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Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

Bosh scores 30 points as Heat run past Sixers


MIAMI — Chris Bosh and LeBron James are allowing Dwyane Wade to simply focus on recovery.

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Up and over: Sixers guard Andre Iguodala attempts a shot over the Heat's Shane Battier on Saturday in Miami. The Heat won 113-92. AP

Bosh scored 30 points, James added 28 points and nine rebounds and the Miami Heat remained unbeaten without Wade in the lineup this season, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 113-92 on Saturday night.

Mario Chalmers scored 11 for Miami, which outrebounded Philadelphia 52-31 and moved into a tie with Orlando for first in the Southeast Division. The Heat are 6-0 this season without Wade, who missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle. And with him out this week, the Heat have downed three division leaders — San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and now the 76ers.

"We looked at this as a huge week, a huge opportunity for us to get on a roll," James said.

Lou Williams scored 22 points and Evan Turner added 16 for Philadelphia, which has lost eight of nine against Miami since the start of last season, including a five-game defeat in the opening round of last season's playoffs.

"They were ready tonight," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "They were very, very sharp from the start. We hung around and fought there a little bit. They wore us down."

Bosh came into the night needing 12 points to reach 12,000 for his career. When Bosh scores at least 20 points, the Heat are 7-0 this season — so maybe it was fitting that he helped seal the win early in the fourth. He scored eight of Miami's first 11 points in the final period, the burst capped by a 20-foot jumper with 9:04 left to give Miami a 92-73 lead, then its largest of the night.

"We believe in our offense," Bosh said. "We feel that when we move the ball, when we get stops first and then we're out in the open court in transition and being aggressive, we feel that we cannot be stopped."

Hawks 121, Cavaliers 94

In Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 25 points and the Hawks, coming off a loss that prompted their coach to say they quit, routed the Cavs with their highest scoring output of the season.

Nuggets 119, Knicks 114 (2OT)

In New York, Danilo Gallinari outplayed Carmelo Anthony in the first meeting since they were swapped in a trade, scoring 37 points as Denver outlasted the Knicks in double-overtime.

Pistons 94, Trail Blazers 91

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Rodney Stuckey scored 28 points and Detroit beat Portland for only its second win in 12 games.

Bulls 95, Bobcats 89

In Chicago, Carlos Boozer scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the injury-depleted Bulls over struggling Charlotte.

Grizzlies 128, Kings 95

In Memphis, Rudy Gay had 23 points, Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo added 22 apiece and the Grizzlies beat Sacramento for their sixth straight win.

Rockets 105, Spurs 102

In Houston, Kevin Martin scored 25 points, Kyle Lowry had 14 points and eight assists, and the Rockets took advantage of Tim Duncan's absence to beat San Antonio.

Mavericks 83, Hornets 81

In New Orleans, Lamar Odom scored 16 points in his first start of the season and Dallas overcame the absence of Dirk Nowitzki to send the Hornets to their seventh straight loss.

Thunder 84, Nets 74

In Newark, New Jersey, Kevin Durant had 20 points and a season-high 15 rebounds to lead Oklahoma City to a win over the Nets.

Jazz 108, Timberwolves 98

In Salt Lake City, Paul Millsap scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to power Utah past Minnesota.

Matched up against Kevin Love, Millsap shot 6 of 7 in the final period on a variety of fallaway jumpers and shots at the rim to help the Jazz win for the ninth time in 11 games.

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