NBA Roundup (Dec. 25): Bosh, Wade lead Heat past Lakers on Christmas

The Associated Press Published:

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had 23 points apiece, and the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 101-95 on Wednesday for their sixth straight win.

Bosh also had 11 rebounds in the Heat's fifth consecutive victory against the Lakers on Christmas Day. LeBron James added 19 points and Ray Allen had 12.

THUNDER 123, KNICKS 94

NEW YORK -- Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double by the middle of the third quarter, and Oklahoma rolled past New York, which played without Carmelo Anthony.

The Durant-Anthony showdown between the NBA's top two scorers was canceled because of Anthony's sprained left ankle, so the Thunder had the Christmas spotlight to themselves while winning for the 10th time in 11 games. The 29-point victory was the largest for a road team on Christmas.

BULLS 95, NETS 78

NEW YORK -- Taj Gibson scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 15 to help Chicago rout Brooklyn.

Trailing 50-49 early in the third quarter, the Bulls took over behind Butler. He keyed a 21-5 run that gave Chicago control. Butler, who sat out the last game because of a right ankle injury, started the burst with a 3-pointer and had a three-point play that made it 57-52.

Deron Williams scored 18 points for Brooklyn. The Nets have lost four straight.

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