MIAMI — LeBron James came within two rebounds of his first triple-double this season, and the Miami Heat won for the fifth time in six games Monday by beating the Detroit Pistons 102-96.
James had 24 points and 11 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and Chris Bosh added 17.
Wade had one of his best performances in an injury-hampered season, shooting 13 for 19 and adding 10 rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes. His point total was his highest since Dec. 18.
James was blanked in the rebound department down the stretch. When Wade snatched a rebound away from him with 4 minutes left, a grinning James chided him as they ran upcourt. Wade waved his arms in sheepish apology.
Teammate Ray Allen outfought James for a rebound a minute later, which left James muttering to the Heat bench.
HAWKS: The painful sophomore season of John Jenkins has come to an end.
The guard, a first-round pick in 2012, had lower back surgery Monday morning. He will miss the rest of the season.
According to the Hawks, Jenkins will undergo a period of rest and recovery, followed by treatment and rehabilitation.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported last week that Jenkins was seriously considering surgery.
Jenkins has appeared in just 13 games this season, averaging 3.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.2 minutes. He has not played since the nerve pain in his leg associated with the lower back injury flared up Dec. 26 before the Hawks played at Cleveland. Jenkins has missed the past 18 games.
NETS: Joe Johnson missed Brooklyn’s game against Philadelphia on Monday because of tendinitis in his right knee.
It was the second game that Johnson missed for the Nets, who’ve dealt with injuries all season long and rolled out their 18th different starting lineup this season.
TIMBERWOLVES: The boot on Nikola Pekovic’s injured right ankle has been removed. There’s no sign yet of his return, however.
Coach Rick Adelman said he had “no idea” when the team will have the 6-foot-11, 285-pound center back in the lineup. He’s recovering from bursitis, which is inflammation around the joint.
The Wolves have six games in the next nine days before the All-Star break, which will give Pekovic an opportunity for extra rest. Pekovic has sat out of the past three games, two of them losses.
The 28-year-old Pekovic is averaging career highs in points, rebounds and minutes per game.
CLIPPERS: Signed guard Sasha Vujacic to a 10-day contract.