James dominates in return, Heat beat Nets 101-90

January 7, 2012 - 11:17 PM
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Miami Heat forward LeBron James goes in for a dunk during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New Jersey Nets on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — LeBron James returned to the lineup and scored 22 of his 32 points in the first quarter, and the Miami Heat rolled to a 101-90 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night despite playing without Dwyane Wade.

Wade missed his third straight game with a bruised left foot, but James had the game under control by the time his All-Star teammate arrived at his seat on the bench.

James made his first seven shots, leaping high for dunks, lobs and blocked shots and showing no effects from the sprained left ankle that forced him to miss a game. The NBA's leading scorer added nine assists and seven rebounds.

Kris Humphries tied a career high with 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Nets.