NBA: Heat edges Wizards 95-94
WASHINGTON (AP) – LeBron James had 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and the Miami Heat beat the Washington Wizards 95-94 on Saturday night for their 12th straight victory.
James and Chris Bosh got away with contact on Kirk Hinrich on a potential game-winning layup, letting the Heat escape the last-place Washington Wizards, who nearly pulled off the upset without injured No. 1 pick John Wall and the just-traded Gilbert Arenas.
Dwyane Wade made a pair of free throws with 7.9 seconds to play to give the Heat their only lead of the fourth quarter. He and Bosh both finished with 20 points.
Nick Young tied his season high with 30 points for the Wizards. Hinrich had 13 points and 12 assists, Andray Blatche had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and JaVale McGee had four blocks in a surprisingly energetic defensive performance by a team that had allowed at least 100 points in all but one game of its losing streak.
Spurs 112, Grizzlies 106, OT
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Tony Parker scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, leading San Antonio over Memphis for its eighth straight victory.
Parker was 15 for 21 from the field, putting up a season high while scoring nine of San Antonio’s final 10 points in regulation. His 8-footer with 1:01 left in overtime also helped seal a third straight down-to-the-wire Spurs victory.
Zach Randolph had 24 points and 21 rebounds for Memphis. The Grizzlies played without leading scorer Rudy Gay, who was serving a one-game suspension following his ejection Friday night in a loss at Houston.
O.J. Mayo led Memphis with 27 points and hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 21 seconds left that forced the Spurs into overtime.
Clippers 100, Bulls 99
CHICAGO (AP) – Blake Griffin scored 29 points and Vinny Del Negro made a triumphant return to the United Center as Los Angeles stopped Chicago’s seven-game winning streak.
Chicago guard Derrick Rose, fouled with 0.8 seconds remaining as he drove to the basket, hit the first free throw but missed the second with a chance to tie, giving the Clippers their second road win in two nights. Before that, Los Angeles had lost 15 consecutive games away from home, including its first 11 this season.
Rose led the Bulls with 34 points and Carlos Boozer added 25 but Chicago’s fourth-quarter rally fell short. Griffin also had 12 rebounds for his 15th straight double-double.
76ers 97, Magic 89
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Lou Williams scored 24 points, Andre Iguodala had 21 and Philadelphia beat undermanned Orlando.
Elton Brand finished with 20 points to help Philadelphia to a relatively easy victory on a day the Magic made a pair of blockbuster moves to overhaul their roster.
The Magic had only eight players available after the two major trades. They acquired troubled guard Gilbert Arenas from the Washington Wizards, and Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson from the Phoenix Suns.
That left them with almost no help and no room for error against Philadelphia. The Magic managed to keep things close for a half until the Sixers pulled away with a strong second-half defensive push, handing the Magic their sixth loss in seven games.
Cavaliers 109, Knicks 102, OT
CLEVELAND (AP) – Mo Williams scored 23 points, including the tying basket late in regulation and six points in overtime, and Cleveland snapped a 10-game losing streak by beating New York.
Antawn Jamison, who added 21 points, and Anderson Varejao each made two baskets in the extra session as Cleveland broke its longest losing streak since the 2002-03 season.
Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton each scored 23 points for the Knicks, who have lost three straight after winning 13 of 14.
Jazz 95, Bucks 86
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Deron Williams scored 22 points and added 11 assists, leading Utah past Milwaukee and overcoming a double-digit deficit for the ninth time this season.
The Jazz (19-9) avoided losing consecutive games for the first time since starting 0-2 and shook off a season-low 71 points on Friday in New Orleans with a second-half surge after falling behind by 12 early to Milwaukee.
Al Jefferson added 18 points and nine rebounds, C.J. Miles scored 16 points and Paul Millsap had 15 for the Jazz, which had 10 of its 14 offensive rebounds in the second half.
Andrew Bogut scored 19 points and had nine rebounds and John Salmons returned from back spasms to contribute 18 points, but the Bucks couldn’t hold onto the lead.
Nuggets 115, Timberwolves 113
DENVER (AP) – Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and had a key block to help Denver overcome Kevin Love’s career-high 43-point performance in a victory over Minnesota.
Ty Lawson added 23 points and J.R. Smith had 18 for the Nuggets, who dealt the short-handed Timberwolves their 11th straight road loss.
Michael Beasley had 17 points for Minnesota and Martell Webster and Jonny Flynn added 12 points apiece for Minnesota. Love also had 17 rebounds for his 14th consecutive double-double.
The Timberwolves were missing two of their top post players, center Darko Milicic and forward Nikola Pekovic, who were both sidelined with sprained ankles.
The Nuggets were without guard Chauncey Billups (wrist) for a third consecutive game but still had plenty of firepower to beat the Timberwolves for the 18th time in 22 meetings.
Trail Blazers 96, Warriors 95
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers held off Golden State.
Monta Ellis, who led the Warriors with 26 points, had a chance to win it but his 20-foot jumper with 0.8 seconds left was off. Golden State has dropped 13 of 15.
Dante Cunningham, making his first start of the season, and Wesley Matthews each added 13 points for Portland.
The Blazers led by as many as 15 in the second half before the Warriors rallied. Portland centers Joel Przybilla and Marcus Camby, forward Nicolas Batum and guard Brandon Roy all sat out because of injuries.