NEWARK, N.J. — LeBron James scored 20 points, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were close behind, and the Miami Heat ended the New Jersey Nets' two-game unbeaten start with a 101-78 victory Sunday.
Bosh finished with 18 points and Wade added 17, both getting most of them in Miami's dominant first half before sitting out the fourth quarter. James played a little of the final period and added seven rebounds and seven assists.
It was the most impressive offensive performance yet for the Heat, who have won three straight since beginning their new era with a loss in Boston on opening night. Miami shot 68 percent in the first half, when its Big Three combined for 41 points — one fewer than New Jersey — and the stats only lowered when the reserves took over toward the end.
MAVERICKS 99, CLIPPERS 83: At Los Angeles, Jason Kidd ended the first half with a 65-foot shot-put heave from inside the 3-point arc at the opposite end, Caron Butler scored 17 points and Shawn Marion had 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points and seven rebounds for the defending Southwest Division champions in their first road game of the season. Kidd finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Rookie Blake Griffin had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who missed 14 of their first 16 shots and finished at 34 percent while falling to 0-3 on the season under new coach Vinny Del Negro. None of the starters reached double digits besides Griffin.Comment on this story
LAKERS 107, WARRIORS 83: At Los Angeles, Pau Gasol had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Kobe Bryant added 20 points and the Los Angeles Lakers kept up their unbeaten start to the season. Lamar Odom had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who easily improved to 3-0 with their 10th consecutive win over their upstate rivals. Los Angeles outrebounded Golden State 55-42 and held a comfortable double-digit lead throughout the second half, with the Lakers' starters continually outrunning the Warriors at their own up-tempo game. Monta Ellis scored 20 points for the Warriors.