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|Friday, 28 March 2014 16:25|
It was James' first triple-double of the season and No. 37 for his career. It also was the fourth time he accomplished the feat without playing in the fourth quarter.
James' last triple-double through three quarters was Jan. 27, 2009, for Cleveland against Sacramento, according to STATS.
The banged-up Heat had little trouble with the Pistons even though they were without Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen and Greg Oden. They had plenty of players make up for the losses.
Udonis Haslem scored 12 of his 17 points in the first quarter, when James already had seven assists. Chris Bosh scored 15 for Miami.
Greg Monroe and Will Bynum each had 12 points and Kyle Singler scored 11 for the Pistons, who honored their 1989 championship team at halftime.
WIZARDS 91, PACERS 78
WASHINGTON (AP) - John Wall scored 20 points, and Washington avenged two of its biggest losses of the season.
Marcin Gortat added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, who dropped their first two games against the Pacers this season by a combined 47 points. Al Harrington added 12 points, including a personal 10-0 run in the second quarter.
Indiana was due for a letdown two nights after a big win over Miami in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers committed five turnovers in the first four minutes Friday and shot 35 percent overall.
Paul George scored 19 points, and Lance Stephenson had 13 points and matched a career-high with 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost a season-high four straight road games.
RAPTORS 105, CELTICS 103
TORONTO (AP) - Amir Johnson scored the winning basket with seven seconds remaining, and Toronto clinched its first playoff berth in six seasons.
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points as the Raptors won for the 18th time in 24 home games. Terrence Ross had 17 points, Greivis Vasquez scored 15 and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 13.
The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors last reached the playoffs in 2007-08, losing in five games to Orlando in the first round. This is their sixth playoff berth in 19 seasons.
Jerryd Bayless scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough for Boston, which has dropped three straight and eight of nine. Jeff Green added 16 points.
The Celtics dropped to 8-27 on the road.
NETS 108, CAVALIERS 97
NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 22 points in a flawless first quarter, and Brooklyn quickly pulled away in the second on the way to its 12th straight home victory.
Joe Johnson added 14 points for the Nets, who played three straight overtime games on their road trip, losing the last two of them. But things were much easier back home, where they won for the 19th time in their last 21 games.
The Nets had six players score in double figures and shot 55 percent from the field. They scored the first 12 points of the second quarter to break away from a 29-all tie.
Luol Deng and Dion Waiters each scored 20 points for the Cavaliers, who had won three in a row.
MAGIC 110, BOBCATS 105
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 23 rebounds for Orlando, and Jameer Nelson scored five points in overtime.
Aaron Afflalo, who finished with 17 points, sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds remaining as Orlando won its second straight. Nelson's 3-pointer with 2:26 left in OT put the Magic ahead for good.
Josh McRoberts had a career-high 24 points for Charlotte. Kemba Walker also scored 24 points and Al Jefferson added 20 points and eight rebounds.
Tobias Harris had 15 points for the Magic, while Victor Oladipo added 14 and Kyle O'Quinn 13. Nelson, who missed the last four games with a sore knee, had 11 points and eight assists.