James, Heat Stuff Cavs
Cleveland — LeBron James scored 28 points and seemed more relaxed than in previous games back in Cleveland, leading the Miami Heat to their eighth straight win, 95-84 over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
James added eight rebounds and eight assists in his fifth game as a visitor against the Cavaliers, the team that drafted him and the one he left as a free agent three years ago to chase championships in Miami. He improved to 11-1 against Cleveland.
Dwyane Wade added 22 points and Michael Beasley 17 for Miami, which coasted during long stretches and never appeared threatened.
Dion Waiters, the subject of trade rumors, scored a season-high 24 and Kyrie Irving had 16 for Cleveland.
Magic 105, 76ers 94
Orlando, Fla. — Nik Vucevic had 21 points and 16 rebounds as Orlando beat Philadelphia to post back-to-back wins for the first time since early this month.
Glen Davis had 19 points, and Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo each added 18.
The game was the first meeting between rookies Michael Carter-Williams and Oladipo, and both played big roles.
The Magic led by 15 points before fighting off several second-half surges by the Sixers, which they beat for 17th time in 20 meetings.
Pacers 99, Bobcats 74
Charlotte, n.c. — C.J. Watson knocked down five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 18 points to pace the Pacers to their fifth straight victory.
The Pacers (14-1) came in with the NBA’s best defense and limited the Bobcats to 31 percent shooting.
Watson, who had made just 6 of 29 3-pointers this season, was 6 of 8 against the Bobcats.
Lance Stephenson had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Roy Hibbert added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers.
Lakers 99, Nets 94
New York — Wesley Johnson made the tiebreaking basket on a steal and dunk with 1:35 left, and Los Angeles blew a 27-point lead before beating Brooklyn.
Nick Young scored a season-high 26 points to spark a huge effort from the league’s most productive bench. Pau Gasol added 21 points for the Lakers, moving into second place on the NBA’s career list for points by a European player.
Thunder 94, Spurs 88
Oklahoma City — Kevin Durant had 24 points and 13 rebounds, Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Oklahoma City snapped the Spurs’ 11-game winning streak.
Reggie Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting for Oklahoma City, which is 7-0 at home, the franchise’s best home start since 2004-05, when it was in Seattle.
Bulls 99, Pistons 79
Auburn Hills, Mich. — Taj Gibson had a career-high 23 points and Chicago pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Detroit.
The Pistons stayed close for most of the game, but managed only seven points in the first 10 minutes of the fourth quarter.
That allowed Chicago to increase their lead to as many as 24 points as they ended a four-game losing streak.
Nuggets 117 Timberwolves 110
Minneapolis — Ty Lawson scored 23 points, reserve Nate Robinson added 15 and Denver held off Minnesota.
Kenneth Faried added 13 points and had three alley-oop dunks as Denver won for the seventh time in nine games after a horrible start.
Rockets 113, Hawks 84
Houston — Francisco Garcia scored a season-high 21 points, Aaron Brooks also had 21 and the Rockets cruised to their third straight win.
Houston never trailed and again used a balanced scoring attack with James Harden out for the third straight game with a foot injury.