Saturday's NBA Capsules

LeBron James of the Heat yells at Kobe Bryant (unseen, on the floor) after the Lakers’ guard committed an offensive foul during Saturday’ game in Los Angeles.

LeBron James of the Heat yells at Kobe Bryant (unseen, on the floor) after the Lakers’ guard committed an offensive foul during Saturday’ game in Los Angeles. Photo by The Associated Press.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists while hitting a season-high five 3-pointers, and the Miami Heat thrived on the holiday stage in a 96-80 victory over Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

Chris Bosh had 24 points and 13 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 18 points on a sore knee and the Heat won for the 14th time in 15 games while flustering the defending champions into a terrible offensive performance.

Although both teams called this game a television curiosity rather than a potential NBA finals preview, it clearly meant something to James, who outplayed Bryant again in his second straight Christmas win at Staples Center. Bryant and Pau Gasol scored 17 points apiece for the Lakers.

Magic 86, Celtics 78

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Bass scored 21 points, Hedo Turkoglu added 16 and Orlando ended Boston’s winning streak at 14 — two days after snapping San Antonio’s 10-game run.

Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick each made a jumper in the final minutes to help Orlando rally from 12 points down in the second half.

Kevin Garnett had 22 points, and Paul Pierce added 18 for the Celtics in their first loss since Nov. 21 at Toronto. Boston beat Orlando last season in the Eastern Conference finals.

Knicks 103, Bulls 95

NEW YORK (AP) — Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton each scored 20 points, and New York limited Chicago to two baskets in the first 10 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari added 15 apiece for the Knicks, the NBA’s highest-scoring team but 28th in defense. Stoudemire anchored the defensive effort, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking six shots, and rookie Landry Fields finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Carlos Boozer had 26 points and 19 rebounds for the Bulls, 9-2 in their last 11.

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