Heat beat Knicks in Wade's return

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MIAMI — LeBron James scored 31 points, Dwyane Wade scored 28 in his return from a sprained right ankle, and the Miami Heat beat the 3-point-obsessed New York Knicks 99-89 on Friday night.

Chris Bosh scored 13 points and James finished with eight rebounds and seven assists for Miami.

Bill Walker scored 21 points for New York, which took 43 shots from 3-point range, the most in the NBA this season.

BULLS 107, BUCKS 100

In Chicago, Derrick Rose scored a season-high 34 points to lead Chicago past Milwaukee.

Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee with 25 points and seven rebounds.

CELTICS 94, PACERS 87

In Boston, Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 28 points in the third quarter, hitting a 3-pointer and two more baskets as Boston ran off 11 consecutive points to pull away.

Pierce added 10 rebounds and eight assists to help Boston win its fourth consecutive game despite playing without starters Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O’Neal.

TIMBERWOLVES 87, SPURS 79

In Minneapolis, Ricky Rubio scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and dished out 10 assists to lift Minnesota to a win over San Antonio.

Kevin Love had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic added 14 points and 10 boards for the Wolves, who have beaten the Spurs twice in a row in the same season for the first time since 2000.

76ERS 89, BOBCATS 72

In Philadelphia, Lou Williams scored 17 points and Jrue Holiday had 15 to help Philadelphia beat Charlotte.

HORNETS 93, MAGIC 67

In New Orleans, Carl Landry scored 17 points and New Orleans beat Orlando to snap a nine-game losing streak

NETS 99, CAVALIERS 96

In Cleveland, Deron Williams scored 27 points and New Jersey won consecutive games for the first time this season.

ROCKETS 103, WIZARDS 76

In Houston, Chase Budinger scored a season-high 21 points, hitting four 3-pointers, Luis Scola added 19 points, and Houston blew out Washington.


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