Warriors spirit beats Heat

The Warriors racked up their eighth straight victory to extend their lead at the top of the NBA’s Western Conference on Wednesday night, improving their record to 31-5.

The Heat???s star man Wade was sidelined with hamstring trouble and the Warriors found few obstacles in their path ??? Stephen Curry made seven three-pointers and finished with 32. Klay Thompson scored 19.

Heat???s Chris Bosh and Luol Deng finished with 26 and 19 points, respectively, but couldn???t prevent the Warriors winning the 17th of their last 18 home games.

John Wall scored 21 points to help the Washington Wizards to a 105-99 win over the Chicago Bulls.

It was the Wizards??? fifth straight victory in the Windy City, having eliminated the Bulls from last season???s play-offs with three wins at the United Center.

Paul Pierce hit 22 points and six assists while Derrick Rose led the Bulls??? resistance with 32 points and five assists.

Manu Ginobili scored 27 points as the San Antonio Spurs ended the Charlotte Hornets??? hot streak with a 98-93 win.

The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the??Detroit Pistons 105-94 with Anthony Davis scoring 27 points.

The Pistons had won nine of their last 10 games but were dominated by the Pelicans.

The Atlanta Hawks won their 10th straight game for the first time in 17 years by beating the Boston Celtics 105-91.

DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Teague both scored 22 points en route to victory for the Hawks, who have the best record in the Eastern Conference.

The Denver Nuggets profited from Dirk Nowitzki???s absence with a 114-107 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

The Los Angeles Clippers ran out 100-94 winners over the Portland Trail Blazers.