LeBron scores 33, Heat roll past Bucks 118-95
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 33 points then sat out the entire fourth quarter as the Miami Heat had little trouble in beating the Milwaukee Bucks 118-95 Tuesday.
Michael Beasley scored 19 off the bench and Mario Chalmers finished with 15 points and seven assists for the Heat, whose previous biggest victory margin was a 12-point triumph over Chicago on opening night.
John Henson and Gary Neal each scored 18 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 for Milwaukee.
Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points to pass Jerry West on the NBA’s career scoring list and help the Mavericks beat the Washington Wizards 105-95.
Nowitzki hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third quarter, the second one putting him at 25,194 points for 16th place, two ahead of West.
Trevor Ariza led the Wizards with 27 points, including five 3-pointers. He also had seven rebounds and four steals.
At Los Angeles, Jordan Hill had a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds in his first start of the season, and Pau Gasol added 14 points and eight rebounds as the Lakers downed the New Orleans Pelicans 116-95.
Nick Young scored 17 points for Los Angeles, which lost five of its last seven before trouncing the Pelicans, who beat them handily last week in New Orleans.
Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry scored 15 points each for the Lakers.
Eric Gordon scored 17 points for the Pelicans, who have lost on the first two stops of their three-game West Coast road trip.
The Golden State beat the Detroit Pistons 113-95 after Stephen Curry had 25 points and eight assists to help the Warriors build a 19-point first-quarter lead before sitting out the final 12 minutes.
David Lee added 17 points and nine rebounds, while Klay Thompson had 14 points for the Warriors, who have won five straight over the Pistons.
Curry scored 12 points as part of a 19-4 run in the third quarter then sat out the entire fourth quarter when Golden State coach Mark Jackson emptied his bench.
Detroit’s Andre Drummond had 16 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight double-double and fourth in seven games.