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Wade heats up in time to quiet Jazz

AMERICAN BASKETBALL All-Star guard Dwyane Wade took Miami to victory with the Heat's widest scoring margin of the season as Utah endured its biggest loss

AP , MIAMI, FLORIDA

Dwyane Wade scored 19 of his 25 points in the first quarter as Miami built a huge early lead and rolled past the Utah Jazz 121-83 on Tuesday night, the Heat's 12th win in 13 games.

Alonzo Mourning had a season-high 19 points, James Posey added 16 and Shaquille O'Neal scored 13 points in 17 minutes for Miami, which posted the fourth-largest margin of victory in franchise history.

The 38-point margin represented Miami's biggest win of the season, and Utah's biggest loss. The Heat won by 29 at Portland on Jan. 8, while the Jazz were beaten by 36 at Sacramento on Nov. 15.

Matt Harpring scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half for Utah, while Carlos Boozer added 12. The Jazz were outrebounded 50-29 and shot only 40 percent while letting Miami shoot 57 percent from the floor.

Raptors 111, 76ers 97

At Philadelphia, Chris Bosh scored 31 points and Darrick Martin had a season-high 18 points and 12 assists to lead Toronto.

Playing without the injured Allen Iverson, the Sixers failed to gain ground in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Chris Webber had 23 points and 11 rebounds and John Salmons scored a career-high 23 points.

The Sixers (31-32) lost for the fourth time in five games and fell 3 games behind Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey.

Toronto relied on strong 3-point shooting in the fourth quarter to outscore Philadelphia 33-12. The Raptors hit 6-of-10 from beyond the arc in the final 12 minutes.

Wizards 119, Bobcats 114

At Charlotte, North Carolina, Antawn Jamison had 35 points and 16 rebounds to lead Washington.

Gilbert Arenas scored 34 points and Caron Butler added 25 to join Jamison as the only productive Wizards in the game. The rest of the team combined for just 25 points and the bench didn't contribute until the fourth quarter.

Still, it was enough as Washington won two straight over two very different opponents. The Wizards were coming off a victory over the Detroit Pistons -- the best team in the NBA -- then had to claw one out against the Bobcats, one of the worst teams in the league.

Jumaine Jones scored 18 points to lead a balanced attack for the Bobcats, who had seven players in double figures. Raymond Felton had 17 despite missing most of the fourth quarter while he had his face examined after taking a hard elbow from Etan Thomas.

Mavericks 91, Cavaliers 87

At Dallas, the Mavericks made their defense-oriented coach proud with a little history of their own on the night Avery Johnson moved into the NBA record book.

The injury-depleted Dallas erased a 19-point third-quarter deficit by holding Cleveland to only eight points -- the fewest it's ever allowed in any quarter -- and kept rallying to give Johnson his record 66th victory over his first 82 games in charge.

Dirk Nowitzki finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds, Jason Terry scored 20 points and Marquis Daniels had 17. Erick Dampier had seven points and 13 rebounds.

LeBron James had 36 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which lost its third straight game overall and sixth straight in Dallas.

Spurs 96, Hornets 81

At San Antonio, Tony Parker had 20 points and 11 assists, Brent Barry made four 3-pointers and all six shots from the floor, and San Antonio beat fading New Orleans.

The Spurs (50-14) maintained a share of the lead in the Southwest Division and the top record in the Western Conference with the Dallas Mavericks, who beat Cleveland on Tuesday.

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