Heat extend winning streak to 15 with win over Timberwolves

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MINNEAPOLIS — Dwyane Wade had 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, LeBron James shrugged off a sore left knee to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat earned their franchise-record 15th consecutive victory with a 97-81 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Miami's LeBron James dunks during the first half of the Heat's win in Minnesota on Monday night. He had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the 16-point victory.  JIM MONE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Miami's LeBron James dunks during the first half of the Heat's win in Minnesota on Monday night. He had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the 16-point victory.

Chris Bosh added 11 points and nine rebounds, and James played 35 minutes despite being listed as a game-time decision with a twisted left knee.

Derrick Williams had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 14 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds for the Timberwolves. J.J. Barea had four points on 1-for-11 shooting and was ejected in the fourth quarter after getting a Flagrant-2 foul for a hit on Heat guard Ray Allen.

KNICKS 102, CAVALIERS 97

In Cleveland, Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points, J.R. Smith added 18 and New York overcame a 22-point deficit without All-Star Carmelo Anthony and ended a 10-game losing streak in Cleveland.

Steve Novak made three of New York’s seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Knicks rallied and shook off a tough home loss on Sunday, when they blew a 16-point lead to Miami.

The Knicks trailed 52-30 in the second quarter of this one when Anthony injured his right knee. He stumbled and fell awkwardly after catching a pass and did not return.

Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in his return after missing Cleveland’s past three games with a hyperextended right knee.

BUCKS 109, JAZZ (OT)

In Milwaukee, Monta Ellis scored 34 points, Brandon Jennings added 20 points and 17 assists, and the Bucks beat Utah in overtime.

J.J. Redick scored 17 for the Bucks, including their first eight in overtime. Milwaukee won its fourth consecutive game after dropping three in a row following the All-Star break.

Larry Sanders chipped in with eight points, 16 rebounds and six blocked shots for Milwaukee.

MAGIC 105, HORNETS 102

In New Orleans, Arron Afflalo scored five of his game-high 26 points in the final 38 seconds, and Orlando snapped a three-game skid.

Anthony Davis had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Hornets.


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