NEW ORLEANS — LeBron James scored 36 points, hitting six consecutive 3-pointers in less than six minutes during the first half, and the Miami Heat rebounded from their first loss in nearly two months to beat the New Orleans Hornets 108-89 on Friday night.
The Heat, whose 27-game
winning streak ended in Chicago on Wednesday, looked ready to start a new one while clinching the top seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs.
KNICKS 111, BOBCATS 102
In New York, J.R. Smith scored 37 points, his third consecutive 30-point outing, and the Knicks beat Charlotte for their season-high seventh consecutive victory.
Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and Raymond Felton added 18 for the Knicks, who have the longest current streak in the NBA.
In Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 17 points and seven assists to help Minnesota stun the Oklahoma City.
Chase Budinger scored 13 points off the bench. Kevin Durant had 36 points for the Thunder.
RAPTORS 99, PISTONS 82
In Auburn Hills, Mich., DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay scored 21 points apiece and Toronto ended a five-game skid.
Amir Johnson added 20 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
MAGIC 97, WIZARDS 92
In Orlando, Fla., Tobias Harris had 30 points and 11 rebounds to help Orlando break an eight-game losing streak.
Maurice Harkless added 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
76ERS 97, CAVALIERS 87
In Cleveland, Evan Turner scored 23 points and Philadelphia beat Cleveland, sending the Cavaliers to their season-high seventh consecutive loss.
Jrue Holiday had 20 points and former Georgia Tech standout Thaddeus Young added 18 for the Sixers, who are 2-16 on the road since Jan. 2.
GRIZZLIES 103, ROCKETS 94
In Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol scored 21 points apiece and the Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak.
Randolph added 12 rebounds, Tony Allen scored 16 points, connecting on 8 of 12 shots, and Mike Conley finished with 15 points.