Heat win 8 straight
SACRAMENTO – Dwyane Wade’s flying, one-handed rebound jam highlighted his 36-point night and led the Miami Heat to their season-best eighth straight win, 104-83 over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.
LeBron James scored 25 and Chris Bosh added 14 points and a season-high 17 rebounds as the Heat broke open a close game in the third quarter to complete a perfect four-game road trip.
After losing three of four in late November as the newly formed super team struggled to come together, the Heat have won every game during this winning streak by double digits.
The Kings, who have lost 15 of 17 and have the second-worst record in the NBA, offered little resistance to James, Wade, Bosh and company.
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 103-97 victory over the Utah Jazz.
The Mavericks rallied after wasting a 25-point first-half lead. DeShawn Stevenson added a season-high 17 points, going five of seven from three-point range, and Caron Butler had 16 points for Dallas.
The Mavericks put on a long-range shooting clinic, hitting 14 of 26 from beyond the arc to prevail in a match up of Western Conference heavyweights.
In Houston, Kevin Martin scored 32 of his season-high 40 points in the first half, Luis Scola added 14 points and 14 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-95.
Shane Battier scored 16 for the Rockets, who out-rebounded Cleveland 48-34 and went 12 for 26 from 3-point range. Martin finished 12 for 19 from the field, sank three 3-pointers and hit 13 of 14 from the free throw line.
Antawn Jamison scored a season-high 24 points and Mo Williams added 18 points and nine assists for Cleveland. The Cavaliers have lost seven in a row, matching their longest skid since they dropped seven straight from March 29 to April 9, 2004.
Grizzlies 84, Clippers 83
Pacers 83, Hawks 97
Celtics 93, Bobcats 62
Raptors 120, Pistons 116
Timberwolves 82, Bulls 113
Jazz 97, Mavericks 97
Cavaliers 97, Rockets 110
Heat 104, Kings 83 (AP)