INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 15: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat shoots the ball during the NBA game against the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse on February 15 2011 in Indianapolis Indiana. The Heat won 110-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

NBA Scores And More: Dwyane Wade, Heat Too Much For Pacers

Wade's early output helped the Heat stretch out a big lead, but the Pacers stormed back to make it interesting. In other action, Channing Frye shot down the Jazz and the Bulls closed out the Bobcats.

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Heat Vs. Pacers: Dwyane Wade Unloads On Indiana In Miami Win

Dwyane Wade had 41 points, 31 of them in the first half, as the Miami Heat crawled past the hot Indiana Pacers 110-103. The Heat opened up a huge first-half lead -- they led 37-13 after 10 minutes of play. But the Pacers stormed back before halftime, and hung close all through the second half. A 13-4 Miami run fueled by LeBron James and Chris Bosh late in the fourth put the game away.

The Pacers have lost just twice under interim head coach Frank Vogel, both times to Miami. Indiana dropped a game to the Heat by five points a week ago; Vogel has led the Pacers to victory in the team's seven other games since taking over for Jim O'Brien.

Vogel has been pretty great at making adjustments; Wade shot 12-19 in the first half, but just 4-10 in the second half. Vogel relied heavily on rookie wing Paul George, who started in front of Mike Dunleavy in the third quarter and played 18 second-half minutes (compared to Dunleavy's three). George rewarded the coach with some scoring punch (11 second-half points) and better defense on Wade.

George was a part of a wildly successful bench unit also starring Dahntay Jones, A.J. Price, Tyler Hansbrough and Jeff Foster. Tom Lewis of SB Nation's Pacers blog Indy Cornrows gives the unit its due.

They epitomized the blood and guts, smash-mouth effort coach Frank Vogel preaches, picking the team up off the canvas to start throwing hay-makers at the Heat. What was once a 24-point deficit eventually became a 5-point lead for the Pacers which simply doesn't happen without the second unit coming together and going to work. As the chemistry of this group continues to develop, they've become a big asset.

But the Heat are simply far more talented than the Pacers, and there's no way to strategize around that. One incarnation of the awesome raw power of the Heat was an absurd 90-foot (not an exaggeration) alley-oop from Wade to LeBron.


How do you stop something like that? Station Gheorge Muresan at the rim and order him to not move?

The Heat remain percentage points behind the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 seed in the East. They do, however, now have the league's top margin of victory at +7.82 points per game, ahead of the San Antonio Spurs at +7.44.

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Suns Vs. Jazz: Channing Frye Shoots Down Utah As Phoenix Comes Back From Win

Channing Frye scored 31 points, 19 of them in the first quarter as the Phoenix Suns knocked off the Utah Jazz for the second time since Tyrone Corbin took over for Jerry Sloan. The final score here was 102-101, as Phoenix came back from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to knock out the Jazz.

Frye couldn't miss early. He hit all seven of his first-quarter shots from the field, five of which were three-pointers. The lanky forward-center earned a five-year deal with the Suns last summer precisely because his shooting fit the system perfectly; it's hard to argue any differently after the clinic he put on.

But it's worth noting that the Suns were at their best when Steve Nash was orchestrating the offense in the second half; Nash was a +18 on the game, and had nine second-half assists to one turnover to help fuel Phoenix's comeback. Two Suns starters -- Vince Carter and Robin Lopez -- sat the entire fourth as coach Alvin Gentry relied on Frye and Marcin Gortat up front and Mickael Pietrus, Grant Hill and Jared Dudley in the wing spots.

Utah got little out of Deron Williams, who shot 2-11 on his way to 11 points. The Jazz were outscored by 16 points when Williams was in the game; Al Jefferson had 32 points and 10 rebounds, and Utah (as you'd expect) dominated the glass. But the Jazz defense was ineffective and its offense was uninspired.

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Bulls Vs. Bobcats: Luol Deng, Derrick Rose Lead Chicago Past Charlotte

Luol Deng scored 24 points to pace the Chicago Bulls in victory over the Charlotte Bobcats 106-94 on Tuesday night. Derrick Rose had an off shooting night, hitting just 5-14 from the floor. But he got to the line and finished with 18 points and 13 assists (and, unfortunately, six turnovers).

Deng outplayed his defensive-minded contemporary Gerald Wallace, who was held to six points on 3-9 shooting. Deng himself shot 10-19 from the floor, and the Bulls got some rare three-pointers to go down. Chicago hit seven of its 14 three-point attempts; the Bulls are No. 10 in the NBA in three-point shooting, but No. 23 in raw attempts from long-range. As you'd expect, success in both categories typically comes with playing time for Kyle Korver. He played 15 minutes against Charlotte, and hit all three of his treys.

Charlotte hit only 2-11 from downtown; the Bobcats are No. 25 in three-point shooting. Their offensive bread-and-butter is opportunistic scoring from Wallace, not-terrible shooting from Stephen Jackson and fast break buckets from D.J. Augustin. But the Bulls are just so good defensively; Augustin was limited to five points in 20 minutes, and Charlotte had to rely on Boris Diaw and Gerald Henderson just to keep it close.

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Hornets Vs. Warriors: Monta Ellis Helps Golden State Defend Home Court Against New Orleans

The Golden State Warriors knocked off the New Orleans Hornets 102-89 in Oakland, thanks in part to 21 points from Monta Ellis and 13 off the bench from Vladimir Radmanovic. The win got the Warriors to 25-29 overall and 19-11 at Oracle Arena, two solid marks, all things considered.

The Warriors shot exceptionally well against a stout New Orleans defense. Golden State's the top three-point shooting team in the league at nearly 40 percent, and the Warriors proved it by hitting 10 of 19 from beyond the arc. Stephen Curry didn't shoot much in this game (just five field goal attempts) but he hit every single attempt, including three three-pointers. Ellis and Radmanovic also hit two each.

Chris Paul was harassed into 4-12 shooting and finished with 11 points and 10 assists. The Hornets have lost eight of 10 since their 10-game losing streak was snapped.

In other action:

Grizzlies 102, 76ers 91: Speaking without irony, this was likely the best match-up heading into Tuesday's action. Mike Conley broke out for 22 points and five steals (what a thief) in the Memphis win. Denver and Utah are tied for the West's No. 7 seed; the Grizzlies are just a half-game back.

Thunder 126, Kings 96: Tyreke Evans didn't play, and the Kings might as well have forfeited. Sacramento trailed 19-4 at one point, and observers universally believed that it could have been worse. It eventually got worse, and the Kings suffered their worst defeat of the season. The Thunder are off until next week, though Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and James Harden will all be busy at All-Star Weekend.

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