James, Wade lead Heat past Pelicans

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 08 2014 01:16 PM | Updated as of Jan 08 2014 09:16 PM

Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots the ball over New Orleans Pelicans point guard Tyreke Evans (1) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 107-88. Photo by Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

MIAMI - LeBron James scored 32 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists Tuesday to lead the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat over New Orleans 107-88.

Eight days after his 29th birthday, the NBA's four-time Most Valuable Player once again sparked Miami to victory while Chris Bosh added 12 points and Ray Allen contributed 11.

The host Heat trailed 49-43 at half-time but outscored the Pelicans 64-39 in the second half.

Reserve Chris Andersen added 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting for the Heat, who were without injured starters Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier.

Miami improved to 27-8, second only to the Indiana Pacers (28-6) in the Eastern Conference, while the Pelicans fell to 15-18 with their third loss in four games.

Anthony Davis had 22 points and 12 rebounds in a losing cause, while Eric Gordon added 15 points and Tyreke Evans contributed 13.

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