LeBron James had 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Miami Heat trampled the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-100 in a Thursday night showcase before the All-Star break.
Chris Bosh chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Heat won their sixth straight against the Thunder dating to last year’s NBA Finals.
Miami swept the season series after winning on their home court on Christmas Day, following up after taking the last four games of the Finals.
James was in position to continue his NBA record run of games with at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting to seven, but missed from a couple steps beyond the three-point line as the shot clock ran down with just over a minute left.
That dropped him to 14 for 24 in the game (58 percent). James had said before the game that he did not care if the streak continued, as long as Miami kept winning.
Kevin Durant had 40 points and eight rebounds, but missed his first seven shots as Oklahoma City fell hopelessly behind.
Russell Westbrook had 26 points and 10 assists, with six turnovers.
CLIPPERS 125, LAKERS 101
In Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 24 points and 13 assists and Blake Griffin scored 18 of his 22 points in a spectacular first quarter as the Clippers cemented their supremacy in Los Angeles with an easy victory over the Lakers.
Chauncey Billups hit five three-pointers while scoring 21 points for the Clippers, who roared into the All-Star break by clinching the season series in their city rivalry for the first time in 20 years.
The Clippers have won the Staples Center co-tenants’ first three games of the season, with Los Angeles’ longtime underdogs burying the 16-time champions in their latest meeting under a wave of 16 three-pointers.
Kobe Bryant had 20 points and 11 assists for the Lakers, who head to the break in 10th place in the Western Conference.
Caron Butler had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who lead Golden State by seven games atop the Pacific Division standings after their fourth straight victory.
The Lakers had won eight of 11 overall heading into the meeting, but the Clippers scored the first 15 points and never trailed.