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Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011

LeBron finishes off Blazers in overtime

PORTLAND (AP) LeBron James' crunch-time performance left even teammate Dwyane Wade in awe.

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State of play: Golden State guard Monta Ellis holds off Los Angeles' DeAndre Jordan during the Clippers' 105-91 win on Sunday. AP PHOTO

James had a season-high 44 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, Wade added 34 points and eight rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-100 in overtime Sunday night for their 13th straight road victory.

"You look at games like this and moments like this and you really understand why we decided to team up and come together," Wade said. "I am a fan of his on the court and I am just glad I get to experience this in the same jersey he wears, instead of being on the other end."

James buried two deep 3-pointers and made two free throws in the extra period for the Heat (30-9), who have won 21 of their last 22 games after a slow start to the season. Chris Bosh added 18 points and eight rebounds. The Big Three combined for all but 11 of Miami's points.

Miami is three road wins away from tying the NBA record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat needed to scramble to keep the streak going after Wesley Matthews hit a 3-pointer to put the Blazers up 89-82 with 2:13 left.

James took the game over from the there, making a 3-pointer and two more free throws to tie it.

"I had to do whatever it took to win," James said. "Coach put me in that position and it created a mismatch for them and I was able to use my athleticism and quickness against whoever was on me."

Spurs 94, Timberwolves 91

In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 14 of his 21 points in the second quarter, and the Spurs notched their 15th straight victory over Minnesota.

San Antonio put six players in double figures and ran its NBA-best record to 31-6 while extending the league's longest current winning streak against an opponent.

Lakers 109, Knicks 87

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Andrew Bynum added 18 points and seven rebounds before getting ejected in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers mixed it up with New York in their fourth straight victory.

Pau Gasol had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who thoroughly dominated undersized New York in the paint and on defense during their seventh straight win over the Knicks.

Hornets 96, Nuggets 87

In Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored just eight points in the Nuggets' loss to New Orleans, putting a sour finish on a day filled with speculation that the superstar's departure from Denver was close after 7 1/2 seasons.

A person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the Nuggets are closing in on a deal that would send Anthony to New Jersey in a three-team trade.

Clippers 105, Warriors 91

In Los Angeles, Eric Gordon scored 25 points, Blake Griffin had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Clippers beat Golden State for their seventh win in 10 games.

Baron Davis had 17 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who have roared to life after a 5-21 start to the season.

Raptors 118, Kings 112

In Toronto, Andrea Bargnani scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 28 and Toronto handed Sacramento its 10th straight road loss.

Leandro Barbosa scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and Jose Calderon had 13 points and nine assists for the Raptors, who had lost 13 of their previous 17. Toronto had lost six of seven home games during that stretch.

Jerryd Bayless returned from injury to score 10 points and Amir Johnson had eight points and nine rebounds for Toronto.

Suns 108, Cavaliers 100

In Phoenix, Jared Dudley came off the bench to score 21 points, Steve Nash had 20 points and 15 assists, and the Suns handed the undermanned Cavaliers their 10th consecutive loss.

The victory ended the Suns' three-game losing streak and marked the first time in five games the Suns reached 100 points.

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