MIAMI - LeBron James isn't sure that he wants to be called a point guard.
There’s no arguing he can play like one.
Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 26 points, James added 20 points and a game-high 12 assists — the most by a Heat forward, according to STATS LLC — and Miami rolled to its fourth consecutive win, 129-97 over the Minnesota Timberwolves, on Tuesday night.
“Just taking what the defense gives me,” James said. “I think D-Wade carried the scoring load in the first half, and when you have that, you don’t have to worry about scoring as much. I just tried to attract as much defense as possible. I know there’s not one guy that can stop me from getting to anywhere on the floor.”
James said he played with “very minor” leg soreness after getting bumped Sunday against New Jersey.
Wade made 12 out of 17 shots for Miami, which has outscored opponents by 22.8 points per game since losing the season-opener in Boston last week. And for Wade, it was the first time in his career that he scored more than 25 points while playing fewer than 25 minutes.
“There’s only five players on the court,” Wade said. “You can’t cover the whole floor. You leave somebody to do something and I was able to do something for the team.”
James Jones hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 for the Heat, who got 15 from Eddie House (on a 4-for-4 night from 3-point range), 13 from Chris Bosh and 11 from Udonis Haslem.
Michael Beasley’s return to Miami was one that will stay with him for a few days — in the form of a bruised hip.
The former Heat forward left with about eight minutes remaining until halftime after scoring on a drive, but tumbling awkwardly to the floor and slamming his left side on the hardwood. The No. 2 overall pick in 2008 scored 11 points, and X-rays were negative.
“It’s unfortunate,” Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis said. “Right now we don’t have the luxury of having someone like him, a starter, being out of the ballgame.”
Beasley’s status for Wednesday’s game at Orlando is unclear, Rambis said. Ex-UCLA star Kevin Love led Minnesota with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting.