Printed on: December 27, 2012

Heat send Bobcats to 16th straight loss


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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and the Miami Heat handed the Charlotte Bobcats their 16th straight loss, 105-92 on Wednesday night.

Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and had nine rebounds as Miami extended its winning streak to six.

Charlotte cut the Miami lead to 84-82 when Gerald Henderson completed a three-point play with 7:16 left. But James knocked down a 3-pointer, Wade hit a pair of jumpers, and Shane Battier added a 3-pointer from the right corner to complete an 11-3 run that pushed the lead to 10.

Kemba Walker had 27 points, and Ramon Sessions added 19 points for the Bobcats (7-21), who haven't won since Nov. 24.

Around the NBA

Hornets 97, Magic 94: At Orlando, Fla., Robin Lopez had a season-high 29 points, and Greivis Vasquez scored a season-best 27 as New Orleans snapped an 11-game losing streak with a victory over Orlando.

Orlando had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but came up empty on a 3-point attempt by Nikola Vucevic.

It was the Hornets' first win since Dec. 3 and their fourth straight regular-season victory over the Magic.

Nuggets 126, Lakers 114: At Denver, Corey Brewer matched his career high with 27 points, and Denver overcame a 40-point effort by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers for its seventh straight home win.

Bryant, who scored at least 40 points for the 116th time in his career, has netted at least 30 in 10 straight games.

Knicks 99, Suns 97: At Phoenix, J.R. Smith sank a baseline 21-footer at the buzzer after a Phoenix turnover with a second to play, giving depleted New York a victory over the Suns.

Jared Dudley had a career-high 36 for Phoenix, including two free throws that put the Suns ahead 97-95 with 34.5 seconds to go.

Cavaliers 87, Wizards 84: At Washington, Tristan Thompson's three-point play with 24.4 seconds remaining gave Cleveland a victory over Washington and its first two-game winning streak of the season.

Kyrie Irving, who had 26 points to lead Cleveland, made one of two free throws with 9.5 seconds left after Jordan Crawford and Garrett Temple missed jumpers for the Wizards.

Hawks 126, Pistons 119, 2OT: At Atlanta, Josh Smith scored 31 points, Al Horford added 22, and Atlanta beat Detroit in double overtime.

The Hawks blew a 22-point fourth-quarter lead as Detroit reserves Will Bynum and Charlie Villanueva scored a combined 26 points in the final period of regulation.

Trail Blazers 109, Kings 91: At Portland, Ore., LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Portland beat Sacramento to avenge a loss on Sunday.

Nicolas Batum scored 18 points and J.J. Hickson added 17 points

Portland tied the season series with the Kings after losing to them on Sunday in Sacramento.

Rockets 87, Timberwolves 84: At Minneapolis, James Harden scored 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and Houston rallied to win its fifth straight, topping Minnesota.

Harden's drive to the basket gave Houston (16-12) an 85-84 lead with 39 seconds left. He drove again to make it a three-point lead with 11.7 seconds to go and scored 15 of the Rockets' final 17 points.

76ers 99, Grizzlies 89: At Memphis, Tenn., Dorell Wright scored 28 points, and Spencer Hawes had 20, season-highs for both, and Philadelphia snapped a six-game road losing streak with a victory over Memphis.

Bucks 108, Nets 93: At Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 25 points, Monta Ellis added 20 points and a season-high six steals, and Milwaukee beat short-handed Brooklyn for the 13th straight time.

Spurs 100, Raptors 80: At San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 15 points, and San Antonio rolled to a victory over Toronto that snapped the Raptors' five-game winning streak.