- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - Hassan Whiteside scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and the Miami Heat set a franchise record by shooting 67.5 percent on the way to rolling past the Chicago Bulls 129-111 on Tuesday night.

Joe Johnson added 24 points in his Miami home debut. The previous Heat record for shooting percentage in a regular-season game was 63.4 percent on Dec. 16, 2013, against Utah.

Chicago was within 108-102 with 5:14 left, before Miami finished on a 21-9 run. No team had shot better in an NBA game this season than the 61.8 percent posted by San Antonio against Philadelphia on Dec. 7.

Derrick Rose returned from a three-game absence because of injury and scored 17 points for Chicago, which lost for the 17th time in 25 games and fell to the No. 9 spot in the Eastern Conference race. Pau Gasol had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists.


NEW YORK (AP) - Damian Lillard scored 30 points, CJ McCollum had 21 of his 25 in the second half and Portland earned its sixth straight road victory.

The Blazers followed a fantastic February with a blistering start to March, winning for the 18th time in their last 22 games.

Lillard reached the 30-point mark for the eighth time in nine games and had 14, nearly half of them, in the final 4:25 of the first half.

Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, so hopeless in their 15th loss in 18 games that fans spent much of the fourth quarter chanting for Jimmer Fredette, who is nearing the end of his 10-day contract. The former college player of the year finally got in for the final 3:13 and finished with four points.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker scored 26 points, leading the Hornets to the runaway win.

Al Jefferson had 19 points and seven rebounds for Charlotte, which has won nine of 12. Nicolas Batum and reserve Jeremy Lamb scored 15 points apiece.

The Suns had five players score in double figures in their 16th consecutive road loss. Alex Len had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Mirza Teletovic scored 17 points.

Charlotte led by 26 points at halftime and opened its biggest lead at 115-72 on Troy Daniels’ 3-pointer with 7:56 left in the fourth quarter.


DALLAS (AP) - Wesley Matthews scored 21 points, and Dallas beat Orlando for its third straight win.

The Mavericks made a season-high 56 percent of their field goal attempts (43 for 77).

Zaza Pachulia had his 24th double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points, and Chandler Parsons and J.J. Barea each had 17.

Ersan Ilyasova scored 22 points for the Magic. Nikola Vucevic had 18, all in the first half, and Elfrid Payton and Dewayne Dedmon added 12 apiece.

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