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Postby kaisy on Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:00 am

MIAMI -- LeBron James wants some rest. Beats By Dre UK Sale . He also wants to play. For now, the desire to play seems to be stronger. And his MVP candidacy may be a beneficiary of that decision. James scored 28 points before taking the fourth quarter off, Mike Miller added 13 points and the Miami Heat continued tuning up for the post-season by pulling away in the second half to beat the Toronto Raptors 96-72 on Wednesday night. The Raptors tied a franchise-worst with 23 points in the second half -- matching what they managed in a first half against Washington in 2003 -- and Toronto coach Dwane Casey lauded Miami afterward. "They play the right way," Casey said. "They have the star power to do it. My hats off to Miami. Theyre a great team. Im going to enjoy watching them. I hope my guys were watching and learning and that they learned from tonight and how fast and how physical the game is for 48 minutes. Not 24 minutes -- 48 minutes." James made 12 of his 15 shots for Miami, which also got 10 points from Udonis Haslem. The Heat -- who can now finish no worse than No. 2 in the Eastern Conference -- played without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, both given the night off for what Miami calls "maintenance" of some nagging aches and pains. James Johnson scored 18 points, Alan Anderson added 15 and DeMar DeRozan had 12 for Toronto, which fell for the sixth time in eight games. "First half we brought the fight to them, let them know they were in a basketball game," Johnson said. "In the second half, different story. They came out and brought the fight to us and they brought it good." Up next for Miami: A showdown at home against Chicago on Thursday night. The Bulls (47-15) hold a 2 1/2-game lead over the Heat (44-17) in the East standings. "I know the guys will be looking forward to it," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We have a very competitive group." Toronto led by as many as seven in the first half, then lost the lead after Miami outscored the Raptors 19-10 over the final 5:19 heading into the break. The last two of those Miami points were by far the most impressive. As the Heat were trying to get what likely would have been the last quality shot of the half, Johnson stole the ball from Mario Chalmers, and Gary Forbes layup dropped through the net with 2.5 seconds left in the half to tie the game at 49-all. Plenty of time for Miami. Miller grabbed the ball as it fell through the net and went into a three-step drop, much like a quarterback, and threw about a 70-foot pass intended for James -- whose high school wide-receiver skills came in handy. James reached high with his right arm to make a one-handed catch near the 3-point line, whirled around to find both James Johnson and Amir Johnson in his path, dribbled once and laid the ball in just before the halftime horn sounded. By the time the shot went in, the Heat bench was already standing in celebration. Wade did a little dance before slapping hands with James, and the Heat skipped into the locker room up 51-49. "It was a great pass, first of all," James said. "I was able to just go up and get it. I looked at the opposite clock ... and I knew I had enough time." James said before the game that hed like to get a game or two off before the playoffs start, if the race for seeding permits. The Raptors wouldnt have minded Wednesday being one of those games. But James isnt complaining that he was out there playing. "Its just how I am," said James, who entered Wednesday having played the sixth-most minutes in the league this month, the fifth-most in the league for the entire season. "When I go on the floor, if Im in uniform, Im trying to play at the highest level. If Im in uniform, I dont try to take minutes off or take games off when I can. ... I just want to be the best." If nothing else, those with MVP votes are seeing plenty from James, who has already won that award twice and is considered one of the frontrunners for the trophy this year, along with Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant. James said its humbling to be in that conversation, but also knows things like scoring Miamis final 17 points to save the Heat from what would have been an embarrassing loss at New Jersey on Monday certainly could generate some voter attention. "It would mean a lot," James said when asked what MVP No. 3 would mean. "Honestly, it would mean a lot." James made his first three shots of the third quarter -- making him 10 for 11, having converted nine straight to that point -- with the last of those being a 3-pointer as the shot clock was expiring to make it 62-53. Miami outscored Toronto 23-11 in the third, and James found Juwan Howard for a basket late in the quarter that gave the Heat what was then their biggest lead at 74-58, a play the two-time MVP celebrated by punching the air at midcourt. Soon afterward, he took a seat on the bench for the rest of the evening. Tip-off against Chicago on Thursday was a mere 22 1/2 hours away. NOTES: Torontos 23 points in the second half were the fewest allowed in any half by the Heat this season. Miamis previous one-half defensive best was 30 in the first half at Philadelphia on March 16. ... Heat C Eddy Curry checked in with 3:30 left, and got a dunk 11 seconds later that got virtually everyone on the Heat bench to their feet. ... James appeared to tweak his ankle on a photographer in the first quarter, shortly before he aggravated a finger injury thats been bothering him for a few weeks. ... Toronto C Jamaal Magloire, a former Heat locker-room favourite, said before the game that he plans on playing again next season. Beats By Dre Cheap . -- Free agent running back Tim Hightower has re-signed with the Washington Redskins. Monster Beats By Dr Dre UK . Relive all the drama at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt on TSN and TSN Mobile TV. The NHL on TSNs James Duthie hosts tonights broadcast alongside 1972 Summit Series teammates Bobby Clarke and Peter Mahovlich. You can also join TSN. http://facialhairstyleshq.info/beatsbydreuk.html . The NFL said Monday that San Franciscos matchup with Seattle on Dec. 23 would be on NBCs "Sunday Night Football. dr dre headphones UK studio . Then again, thats what many said about his first season at the helm of a program in tatters. OBrien won the 2012 Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award on Thursday night, beating out five other finalists. Dr Dre Beats UK cheap . -- Drew Brees took some time out of his Sunday to sign autographs on items ranging from a black jersey handed to him by a fan to a $100 million contract handed to him by the New Orleans Saints. PHOENIX -- With his parents and a contingent of South Korean students from nearby Arizona State cheering him on, Hyun-Jin Ryu had the biggest night yet in his young major league career. Not just on the mound. At the plate, too. The left-hander struck out nine in six innings and got his first three big league hits as the Los Angeles Dodgers held off the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 Saturday. "I cant remember," Ryu said through an interpreter when asked the last time he had three hits in a game. "Even in high school, I dont think I got three this in one game." Adrian Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs as the Dodgers stopped a six-game losing streak in Arizona dating to last season. Matt Kemp singled in two runs, Skip Schumaker had an RBI double and Andre Ethier singled in a run for Los Angeles. The Dodgers led 6-1 after six innings, but Arizona tried to rally behind pinch-hit RBIs from Eric Hinske, Eric Chavez and Aaron Hill, and a home run by Martin Prado. Ryu (2-1) allowed three runs and six hits with just one walk. "He has good stuff. He has four pitches and he throws them at any time," Arizonas Paul Goldschmidt said. "He located his fastball on both sides of the plate. He used his changeup. He has a little curveball and a hard slider. He was mixing it up and keeping guys off balance." It was Ryus 100th professional victory. He said his parents have been there "for 99 of them." His parents jumped up and down when he doubled in his first at-bat. He also had two singles, becoming the first Dodgers pitcher with three hits in a game since Randy Wolf went 3 for 4 against Arizona at Chase Field on Aug. 16, 2009. Ryu expects to succeed on the mound, which Dodgers manager Don Mattingly noted from the day the pitcher arrived. "Im sure he has still lots of things to deal with as far as the culture and the language and a lot of things," Mattingly said. "But the pitching part, he came in with that, and that confidence has been there since day one." The hitting was another matter. "I was most surprised by my hitting today," Ryu said. "Surprise is the key word." Brandon League pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in as many tries. Arizonas Ian Kennedy (1-1) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out four and walking four, one intentionally. The Diamondbacks Cliff Pennington was ejeccted for the first time in his big league career after slamming his bat to the plate following a called third strike by umpire Jim Reynolds with runners on first and second in the seventh. Cheap Studio Headphones UK. The bat broke, and Pennington went back and picked up the shattered piece before he left the field. Arizona went on to score two runs in the inning and close to 6-3. Prados homer off Kenley Jansen leading off the eighth made it 6-4. Miguel Montero singled with one out and Hill, out of the lineup since being hit in the left hand by a pitch on Tuesday, doubled to deep left with two outs to make it a one-run game. Ramon Hernandezs RBI double down the right-field line in the ninth boosted the lead. Gonzalez led off the fourth with his second home run of the season, then the Dodgers added two in the fifth. Ryu singled, then Crawford reached on a fielders choice and flew around the bases to score from first on Schumakers double. Gonzalez was walked intentionally, then Ethier singled sharply to bring home Schumaker with a 3-0 lead. Arizona scratched one across in the fifth when Pennington led off with a single, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on Kennedys sacrifice and scored when A.J. Pollock grounded out. Los Angeles chased Kennedy in a three-run sixth, with all the damage coming with two outs. Ryu singled and Carl Crawford doubled to put runners at second and third. Schumaker walked to load the bases, then Kemp -- batting .189 entering the game -- singled in two runs. Left-hander Matt Reynolds replaced Kennedy and gave up an RBI single to Gonzalez putting the Dodgers up 6-1. Ryu left after giving up singles to Alfredo Marte and Josh Wilson to start the seventh. Reliever Ronald Belisario got Pennington out on strikes, but pinch hitters Hinske and Chavez each singled in a run to cut it to 6-3. NOTES: The Dodgers announced LHP Chris Capuano will start Tuesday against San Diego, taking the spot that would have gone to Zack Greinke before he broke his collarbone in the bench-clearing brawl with the Padres on Thursday night. ... Arizona placed OF Jason Kubel on the 15-day DL with a strained left quadriceps and activated OF Cody Ross, who opened the season on the DL with a left calf strain. ... In the series finale Sunday, RHP Josh Beckett (0-1, 4.91 ERA) goes for Los Angeles and RHP Trevor Cahill (0-2, 5.91) for the Diamondbacks. ... League is 10 for 10 in saves with the Dodgers. ' ' '
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