Masked James downs Knicks

LeBron James returned to the Miami line-up to lift the Heat to a 108-82 win over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

Wearing a mask to protect his nose, which he broke last week, James scored 31 points and received support from Dwayne Wade, who had 23.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points, while Tyson Chandler added 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Marcin Gortat had 31 points and 12 rebounds as the Washington Wizards outlasted the Toronto Raptors to claim a 134-129 victory in triple overtime.

John Wall also scored 31 points for the Wizards, while DeMar DeRozan's 34 points for the Raptors were in vain.

Elsewhere, the Indiana Pacers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-96 and the Brooklyn Nets were 112-89 winners over the Denver Nuggets.