Jan 26 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Basketball Association games.
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Heat 113, Spurs 101
In a rematch of last year's NBA Finals, guard Dwyane Wade returned from the injured list and the Miami Heat easily defeated the San Antonio Spurs.
Heat forwards Chris Bosh (24 points) and LeBron James (18 points) starred as Miami improved their home record to 19-3.
Wade, who had missed four straight games due to knee soreness, came off the bench for the first time since 2008 and had eight points for Miami (32-12).
San Antonio (33-11) were led by center Tim Duncan, who had 23 points.
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Warriors 103, Trail Blazers 88
The Golden State Warriors held the Portland Trail Blazers to a season-low scoring total en route to a 103-88 victory.
After surrendering 121 or more points in three of their previous five games, and then watching the Trail Blazers put up 55 in the first half on Sunday, the Warriors outscored Portland 37-10 over a 17-minute stretch bridging the third and fourth quarters to take command and snap a two-game losing streak.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors (27-18) with 38 points, while Wesley Matthews led Portland (33-12) with 21.
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Mavericks 116, Pistons 106
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points to help Dallas defeat the Detroit Pistons.
The Mavericks (26-20) snapped a two-game losing streak while the Pistons (17-27) have lost four straight.
Detroit guard Brandon Jennings paced the visitors with 26 points.
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Knicks 110, Lakers 103
Carmelo Anthony followed up his record-breaking scoring performance with 35 points as the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers.
Anthony scored a Madison Square Garden record 62 against Charlotte on Friday. His encore helped New York (17-27) earn their second win in a row immediately following a five-game losing streak.
The Lakers (16-29) received a team-high 24 points from guard Jodie Meeks, who shot eight-for-13 overall and six-for-eight from three-point range.
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Pelicans 100, Magic 92
Tyreke Evans scored 13 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and forward Anthony Davis scored 22 points, grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to victory.
The Pelicans (18-25), who have won three of their last four games, iced the game with a 9-4 run. The Magic (12-33), who lost their eighth consecutive road game, were led by Arron Afflalo with a game-high 25 points.
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Suns 99, Cavaliers 90
Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 27 points and grab 15 rebounds, leading the Phoenix Suns to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Goran Dragic added 15 points for Phoenix (25-18).
All Star point guard Kyrie Irving had a team-high 24 points and a game-high nine assists for the Cavaliers (16-28).
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Nets 85, Celtics 79
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett played through an emotional return to Boston, scoring six points apiece but getting enough help from their Brooklyn team mates for the Nets to hold off the Celtics.
Cornerstones of Boston's 2008 NBA championship team, Pierce and Garnett were traded to the Nets (20-22) in the offseason. Both players were cheered and honored during the night.
Boston's (15-31) Rajon Rondo finished with 13 points, eight assists and eight rebounds against his former team mates.
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Nuggets 125, Kings 117
Ty Lawson scored a game-high 27 points to lead six Nuggets in double figures, and Denver ran past the Sacramento Kings.
Lawson scored 20 points in the second half and combined with center Timofey Mozgov to score every Denver point during a 14-8 third-quarter run that gave the Nuggets (22-21) the lead for good.
Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points to lead the Kings (15-28), who played without leading scorers DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay for the second consecutive game.
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)