UNDATED (AP) - The Miami Heat stretched its lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference while adding to the Charlotte Bobcats' losing streak.
LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Heat dealt the Bobcats their 16th consecutive loss, 105-92. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 29 points and nine boards for Miami, which saw a 17-point halftime lead cut to two with 7:16 left before the Heat went on a 11-3 run to pull away for their sixth straight win.
Miami is a full game ahead of the second-place Knicks in the East.
The NBA schedule includes Philadelphia's 99-89 win at Memphis as Dorell Wright and Spencer Hawes each scored a season-high in points. Wright finished with 28 points and Hawes had 20 in the 76ers' first victory in seven road games.
Atlanta needed a double-overtime to beat Detroit 126-119 and improve to 17-9. Josh Smith dropped in 31 points and had 10 rebounds, while Al Horford chipped in 22 points and 10 boards.
James Harden scored 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter to rally Houston to its fifth straight win, 87-84 at Minnesota. Harden scored 15 of the Rockets' final 17 points, including a pair of driving buckets in the final minute.
Milwaukee beat Brooklyn for the 13th straight time as Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis added 20 in the Bucks' 108-93 rout of the Nets. Brook Lopez had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Nets' third straight loss.
Cleveland has its first winning streak of the season after Tristan Thompson's three-point play with 24.4 seconds left gave the Cavaliers an 87-84 win at Washington. Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half for the Cavaliers, who improved to 7-23.
New Orleans ended an 11-game skid by downing the Magic 97-94 in Orlando. Robin Lopez had a season-high 29 points and Greivis Vasquez scored 27 points in the Hornets' fourth consecutive win over the Magic.
Chicago's game at Indiana was postponed by a snowstorm that hit the Indianapolis area. No date has been set for rescheduling the game.
In other NBA news:
- Starters Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton missed the New York Knicks' game tonight in Phoenix because of injuries. Anthony hyperextended his knee in the Knicks' loss to the Lakers on Tuesday, and Felton has been battling an injury to the pinky finger on his right hand.
- Grizzlies leading scorer Rudy Gay sat out tonight's game against Philadelphia due to personal reasons. No other information was immediately available.
- Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams was scratched from tonight's game in Milwaukee after aggravating his sore right wrist the day before. Williams is averaging 16.6 points a game this season.
- Minnesota had Kevin Love back in the lineup for tonight's game against Houston after missing Sunday's loss in New York with an eye injury. Love is averaging 19.6 points and 13.9 rebounds this season.
- The Toronto Raptors say rookie Jonas Valanciunas is expected to be out four to six weeks after breaking the ring finger on his right hand during last Friday's win over Orlando. Valanciunas had started in all 28 games for the Raptors this season, averaging 7.8 points and 5.2 rebounds.
The Associated Press