LeBron James, Heat outduel Kevin Durant, Thunder
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LeBron James had 39 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists, and the Miami Heat trampled the Thunder, 110-100, in Oklahoma City in a Thursday night showcase before the All-Star break.
Chris Bosh chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Heat won their sixth straight against the Thunder dating to last year’s NBA Finals. Miami swept the season series after winning on its home court on Christmas Day, following up after taking the last four games of the Finals.
James was in position to continue his NBA record run of games with at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting to seven, but missed from a couple steps beyond the 3-point line as the shot clock ran down with just over a minute left.
That dropped him to 14 for 24 in the game, or 58 percent. James had said before the game that he didn’t care if the streak continued, as long as Miami kept winning.
‘‘I’m not conscious about it. I’m just playing,’’ James said at shootaround. ‘‘I’m just going out and playing my game. I’m not conscious about the shots that I take. The shots that I take are good shots. If a guy is off of me, I shoot. If he’s on me, I drive. If one of my teammates is open, I pass the ball. It’s simple.’’
Kevin Durant had 40 points and eight rebounds, but missed his first seven shots as Oklahoma City fell hopelessly behind. Russell Westbrook had 26 points and 10 assists, with 6 turnovers.
Dwyane Wade had 13 points and eight assists for the Heat before fouling out with 3:29 to play.
Miami never trailed and widened its lead to as much as 79-56 when James put back a missed jumper by Bosh with 5:07 left in the third quarter.
Durant had a driving two-handed dunk and a runner as Oklahoma City got the deficit down to 108-100 in the final minute, but was never really in striking distance.
Clippers 125, Lakers 101 — Chris Paul had 24 points and 13 assists, Blake Griffin scored 18 of his 22 points in a spectacular first quarter, and the Clippers cemented their supremacy in Los Angeles with a victory over the Lakers.
Chauncey Billups hit five 3-pointers while scoring 21 points for the Clippers, who never trailed as they roared into the All-Star break by clinching the season series in their city rivalry for the first time in 20 years. Kobe Bryant had 20 points and 11 assists for the Lakers, who head to the break in 10th place in the Western Conference.