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NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron 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 on Friday night for their 11th straight victory.

James had 11 rebounds and 10 assists, silencing the first sustained boos he’s ever heard in New York. Hoping he would sign with the Knicks as a free agent, fans usually showered him with raucous cheers, and he always responded by saying how much he loved playing here.

And he showed again just how much.

James’ first trip to New York since snubbing to Knicks in free agency to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami sounded different, but otherwise looked the same. The league’s MVP toyed with a Knicks team hoping to prove it belonged with the big boys but instead was overwhelmed by his brilliance.

Wade and Bosh each scored 26 points, extending Miami’s longest winning streak since winning 12 in a row from Feb. 26-March 19, 2005. The Heat beat the Knicks for the sixth straight time.

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