OKLAHOMA CITY — LeBron James had 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat trampled the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-100 in a Thursday night showcase before the All-Star break.
Chris Bosh chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Heat won their sixth consecutive game against the Thunder dating to last year’s NBA Finals. Miami swept the season series after winning on its home court on Christmas Day, following up after taking the last four games of the Finals.
James was in position to continue his NBA record run of games with at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting to seven, but missed from a couple steps beyond the 3-point line as the shot clock ran down with just over a minute left.
That dropped him to 14 for 24 in the game, or 58 percent.
Kevin Durant had 40 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma City.
LAKERS: Owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized with cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.
The 79-year-old Buss has spent time in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to the Times, which quoted Buss’ son, Jim, Thursday saying his father was “doing fine.”
Several current and former Lakers players, including Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson, have visited Buss.
Team spokesman John Black said the team has no plans to comment on Buss’ health out of respect for the family’s wishes.
Buss spokesman Bob Steiner said information would have to come from the Lakers.
“Dr. Jerry Buss, thinking about u & wish I could be there, get well soon,” former Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal tweeted Thursday. “I cant wait 2 see u on 4/2/13 (hash)LoveYou.”
The Lakers will retire O’Neal’s No. 34 jersey on April 2.
Buss has been hospitalized several times in recent years, including a stint last July for dehydration. He was treated for blood clots in his legs in December 2011.