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NBA roundup: LeBron James, Heat coast over Kings

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 23 2011 12:29 a.m. MST

MIAMI — LeBron James scored 31 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat opened their post-All-Star schedule with an easy 117-97 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

The Heat never trailed, jumping out to a 35-16 lead after the first quarter and eventually going up by as many as 29 before the starters got pulled.

Chris Bosh had a 22-point, nine-rebound night and Mario Chalmers added 14 points for Miami, which won for the 11th time in its last 12 games. The Heat made seven straight shots on the way to shooting 64 percent in the opening quarter, setting the stage for a rout.

Samuel Dalembert had 18 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for the Kings, who are 1-8 in February.

NUGGETS 120, GRIZZLIES 107: At Denver, for one night, the Denver Nuggets didn't need Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups or any of their new acquisitions.

J.R. Smith's 26 points helped short-handed Denver beat Memphis only hours after the Nuggets finalized a blockbuster deal that sent Anthony and Billups to the New York Knicks.

Tony Allen had 26 points and O.J. Mayo added 21 for the Grizzlies, who had their four-game winning streak halted.

The Nuggets had only nine players on the bench following a three-team trade that also involved Minnesota.

In the 13-player swap, the Knicks picked up Anthony, Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman from Denver.

But New York had to pay a steep price, sending Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets, who get additional picks and cash. Denver also acquired center Kosta Koufos from the Timberwolves.

Felton, Mozgov, Chandler and Gallinari received the biggest ovation of the night without even stepping on the floor. They waved to the crowd from the side of the court after spending most of the game watching from a luxury suite as their new teammates picked apart the Grizzlies.

THUNDER 111, CLIPPERS 88: At Oklahoma City, Jeff Green scored 22 points, Kevin Durant added 21 and Oklahoma City spoiled Blake Griffin's return to his hometown by beating Los Angeles.

Griffin made a run at his first career triple-double but came up two assists shy. He followed his slam dunk title and rare All-Star appearance by a rookie by amassing 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, but the Clippers sorely missed him when he was out of the game.

Los Angeles gave up a 16-0 run with Griffin on the bench at the end of the first half with three fouls, and he was out again when the Thunder put it away early in the fourth quarter.

The Clippers fell to 2-7 on their 11-game road trip that was interrupted by the All-Star break.

BOBCATS 114, RAPTORS 101: At Charlotte, N.C., D.J. Augustin had 23 points and eight assists, and Charlotte cruised past listless Toronto despite losing top scorer Stephen Jackson to a strained left hamstring.

Gerald Wallace added 20 points and Boris Diaw had 16 points and nine assists for the Bobcats, who took control with a dominant second quarter before Jackson got hurt midway through the third.

Jackson, who scored 13 points, collided with Toronto's Amir Johnson after a driving layup and later limped to the locker room while clutching his left leg. He returned to the bench a few minutes later, but didn't play again.

Sonny Weems scored 19 points and Andrea Bargnani added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who lost their 11th straight road game to tie a franchise record.

PACERS 113, WIZARDS 96: Washington, Danny Granger had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Indiana piled on the fast-break points to open the season's homestretch with a rout of Washington.

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