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|Monday, 21 January 2008 19:28|
Dwyane Wade scored 42 points for the Heat, who are 8-32 overall - 2 1/2 games better than Minnesota in the battle for the league's worst record. The Heat started 0-17 in their expansion 1988-89 season, and with defending NBA champion San Antonio coming in Thursday, it's not getting easy anytime soon for Miami.
Wade hit a 3-pointer with 30.8 seconds left - he scored a franchise-record 18 straight Miami points down the stretch - to get the Heat within 92-88, before James sealed it with two free throws 4.8 seconds later.
Wizards 102, Mavericks 84
WASHINGTON (AP) - Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison gave the Washington Wizards their first season sweep of the Dallas Mavericks since 1996-97.
Butler had 25 points and nine rebounds, Jamison added 23 points and eight rebounds, and Washington overcame Josh Howard's 32 points to hand Dallas its biggest loss of the season.
The Wizards have won five of their past six games - including beating the Boston Celtics twice - to take hold of fourth place in the Eastern Conference despite playing without star Gilbert Arenas since November.
Howard's chief help came from Dirk Nowitzki, who finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Devin Harris added 14 points.
Timberwolves 109, Warriors 108
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Gomes had a career-high 35 and 11 rebounds to help Minnesota snap a 16-game road losing streak.
Al Jefferson added 21 points and 12 rebounds and Marco Jaric had 16 points, 10 assists and eight boards for the Timberwolves, who won just their second road game of the season and first since a 103-94 win at New Orleans on Nov. 26.
Gomes hit two free throws with 54.5 seconds remaining to give the Timberwolves a 109-108 lead. After Baron Davis missed a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left at the other end, Golden State got one last chance following Jaric's missed 3-pointer with 8.8 seconds to go.
Davis then missed a driving layup and Al Harrington couldn't tip in the miss at the buzzer, giving Minnesota just its second win in the past 15 games.
Spurs 95, Bobcats 86
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tim Duncan had 19 points and 10 rebounds and San Antonio ended its offensive doldrums.
Behind a balanced effort with five players in double figures, the Spurs snapped a two-game losing streak and ended a three-game stretch where they failed to reach 90 points.
Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker added 16 points each and Michael Finley scored 13 for the Spurs, who shot 49 percent.
Emeka Okafor had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Gerald Wallace added 15 points before leaving late in the game with a sore left calf and knee.
Celtics 109, Knicks 93
NEW YORK (AP) - Kevin Garnett had 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, and Boston routed New York for the second time this season.
Kendrick Perkins scored 22 of his career-high 24 points in the first half for the Celtics, who shook off the loss of leading scorer Paul Pierce, ejected along with New York's Quentin Richardson late in the third quarter after both picked up two technical fouls for jawing with each other during the period.
Boston (33-6) has won three straight following the only rough patch in its season, a stretch of three losses in four games. Ray Allen added 17 points and Rajon Rondo had 14 in his return to the lineup after missing two games with a sore lower back.
Zach Randolph had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who had won four of five during the best stretch of a miserable season. Jamal Crawford scored 22 points and Nate Robinson had 15.
Pacers 110, 76ers 103
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Kareem Rush scored a season-high 25 points and Mike Dunleavy added 24 to lead Indiana.
Danny Granger had 18 points and Troy Murphy, who left with a sore left knee, added 13. Jamaal Tinsley had 13 assists and Jeff Foster grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who moved into a tie with New Jersey for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 23 points and Andre Miller had 21. Samuel Dalembert had 13 rebounds.
But it wasn't enough for the Sixers, who flopped at the free throw line. While Indiana stretched its lead on 14 3-pointers, the Sixers couldn't seriously make a run because it made just 21 of 34 free throws.
Trail Blazers 111, Hawks 109, OT
ATLANTA (AP) - Travis Outlaw sank a long jumper with 1 second left in overtime to lift Portland.
Guarded by Josh Smith, Outlaw held the ball outside the 3-point line until under 5 seconds remained. Then Outlaw took a couple of dribbles inside the circle before pulling up and making the jumper.
Outlaw led Portland with 23 points. Brandon Roy added 18 and Sergio Rodriguez had 16.
Joe Johnson, who scored 37 points, missed a last-second shot for Atlanta. Tyronn Lue had 18 points and Smith had 17 points and 17 rebounds. Marvin Williams and Josh Childress each added 11.
Rockets 96, Sonics 89
HOUSTON (AP) - Yao Ming had 30 points and 17 rebounds, Tracy McGrady added 17 points and five assists and Houston handed Seattle its team-record 11th consecutive loss.
Bonzi Wells scored 16 points for the Rockets, who've won seven of their last nine games.
Wally Szczerbiak and Jeff Green had 15 points apiece for Seattle, now riding the longest single-season losing streak in team history. The Sonics lost 12 consecutive games across the end of the 1968-69 season and the start of 1969-70.
Former Texas star Kevin Durant shot poorly for the third straight game, scoring 12 points on 4-for-13 shooting. Durant was 10-of-39 in his previous two games.
Jazz 109, Clippers 93
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Deron Williams had 18 points and 13 assists, and six of his teammates also scored in double figures as Utah beat Los Angeles.
Matt Harpring scored 17 points for the Jazz, who have won eight of 10 after losing 11 of their previous 14 games. Harpring shot 7-for-10 in a season-high 27 minutes. It was his first game since team orthopedic specialist Dr. Lyle Mason lifted the ban that limited Harpring's minutes from 16 to 18 per game. The 10-year veteran missed the entire preseason after undergoing surgery on his right knee for the third time in his career.
Corey Maggette scored 23 points for Los Angeles and Chris Kaman added 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Clippers haven't won consecutive games since starting the season 4-0. They are 8-25 since then.
Rookie Al Thornton hit a 3-pointer with 4:17 left in the third quarter, capping a 12-2 run that sliced Utah's 14-point lead to 66-62. That was as close as the Clippers got the rest of the way.
Eds: Hornets 106, Bucks 92
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tyson Chandler had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and New Orleans won its fifth straight.
Four of Chandler's baskets came on alley-oop dunks, three set up by Chris Paul, who finished with 16 points and 10 assists.
Peja Stojakovic scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Hornets, while David West had 16 and Morris Peterson added 14.
Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 19 points. Charlie Villanueva scored 18, while Mo Williams added 16. Andrew Bogut had 13 points and 15 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double.
Grizzlies 104, Bulls 90
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mike Miller and Rudy Gay each had 24 points and 110 rebound to lead Memphis.
Pau Gasol had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Mike Conley added 10 points and a career-high 10 assists. Hakim Warrick scored 12 points for Memphis.
Ben Gordon led the Bulls with 25 points, and Andres Nocioni had 16, Luol Deng 13 and Kirk Hinrich 12 points.
Chicago shot just 37 percent from the field while Memphis made 52 percent.
Magic 102, Pistons 100
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Rashard Lewis hit a 12-foot jumper as time expired to lift Orlando.
Hedo Turkoglu had 26 points and eight assists and Dwight Howard added 23 points and eight rebounds. The Magic had lost nine straight to Detroit, including four games that knocked them out of last year's playoffs.
Chauncey Billups nearly forced overtime with a 32-foot 3-pointer that made it 100-all, but Orlando had 3.6 seconds left.
Lewis, who scored 16, took the inbound pass from Turkoglu, dribbled and threw up the shot with time expiring. A replay confirmed the bucket, and Orlando's emotional win.
Six Pistons scored in double figures, led by Richard Hamilton with 21 and Tayshaun Prince with 20. Billups scored 18, while Rasheed Wallace had 15 points and 15 rebounds.