NBA ROUNDUP Tuesday's games
Heat 104, Trail Blazers 85
MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade shook off a bruised left shoulder to score 35 points, and the Miami Heat got back to the .500 mark for the first time in three months with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Wade had 16 of his points in the final quarter, when the Heat pulled away for their seventh win in eight games, evening their record at 26-26 going into the All-Star break. And when the Heat resume play next week, coach Pat Riley will be back on the sideline; he left the team Jan. 3 to have surgeries on his hip and knee. Riley announced his plans to return 45 minutes before gametime. He'll replace assistant coach Ron Rothstein, who went 13-9 as the Heat's interim head coach. Zach Randolph had 17 points and six rebounds for Portland, and Jarrett Jack added 16 points. The Trail Blazers, who had a modest two-game winning streak snapped, were within four with 9:14 remaining -- but Wade scored six straight points over the next 1:28 to help put the game away for Miami.
Spurs 107, Nets 82
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tim Duncan scored seven of his 21 points in a 20-point San Antonio spurt to start the second quarter and the Spurs took advantage of the absence of All-Star guard Jason Kidd to beat the New Jersey Nets. Tony Parker added 19 points and Manu Ginobili had 14 as the Spurs avoided tying their season-high three-game losing streak with their third win in eight games. Vince Carter had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Nets, who also were without two other starters who have been sidelined for a while -- center Nenad Krstic and forward Richard Jefferson. Rookie Marcus Williams had nine points and a career-high 10 assists starting for Kidd, who will miss final two games before the All-Star break with a lower back strain. His status for the NBA midseason classic on Sunday in Las Vegas is uncertain. The Spurs, who still have the fourth-best record in the league despite their recent slide, used a 12-4 run at the end of the first quarter and the 20-0 spurt to start the second in beating the Nets for the eighth straight time, a streak that dates to 2002.
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