Heat win big against Magic


LeBron James warned the Orlando Magic to stop double-teaming him and ignoring James Jones.

They didn’t listen.

Jones scored 14 of his 17 points in a third quarter that turned a close game into a blowout, James led Miami with 21 points, and the Heat rolled past the Magic 120-92 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.

Chris Bosh added 18 points for the Heat, who had all five starters sit out the fourth quarter for the second straight night. Dwyane Wade sat out his second straight full game to give his knees more rest.

“My teammates rely on me,” Jones said. “They know what I’m capable of doing.”

So does Orlando.

Jones — who often isn’t even in the Heat rotation — started in Wade’s place and went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc in the third quarter alone, including back-to-back 3s that helped blow the game open.

After connecting to make it 68-57, Jones took a pass from James, watched Orlando guard Jameer Nelson sail past after falling victim to a head fake, then coolly hit another 3 to extend Miami’s lead to 14.

“That’s what happens when you double,” James shouted to any Magic player who might be listening.

The Heat didn’t lose control again. Michael Beasley scored 14 points and Chris Andersen added 10 for the Heat, who opened the game on a 16-0 run, lost the lead briefly in the second quarter, then outscored the Magic 66-43 after halftime.

Arron Afflalo scored 20 of his 30 points in the first half for Orlando, and made 7 of 9 shots from 3-point range. Victor Oladipo scored 20 points, though he had eight turnovers, giving him 17 in his past two games.

The teams meet again Saturday in Miami.

“We’ve got to give them credit for hitting shots,” Afflalo said. “At the end of the day, LeBron does command some attention at times. Maybe next game we’ll have a little more individual pride just to see how well we can do defensively.”

Pacers 103, Knicks 96 (OT)

In New York, Paul George made three free throws to tie it with 5.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored nine of his season-high 35 points in overtime.

New York scored the first 13 points, but this settled into a playoff-type game between teams that met in the postseason last May. And it again went to the Pacers, who bounced back from their first loss after a franchise-record 9-0 start.

Mavericks 123, Rockets 120

In Dallas, Monta Ellis had a season-high 37 points and assisted on the go-ahead basket to help the Mavericks spoil Dwight Howard’s best offensive night.

Trail Blazers 91, Bucks 82

In Milwaukee, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points, Damian Lillard added 19 and Portland beat picked up its eighth straight win.

Spurs 104, Celtics 93

In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 19 points and the Spurs beat Boston to win their eighth straight overall and remain undefeated at home.

Raptors 108, 76ers 98

In Philadelphia, DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points and Rudy Gay had 18 to lift Toronto.

Wizards 98, Cavaliers 91

In Cleveland, Bradley Beal scored 26 points and Nene added 24 to lead Washington.

Bobcats 95, Nets 91

In Charlotte, Kemba Walker scored a season-high 31 points and the Bobcats handed turnover-prone Brooklyn its sixth loss in seven games.

Hawks 93, Pistons 85

In Atlanta, Paul Millsap, signed in the offseason to replace Josh Smith, had 19 points to steal the spotlight in Smith’s return to Atlanta with Detroit.

Clippers 102, Timberwolves 98

In Minneapolis, Blake Griffin had 20 points and 10 rebounds while dominating his matchup with Kevin Love, and Chris Paul scored 16 in the fourth quarter.

Pelicans 105, Jazz 98

In New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 22 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks to lift the Pelicans over struggling Utah for their second consecutive victory.

Kings 113, Suns 106

In Phoenix, DeMarcus Cousins overcame a sore shoulder to score 19 points and grab 12 rebounds, leading Sacramento to its first road win of the season.

Grizzlies 88, Warriors 81 (OT)

In Oakland, Mike Conley shook off a rough shooting night to hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:36 left in overtime, and Memphis held on for a win over Golden State.