James dons mask, leads Heat to rout of Knicks
LeBron James scored 31 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat used a huge third quarter to run away and eventually rout the New York Knicks, 108-82, last night.
James donned a dark mask to protect his broken nose and was clearly unencumbered, hitting 13 of 19 shots and topping 30 points for the fifth consecutive game.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for New York, but none in the final 21:38. Tyson Chandler had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and J.R. Smith added 11 points. The Knicks fell to 2-10 in February.
WIZARDS 134, RAPTORS 129, 3OT
Trevor Ariza scored the go-ahead basket on a fast-break layup with 1:20 left in the third overtime and Washington outlasted Toronto for its fifth straight victory.
Marcin Gortat fouled out with 31 points and 12 rebounds, John Wall also had 31 points, and Ariza fouled out with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points in 58 minutes for Toronto, and Kyle Lowry fouled out with 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 54 minutes. Greivis Vasquez added a season-high 26 points.
PACERS 101, BUCKS 96
Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds to help Indiana rally to beat Milwaukee.
Paul George and Lance Stephenson each scored 18 points for NBA-leading Indiana. The Pacers, 44-13 overall and an NBA-best 28-3 at home, blew a 17-point lead in the first half.
The Bucks, an NBA-worst 11-46, tied it at 50 at the half and built a six-point lead in the third quarter. Brandon Knight had 23 points for Milwaukee, and Khris Middleton added 22.
Before the game, the Bucks waived forward Caron Butler after agreeing to a contract buyout.