New mask, same result as LeBron leads Heat past Magic
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) is defended by Orlando Magic small forward Maurice Harkless (21) in the first half at American Airlines Arena. Photo by Robert Mayer, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Heat 112, Magic 98
Forward LeBron James wore a new, clear mask to protect his broken nose but it did not change much of anything as the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat defeated the Orlando Magic 112-98.
James, who complied with the NBA's wishes and discarded the black mask he wore on Thursday against the New York Knicks, scored 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
It was the seventh succcessive win for the Heat (42-14), who still trail Indiana by two games for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Forward Chris Bosh scored 17 points in 18 minutes while guard Dwyane Wade added a game-high 24 points for the Heat, who never trailed after the first quarter in a relatively easy victory.
The Magic were led by forward Tobias Harris's 20 points.
Grizzlies 110, Cavaliers 96
Power forward Zach Randolph scored a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-96.
Randolph had plenty of help from center Marc Gasol who scored 22 points and added eight rebounds and six assists and point guard Mike Conley, who finished with 22 points and seven assists and two steals for the Grizzlies.
Point guard Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 28 points.
Wizards 122, 76ers 103
Trevor Ariza scored a career-high 40 points, 24 in the first quarter, to pace Washington to a 122-103 victory.
Ariza, who hit his first eight three-point attempts, finished eight of 12 from the arc and 14 of 23 from the floor.
Guard John Wall added 17 and 16 assists for the Wizards.
Tony Wroten scored 19 points and forward Thaddeus Young 17 to lead Philadelphia, who lost their 13th successive game.
(Compiled by Ben Everill)