroit rout New Jersey for its fourth straight victory.
SPURS -- Manu Ginobili will return to the San Antonio’s lineup today in New Jersey after missing more than a month with a broken left hand. Ginobili was hurt on Jan. 2 in the fifth game of the season when he reached in and fouled Minnesota’s Anthony Tolliver as Tolliver rose to shoot.
It was believed Ginobli could miss as much as two months, but he says he’s been ready to return for a few days.
CAVALIERS -- Cleveland rookie Kyrie Irving will sit out another game today with a concussion. Irving suffered the head injury Tuesday in Miami when he fell and his head struck Heat guard Dwyane Wade’s knee.
The 19-year-old complained of a headache and was diagnosed with the concussion.