Once Kobe Bryant lost his scoring touch, Shaquille O’Neal enjoyed a season sweep at his former teammate’s expense.
Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, O’Neal had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Keyon Dooling scored eight of his season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to help the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-89 Thursday at Miami.
It was the 11th straight win and a single-season record 14th straight at home for Miami (51-16), which moved nine games ahead of Detroit in the Eastern Conference standings and within percentage points of San Antonio (49-15) for the league’s best record.
Bryant had 21 points in the first half but missed his first nine shots after halftime and finished with 26 points on 8-for-23 shooting. Chucky Atkins had 23 for the Lakers, who dropped their third straight and fell 1 1/2 games behind Denver for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Mavericks 98, Trail Blazers 94: At Dallas, Josh Howard had 21 points and 11 rebounds as Dallas overcame an off night by top scorer Dirk Nowitzki to beat Portland. Nowitzki finished with 15 points on 4-of-17 shooting.
Warriors 100, Kings 97: At Oakland, Calif., Jason Richardson hit a long jumper with 27.1 seconds left to finish with 40 points, and Golden State handed Sacramento its fourth straight road loss.
Magic fire coach Johnny Davis
In the midst of a six-game losing streak, the Orlando Magic decided it was time for a shake-up.
Coach Johnny Davis was fired , with the Magic moving closer to falling out of playoff contention. Assistant Chris Jent was named interim coach.
Davis was dismissed along with assistant coach Ron Ekker hours after Wednesday night’s 110-102 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, dropping the Magic to 31-33 and leaving them tied with Philadelphia for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
“I still feel like we have our fate in our own hands, but I don’t know how much longer we would have had that if we didn’t get some kind of a jolt,” general manager John Weisbrod said via conference call from Seattle, where the team is in the middle of a West Coast road swing.
“If I had thought our team was less capable than I think it is, then it would have been easier here down the stretch to accept our fate. … But I happen to think an awful lot about our team.”
Cavaliers fine Silas
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Paul Silas was fined $10,000 by the team for a derogatory comment he made about Utah forward Carlos Boozer.
Silas made the remark to reporters Monday, one day before Boozer was to return to Cleveland after leaving the Cavaliers as a free agent last summer.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the sports newsletter
Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.