March 3 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's National Basketball Association games.
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Heat 124, Bobcats 107
The Miami Heat, led by a franchise record 61 points from forward LeBron James, extended their winning streak to eight games, defeating the Charlotte Bobcats.
James made 22-of-33 shots from the floor, including eight-of-10 from three-point range, and added seven rebounds and five assists.
He broke the Heat scoring record of 56 points, which was set by forward Glen Rice 19 years ago.
The Heat won without shooting guard Dwyane Wade, who rested his aching knees.
Charlotte (27-33) lost its third straight game and fell into a virtual tie for seventh place in the East with the Atlanta Hawks.
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Pistons 96, Knicks 85
Second-year center Andre Drummond scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons snapped a four-game losing streak with victory over the Knicks.
Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum each contributed 16 points for the Pistons (24-36).
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks (21-40), who have lost seven straight and 13 of their last 15, with 28 points.
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Nets 96, Bulls 80
The Brooklyn Nets managed to slow down one the NBA's hottest teams by defeating the Chicago Bulls 96-80.
The loss ended a four-game winning streak by the Bulls (33-27), who entered the contest with victories in nine of their last 10 games.
Deron Williams led the Nets (29-29) with 20 points while guard Joe Johnson was not far behind with 19 to pace Brooklyn's offense.
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Grizzlies 110, Wizards 104
Tayshaun Prince scored a season-high 21 points and guard Mike Conley had 20 as the Memphis Grizzlies ended the Washington Wizards' six-game winning streak with a victory.
Forward Zach Randolph had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies (34-25), who improved to nine games over .500 for the first time this season.
Wall scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter for the Wizards (31-29).
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Bucks 114, Jazz 88
Ersan Ilyasova shot 13-of-14 from the field, knocked down a pair of three-pointers and finished with 31 points as the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a two-game losing streak.
Ilyasova got off to a good start, making all seven of his shots and scoring 18 points in the first half as Milwaukee (12-47).
Enes Kanter had 27 points and 14 rebounds off the bench to lead Utah (21-39), who was coming off a close loss at Indiana on Sunday.
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Lakers 107, Trail Blazers 106
Wesley Johnson scored on a lob pass with 6.4 seconds left to lift the Los Angeles Lakers past the Portland Trail Blazers.
Portland guard Damian Lillard's three-point shot was short at the buzzer, giving the Lakers (21-39) their second consecutive victory.
Pau Gasol scored 22 points for Los Angeles.
Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points, Lillard contributed 20, but Portland (41-19) saw their five-game win streak end.
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Timberwolves 132, Nuggets 128
Forward Kevin Love had 33 points and 19 rebounds, guard Kevin Martin added 22 points and the surging Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Denver Nuggets.
Minnesota outscored Denver 52-16 from the foul line while winning for the sixth time in seven games.
The Timberwolves (30-29) are 10th in the Western Conference, five games behind the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks, who occupy the last two playoff spots.
Denver (25-34) guard Ty Lawson had 31 points and 11 assists in his return to the lineup from a fractured rib last month.
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Kings 96, Pelicans 89
Isaiah Thomas scored 11 of his 22 points in the third quarter, sparking a decisive run along the way, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a three-game skid.
Thomas scored seven points during a 22-7 spurt that opened up a 68-59 lead going into the final period.
Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins added a team-high 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings (21-39).
The Pelicans (23-37) fell to 0-4 on a five-game trip.
(Editing by John O'Brien/Peter Rutherford)
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