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James (43) helps Heat rip Hawks

LeBron James was good on 16 of 21 LeBron James was good on 16 of 21
Associated Press / March 19, 2011

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LeBron James scored 43 points, including 23 in a dominant third quarter, and the Miami Heat beat the Hawks, 106-85, last night.

Chris Bosh had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade had 14 points as Miami rolled to the runaway win in its first visit of the season to Atlanta.

James made 16 of 21 shots, including five 3-pointers.

The Heat took the lead for good midway through the opening period and put the game away in such convincing fashion that James and the other starters sat out the final period.

Miami’s starters took a big lead of 32 points before turning the game over to the backups.

James had half of Miami’s points in leading the Heat to an 86-57 lead through three periods. James then put on his warm-up suit and watched the final period from the bench.

Pacers 115, Bulls 108 — Tyler Hansbrough had 29 points and 12 rebounds to help host Indiana beat Chicago in overtime, snapping the Bulls’ eight-game winning streak.

Danny Granger scored 19 points and Darren Collison added 17 for the Pacers, who have won three of four.

Derrick Rose tied a career high with 42 points for the Bulls. He scored 19 in the fourth quarter and made three free throws with 1.2 seconds left to force overtime. Luol Deng added 21 points for the Bulls. Chicago, a half-game ahead of Boston in the Eastern Conference, failed to become the first team in the East to win 50 games.

Chicago forward Carlos Boozer missed his fifth straight game with an injured left ankle.

Spurs 97, Mavericks 91 — Tony Parker scored 33 points, Manu Ginobili had 25, and Tim Duncan added 22, lifting visiting San Antonio over Dallas.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 23 points. The Mavericks lost for the fifth time in eight games, with all the losses to potential playoff foes.

Magic 85, Nuggets 82 — Jameer Nelson swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to give host Orlando a dramatic victory over Denver, which had its four-game winning streak broken.

Dwight Howard led five Magic players in double figures with 16 points and 18 rebounds.

Pistons 99, Knicks 95 — Chris Wilcox threw down a one-handed dunk off a missed shot with 53 seconds left as host Detroit rallied from an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to stun New York.

Lakers 106, Timberwolves 98 — Pau Gasol scored 25 points, Kobe Bryant added 18 on his sprained left ankle, and host Los Angeles overcame Andrew Bynum’s fourth-quarter ejection to beat Minnesota.

Bucks 110, Nets 95 — Carlos Delfino scored 26 points, making a career-high eight 3-pointers, and host Milwaukee beat New Jersey to halt a three-game losing streak.

Thunder 99, Bobcats 82 — Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Serge Ibaka added 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots to help host Oklahoma City extend its winning streak to a season-best six games, all against Eastern Conference foes.

Raptors 116, Wizards 107 — Andrea Bargnani scored 33 points, DeMar DeRozan had 30, and host Toronto handed Washington its 13th loss in 14 games.

76ers 102, Kings 80 — Jrue Holiday had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Philadelphia built an early double-digit lead in coasting past host Sacramento.

Suns 108, Warriors 97 — Channing Frye scored 17 points in his return from a dislocated right shoulder, and host Phoenix snapped a four-game losing streak.

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