In a deep hole, Heat rally past Mavericks in OT
MIAMI — LeBron James scored 32 points and finished one assist shy of a triple-double, Dwyane Wade scored 27, and the Miami Heat rallied both early and late before beating the Dallas Mavericks 119-109 in overtime on Wednesday night.
Chris Bosh scored 17 points, and Ray Allen added 15 for Miami, which extended its Eastern Conference-leading record to 22-8. The Heat trailed by 12 in the opening minutes and then dug their way out of a six-point hole in the final 3:02 of regulation.
James had 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Heat, who wound up going on what became a 16-3 run late, including 7-0 to start overtime.
O.J. Mayo scored 30, and Dirk Nowitzki — still working his way back from knee surgery — added 19 in 29 minutes for the Mavericks, who fell to 0-6 in overtime this season.
Vince Carter had 15 points, Chris Kaman scored 14, and Darren Collison finished with 11 for the Mavericks.
Allen hit a 3-pointer to start overtime, James scored on a stepback over Nowitzki and Wade came up with a steal and dunk to put Miami up 110-103 early in the extra session, and the Heat weren’t in trouble again. James sealed it with a three-point play with 48.6 seconds left, pushing the Heat edge to 118-109.
Dallas looked to be in control when Nowitzki rattled home a 3-pointer with 3:37 left, putting the Mavericks up 100-94. But the Mavs scored only nine points the rest of the way.
Late in regulation, James set up Shane Battier — who had missed all three of his previous shots in the game — for a 3 that put Miami up 103-101. Dallas didn’t call timeout, and Nowitzki scored from the right side of the lane to tie the game with 3.9 seconds remaining.
James missed a contested jumper as time expired, and off to overtime they went. From there, all Miami.
James extended his streaks of scoring at least 20 points to 30 consecutive games this season, 35 regular-season games going back to last season and 51 straight games overall when including last season’s playoff run.
The teams met two weeks ago in Dallas, a game where the Heat simply dominated start to finish and led by as many as 36.
This one was decidedly different.
Dallas was up 18-7 before Nowitzki even entered the game and led by as many as 12 late in the first quarter — thanks in part to the Mavericks grabbing 19 of the game’s first 27 rebounds — and still held a 10-point lead when Mayo connected on a jumper midway through the second quarter. That’s when the Heat put together its best run of the opening half, a 16-6 spurt led by James.
Still tied midway through the third, Miami seemed to have grabbed some control with a 14-5 run that gave the Heat a 78-69 edge. But the Mavs ripped off the next eight points, starting with a 3-pointer by Carter and then a 3-pointer and a layup by Nowitzki that got Dallas within a point again.
NETS 110, THUNDER 93
OKLAHOMA CITY — Joe Johnson scored a season-high 33 points, Deron Williams added 19 points and 13 assists, and Brooklyn snapped Oklahoma City’s 12-game home winning streak in a game featuring the first ejection of Kevin Durant’s career.
The Nets squandered a 23-point lead and allowed Oklahoma City to tie it at 85 before ripping off a 23-8 run to seize control right back. Durant was ejected near the end of the surge, arguing with Danny Crawford after the referee had already issued a technical foul against Kendrick Perkins.
Durant scored 27 points, and Russell Westbrook had 26 points and 10 assists for Oklahoma City, which lost for only the third time at home this season.
Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo got a win against the team that fired him back in 2008.
WARRIORS 115, CLIPPERS 94
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 31 points in the first half, David Lee finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, and Golden State coasted past Los Angeles.
Harrison Barnes had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Curry added eight assists and six rebounds to pace Golden State’s 26-8 spurt to start the game. The Warriors handed the Pacific Division-leading Clippers their second loss in two nights after winning a franchise-record 17 straight games.
Jamal Crawford scored 24 points off the bench, and Chris Paul had 23 points and six rebounds for the Clippers, who played with heavy hearts after learning of the death of owner Donald Sterling’s son earlier in the day. Starting small forward Caron Butler also wasn’t with Los Angeles because of personal reasons.
GRIZZLIES 93, CELTICS 83
BOSTON — Mike Conley had 23 points and nine assists to help Memphis send Boston to its fourth consecutive loss.
Rudy Gay scored 19 points and ex-Celtic Tony Allen had a season-high 15 points for Memphis.
Paul Pierce scored 17 for Boston, but he had just one basket in the third quarter and none in the fourth while missing seven of his last eight shots.
Rajon Rondo had 11 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who trailed by 18 after the opening basket of the fourth quarter but closed the gap to 83-78 with under 5 minutes to play on back-to-back 3-pointers from Jason Terry.
Boston began fouling and the Grizzlies made their shots, hitting eight of 11 from the line down the stretch.
SPURS 117, BUCKS 110
MILWAUKEE — Tim Duncan had 28 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, and San Antonio used torrid first-half shooting to beat Milwaukee for its seventh consecutive victory.
Tony Parker added 23 points and 11 assists for the Spurs, who shot 52 percent from the field for the game and withstood a second-half rally by the Bucks.
Brandon Jennings paced Milwaukee with 31 points. Bucks rookie John Henson scored a career-high 20 points and added nine rebounds. Mike Dunleavy had 19 points.
ROCKETS 104, HORNETS 92
HOUSTON — James Harden had 31 points and seven assists to lead Houston over New Orleans.
When he couldn’t find a rhythm from beyond the arc, Harden took to the paint, where he scored 16 of his points. Houston outscored New Orleans 60-28 in the paint.
Harden has led the Rockets in scoring for 14 straight games, not including a Dec. 10 loss to San Antonio in which he was sidelined with an ankle injury.
Omer Asik had 21 points and eight rebounds, and forward Patrick Patterson scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, adding nine rebounds in the game.
RAPTORS 102, TRAIL BLAZERS 79
TORONTO — Terrence Ross scored a career-high 26 points, DeMar DeRozan had 24 and Toronto snapped an eight-game losing streak against Portland.
Ed Davis had 19 points and Amir Johnson 17 in Toronto’s first victory over the Trail Blazers since a 116-109 double-overtime win on Jan. 13, 2008.
Ross had a career-best six 3-pointers as the Raptors won for the eighth time in nine games and opened their season-high, six-game homestand in style, leading by as many as 25.
Rookie Damian Lillard led Portland with 18 points while LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
PACERS 89, WIZARDS 81
INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George had 29 points and 13 rebounds, D.J. Augustin scored 18 points, and Indiana beat Washington.
George had 10 points in the first quarter as the Central Division-leading Pacers (19-13) led by as many as 17 points against the team with the NBA’s worst record.
The Wizards (4-26) wouldn’t go away easily, battling back to within 51-49 in the third quarter before the Pacers pulled away.
Roy Hibbert added 13 points for the Pacers, who won their sixth straight home game. Ian Mahinmi added nine points and 11 rebounds.
Jordan Crawford scored 20 points for Washington, which fell to 1-14 on the road this season. Kevin Seraphin scored 16, Nene added 15 points, and Bradley Beal scored 14 for the Wizards.
BULLS 96, MAGIC 94
ORLANDO, Fla. — Carlos Boozer had a season-high 31 points and 11 rebounds, Luol Deng scored 23 points, and Chicago hung on to beat Orlando.
Taj Gibson added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who played without center Joakim Noah. Chicago was outrebounded 37-34 in Noah’s absence but exploited an injury-plagued Magic front court, outscoring them 42-32 in the paint.
Jameer Nelson missed a leaning jumper in the closing seconds that would have tied it, sending Orlando to its seventh straight loss overall and fifth in a row at home.
Nelson returned to the lineup after missing two games with a sore hip and scored a season-high 32 points. Nik Vucevic finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Arron Afflalo added 19 points for the Magic.
KINGS 97, CAVALIERS 94
CLEVELAND — Jason Thompson scored 19 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 18, leading Sacramento over Cleveland for its second road win of the season.
John Salmons’ 3-pointer from the corner with 52.9 seconds remaining gave Sacramento the lead for good at 92-90. The win broke a seven-game losing streak away from home for the Kings, who are 2-13 on the road and played without injured guards Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton.
Kyrie Irving scored 22 points to lead Cleveland, which has lost nine of 11 and is 3-11 at Quicken Loans Arena, where it has dropped five straight.
Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, the league’s leading rebounder, missed his seventh straight game with a bruised right knee.
JAZZ 106, TIMBERWOLVES 84
SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward scored 17 points, Enes Kanter had 15, and Utah beat Minnesota to snap a three-game losing streak.
Paul Millsap started 7-of-7 for Utah and finished with 14 points, and Jamaal Tinsley had 12 on 6-of-8 shooting.
Tinsley started in place Mo Williams, who learned earlier in the day he will be out six weeks after opting for surgery on his right thumb.
The game marked the return of Andrei Kirilenko, who played 10 seasons for the Jazz before being allowed to leave via free agency two years ago. He hit his first three shots but finished with just 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Alexey Shved and Kevin Love led Minnesota (14-14) with 13 apiece, and Love added 10 rebounds.
SUNS 95, 76ERS 89
PHOENIX — Luis Scola scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, and Phoenix beat Philadelphia to snap a six-game losing streak.
Goran Dragic added 20, Shannon Brown scored 12, and Marcin Gortat had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns.
Jrue Holliday had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double for the 76ers, who are 2-7 in the second half of back-to-back games. Dorell Wright and Thaddeus Young had 14 points apiece for Philadelphia.