Tip-Off for 1/24/13 (featuring Ne-Yo): LeBron James and Dwyane Wade catch fire in Heat win over Raptors

(USA Today)

Miami’s Dynamic Duo were no mere mortals against the Raptors, combining for 66 points.

LeBron James posted his 34th career triple-double and his second of the season. Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen were effective in supporting roles as the Miami Heat were able to outlast the Toronto Raptors 123-116 in overtime.

Heat 123 – Raptors 116 – LeBron James tallied 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Dwyane Wade added 35 points and 7 assists. Jose Calderon knocked down 4 of 5 three-pointers for the Raptors in defeat.

Hawks 102 – Bobcats 94 – Josh Smith scored a game-high 30 points and handed out 8 assists for the Hawks. Ramon Sessions led the Bobcats with 27 points. Charlotte has now lost 16 in a row at home.

Bulls 85 – Pistons 82 – The Bulls kept this contest in the low 80’s, just as they planned it. Joakim Noah grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds. Brandon Knight scored 13 points and had 7 dimes for Detroit. The victory was Chicago’s 17th straight over the Pistons.

Grizzlies 106 – Lakers 93 – The Lakers shot 42 percent and were outrebounded 52-34. Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles with 29 points. Rudy Gay had 11 rebounds for Memphis.

Nuggets 105 – Rockets 95 – The Nuggets took advantage of 22 Rockets turnovers. Ty Lawson led Denver with 21 points and 7 assists. James Harden led the Rockets with 23 points and 7 assists.

Nets 91 – T-Wolves 83 – The Nets are 12-2 under P.J. Carlesimo. Brook Lopez had 22 points and Deron Williams had 8 assists for Brooklyn. Andrei Kirilenko had 15 points and 8 assists for Minnesota.

Spurs 106 – Hornets 102 – The Hornets committed 13 turnovers despite shooting 59 percent from beyond the arc. Tiago Splitter led San Antonio with 25 points and 7 rebounds.

Jazz 92 – Wizards 88 – Both teams finished with 51 rebounds. Paul Milsap led Utah with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Emeka Okafor had a game-high 17 rebounds to Washington.

Suns 106 – Kings 96 – Sacramento led every statistical category, including turnovers (24). Luis Scola led the Suns with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Tyreke Evans had 16 points and DeMarcus Cousins grabbed 15 rebounds for the Kings.

Blazers 100 – Pacers 80 – The Blazers shot 56 percent from the floor and held the Pacers to 37 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a game-high 27 points. Paul George scored 22 points and grabbed 7 boards for Indiana.

Warriors 104 – Thunder 99 – Both teams combined for 34 turnovers. Steph Curry led the Warriors with 31 points. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 33 points and 9 assists.

The Lineup:

Lakers will not trade Howard before trade deadline (Mike and McGoutry).

Mother of one of victims in Atlanta Super Bowl Party murder finally visits son’s grave (Pro Football Talk).

World’s largest rat extermination (Wall Street Journal).

Cornel West’s counter-insurgency against President Obama (Jeff Winbush).

Ndamukong Suh will make a big splash on Celebrity Diving (NFL: Around the League).

Mike D’Antoni was the wrong hire for the Lakers (Hoops World).

Flyers are in trouble early (Philly.com).

Tom Brady fined for kick slide (In Flex We Trust).

Dems to unveil assault weapons ban today (Washington Post).

Find your NBA Hardwood Classics here (NBA.com) .



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