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Heat, Thunder, Bulls grab Christmas victories

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, middle, is double-teamed by Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Farmar, left, and Nick Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James, middle, is double-teamed by Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Farmar, left, and Nick Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Xavier Henry, left, shoots past Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers, right, and Chris Andersen during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Lakers forward Xavier Henry, left, shoots past Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers, right, and Chris Andersen during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, and Jordan Hill sift on the bench during the first half of the Lakers' NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, and Jordan Hill sift on the bench during the first half of the Lakers' NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen, right, fouls Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen, right, fouls Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots against New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin, center, as guard J.R. Smith, left, and forward Amare Stoudemire (1) watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in New York. The Thunder won 123-94. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots against New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin, center, as guard J.R. Smith, left, and forward Amare Stoudemire (1) watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in New York. The Thunder won 123-94. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, middle, is double-teamed by Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Farmar, left, and Nick Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James, middle, is double-teamed by Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Farmar, left, and Nick Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, middle, is double-teamed by Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Farmar, left, and Nick Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Xavier Henry, left, shoots past Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers, right, and Chris Andersen during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, and Jordan Hill sift on the bench during the first half of the Lakers' NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen, right, fouls Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots against New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin, center, as guard J.R. Smith, left, and forward Amare Stoudemire (1) watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in New York. The Thunder won 123-94. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, middle, is double-teamed by Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Farmar, left, and Nick Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had 23 points apiece, and the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 101-95, Wednesday for their sixth straight win.

Bosh also had 11 rebounds in the Heat’s fifth consecutive victory against the Lakers on Christmas Day. LeBron James added 19 points and Ray Allen had 12.

Miami shot 51 percent (41 for 80) from the field while improving to 7-0 against the Western Conference this season. It was its 19th straight win overall against West opponents.

Nick Young scored 20 points for the Lakers, who were tied four times in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles shot 42 percent (33 for 79) in its third straight loss.

Kobe Bryant was relegated to the sideline with his fractured left knee, leaving him unable to extend his NBA-record Christmas Day appearances to 16. Jodie Meeks had 17 points for Los Angeles, Xavier Henry scored 14 and Pau Gasol had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Jordan Farmar returned from a left hamstring tear after missing 10 games, giving the Lakers a true point guard to run the offense. But he was ineffective, with three points and two assists in 32 minutes.

The Lakers stayed right with the Heat despite their poor shooting and the absence of Bryant, Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) and Steve Blake (right elbow). They led by 10 points and never trailed by more than that.

Young’s basket tied the game for the last time at 83-all. The Heat promptly took off on a 13-5 run. Wade, Norris Cole and James scored all of the Heat’s points.

Young answered with his fourth 3-pointer of the game and Meeks made 1 of 2 free throws to pull the Lakers to 96-92 with 1:26 to play. But Wade had an acrobatic reverse layup and James made two foul shots to give Miami some breathing room.

Young scored 12 points in the third, when the Lakers trailed by nine before scoring the final seven points of the period, capped by Young’s 3-pointer, to trail 76-74 heading into the fourth.

Allen and Wade combined to score the Heat’s first 13 points of the second, with Allen hitting 3-pointers to bookend the run and pull the Heat into a 34-all tie.

Bosh took over and scored 10 points in a row, including a layup that gave Miami just its second lead of the game, 40-39. James interrupted Bosh’s offensive spurt with a one-handed dunk off Wade’s fast-break alley oop before Bosh made three of four free throws to extend the Heat’s lead to 51-41. The Lakers scored the final two baskets to trail 51-46 at the break.

Thunder 123, Knicks 94

Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double by the middle of the third quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled over the New York Knicks, who played without Carmelo Anthony.

The Durant-Anthony showdown between the NBA’s top two scorers was canceled because of Anthony’s sprained left ankle, so the Thunder had the Christmas spotlight all to themselves while winning for the 10th time in 11 games.

Westbrook finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in his first triple-double of the season and seventh of his career. Serge Ibaka added 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting.

Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 22 points, and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 for the Knicks, who also were missing starting point guard Raymond Felton. J.R. Smith scored 20 points, but shot 8 for 22 and was booed when he left the court for good.

Anthony was forced to sit out for the first time this season. The Knicks were never really in it without him and may not have had a chance with him the way the Thunder played.

The Knicks not only had trouble with the Thunder, but also with the special edition sleeved jerseys NBA teams are wearing on Christmas.

Beno Udrih hit the side of the backboard on two shot attempts in the first half, tugging on his sleeve after the second as if blaming his struggles on his equipment.

Oklahoma City had a much easier time in the uniforms. Coach Scott Brooks said before the game the Thunder hadn’t had a formal practice in them, but players had shot around the last few days in the jerseys that featured a giant logo in the middle of the chest and jersey numbers on the left sleeve.

“They look great. Hopefully, we play well in them,” Brooks said.

They played superbly.

Coming off a 104-98 loss to Toronto on Sunday that ended a nine-game winning streak and was their first setback at home this season, they shot 54 percent and got 18 points from Reggie Jackson.

Durant made all five shots in the first quarter, with the Thunder leading 35-29 after shooting 70 percent. Jackson and Durant made 3-pointers to start the second, making Oklahoma City 16 of 22. Ibaka did most of the work in an 8-2 spurt midway through the period that extended the lead to 52-35, and the Thunder led 60-46 at halftime.

They kept up the pressure in the third, Durant and Westbrook taking turns being unguardable on the perimeter, and Oklahoma City went on to its sixth straight road victory.

Anthony was hurt Monday night in a victory at Orlando, saying afterward he hoped to play Wednesday. But he looked glum and wasn’t walking particularly well by the locker room area after getting treatment and testing the ankle, and the Knicks announced he wouldn’t be in uniform about 50 minutes before the start.

He sat on the bench wearing a brown sports jacket, getting up slowly during timeouts whenever the Knicks called them in a futile attempt to stop the Thunder’s onslaught.

Anthony averaged 28.7 points last season, ending Durant’s three-year reign as scoring champion, but Durant has moved right back to the top this season with 28.1 to Anthony’s 26.3.

The Knicks fell to 0-7 in orange uniforms this season.

Bulls 95, Nets 78

Taj Gibson scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 15, and the Chicago Bulls routed the Brooklyn Nets.

Trailing 50-49 early in the third quarter, the Bulls took over behind Butler. He keyed a 21-5 run that gave Chicago control.

Butler, who sat out the last game with a right ankle injury, started the burst with a 3-pointer and then soon added a three-point play that made it 57-52. That was the first of 12 straight points by the Bulls.

Another three-point play by Butler made it 66-52.

Chicago (11-16) led by 19 at the end of the period after Reggie Evans’s dunk with less than a second left ended a 5½-minute field goal drought for the Nets (9-19).

Brooklyn couldn’t get much closer in the fourth and was serenaded with a chorus of loud boos from the fans.

What once was viewed as a Christmas Day showdown between Eastern Conference contenders became a matchup of two of the NBA’s biggest disappointments so far, as both teams have been plagued by injuries.

Deron Williams scored 18 points and Mizra Teletovic added 17 for the Nets, who have lost four straight.

The victory was Chicago’s second straight, the first time since five consecutive wins from Nov. 8-18 that the Bulls had two in a row. Chicago is starting to get healthy with the return of guard Kirk Hinrich and Butler, both of whom started.

Hinrich spurred a 12-0 run midway through the second quarter that gave Chicago a 39-31 lead. Williams then scored seven straight to make it a one-point game. Chicago led 41-38 at the half before Butler took over.

While the Bulls got both guards back, they were still missing Luol Deng (Achilles) and Derrick Rose, who is sidelined for the season with a right knee injury.

Brooklyn has its own injury issues with center Brook Lopez lost for the season Friday to a broken right foot.

The two teams were wearing their Christmas short-sleeve jerseys that look straight out of a rec league game. Instead of numbers and a team name on the front, there was a big shiny logo. There are numbers on the sleeves, while the backs look more like a normal NBA jersey.

Both teams were also wearing striped socks to complete the outfit.

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