MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra vowed to keep the Miami Heat fighting. Chris Bosh acknowledged he needs to do more and lobbied to get more opportunities. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade insisted their confidence remains high.
The Heat script hasn’t changed much lately.
Nor have the results, as Miami’s freefall continues.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, Gerald Wallace had 22 — easily his best game since joining Portland last month — and the Trail Blazers survived a 38-point effort by Wade in beating the Heat, 105-96, on Tuesday night, sending Miami to its fifth straight loss overall and sixth in eight games since the All-Star break.
“We needed that win,” Blazers guard Andre Miller said. “I tried to bring some energy down the stretch. It could have easily went the other way. It was back and forth a little bit, but we were able to make some big plays.”
Wade didn’t have the only big night for Miami. James finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Heat, who are the 12th team in NBA history to have a 12-game winning streak and five-game losing streak in the same season.
“How do we explain it? we can’t,” James said. “This isn’t rock bottom for us. Crazy thing is, we could lose every game and still make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.”
After Wade and James, help was fleeting. Mario Chalmers scored 10, and Bosh was held to seven points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Lakers 101, Hawks 87
ATLANTA — Kobe Bryant scored 26 points to pass Moses Malone on the career scoring list as Los Angeles beat Atlanta.
The Lakers took a three-game losing streak into the All-Star break. since then, they’ve won eight straight, a streak that began with a similar 104-80 home win over the Hawks on Feb. 22.
Bryant passed Malone for sixth place on the list.
The Lakers’ 7-footers — Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol — both had double-doubles and dramatically affected the Hawks’ shot selection. Center Al Horford relied on jump shots for his 17 points.
Bynum had 16 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots, while Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Josh Smith scored 16 points for the Hawks, who have lost four of five.
Suns 113, Rockets 110
PHOENIX — Hakim Warrick scored a career-high 32 points starting in place of the injured Channing Frye and Phoenix added to its recent mastery of Houston.
Vince Carter scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, including two of his five 3-pointers, in the Suns’ seventh consecutive victory over Houston.
Kevin Lowry scored 32 points for the Rockets, who had won seven of eight overall and seven of eight road games entering the contest.
76ers 110, Pacers 100
INDIANAPOLIS — former Mitchell High player Thaddeus Young scored 18 points to help Philadelphia beat Indiana.
Andre Iguodala, coming off back-to-back triple-doubles, finished with 16 points and 10 assists for Philadelphia.
Tyler Hansbrough scored 26 points to lead Indiana. the Pacers have lost four straight and six of seven.
Bucks 95, Wizards 76
WASHINGTON — Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and Andrew Bogut had 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in his first game back after an injury to help Milwaukee beat Washington.
Rookie Jordan Crawford had a career-high 22 points for the Wizards, who have lost nine of their last 10.
Warriors 95, Cavaliers 85
CLEVELAND — Monta Ellis made a career-high six 3-pointers — all in the second half — and scored 24 points, and Stephen Curry had 23, sending Golden State past Cleveland.
Ellis made all 5 of his 3-point attempts and scored 17 points in the third quarter as the Warriors won for the second time in eight games.
Baron Davis scored 19 in his second home game for the Cavaliers.