Mon, Jan 23, 2012 - Page 7 News List

NBA: Bosh sparks Wade-less Heat to third home win in a row

Reuters and AP, MIAMI

Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers, top, fouls LeBron James of the Miami Heat in their NBA game in Miami, Florida, on Saturday.

Photo: AFP

Chris Bosh sparked the Miami Heat to a third home win in a row on Saturday, draining 30 points in a 113-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bosh scored eight points during an 11-4 run at start the fourth quarter, pushing the Heat’s lead to 92-73 and effectively putting the game out of reach for the 76ers.

Dwyane Wade missed his third consecutive game with a sprained ankle and his sixth overall this season, although the Heat are 6-0 in his absence.

“Everyone has stepped up their play with D-Wade being absent and we expect nothing less,” Heat forward LeBron James told reporters.

The win moves the Heat (11-4) into a tie at the top of the Southeast Division with the Orlando Magic.

The 76ers (11-5) comfortably lead the Atlantic Division by five games over the New York Knicks, despite losing two of their last three games.

Miami held a one-point advantage after the first quarter and extended the margin to seven points by halftime.

James added 28 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Heat. Reserves Lou Williams and Evan Turner led the 76ers with 22 and 16 points respectively.

Saturday’s other results:

‧ Pistons 94, Trail Blazers 91

‧ Grizzlies 128, Kings 95

‧ Thunder 84, Nets 74

‧ Bulls 95, Bobcats 89

‧ Rockets 105, Spurs 102

‧ Mavericks 83, Hornets 81

‧ Nuggets 119, Knicks 114

‧ Jazz 108, Timberwolves 98

‧ Hawks 121, Cavaliers 94

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