James, Heat roll to victory over Nets

Jan 7 2012 - 11:48pm

NEWARK, N.J. -- LeBron James returned to the lineup and scored 22 of his 32 points in the first quarter, and the Miami Heat rolled to a 101-90 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night despite playing without Dwyane Wade.

Wade missed his third straight game with a bruised left foot, but James had the game under control by the time his All-Star teammate arrived at his seat on the bench.

* KNICKS 103, PISTONS 80: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and Mike Bibby added 16 to lead New York to an easy victory over Detroit.

Carmelo Anthony scored 13 points in three quarters for the Knicks, who led 64-42 at halftime and by 29 after three. Bibby has scored 27 points in his last two games after scoring seven through New York's first six.

Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 19 points.

Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey sat out with a groin injury, and the Pistons were also without forwards Austin Daye and Charlie Villanueva, who had sore ankles.

* THUNDER 98, ROCKETS 95: At HOUSTON, Kevin Durant hit a jumper with 22 seconds left and nailed two free throws to give Oklahoma City a win over Houston.

Durant finished with 27 points and six rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 25 points and six assists, and reserve Nazr Mohammed had a season-high 17 points and six rebounds for the Thunder.

Luis Scola had a season-high 28 points and seven rebounds, Goran Dragic had a season-best 20 points and eight assists, and Kevin Martin had 16 points to lead the Rockets (2-6), who have lost four straight games. Houston had a chance at the end but Dragic threw the ball out of bounds with less than a second remaining to seal it.

* HAWKS 109, BULLS 94: At Atlanta, Josh Smith scored 25 points, Joe Johnson and Vladimir Radmanovic each added 17 and Atlanta beat Chicago to snap the Bulls' six-game winning streak.

John Lucas III had 14 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, which never led. The Bulls, who dropped to 7-2, had been off to their best start since going 12-0 in 1996-97.

Derrick Rose, last season's league MVP, scored eight points for Chicago -- his lowest total since the Bulls took a 17-point victory at Toronto on Dec. 15, 2010. He did not return to the game after leaving with 2:29 left in the third quarter.

* 76ERS 97, RAPTORS 62: At Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday also scored 14 points to lead Philadelphia over Toronto for its fourth straight win.

Lou Williams scored 13 points, and rookie Nikola Vucevic had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers. A year after starting 3-13, the Sixers are 5-2 and the early leaders in the Atlantic Division. The Sixers blew the game open in the third quarter, using a 30-8 run to build a 25-point lead. Andre Bargnani had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Johnson had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors.

* PACERS 99, BOBCATS 77: At Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert had 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks despite briefly leaving the game with a sprained right ankle to lead Indiana over Charlotte.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 15 points, Darren Collison had 14, and Danny Granger and George Hill each added 13 for the Pacers (6-2), who improved to 3-0 at home.

D.J. Augustin scored 20 points, Gerald Henderson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Byron Mullens added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bobcats (2-6).

Indiana shot 51 percent and held the Bobcats to 33-percent shooting -- the fifth time the Pacers have held an opponent under 40 percent.

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