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Heat burn Rockets, Wade gets 45

ON FIRE:Dwyane Wade scored 45 points in a single game for the eighth time in his career, but this was the first time he reached 40 points on consecutive nights


Dwyane Wade scored 45 points as the Miami Heat extended their streak of road wins to 10 games with a 125-119 victory over the Houston Rockets in the NBA on Wednesday.

Wade shook off a hard foul from Aaron Brooks early in the fourth quarter to reach 45 points for the eighth time in his career. He hit 17 of 24 shots, went 10 for 10 from the free-throw line and pulled down seven rebounds.

It was the first time in his career that he’d reached 40 points on consecutive nights.

LeBron James scored 20 points and had nine assists for the Heat, who have won 16 of their past 17 overall.

Luis Scola scored 22 points for the Rockets, who had an eight-game home winning streak snapped.


In New Orleans, Louisiana, Lamar Odom responded to his first time out of the starting lineup this season by scoring 24 points off the bench as the Los Angeles Lakers convincingly ended a rare three-game losing streak by downing New Orleans.

Kobe Bryant added 20 points as the Lakers snapped out of a lapse in which they lost by 15 or more points in their previous three games.

Chris Paul had 20 points for the Hornets. David West twisted his left ankle late in the first half and tried to play through it, but finished with only eight points in 28 minutes.


In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Kevin Garnett left in the first quarter with a leg injury, and the Boston Celtics looked ragged without him in a loss to Detroit.

The Celtics lost for only the second time in 17 games, but they’re encountering some potentially -serious adversity now. Garnett hurt himself on a dunk late in the first quarter, and although X-rays revealed no fracture in his right leg, he didn’t return.

Boston was also without point guard Rajon Rondo, who missed his sixth straight game with a sprained ankle.

Tracy McGrady scored 21 points for the Pistons, who led 45-37 at halftime and pushed the margin to 16 in the third quarter.


In Atlanta, Georgia, Josh Smith had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Atlanta over the Golden State Warriors.

Al Horford had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks.

Dorell Wright scored a career-high 32 points for Golden State, which lost its first game in four.


In Los Angeles, Al Jefferson had 31 points and 10 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz beat Los Angeles.

Andre Kirilenko missed his first game of the season because of a lower back strain and reserve C.J. Miles also sat out because of flu-like symptoms, leaving the Jazz vulnerable at small forward. Utah rookie Gordon Hayward made his fifth start of the season in Kirilenko’s spot, and had 17 points and six rebounds.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 30 points and 12 rebounds.


In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Kevin Durant scored 27 points before taking the fourth quarter off as Oklahoma City rolled past error-prone the New Jersey Nets.

Oklahoma City forced a season-high 23 turnovers and bounced back from a loss in what’s becoming trademark fashion. The Thunder are 10-1 after a loss this season.

Russell Westbrook added 17 points and seven assists through the first three quarters as all 12 players scored for Oklahoma City.

Devin Harris and Brook Lopez each scored 19 points to lead New Jersey, which has lost its past three games by a combined 51 points.


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