NBA roundup: Heat win seventh straight - Toronto Sun

Final Score: Miami 120, Sacramento 108

MIAMI - Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and dished out 10 assists, and the Miami Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to take down the Sacramento Kings, 120-108, on Tuesday. Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers each added 20 points and LeBron James contributed 18 for the Heat, who have won seven straight and ten of 11. All of Miami's seven consecutive wins have been by double-digit margins. Jason Thompson and Tyreke Evans each had double- doubles for Sacramento. Thompson posted 16 points to go with 10 rebounds and Evans had 21 points and 10 assists. Isaiah Thomas donated 24 points to pace the Kings, who have lost six straight overall and seven in a row to the Heat. Sacramento has also lost 10 in a row in Miami.

Final Score: Cleveland 101, Detroit 100

CLEVELAND - Antawn Jamison scored a game-high 32 points with 10 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers snuck past the Detroit Pistons, 101-100, on Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving added 25 points and a career-high eight assists, while Alonzo Gee chipped in 16 points and pulled down 11 boards to give the Cavaliers their third win in four games. Brandon Knight paced Detroit with 24 points and Greg Monroe finished with a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds as the Pistons saw their three-game win streak come to a halt.

Final Score: Indiana 117, New Orleans 108 (OT)

INDIANAPOLIS - Roy Hibbert scored a career-high 30 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, boosting Indiana to a 117-108 overtime win over New Orleans. David West, a first-round draft pick of the Hornets in 2003, scored 16 points and had seven rebounds in his first game against his former team. Paul George totaled 20 points and Darren Collison ended with 18, eight rebounds and six assists in Indiana's third straight win - all at home. Danny Granger had 14 points, including five in overtime, for the Pacers. Trevor Ariza scored 21 for the Hornets, who were coming off a 101-93 loss at Oklahoma City on Monday. After Granger opened OT with a three-pointer, Ariza hit a jumper. Hibbert then drained a jump shot to start a string of 10 straight points for the Pacers, capped by a jam by Collison, also a former Hornet, with 1:45 remaining.

Final Score: Memphis 89, Philadelphia 76

MEMPHIS - Marc Gasol fill the stat sheet with 15 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks, as Memphis started strong and beat Philadelphia, 89-76, handing the 76ers their season-high fourth straight loss. Rudy Gay chipped in 14 points, O.J. Mayo 13 and Marreese Speights 12 for the Grizzlies, who have won five of their last six games. Jrue Holiday scored 22 to lead the Sixers, who never led and fell behind by 20 after one quarter. They shot 36.5 percent. The Sixers also were without forward Elton Brand, who didn't play due to a right thumb sprain. Andres Nocioni made his first start of the season in place of Brand and was limited to two points in just under six minutes played. Philadelphia also missed Brand's inside presence, as the Grizzlies held a 47-36 rebounding advantage. Memphis also forced 14 turnovers, leading to 24 points. The Sixers struggled with their bench play, as their reserves shot 7-for-34.

Final Score: Portland 137, San Antonio 97

PORTLAND - Seven different Trail Blazers scored in double figures, led by 21 from LaMarcus Aldridge, as Portland embarrassed San Antonio 137-97 at Rose Garden on Tuesday. Jamal Crawford netted 20 points and handed out eight assists, while Gerald Wallace and Nicolas Batum each scored 19 points for Portland, which has won two of its last three. The Spurs were without their "Big Three" as Tim Duncan and Tony Parker both received the night off for rest and Manu Ginobili is nursing a strained oblique. Kawhi Leonard's 24-point, 10-rebound performance served as the lone bright spot for San Antonio, which saw its 11-game win streak come to an end.

22 Feb, 2012

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