LeBron James had 31 points, Chris Bosh added 23 and Dwyane Wade had 20 points and 12 rebounds last night as the host Heat beat the Bobcats, 99-94, to stay a half-game ahead of the Knicks in the Eastern Conference standings.

James, who had eight rebounds and eight assists, shot 13-for-14. His only miss was a 4-foot jumper late in the third quarter. "I got fouled on it, but that never stopped me before," he said. According to STATS, James' effort tied for the league's third-best shooting performance with at least that many attempts in the last 18 years. Shaquille O'Neal was 15-for-16 for the Heat in February 2006 and Dwight Howard was 14-for- 15 for Orlando in April 2007.

Pacers 111, Bulls 101: David West had 29 points and Paul George had 21 points and 11 rebounds as Indiana won its 14th straight home game.

76ers 78, Magic 61: Spencer Hawes had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Jrue Holiday added 13 points and 14 assists for host Philadelphia.

Wizards 98, Clippers 90: Martell Webster's 21 points led host Washington. Los Angeles was missing Blake Griffin (hamstring) and Chris Paul (knee).

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Thunder 112, Mavericks 91: Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and Kevin Durant had 19 points and 10 rebounds for host Oklahoma City.

Jazz 98, Kings 91: Randy Foye had 20 points, including six in OT, for host Utah.

Blazers 100, T-Wolves 98: LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds for host Portland. -- AP