After missing the last three games, LeBron James returned to the lineup Saturday and led the Miami Heat (60-16) to a 106-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers (31-45).
James scored 27 points on 12-of-17 shooting with five assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes. No Heat starter played more than 30 minutes in the game, and six players, led by James, scored in double figures. Rashard Lewis scored 14 points, Norris Cole scored 13, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers scored 11 each and Udonis Haslem scored ten.. Chris Anderson had seven points, 15 rebounds and two blocks.
The Heat held the Sixers to 40 percent shooting and used a 29-11 advantage in the fourth quarter to pull away. Jrue Holiday led Philadelphia with 18 points and six assists. Evan Turner scored 14 points.
Wizards 104, Pacers 85
John Wall scored 37 points for the Wizards (29-47) and Kevin Seraphin had 15 points off the bench. Roy Hibbert led the Pacers (48-29) with 25 points and ten rebounds.
Spurs 99, Hawks 97
Tim Duncan had 31 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs (57-20) and Kawhi Leonard added 23 points. The Hawks (42-36), playing without Al Horford and Josh Smith, lost their third straight. John Jenkins had 23 points and Mike Scott scored 22 points for Atlanta.
Nuggets 132, Rockets 114
The league's highest-scoring teams did not disappoint. Corey Brewer scored 22 points for the Nuggets (53-24) and Wilson Chandler added 21. Jeremy Lin led the Rockets (43-34) with 23 points and eight assists.
Bucks 100, Raptors 83
Monta Ellis had 22 points, nine assists and six steals for the Bucks (37-39) and Larry Sanders had 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocks. Alan Anderson scored 14 points for the Raptors (29-48).
Nets 105, Bobcats 96
Deron Williams led five Nets (44-32) in double-figures with 32 points. Brook Lopez scored 19 points and Reggie Evans had 14 points and 20 rebounds. Gerald Henderson scored 22 points for the Bobcats (18-59).
Timberwolves 107, Pistons 101
Nikola Pekovic and J.J. Barea each scored 20 points to lead the Timberwolves (29-47). Brandon Knight scored 25 points for the Pistons (25-52) and Andre Drummond added nine points, ten rebounds and three blocks.