James scores 23, Heat easily beat Wizards 102-72

James scores 23, Heat easily beat Wizards 102-72
December 15, 2012, 9:55 pm
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Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, right, prepares to shoot over Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Saturday, Dec 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


MIAMI (AP) 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.