Dwyane Wade got a hug from his close friend LeBron James before the game, a milestone in the third quarter, a rest for the entire fourth quarter and an easy win to enjoy when it was over.
That’s a night to savor.
Wade scored 24 points and became the 41st player in NBA history to reach 20,000, rookie Josh Richardson added 19 and the Miami Heat led wire to wire on their way to beating the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, 122-101, on Saturday.
Goran Dragic had 18 points and 11 assists for Miami, Joe Johnson also scored 18 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Miami outrebounded Cleveland, 42-26, and led by a season-high 33 at one point.
James had 26 points for Cleveland and sat out the final 15 minutes, the outcome by then already decided. Richard Jefferson scored 20 and Kyrie Irving had 14 for the Cavaliers.
Oklahoma City 115, at Indiana 111: Russell Westbrook had his second triple-double in two nights, Kevin Durant had 33 points and 13 rebounds, and the Thunder overcame Paul George’s 45 points to beat the Pacers. Westbrook finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists, his 14th triple-double of the season.
at Washington 99, New York 89: John Wall had 24 points and 10 assists, and the Wizards rallied from an 18-point, second-quarter deficit to beat the Knicks for their fourth straight victory. Marcin Gortat added 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Markieff Morris added 17 points as all five Washington starters scored in double figures.
at Chicago 92, Utah 85: Derrick Rose scored 22 points to lead the short-handed Bulls to a victory over Utah, snapping the Jazz’s four-game winning streak. Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Nikola Mirotic added 15 points for Chicago.
at Atlanta 109, Houston 97: Al Horford scored 22 points and the streaking Hawks continued to feast on Western Conference teams by beating Michael Beasley and the Rockets. The Hawks have won five straight and eight of nine. They’ve also won six straight against Western Conference teams.
Denver 101, at Charlotte 93: D.J. Augustin scored 24 points on eight-for-11 shooting, and the Nuggets snapped a three-game road losing streak with a victory over the Hornets.
at Detroit 115, Brooklyn 103: Anthony Tolliver scored all 17 of his points in the second half and Aron Baynes scored 17 of his 21 in the fourth quarter to lift the Pistons to a victory over the Nets.
at Memphis 113, Clippers 102