Heat scorches 76ers, end 3-game slump

Reuters/The Sports Xchange

Posted at Jan 18 2014 05:41 PM | Updated as of Jan 19 2014 01:41 AM

Chris Bosh scored 25 points, LeBron James had a near-triple-double and the Miami Heat stifled the Philadelphia 76ers to fashion a 101-86 victory and snap a three-game slide.

James finished with 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for Miami (28-11), who last lost three straight in January 2012.

The 76ers (13-26), who lost for the fifth time in six games, made just two of their 20 three-point attempts. Miami also blocked 12 shots, five by Bosh, and forced 22 turnovers.

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Wizards 96, Bulls 93

John Wall had 23 points and 11 assists as the Washington Wizards won their third straight game and second over the Chicago Bulls this week with a 96-93 victory.

Martell Webster and Bradley Beal each had 14 points for the Wizards (19-19), who reached .500 for the third time this season.

Washington, who have yet to post a winning record at any point this season, shot 50.6 percent from the field in the seesaw affair that included 12 lead changes and 11 ties before leaving the Bulls at 18-20.

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Jazz 110, Pistons 89

Utah rookie point guard Trey Burke pumped in 20 points and had a career-high 12 assists to propel the Jazz to a 110-89 win over Detroit.

Burke, who led the University of Michigan to the national championship game last season, got a measure of revenge against the Michigan pro team that passed on him during the draft lottery in June.

The player Detroit (16-23) selected ahead of Burke, shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, was limited to five points as Utah improved to (14-27).

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Cavaliers 117, Nuggets 109

Guard Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, forward Tristan Thompson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the Denver Nuggets for a 117-109 win.

Guard C.J. Miles and forward Luol Deng added 18 points each for Cleveland.

Forward Wilson Chandler scored 23 points and guard Ty Lawson had 19 points and 11 assists for the Nuggets, who had their four-game home winning streak stopped.

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Mavericks 110, Suns 107

Guard Monta Ellis collected 24 points, six rebounds and seven assists and forward Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points as the Dallas Mavericks led from wire to wire but had to hang on to beat the Phoenix Suns 110-107.

The Suns had one last chance to tie the score in the final seconds after a basket by Phoenix guard Goran Dragic cut the Mavericks' lead to three with 6.7 seconds left but P.J. Tucker's shot from the deep right corner spun out.