The Miami Heat demolished the Brooklyn Nets 103-73 for a franchise-best four straight home victories to start the season, while the Los Angeles Lakers stumbled to another loss despite 29 points from Kobe Bryant.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James put on another exhibition of outstanding teamwork and individual play Wednesday night as the Heat put the game out of reach before the start of the fourth quarter.
Wade led all scorers with 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting, while James barely missed out on a triple-double, recording 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
The victory at American Airlines Arena ran Miami's record to 4-1 and marked the first time the Heat have started a season with four consecutive home wins.
Elsewhere, the Utah Jazz cruised to a comfortable 95-86 home victory over the reeling Lakers, which dropped to 1-4.
The Lakers got 29 points from star Kobe Bryant and recently acquired center Dwight Howard added 19 points and nine rebounds, but they received little help from their teammates.
The Jazz, meanwhile, were led by center Al Jefferson, who scored 18 points, and guard Randy Foye, who came off the bench to score 17 points and was 5-of-9 from three-point range.
In other action Wednesday night, the Phoenix Suns topped the Charlotte Bobcats 118-110, the Atlanta Hawks edged the Indiana Pacers 89-86, the Boston Celtics denied the Washington Wizards their first win by pulling out a 100-94 victory in overtime, the Minnesota Timberwolves brushed aside the Orlando Magic 90-75 and the Memphis Grizzlies trounced the Milwaukee Bucks 108-90.
The Philadelphia 76ers won a low-scoring contest over the New Orleans Hornets 77-62, the Denver Nuggets held off a second-half rally by the Houston Rockets to win 93-87, the Dallas Mavericks topped the Toronto Raptors 109-104 and the Sacramento Kings eked out a 105-103 victory over the still-winless Detroit Pistons.
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 106-84, handing Gregg Popovich's squad its first loss of the season, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-96. EFE