Heat roll to win over Spurs

January 28, 2014 - 8:55:08 am

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) drives to the hoop against the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA fourth quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The Warriors defeated the Trail Blazers 103-88. 

Miami: In a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals, guard Dwyane Wade returned from the injured list and the Miami Heat easily defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association games yesterday. Heat forwards Chris Bosh (24 points) and LeBron James (18 points) starred as Miami improved their home record to 19-3.

Wade, who had missed four straight games due to knee soreness, came off the bench for the first time since 2008 and had eight points for Miami (32-12).

San Antonio (33-11) were led by center Tim Duncan, who had 23 points. The Golden State Warriors held the Portland Trail Blazers to a season-low scoring total en route to a 103-88 victory.

After surrendering 121 or more points in three of their previous five games, and then watching the Trail Blazers put up 55 in the first half on Sunday, the Warriors outscored Portland 37-10 over a 17-minute stretch bridging the third and fourth quarters to take command and snap a two-game losing streak.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors (27-18) with 38 points, while Wesley Matthews led Portland (33-12) with 21. Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points to help Dallas defeat the Detroit Pistons. The Mavericks (26-20) snapped a two-game losing streak while the Pistons (17-27) have lost four straight.

Detroit guard Brandon Jennings paced the visitors with 26 points. Carmelo Anthony followed up his record-breaking scoring performance with 35 points as the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

Anthony scored a Madison Square Garden record 62 against Charlotte on Friday. His encore helped New York (17-27) earn their second win in a row immediately following a five-game losing streak.

The Lakers (16-29) received a team-high 24 points from guard Jodie Meeks, who shot eight-for-13 overall and six-for-eight from three-point range.

Tyreke Evans scored 13 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and forward Anthony Davis scored 22 points, grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to victory.

The Pelicans (18-25), who have won three of their last four games, iced the game with a 9-4 run. The Magic (12-33), who lost their eighth consecutive road game, were led by Arron Afflalo with a game-high 25 points.

Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 27 points and grab 15 rebounds, leading the Phoenix Suns to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. All Star point guard Kyrie Irving had a team-high 24 points and a game-high nine assists for the Cavaliers (16-28).Reuters

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