MIAMI — Shortly after LeBron James called LaMarcus Aldridge one of the top All-Star "snubs" in NBA history, he scored 26 points and led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-96 win over Miami — sending the Heat to their fifth straight loss.
Gerald Wallace scored 22 for Portland, which won its seventh straight on the road and fourth straight overall. Brandon Roy and Andre Miller each scored 14 for the Blazers, who got 11 from Nicolas Batum and 10 more from Wesley Matthews.
Dwyane Wade scored 38 points and LeBron James added 31 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Heat, who are the 12th team in NBA history to have a 12-game winning streak and five-game losing streak in the same season.
Chris Bosh was held to seven points on 3 for 11 shooting.
LAKERS 101, HAWKS 87: At Atlanta, Kobe Bryant scored 26 points to pass Moses Malone on the career scoring list. The Lakers took a three-game losing streak into the All-Star break. Since then, they've won eight straight, a streak that began with a similar 104-80 home win over the Hawks on Feb. 22.
Bryant passed Malone for sixth place on the list. The Lakers' 7-footers — Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol — both had double-doubles and dramatically affected the Hawks' shot selection. Center Al Horford relied on jump shots for his 17 points. Bynum had 16 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots. Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Smith scored 16 points for the Hawks, who have lost four of five.
76ERS 110, PACERS 100: At Indianapolis, Thaddeus Young scored 18 points and Andre Iguodala, coming off back-to-back triple-doubles, finished with 16 points and 10 assists for Philadelphia. Jrue Holiday scored 16 points and Jodie Meeks added 15 for the 76ers, who have won seven of eight. Tyler Hansbrough scored 26 points, Roy Hibbert scored 13 and rookie Paul George had a season-high 10 rebounds for Indiana. The Pacers have lost four straight and six of seven. They started off 7-1 under interim coach Frank Vogel, but have struggled to defend since. Philadelphia shot 51 percent and forced Indiana into 20 turnovers. All five 76ers starters scored at least 12 points. Danny Granger, Indiana's scoring leader, finished with 11 points on 4 for 11 shooting. He has shot 34 percent during Indiana's losing streak.
BUCKS 95, WIZARDS 76: At Washington, Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and Andrew Bogut had 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in his first game back after an injury. John Salmons had 22 points for the Bucks, who ended a two-game losing streak. Jennings scored 10 points in the third quarter and the Bucks led 75-52 after three. Rookie Jordan Crawford had a career-high 22 points for the Wizards, who have lost nine of their last 10. Bogut returned to the Bucks' starting lineup after missing three games with a muscle strain in his left ribcage area. He played 33 minutes and scored six straight points for Milwaukee midway through the second quarter. The Bucks closed the period with a 21-6 run for a 51-36 halftime lead, capped by Jennings' 3-point buzzer-beater.
WARRIORS 95, CAVALIERS 85: At Cleveland, Monta Ellis made a career-high six 3-pointers — all in the second half — and scored 24 points, and Stephen Curry added 23 points. Ellis made all 5 of his 3-point attempts and scored 17 in the third quarter as the Warriors won for the second time in eight games. David Lee added 14 points and 14 rebounds for Golden State. Baron Davis scored 19 in his second home game for the Cavs, who were powerless to stop Ellis once he warmed up from outside. Cleveland's J.J. Hickson dislocated his left little finger in the fourth while trying to catch a pass. Hickson grabbed and clutched his hand in pain, and after play was stopped, he sprinted past Cleveland's trainer and ran directly to the Cavs' locker room. He returned a few minutes later with his fingers taped together but did not return to the game.
SUNS 113, ROCKETS 110: At Phoenix, Hakim Warrick scored a career-high 32 points starting in place of injured Channing Frye and the Suns added to their recent mastery of Houston. Vince Carter scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, including two of his five 3-pointers, in the Suns' seventh consecutive victory over Houston. Kevin Lowry scored 32 points for the Rockets, who had won seven of eight overall and seven of eight road games entering the contest. The Suns, back after going 4-2 on their longest road trip of the season, never led by more than six in the game and trailed by 11. A rare free throw miss by Steve Nash gave the Rockets a chance to tie it at the finish, but Brad Miller's 3-point try under pressure was far off the mark at the buzzer.
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