Friday, July 11, 2014
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Super effort from LeBron

ASSOCIATED PRESS Heat´s LeBron James adjusts mask he wore to protect broken nose in game against Knicks.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Heat's LeBron James adjusts mask he wore to protect broken nose in game against Knicks.
LEBRON JAMES, wearing a protective mask to shield a broken nose, looked and played like a superhero, scoring 31 points in a 108-82 win over the visiting New York Knicks last night.

James, who suffered the injury last Thursday in a victory at Oklahoma City, shot 13-for-19 from the field, pulled down four rebounds and dished four assists to lead the Heat, which has won six straight and nine of 10 overall.

"My nose is still very tender, and hopefully the mask is there to protect it if an impact occurs," James said before the game. "But it is what it is, and I'm just going to wear it."

Dwyane Wade added 23 points, and Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem added 11 each.

The Knicks, who have lost four straight, were led by Carmelo Anthony, who had 29 points and Tyson Chandler, who had 19 points and 16 rebounds.

In other games

* At Toronto, John Wall and Marcin Gortat scored 31 points each as the Washington Wizards defeated the Raptors, 134-129, in triple-overtime.

Gortat had 12 rebounds and four blocks and Wall had nine assists for the Wizards, who won their fifth straight.

DeMar DeRozan had 34 points and six assists for the Raptors.

* At Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert collected 24 points and 12 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 101-96.

Paul George finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and a game-high six assists for the Pacers, who improved to 28-3 at home and defeated the Bucks for the fifth straight time. Lance Stephenson also contributed 18 points for Indiana.

Brandon Knight had 23 points for Milwaukee.

Noteworthy

* Sacramento and guard Jimmer Fredette completed a buyout of his contract, clearing the way for the former BYU sensation to become a free agent.

ESPN.com, citing sources, reported that Chicago is interested in Fredette and that it is likely he will sign with the Bulls.

In other news, the NBA suspended Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for one game and fined him $20,000 for punching Houston guard Patrick Beverley in the stomach in the first quarter of Tuesday's loss. Cousins was fined for verbally abusing official Courtney Kirkland and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following an ejection with 8:21 remaining in the third quarter.

Cousins will serve his suspension when the Kings visit the Los Angeles Lakers on tonight.

* Milwaukee waived forward Caron Butler after agreeing to a contract buyout.

Butler, 33, made 13 starts and appeared in 34 games this season, averaging 11.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

* Brooklyn Nets' Jason Collins acknowledged that last night's game at Denver wasn't just about basketball.

The first openly gay athlete in America's four major sports was set to meet with the family of slain Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard following the game. Shepard was tortured and murdered in 1998 because he was gay. Collins wears his No. 98 jersey in Shepard's honor.

Collins, who signed a 10-day contract with the Nets on Sunday, said the chance to meet Shepard's parents was "one of those cool treats in life."

Collins wore the No. 98 with both the Celtics and the Wizards for Shepard even before coming out last spring.

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