MIAMI – Outfought for a late rebound by Dwyane Wade, a grinning LeBron James chided his teammate as they ran upcourt.
With the game in hand, the Miami Heat could worry about individual stats. Wade and James had handsome numbers in Monday’s 102-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
James totaled 24 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, just missing the Heat’s first triple-double of the season. Wade scored 30 points, his best total since Dec. 18 in an injury-hampered season, and he added a season-high 10 rebounds and five assists.
James, who has come close to a triple-double several times this season, was blanked in the rebound department down the stretch. When Wade snatched one away from him with 4 minutes left, he heard about it from his taller teammate.
“D-Wade knew what he had going on, too,” James said. “He was like, ‘I need this double-double.’ He had a heck of a game. He was spectacular.”
Wade pleaded guilty to being briefly motivated by getting his first double-double of the season.
“I was going for a double-double,” he said with a laugh. “Sorry.”
Heat guard Ray Allen also outmaneuvered James for a rebound in the final minutes, which left James muttering to the Miami bench. James finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double for the third time this season, and another time he came within two assists.
Wade, who sat out four consecutive games last month to rest his troublesome knees, looked rejuvenated. He shot 13-for-19 and played 37 minutes, his fifth-highest total this season.
Chris Bosh scored 17 points to help Miami win for the fifth time in six games.
Allen hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that put the Heat up 84-80 after three periods, and they pulled away from there. Wade’s 3-pointer put them ahead by 13 points for the first time, 98-85.
Brandon Jennings had 26 points and seven assists for the Pistons, who trailed almost the entire game and took it badly. They were called for four technical fouls.
Thunder 86, Grizzlies 77
In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Serge Ibaka had 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Thunder continued their home dominance, beating Memphis.
Pacers 98, Magic 79
In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 16 points, Paul George and Lance Stephenson each added 15, and Indiana beat Orlando.
Nuggets 116, Clippers 115
In Denver, Randy Foye hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, and the Nuggets overcame a 36-point performance by Blake Griffin.
Nets 108, 76ers 102
In New York, Paul Pierce scored 25 points, Deron Williams added 21 and Brooklyn stopped a three-game losing streak.
Wizards 100, Trail Blazers 90
In Washington, the Wizards moved above .500 for the first time in more than four years, accomplishing the feat on their eighth try this season by pulling away in the second half to beat Portland.
John Wall scored 22 points, and Trevor Ariza added 20 for Washington, which hadn’t had a winning record since beating the New Jersey Nets to improve to 2-1 on Halloween in 2009.
Spurs 102, Pelicans 95
In New Orleans, Tony Parker scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and also doled out nine assists, and San Antonio overcame a 14-point deficit.
Bucks 101, Knicks 98
In Milwaukee, Brandon Knight made a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left and finished with 25 points, and the Bucks snapped a six-game losing streak.
Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points for New York.
Mavericks 124, Cavaliers 107
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, Devin Harris had a season-high 16 and the Mavericks handed Cleveland its fifth straight loss.
Raptors 94, Jazz 79
In Salt Lake City, DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 18 to help Toronto win its fourth in five games.
Kings 99, Bulls 70
In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 16 rebounds to help the Kings snap a seven-game losing streak by defeating Chicago.