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Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

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Fair means or foul: Miami's LeBron James is fouled by Indiana's Roy Hibbert during the fourth quarter of the Heat's 117-112 win on Tuesday. AP PHOTO

Love finishes strong to set team record

HOUSTON (AP) Kevin Love was a little annoyed when he glanced at the scoreboard in the second half of Tuesday's game in Houston and realized he was still short of his usual double-double.

He finished with a big fourth quarter to set a Minnesota record with his 38th consecutive double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the Timberwolves' 112-108 win over the Rockets.

"I'm not going to lie to you," Love said. "In this one, I was aware, because when you look straight ahead, I kept looking up and trying to get the score. I knew if I had the time, eventually, I was going to get it. It wasn't bugging me too much."

Love passed Kevin Garnett (2006) for the team's double-double record. Love's streak is now the longest since Moses Malone had 44 in a row during the 1982-83 season with Philadelphia. Utah's John Stockton also had a 37-game streak of double-doubles in 1989.

"There are nights where it's bittersweet," Love said. "Tonight, it was more sweet than anything, because we got the win and got it on the road."

Heat 117, Pacers 112

In Miami, LeBron James had 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Chris Bosh added 19 points as the Heat rallied from 14 points down to beat Indiana for their seventh straight victory.

Dwyane Wade scored 17 and Mario Chalmers added 16 for Miami, which moved five games ahead of second-place Atlanta in the Southeast Division. The Heat also got within a half-game of idle Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Grizzlies 105, Thunder 101 (OT)

In Oklahoma City, Zach Randolph had 31 points and 14 rebounds, and Tony Allen scored a season-high 27 while harassing NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant as Memphis beat the Thunder.

Durant had 31 points and 11 rebounds, but got off just one shot in overtime and also had a key turnover in the final 20 seconds with the Thunder down by three.

Spurs 100, Pistons 89

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Tony Parker had 19 points and seven assists as San Antonio held off Detroit.

DeJuan Blair added 18 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which improved its NBA-best record to 43-8. Manu Ginobili scored 13 points for the Spurs, and Tim Duncan contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Magic 101, Clippers 85

In Orlando, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 20 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson added 17 points, including going 4-for-5 from 3-point range, as Orlando used a second-half surge to get past Los Angeles.

Howard recorded his fifth 20-20 game this season.

76ers 117, Hawks 83

In Atlanta, Elton Brand scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half as Philadelphia jumped out to a 20-point lead in the opening period and cruised to a win over the Hawks. Louis Williams had 20 points to lead six Philadelphia scorers in double figures.

Bucks 92, Raptors 74

In Milwaukee, John Salmons returned to the starting lineup for the first time in three weeks and scored 17 points to lead the Bucks past Toronto.

Corey Maggette added 16 points and nine rebounds for Milwaukee, which snapped its four-game losing streak.

LeBron sets agenda

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James will spend part of his All-Star weekend playing, some of it listening — and if the mood strikes, he might do some talking about the NBA's financial future as well.

The Miami Heat forward and two-time reigning NBA MVP reiterated Tuesday that he'll be part of the discussions in Los Angeles later this month about the league's future. The NBA's collective bargaining agreement is set to expire on June 30, and there's widespread concern around the league about a lockout and possibly a disrupted 2011-12 season.

"I'm not just going out there for the game," James said. "I'm definitely going out there for business. I will be a part of the labor talks. Even though it's a huge game going on Sunday, there's a lot of business that needs to be taken care of, too."

Given how far apart the sides are, it's doubtful that any major progress could be made from the talks in Los Angeles.

The NBA has said it expects a loss of about $350 million this season, and commissioner David Stern said in October that owners want to reduce player salary costs by about $750 to $800 million annually. James is one of the league's highest-paid players, signing a deal with Miami last summer worth roughly $110 million over six years.

He's not the Heat player rep — that role is handled by James Jones — but James said he will not think twice about speaking up if needed.

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