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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.
NETS 110, THUNDER 93
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - 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.
GRIZZLIES 93, CELTICS 83
BOSTON (AP) - 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 8 of 11 from the line down the stretch.
SPURS 117, BUCKS 110
MILWAUKEE (AP) - 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 (AP) - 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 where 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 (AP) - 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 (AP) - 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.
KINGS 97, CAVALIERS 94
CLEVELAND (AP) - 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, 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, their second and third-leading scorers.
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.