Heat crush Bobcats to remain undefeated


Posted at Jan 02 2012 01:03 PM | Updated as of Jan 03 2012 02:50 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) -- Chris Bosh had a double-double as the Miami Heat steamrolled the Charlotte Bobcats, 129-90, to open their season with five straight wins for the first time in franchise history.

Bosh scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half and had 10 rebounds as the Heat encountered little trouble against the Bobcats this time around. In their first meeting of the shortened regular season, the Heat escaped with a 96-95 win thanks to a Dwyane Wade game-winner.

This time, the Heat led from wire-to-wire, with Wade scoring 22 points and LeBron James adding 16.

"It was just a good night. We're always gonna play hopefully good games together, and if one guy is having a better game, we're gonna look for him a lot more," Bosh said in an interview with NBA.com.

DJ White had 21 points for Charlotte, while rookie Kemba Walker added 17 points, but the Bobcats had no answer for the Heat, who led by 28 points after the first half.

"That was a high school team in a professional game," the Bobcats Corey Magette said of his team's performance.

Miami made 60% of their field goal attempts, while Charlotte shot a measly 38%.

"Just one of those games where nothing went right," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said.

The 129 points scored by Miami were the most by any team so far this season, while their 39-point winning margin was the third-best in franchise history.

Cavs beat Nets, 98-82

The Cleveland Cavaliers shot 16 3-pointers, one short of the franchise record, to defeat the New Jersey Nets, 98-82, and earn their second win of the season.

Antawn Jamison led the Cavs with 23 points and was a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, while rookie Kyrie Irving had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

"The second half was a lot better than the first half," Cavs coach Byron Scott told NBA.com. "In the first half, the guys didn't seem like they didn't have a lot of energy."

Six players from the Nets scored in double figures, but they shot only 38% from the field and turned the ball over 21 times. All-Star point guard Dero Williams accounted for 6 of those turnovers.

The Nets have now lost their last 4 games and continue to struggle without injured starting center Brook Lopez.

Magic rally past Raptors, 102-96

The Orlando Magic overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors at home, 102-96.

Ryan Anderson scored 24 points and made two big 3-pointers in the final quarter to lead Orlando's rally.

It was a sorry loss for the Raptors, who got 28 points and 7 rebounds from Andrea Bargnani and 18 points and 13 assists from Jose Calderon.

The Raptors led by 11 points, 89-78, with 7:49 remaining in the game, but Orlando reeled off 16 unanswered points to take control of the game for good.

Rondo has triple-double for Celtics

Rajon Rondo had his first triple-double of the season to lead the Boston Celtics past the Washington Wizards, 94-86.

Rondo scored 18 points, dished 14 assists and hauled down 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who have now won 2 straight games after starting the season at 0-3.

Kevin Garnett led all scorers with 24 points.

The Wizards, meanwhile, remain winless for the season and continue to struggle, having been blown out in their last three games.

John Wall had 19 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds, while JaVale McGee had a double-double with 16 points and 14 boards.

Timberwolves win first game

The Minnesota Timberwolves ended an 18-game losing streak dating back to last season, routing the defending champions Dallas Mavericks 99-82.

Kevin Love continued his strong play with 25 points and 17 rebounds, but it was rookie point guard Ricky Rubio from Spain who was once again the star for the young T-Wolves.

Rubio came off the bench and scored 14 points, along with 3 rebounds and 7 assists. His last 4 assists of the game came in the last 5 minutes of the fourth quarter, when the Wolves went on a 15-0 run.

Minnesota led 84-72 early in the fourth before the Mavs went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 2, 84-82.

But Love made a 3-pointer off an assist from Rubio to spark the Wolves' 15-0 run, and the Mavs did not score the rest of the game. -- With a report from Reuters.