LeBron James always said he loved playing in New York.
He must have really, really loved it last night even with a deafening chorus of boos ringing in his ears.
James delivered another vintage performance at Madison Square Garden, scoring 32 points and finishing with his 30th career triple-double to help the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks, 113-91, for their 11th straight victory.
James had 11 rebounds and 10 assists, silencing a star-studded crowd that once cheered him lustily - he was always an MSG favorite - but jeered him this time because he snubbed the Knicks in free agency.
"This is a great building," James said. "Myself and D-Wade talk about it all the time. Certain buildings in this league that you just thrive on and you're excited about, and this being the Mecca of basketball as a kid you always envision not only playing in the NBA but also having a chance to play in Madison Square Garden."
Though it was hardly a warm welcome, James' first visit in more than a year was heralded by nonstop hype on TV and in the tabs and was a must-see for celebrity fans including Spike Lee, Woody Allen, Liam Neeson and Tracy Morgan. What they saw was the league's MVP toying with a Knicks team hoping to prove it belonged with the big boys but was, instead, overwhelmed by his brilliance.
James is the active scoring leader in the arena with 30.5 points per game, the only visiting player besides Michael Jordan with multiple 50-point games.
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 26 points, extending Miami's longest winning streak since winning 12 in a row from Feb. 26-March 19, 2005.
New York's Amare Stoudemire was limited to 24 points on 11-of-28 shooting, snapping his franchise-record streak of nine straight 30-point games. He grabbed 14 rebounds, but the Knicks lost their second straight after an eight-game winning streak.
In other games:
* At Dallas, Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points each to lead the Mavericks over Phoenix, 106-91.
* At Indianapolis, Danny Granger had 30 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers beat Cleveland, 108-99, extending the Cavaliers' losing streak to 10 games.
* At Toronto, Andrea Bargnani had 32 points and nine rebounds and the Raptors beat New Jersey for the sixth straight time, 98-92. Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Nets.
* At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 16 points in his return to the Hawks' lineup and Atlanta held off the Charlotte Bobcats, 90-85.
* At Auburn Hills, Mich., Blake Griffin's 24 points and 17 rebounds led the Los Angeles Clippers to their first road win of the season, 109-88 over the Detroit Pistons.
* At New Orleans, David West scored 23 points, Chris Paul had 11 points and 10 assists, and the Hornets won, 100-71, over the Utah Jazz.
* At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Serge Ibaka added 12 points and 10 rebounds and the Thunder spurted to a 102-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Tyreke Evans scored 22 points for Sacramento.
* At Houston, on the night the Rockets found out Yao Ming was lost for the season, Kevin Martin scored 34 points to lift Houston to a 103-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Martin scored 20 points in the first quarter alone, staking Houston to a 34-13 lead.
* At Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 36 points, grabbed 10 boards and blocked five shots, and Rudy Fernandez scored 26 points off the bench as the Trail Blazers held off the Minnesota Timberwolves, 107-102.