Faried Continues Hot Streak – NBA Roundup
Heat bloodied, but still the best…Rockets’ 8-game win streak ends
UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James got a bloody nose. The Miami Heat got a lopsided victory. The Oklahoma City Thunder got a whipping on their home court.
James scored 33 points before leaving the game with a bloody nose and the two-time defending NBA champion Heat beat the Thunder 103-81. James went down with 5:50 remaining in the fourth quarter after he was struck by Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) on a drive to the basket. James finished the dunk, but was bloodied and left the court with a towel over his face.
James passed a concussion test, but some damage was done. Coach Erik Spoelstra (SPOHL’-struh) says James will undergo more tests back in Miami.
Dwyane (dwayn)Wade had 24 points and 10 assists and Chris Bosh added 24 points for Miami, which won its fourth straight and avenged an earlier loss to Oklahoma City.
Kevin Durant scored 28 points for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook, who had missed the previous 27 games after having a surgery on his right knee, started and scored 16 points.
In other NBA action:
— Kenneth Faried continued his recent hot streak, scoring 26 points to carry the Denver Nuggets past the Milwaukee Bucks 101-90. Faried, the No. 22 overall pick in the 2011 draft, has been impressive this month. He was coming off a 21-point, 10-rebound performance against Phoenix. Faried also scored a career-high 28 against the Clippers this month.
__ The Golden State Warriors knocked off the Houston Rockets 102-99 in overtime. David Lee had 28 points and 14 rebounds. Stephen (STEH’-fihn) Curry had 25, including four clinching free throws in the final 15.9 seconds left in OT. James Harden scored a game-high 39 for the Rockets, who were playing their second game in two nights. That ends the Rockets’ eight-game win streak.
UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers pulled off one more, bold move before yesterday’s trade deadline.
Less than three weeks after signing Andrew Bynum, Indiana agreed to a trade that will send Danny Granger and a second-round draft pick in 2014 to Philadelphia in exchange for former first-round pick Evan Turner and forward-center Lavoy Allen.
It gives the Pacers a potential upgrade in Turner, the former No. 2 overall pick whose average of 17.4 points is about twice that of Granger, who is still working his way back from a series of injuries.
In other trade deadline moves:
__The Washington Wizards have announced a three-team trade that will get them disgruntled point guard Andre Miller from the Denver Nuggets. The Wizards give up two seldom-used players, shipping forward Jan Vesely to the Nuggets while point guard Eric Maynor heads to the 76ers. Philadelphia also gets two second-round draft picks, one from the Wizards and one from the Nuggets.
— Cleveland has acquired center Spencer Hawes from Philadelphia for forward Earl Clark, center Henry Sims and two second-round draft picks. The 7-foot-1 Hawes is in the final year of his contract. He’s averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds, both career highs, and shoots 40 percent from 3-point range.
— The Atlanta Hawks, looking for more front-line help as they attempt to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff race, acquired 37-year-old forward Antawn Jamison from the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers received the rights to shooting guard Cenk Akyol, a 2005 second-round pick now playing in Turkey.
— Charlotte has acquired guards Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal from Milwaukee in exchange for guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien.
— The Miami Heat have traded Roger Mason Jr. to the Sacramento Kings for a protected 2015 second-round draft pick and cash. The move opens a roster spot for the Heat while the Kings get an undisclosed amount of money.
— The San Antonio Spurs have traded guard Nando De Colo to Toronto for former first-round pick Austin Daye.