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Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011

Miami trio too hot for Pacers to handle

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Dwyane Wade dominated the first half, LeBron James and Chris Bosh took over in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat's star power overcame Indiana's youth and determination.

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Stand back: Chicago's Derrick Rose (left) battles Charlotte's D.J. Augustin for a loose ball during the Bulls' 106-94 win on Tuesday. AP PHOTO

Wade tied a franchise record for most points in a first half with 31, and he finished with 41 to help the Heat defeat the Pacers 110-103 on Tuesday night.

James scored 27 points and Bosh added 22 points and eight rebounds for Miami. They combined for 19 of Miami's 28 points in the final 12 minutes to help the Heat recover after squandering a 24-point lead.

"We're one of the best fourth-quarter teams in the league," Wade said. "With the caliber players that we have, especially myself and Chris and LeBron, we're able to run the full-court offense, get good shots, high percentage shots."

Wade also finished with 12 rebounds for the Heat.

"It was amazing," James said. "That's part of the reason why he's D-Wade. We saw him get going early and we just kept giving him the ball. It was an unbelievable first quarter and an unbelievable first half in itself."

Miami held Indiana to 6-for-23 shooting in the fourth quarter.

"Our fourth-quarter defense is tremendous," James said. "When it's winning time, we know how to get stops."

Thunder 126, Kings 94

In Oklahoma City, Daequan Cook scored 20 points and Russell Westbrook added 10 points and 11 assists as the Thunder set the team's season high for points.

Oklahoma City scored 68 points in the first half, a season high for a half, and led by as many as 25 before leading by 18 at the halftime break as the Thunder topped the Kings for the second time in four days.

Bulls 106, Bobcats 94

In Chicago, Luol Deng scored 24 points, while Derrick Rose had 18 points and 13 assists after a slow start as the Bulls beat Charlotte for their ninth win in 11 games.

In a game of momentum swings, the Bulls needed a strong finish to pull this one out and put away a team that blew out the Lakers the previous night. Chicago opened the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run to take control on a night when Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen sat next to each other at courtside.

Grizzlies 102, 76ers 91

In Memphis, Mike Conley scored all 22 of his points in the second half, helping the Grizzlies hold off Philadelphia.

Zach Randolph had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis, along with a season-high seven assists as the Grizzlies won their fourth straight.

Warriors 102, Hornets 89

In Oakland, Monta Ellis scored 21 points and Dorell Wright added 16 to help the Warriors overcome an early 15-point deficit.

David Lee also scored 16 points and Stephen Curry had 14 and eight assists for the Warriors, who have won six of eight games.

Suns 102, Jazz 101

In Phoenix, Channing Frye scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Suns kept Utah winless in the post-Jerry Sloan era.

Al Jefferson scored 32 and C.J. Miles 19 for the Jazz, who led by eight in the fourth quarter before an 11-0 run put the Suns ahead for good.

The Jazz, with four players out with injuries, has lost 12 of 16 and fell to 0-2 since Sloan resigned and was replaced by Tyrone Corbin, both losses to the Suns.

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