Chris Bosh scored 24 points on nine-for-10 shooting, and LeBron James added 18 points as the Miami Heat rolled past the San Antonio Spurs 113-101 yesterday in an NBA Finals rematch from last season.
Mario Chalmers scored 16 points for Miami, who used Dwyane Wade as a reserve for the first time since Jan. 6, 2008. Wade — an All-Star starter again this season — had not played in any of two-time defending champion Miami’s most recent four games while dealing with ongoing knee rehabilitation. He had eight points and five assists in 24 minutes.
Michael Beasley scored 12 points, Norris Cole had 11 and Ray Allen added 10 for Miami. Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 23 points. Boris Diaw added 15.
WARRIORS 103, TRAIL BLAZERS 88
In Oakland, California, Stephen Curry had 38 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as Golden State used a smothering defense to beat Portland.
The newly elected All-Star starting point guard shot 13 of 23 from the floor to carry the offensive load. The Warriors did it all on defense, too, building a 22-point lead midway through the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Golden State outshot Portland 41.8 percent to 33.7 percent and forced 15 turnovers while committing nine.
Damian Lillard had 16 points and four assists, and Wesley Matthews scored 21 for the Blazers, who had a quick turnaround after beating Minnesota in Portland on Saturday night. It was a season low in points and shooting percentage and it tied the largest margin of defeat for Portland, who entered averaging an NBA-best 109.5 points.
NETS 85, CELTICS 79
In Boston, Andray Blatche scored 17 points to lead Brooklyn to victory in the first visit by Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Boston since they were traded in July last year.
The cornerstones of the Celtics’ 2008 championship team received video tributes early in the game, with career highlights shown on the scoreboard. They did not have any highlights on the court until Garnett stole the ball from Rajon Rondo and dribbled ahead of the field for a layup that ended Boston’s last threat.
That put the Nets ahead 82-77 with 20 seconds left and secured their 10th win in 11 games.
The Celtics, losing for the 17th time in 20 games, were led by Brandon Bass with 17 points and Rondo with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Pierce and Garnett scored just six points each.
KNICKS 110, LAKERS 103
In New York, Carmelo Anthony followed his 62-point game with 35 more as New York beat Los Angeles.
Anthony finished with two points fewer than he had at halftime of his record-setting night on Friday, but he scored six straight New York points down the stretch after the Lakers had cut the Knicks’ lead to two with just over five minutes left.
And he had plenty of help as the Knicks won their second straight following a five-game losing streak.
Raymond Felton scored 20 points, Tim Hardaway Jr had 18 and J.R. Smith 16 for the Knicks. Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Jodie Meeks scored 24 points for the Lakers. Pau Gasol had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers dropped their fourth straight to finish 2-5 on their Grammy Awards trip.
NUGGETS 125, KINGS 117
In Sacramento, California, Ty Lawson scored 27 points, while Wilson Chandler had 20 as Denver defeated short-handed Sacramento for their second consecutive victory.
The Nuggets went ahead late in the third-quarter and never trailed again.
Denver was coming off a 109-96 home win on Saturday night over Indiana, who have the best record in the NBA.
Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points for the Kings.
The Kings have dropped three straight and five of six.
They played their second straight game without leading scorers DeMarcus Cousins (ankle sprain) and Rudy Gay (Achilles strain).
The two combine for nearly 43 points per game.
In other NBA action, it was:
‧ Pelicans 100, Magic 92
‧ Suns 99, Cavaliers 90
‧ Mavericks 116, Pistons 106
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on