MIAMI — Chris Bosh scored a season-high 35 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, LeBron James had 20 and the Miami Heat ran away from the Phoenix Suns 123-96 on Wednesday night.
Dwyane Wade added 17 points, six rebounds and six assists for Miami, which used two big runs — a 24-9 spurt to end the first half, followed by an 18-3 flurry that closed the third quarter — to snap the Suns' three-game winning streak. James also had nine assists and eight boards.
All five Phoenix starters scored in double figures, led by Steve Nash's 17. Nash only had two assists, matching his lowest total since Dec. 29, 2008, against Oklahoma City, a span of 141 games.
LAKERS 103, PISTONS 90: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Kobe Bryant scored 33 points without playing in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers took advantage of Richard Hamilton's early ejection in the easy win. Bryant scored 24 in the first half, helping the Lakers open a 14-point halftime lead, and the struggling Pistons allowed the first seven points of the third quarter to fall behind 66-45.
SPURS 103, BULLS 94: At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 21 points, hours after his Hollywood actress wife Eva Longoria filed for divorce. The Spurs won their eighth straight and improved to 9-1, tying a franchise-best start that even Tim Duncan never saw during any of the four championship runs for the Spurs.
CELTICS 114, WIZARDS 83: At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 23 points, and Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 13 assists before Boston's starters sat out the fourth quarter. Kevin Garnett scored 18 points, Shaquille O'Neal had 13 for the Celtics, who went ahead by as many as 37 in the fourth.
HORNETS 99, MAVERICKS 97: At New Orleans, David West scored 17 points and stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki with 2 seconds left to preserve the win for New Orleans. Dallas, trailing 98-97, was trying to set up for a potential game-winning shot when West stole the ball and made one of two free throws for the final margin.
THUNDER 116, ROCKETS 99: At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 24 points in only three quarters and Russell Westbrook had 21 points and 12 assists in Oklahoma City's most lopsided win this season.
TIMBERWOLVES 113, CLIPPERS 111: At Minneapolis, Michael Beasley scored 33 points and hit the winning jumper with 2.3 seconds to play to lift Minnesota. Kevin Love added 24 points and 14 rebounds.
RAPTORS 94, 76ERS 86: At Philadelphia, Andrea Bargnani scored a season-high 30 points and Sonny Weems added a career-high 25 for Toronto.
KNICKS 113, KINGS 106: At Sacramento, Calif., Amare Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari each scored 27 points to help New York overcome a slow shooting start to snap a six-game losing streak.
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, the former No. 1 draft pick whose short career has been marred by injuries, will have microfracture surgery on his left knee and will not play this season.
Oden hasn't played since last December because he needed surgery to repair a fractured left patella. The Blazers say this operation, announced Wednesday night and scheduled for Friday in Vail, Colo., will repair damaged cartilage and is unrelated to the patella injury.
Oden, the first name announced in the 2007 NBA draft, missed his rookie season because of microfracture surgery on his right knee. The procedure stimulates cartilage growth.