James scores 23, leads Heat to easy win over Wizards
Washington Wizards' Emeka Okafor (50) against Miami Heat's Shane Battier (31) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, December 15, 2012 10:00PM EST
MIAMI - LeBron James had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat never trailed on the way to beating the Washington Wizards 102-72 on Saturday night.
Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade each scored 13 for Miami, which outscored Washington 29-10 in the third quarter to build a 33-point lead. James had 16 points alone in the third, ensuring he would finish with at least 20 points for the 26th straight regular-season game and 42nd consecutive game overall dating to last season.
Chris Bosh added 12 points for the Heat, who turned 21 turnovers into 30 points.
Bradley Beal scored 19 points and Cartier Martin added 18 for the Wizards, who beat the Heat 105-101 in Washington on Dec. 4.