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James, Heat hand Bobcats 16th straight loss 105-92

  • Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem, bottom, looks to pass as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, top, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem, bottom, looks to pass as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, top, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem, bottom, looks to pass as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, top, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem, bottom, looks to pass as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, top, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson (9) and DeSagana Diop (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson (9) and DeSagana Diop (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson (9) and DeSagana Diop (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson (9) and DeSagana Diop (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem, bottom, looks to pass as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, top, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
  • Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem, bottom, looks to pass as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, top, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
  • Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson (9) and DeSagana Diop (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
  • Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson (9) and DeSagana Diop (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Charlotte, n.c. — LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Miami Heat handed the Charlotte Bobcats their 16th straight defeat, 105-92 last night.

Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and had nine rebounds as Miami extended its winning streak to six.

One night after an emotional win over Oklahoma City, James and Wade made sure there would be no letdown against the Bobcats.

The Heat led 55-38 at halftime, but couldn’t put the Bobcats away until late.

Charlotte cut the Miami lead to 84-82 when Gerald Henderson completed a three-point play with 7:16 left. But James knocked down a 3-pointer, Wade hit a pair of jumpers, and Shane Battier added a 3-pointer from the right corner to complete an 11-3 run that pushed the lead to 10.

Miami wasn’t challenged again.

Kemba Walker had 27 points, and Ramon Sessions added 19 points for the Bobcats (7-21), who haven’t won since Nov. 24.

Cavaliers 87, Wizards 84

Washington — Tristan Thompson’s three-point play with 24.4 seconds remaining gave Cleveland its first two-game winning streak of the season as the Cavaliers beat Washington.

Kyrie Irving, who had 26 points to lead Cleveland, made one of two free throws with 9.5 seconds left after Jordan Crawford and Garrett Temple missed jumpers for the Wizards. Crawford made two free throws with 8.5 seconds left to cut the lead to 86-84. Irving hit one of two, and Crawford missed a 3-pointer as time ran out.

Irving had 20 of his 26 points in the first half for the Cavaliers, who improved to 7-23. Two of their wins are against Washington, losers of eight straight.

Thompson had a season-high 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Crawford and Emeka Okafor led the Wizards with 17 points and Nene had 16.

Hornets 97, Magic 94

Orlando, Fla. — Robin Lopez had a season-high 29 points and Greivis Vasquez scored 27 points as New Orleans snapped an 11-game losing streak.

Orlando had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but came up empty on a 3-point attempt by Nikola Vucevic.

The victory was the Hornets’ first since Dec. 3 and their fourth straight regular-season win over the Magic.

Jameer Nelson had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando and Vucevic added 19 points.

Orlando dropped its third consecutive game. It was also the Magic’s third straight loss since starting forward Glen Davis injured his shoulder.

76ers 99, Grizzlies 89

Memphis, Tenn. — Dorell Wright scored 28 points and Spencer Hawes had 20, season-highs for both, as Philadelphia snapped a six-game road losing streak.

Wright, who was starting his fifth game of the season, was inserted into the lineup for Jason Richardson, who sat out with a low back strain. Wright was 8 of 11 from the field, part of the Sixers shooting 52 percent from the field, including 9 of 16 outside the arc. Wright hit 5 of 8 from long range.

Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday had 13 points each for Philadelphia, Holiday adding nine assists. Nick Young finished with 12 points. Hawes blocked five shots, part of Philadelphia recording a season-high 12 rejections.

Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Marc Gasol had 18 points and eight rebounds.

Rockets 87, Timberwolves 84

Minneapolis — James Harden scored 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and Houston rallied to win its fifth straight.

Harden’s drive to the basket gave Houston (16-12) an 85-84 lead with 39 seconds left. He drove again to make it a three-point lead with 11.7 seconds to go and scored 15 of the Rockets’ final 17 points.

Omer Asik added nine points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets, who edged the Wolves after beating their previous three opponents by at least 22 points.

Alexey Shved shot an airball on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer that could have tied it for the Timberwolves.

J.J. Barea scored 18 for Minnesota (13-13), and Shved added 16. Kevin Love had 12 rebounds, but scored just seven points on 3 of 14 shooting.

Bucks 108, Nets 93

Milwaukee — Brandon Jennings scored 25 points, Monta Ellis added 20 points and a season-high six steals, as Milwaukee beat the short-handed Brooklyn Nets for the 13th straight time.

Brook Lopez had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Nets missed a chance to get back to .500 on the road (6-7) and lost their third straight.

The Nets were without starting guard Deron Williams. He used his wrist to brace himself as he fell to the court in Tuesday’s 93-76 loss to the Boston Celtics. C.J. Watson made his first start of the season and 60th of his career.