NBA round-up: LeBron James scores season-high 51 points as Lakers beat Heat
LeBron James poured in a season-high 51 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 113-97 in Florida.
James, who won four Eastern Conference titles and two NBA championships in four years with Miami, made 19 of 31 shots from the floor, including 6 of 8 from beyond the arc to punish his former team.
He added eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block to his line, with the Lakers a plus-20 during his 38 minutes on court.
The Lakers, who have won five of their past six games following a slow start to the season, also got a season-high 19 points from reserve Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Wayne Ellington led Miami with 19 points, and Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson added 17 points each.
However, Richardson was upset with the officiating and was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter after throwing one of his trainers into the crowd. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra also got hit with a technical foul in support of his player.
The game marked the season debut for Heat forward James Johnson after recovering from hernia surgery, but Miami were without injured starting point guard Goran Dragic, who leads the team in assists and ranks second in scoring.
The Lakers, who led by as many as 18 points in the first half, stretched their advantage to 92-76 after three and cruised in the fourth.