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Wade scores 20 points against
Cavaliers missing LeBron James
CLEVELAND---Dwyane Wade scored 20
points and Jimmy Butler recorded a tri-
ple-double, leading the Chicago Bulls to a
117-99 victory on Saturday night over the
Cleveland Cavaliers, who played without
James missed the game with strep throat,
and coach Tyronn Lue said he wasn't sure
how long the Cavaliers would be without the
four-time MVP. Cleveland struggled as it often
does without its star --- they are 4-19 without
him since he returned to Cleveland in 2014,
including 0-4 this season.
Chicago has won all three games against
Cleveland this season. It took advantage
of James' absence to win its fourth straight
Wade was 9 of 18 from the field and had
10 assists with eight rebounds. Butler had 18
points, including 13 in the third quarter, to go
along with 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 34 points,
hitting 13 of 25 from the field. Kyle Korver
scored 14 points before limping to the locker
room after taking a hard fall late in the fourth
HEAT 113, PACERS 95
MIAMI---Hassan Whiteside scored 22 points
and grabbed 17 rebounds, Dion Waiters added
22 points and red-hot Miami pulled away in
the fourth quarter to beat Indiana.
Goran Dragic added 21 points and James
Johnson had 15 for Miami, which outscored
Indiana 30-16 in the fourth. The Pacers played
most of the second half without All-Star for-
ward Paul George, who was ejected after getting
two technicals on separate plays early in the
Myles Turner scored 18 points and Jeff
Teague added 16 for Indiana. George had 10
points in 19 minutes.
It was the 16th win in the last 18 games for the
surging Heat, who moved within 1 1/2 games
of idle Detroit for the No. 8 spot in the East-
ern Conference. Miami also topped 100 points
for the 16th consecutive game, extending the
franchise record. (AP)
KNICKS 110, 76ERS 109
NEW YORK (AP) --- Carmelo Anthony made a
jumper with 0.3 seconds left to give New York
a victory over Philadelphia 76ers.
The Knicks blew a 17-point lead and fell be-
hind by one when Jahlil Okafor scored with
9 seconds remaining. But Anthony dribbled
left after a timeout, pulling up over Robert
Covington to cap his 37-point performance.
The Knicks then intercepted the 76ers' in-
bounds pass to hold on and snap their two-
game losing streak.
Derrick Rose added 18 points and Justin Hol-
iday had 14 for the Knicks, who won for just
the third time in 11 games. They played with-
out starters Kristaps Porzingis (sprained right
ankle) and Joakim Noah (sore left hamstring).
Okafor had a season-high 28 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds as the 76ers nearly pulled
out the victory after beating Washington on
Friday. Dario Saric had 19 points and 15 re-
bounds, and Covington finished with 20 points
and 10 boards.
MAGIC 105, HAWKS 86
ORLANDO, Florida ---Terrence Ross scored 24
points, Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 14
rebounds and Orlando beat Atlanta to snap a
Ross played his second game with Orlando
after coming over from Toronto in a trade for
Serge Ibaka and gave Orlando the shooting
touch it has lacked all season. He hit 10 of 15
from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point
Orlando also got double-digit production
from Aaron Gordon (18 points) and Elfrid Pay-
ton (15). Payton was just short for his fourth
career triple-double with nine rebounds and
nine assists despite not playing at all in the
Tim Hardaway Jr. led five Hawks in double
figures with 15 points. Atlanta was playing
the back-end of a back-to-back and dropped
its third straight. The Hawks are trying to
remain in the top five in the Eastern Con-
HORNETS 99, KINGS 85
SACRAMENTO, California---Frank Kaminsky
had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Charlotte
beat Sacramento to end a five-game losing
The Hornets went ahead late in the first
quarter and led the rest of the way for their
second win in 14 games. The Kings never got
going offensively, and Charlotte led by 23
points in the second half while ending their
12-game road skid.
Marvin Williams scored 16 points and
Nicolas Batum had 15 for the Hornets.
Ben McLemore led the Kings with 18 points
and Buddy Hield had 15 in his second game
since being acquired from New Orleans in a
trade for DeMarcus Cousins. Anthony Toll-
iver and Tyreke Evans had 11 points each.
MAVERICKS 96, PELICANS 83
DALLAS---Harrison Barnes scored 19 points
and Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and nine
rebounds as Dallas ended a three-game losing
streak by beating New Orleans.
The Pelicans fell to 0-2 since trading for
DeMarcus Cousins and pairing him with
Davis had 39 points and 14 rebounds but
scored only 12 in the second half. Cousins
finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Seth Curry scored 10 of his 13 in the fourth
quarter to help Dallas pull away. His 3-point-
er with 4:49 to play gave the Mavericks an
84-72 lead, and the Pelicans never got closer
than six after that.
WARRIORS 112, NETS 95
OAKLAND, California---Stephen Curry
scored 27 points on a night Kevin Durant
missed his first game of the season with a
hand injury, and Golden State beat Brooklyn
to clinch a playoff berth.
Klay Thompson added 24 points. Cur-
ry converted a four-point play just before
halftime to put his team up 62-51 at the
break. The two-time reigning MVP had five
3-pointers and five assists.
This is just a first step for these star-stud-
ded, NBA-best Warriors (49-9): They want
the No. 1 seed in the West. Oh, and a cham-
Durant sat out with a bruised left hand.
He injured his pinkie in the first quarter of a
123-113 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on
Thursday night, and X-rays were negative.
He practiced Friday with his left hand heavily
taped and still had some discomfort Saturday.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 16 points in
the Nets' 16th straight defeat.
HOUSTON---James Harden had 24 points and
10 assists to lead Houston to a victory over
Minnesota as both teams set season scoring
Houston won for the sixth time in seven
games, handing the Timberwolves their first
road loss in more than three weeks.
Minnesota committed a season-high 25
turnovers that led to 38 points for the Rockets.
Playing against Houston's guard-heavy ro-
tation, Minnesota went inside all night and
outscored the Rockets 68-44 in the paint.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 37 points and 22 re-
bounds, and Andrew Wiggins added 30 points.
Still, the Timberwolves were ultimately
outpaced by the hot-shooting Rockets. (AP)
Wilson Kipsang leads
Kenyan sweep at
TOKYO---Wilson Kipsang led a
Kenyan sweep of the podium at
the Tokyo Marathon yesterday.
Kipsang, the London Olympic
bronze medalist, had a time of 2
hours, 3 minutes, 58 seconds, a
meet record. That was over a minute
slower than the current world-best
of 2:02:57 set by compatriot Dennis
Kipruto Kimetto at the 2014 Berlin
Gideon Kipketer finished second
in 2:05:51 and Dickson Chumba was
third in 2:06:25 on Sunday.
Kipsang set the world mark of
2:03:23 at the Berlin Marathon in
2013 before it was improved on by
Sunday's race also served as a
qualifier for Japanese men for the
athletics world championships be-
ing held in London in August.
Hiroto Inoue had the best time
among the Japanese men, clocking
2:08:22 to finish in eighth place.
second left, runs
with his fellow
(12), right, and
during the Tokyo
Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) is fouled by
Cleveland Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert (4) in the
first half of an NBA basketball game, on
Saturday, in Cleveland. AP PHOTO
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