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|Wednesday, 06 March 2013 17:17|
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored 26 points, including a go-ahead layup with 3.2 seconds left, and the Miami Heat scrambled late to beat the Orlando Magic 97-96 on Wednesday night and extend their franchise-record winning streak to 16 games.|
Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Chris Bosh added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who blew a 20-point, second-half lead and then rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minutes.
Nic Vucevic had 25 points and 21 rebounds for the Magic, who got 16 points apiece from Jameer Nelson and Tobias Harris, 13 from Arron Afflalo and 12 from Maurice Harkless.
CELTICS 83, PACERS 81
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Garnett found Jeff Green all alone under the basket for a layup with 0.5 seconds remaining to finish off a fourth-quarter comeback from 14 points down, giving Boston the victory over Indiana.
Garnett led the Celtics with 18 points and 10 rebounds and dragged Boston back after it trailed most of the final three quarters. Green had 11 points off the bench.
Paul George scored 16 points for the Pacers, who had all five starters in double figures. David West added 11 points and 16 rebounds, and George Hill finished with 14 points.
CAVALIERS 104, JAZZ 101
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 20 points and made all the big plays down the stretch, rallying Cleveland to the victory over Utah.
The Cavs trailed 100-92 with less than three minutes left before Irving took over. He scored eight points, made a steal and assisted on Wayne Ellington's dunk as Cleveland stormed back to stun the Jazz.
Irving added 10 assists in his second game back after missing three with a hyperextended knee. Tristan Thompson had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which trailed by 12 in the fourth.
Gordon Hayward scored 25 and Enes Kanter had 17 for the Jazz, who have lost five of six.
NETS 99, BOBCATS 78
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Deron Williams had 20 points and eight assists, Joe Johnson added 22 points, and Brooklyn got a needed win after losing two straight and four of its last five.
The Nets trailed by 10 at the half, but opened the third quarter with a 21-6 run led by Williams and Johnson, and never looked back. The Bobcats managed just nine points in the third quarter on 3-of-19 shooting and were outscored 56-25 in the second half to lose their eighth straight game.
Reggie Evans grabbed 16 rebounds and Brook Lopez had 16 points and five rebounds for the Nets.
Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points and Ben Gordon added 16 for the Bobcats, who are 6-43 since starting the season 7-5.
HAWKS 107, 76ERS 96
ATLANTA (AP) - Jeff Teague scored 27 points, Anthony Tolliver added a season-high 21 and Atlanta bounced back from a sluggish start to snap a three-game losing streak.
Tolliver, averaging just 3.4 points a game, had already surpassed his previous best of 13 points by halftime. The Sixers kept leaving him open beyond the arc, and he kept knocking down 3-pointers, finishing 5 for 7 from long range.
The Hawks missed their first eight shots but quickly pulled themselves together against weary Philadelphia, which was playing its eighth game in 12 days. Atlanta led by 19 before settling for a 59-47 lead at halftime.
Damien Wilkins led the Sixers with 21 points and Dorell Wright had 20.
KNICKS 87, PISTONS 77
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Raymond Felton scored 26 points, and New York pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Detroit despite Carmelo Anthony's absence.
Anthony sat out after injuring his right knee Monday, but New York went on a 16-0 run in the fourth to put away the game. The Pistons were without big man Greg Monroe, who has a sore left ankle, and Detroit coach Lawrence Frank missed the game because of a personal matter.
The Knicks turned the ball over 11 times in the first quarter, but they still led 44-38 at the half. Brandon Knight scored 17 points for the Pistons and led a third-quarter rally, but Detroit managed only 12 points in the fourth.
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