The defensive effort was closer to Miami Heat standards.
LeBron James made it difficult to notice anything but offense.
James scored 33 points on 13 for 21 shooting — with an array of post-up moves getting him going early, then a barrage of 3-pointers fueling a big third-quarter push — and the host Heat encountered little trouble on the way to a 118-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night.
James scored 17 points in the third quarter, his best 12-minute stretch of the season so far and an indicator that a balky back that slowed him in the season’s first couple weeks is improving.
Lakers 116, Pelicans 95 — Jordan Hill had a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds in his first start of the season, and Pau Gasol added 14 points and eight rebounds in Los Angeles’s victory over visiting New Orleans.
Nick Young scored 17 points for Los Angeles, which lost five of its last seven before trouncing the Pelicans, who beat them handily last week in New Orleans.
Mavericks 105, Wizards 95 — Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points to pass Jerry West on the NBA’s career scoring list, and host Dallas defeated Washington.
Nowitzki hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third quarter, the second one putting him at 25,194 points for 16th place, 2 ahead of West.
Warriors 113, Pistons 95 — Stephen Curry had 25 points and David Lee and Jermaine O’Neal added 17 points each as host Golden State sent Detroit to its fifth loss. The Pistons were led by Andre Drummond, who had 16 points and 14 rebounds.