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|Sunday, 22 March 2009 13:17|
Luis Scola dropped in the winning layup with 11.2 seconds left after a bullet pass from Yao Ming, and the Rockets rallied in the fourth to wrest first place in the division from the San Antonio Spurs with an 87-85 victory Sunday.
Ron Artest scored 24 as Houston won its fifth straight to reclaim the top spot in the division for the first time since Christmas. The Rockets lead San Antonio by a half-game.
Tim Duncan scored 23 points for the Spurs, whose grip on the No. 2 spot in the West disappeared when Matt Bonner's 3-pointer at the buzzer clanked off the rim.
Scola finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds for Houston, which trailed by five midway through the fourth before storming back.
Tony Parker had 22 points and 12 assists but missed a tough 7-footer with 2.9 seconds left with San Antonio trailing by one.
Heat 101, Pistons 96
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Dwyane Wade scored 39 points for Miami and Udonis Haslem hit the go-ahead jumper with 6.3 seconds left.
e also blocked two shots in the final 30 seconds, helping fifth-place Miami stretch its lead over Detroit to three games in the Eastern Conference standings.
Rodney Stuckey scored 24 points and Antonio McDyess had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the seventh-place Pistons.
Walter Hermann's baseline 3-pointer gave the Pistons a 96-95 lead with 13 seconds left.
Mario Chalmers missed at the other end, but Haslem grabbed the rebound and hit a high-arcing shot to put the Heat back in front for good.
Detroit led for most of the game despite missing three key players - Richard Hamilton (groin), Rasheed Wallace (calf) and Allen Iverson (back).
Raptors 100, Clippers 76
TORONTO (AP) - Chris Bosh had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Shawn Marion added 14 points and 13 boards for Toronto.
Jose Calderon scored 15 points and Joey Graham added 13 for the Raptors, who have won five of six against the Clippers.
The Raptors had lost nine of 10 coming in but had little difficulty handling the struggling Clippers, leading by as many as 28 in a runaway fourth quarter. Toronto outrebounded Los Angeles 57-34.
Zach Randolph scored 20 points and Baron Davis added 12 for the Clippers, who have won just two of their past 12.
The Clippers have not won on the road since a 121-97 victory at Atlanta on Feb. 7. Los Angeles is 7-27 overall on the road and has lost eight straight away from home.
Thunder 97, Timberwolves 90
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Jeff Green added 17 to lead Oklahoma City to the victory.
Durant has scored more than 20 points in 16 of his last 17 games for the Thunder, who improved to 7-5 in their last 12 games. His lone exception during that span came Feb. 27 at Dallas, when he logged only eight minutes after spraining his right ankle.
Craig Smith scored 19 points and Bobby Brown fueled a late Wolves run with 12 points in the fourth quarter. Rodney Carney had 12 of his 15 points in the fourth and Kevin Love finished with 10 for Minnesota, which trailed by as many as 32.