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Chris Bosh scored 25 points,
Dwyane Wade added 20 and the
Miami Heat put up a season high for
points, rolling past the Sacramento
Kings 122-103 on Friday night in
LeBron James joined the party with
18 points, eight assists and six
rebounds while sitting out the fourth
quarter for Miami, which has won
four straight overall and 18 of its last
19 against the Kings.
Ray Allen added 18 and Mario
Chalmers scored 16 for the Heat, who
shot 61 per cent.
DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento
with 27 points and eight rebounds in
32 minutes. Ben McLemore scored 20
and Rudy Gay added 14 for Sacra-
mento, which has now dropped the
first three games of its four-game trip.
Jason Thompson and Isaiah Thomas
each scored 11 for the Kings, who shot
58 per cent---the second-best shooting
effort by a losing team in the NBA
The tone for a defense-challenged
night was set early.
Back and forth, neither team seem-
ing all that interested in stopping the
other. The Heat had 29 baskets in the
first half; 21 were either dunks, layups
or tip-ins. There were ten ties and
nine lead changes in the half, one
where no team ever led by more than
By halftime, it was the Kings leading
Miami 67-61, but things got away
from the Kings in the third.
Bosh, James, Wade and Shane Bat-
tier combined for 22 points on nine
for 14 shooting and Miami outscored
Sacramento 31-21 in the third, building
a 98-82 edge to take into the fourth.
The Kings had five turnovers in that
quarter, and Miami turned them into
76ERS 121, NETS 120
PHILADELPHIA---Evan Turner hit
the winning basket at the buzzer and
scored 29 points to lead the Philadel-
phia 76ers to a 121-120, overtime win
over the Brooklyn Nets.
Paul Pierce hit a three-pointer with
16.9 seconds left in OT to give the
Nets the short-lived lead.
Turner, sensational all game, drove
past a pair of defenders and tossed
up the last-gasp shot. The ball
bounced three times around the rim
before it dropped through the net.
After a brief review, the bucket stood,
Turner was mobbed by his teammates
and the Sixers snapped a seven-game
Thaddeus Young scored 25 points
for the Sixers, and Michael Carter-
Williams had 15 points and ten assists.
Alan Anderson had a season-high
26 points for the Nets, Pierce scored
24 with ten rebounds, and Deron
Williams had 17 points and 14 assists.
LAKERS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 91
LOS ANGELES---Xavier Henry, the
fourth player to start at point guard
this season for the injury-ravaged
Lakers, scored 21 points and Los
Angeles began another long stretch
without Kobe Bryant by beating the
Pau Gasol, the only player to start
all 26 games for the Lakers, had 21
points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.
Nick Young scored a team-high 25
points off the bench, including a four-
point play that gave the Lakers a lead
after Corey Brewer fouled him behind
the arc with 2:37 left in the third quar-
ter.Kevin Love scored 20 of his 25
points in the first half and grabbed
13 rebounds for Minnesota, but was
held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 13
boards, but Brewer finished with just
five points after missing all eight field
PACERS 114, ROCKETS 81
INDIANAPOLIS---Paul George had 24
points and nine rebounds and Lance
Stephenson added 16 points, leading
Indiana to the rout of Houston.
The Pacers ended their only two-
game losing streak of the season and
maintained their grip on the Eastern
Conference s best record (21-5) with
their most lopsided win of the sea-
Dwight Howard finished with 19
points, 12 rebounds and five blocks
for the Rockets. James Harden, the
NBA s No. 6 scorer, was held in check
most of the night by George, finishing
with 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting.
Former Indiana All-Star Danny
Granger received a standing ovation
when he made his season debut late
in the first quarter and fans chanted
his name when he made his first bas-
ket, a three-pointer, early in the fourth.
BOBCATS 116, PISTONS 106
AUBURN HILLS---Kemba Walker
scored 34 points and Al Jefferson led
a fourth-quarter rally that carried
Charlotte past Detroit after trailing
by as many as 20 in Michigan.
Charlotte was down 14 after three
quarters before dominating the fourth.
Jefferson scored 13 points during a
decisive 16-3 run.
Brandon Jennings had 26 points for
Detroit, which rallied from a 21-point
deficit to beat Boston on Wednesday
but blew a big lead two nights later.
Down 89-75, the Bobcats scored
the first nine points of the fourth
quarter to get back in the game. Jef-
ferson scored 15 of his 24 points in
Charlotte scored 72 points in the
second half and outscored the Pistons
41-17 in the final quarter.
CAVALIERS 114, BUCKS 111, OT
CLEVELAND---Kyrie Irving made
four free throws in the final 21.5 sec-
onds of overtime and finished with
39 points while battling a flu bug,
leading Cleveland over short-handed
Irving played despite being ill the
past two days and missing practice
Thursday. The All-Star guard played
43 minutes and carried the Cavs to
their fifth win in six home games.
Heat stays hot, roll past Kings 122-103
Earl Clark made a three-pointer
as the shot clock expired with 44
seconds left, and Jarrett Jack
added 17 points for the Cavs.
With Milwaukee down by
three, OJ Mayo missed two 3-
pointers in the last 10 seconds.
Mayo had 20 points, John Hen-
son 18 and Brandon Knight added
17 and a career-high 14 rebounds
as the Bucks lost their fifth
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) drives to the basket as Sacramento Kings' Rudy Gay (8) defends in the first
half of an NBA basketball game, Friday night in Miami. Heat won 122-103. AP PHOTO
HAWKS 118, JAZZ 85
RAPTORS 109, MAVERICKS 108, OT
SUNS 103, NUGGETS 99
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