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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Harris sparks Jazz as Heat win streak ends

AP

SALT LAKE CITY — Devin Harris converted a three-point play with 4.5 seconds left and the Utah Jazz snapped the Miami Heat's nine-game winning streak with a 99-98 victory on Friday night.

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Going up: Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin attempts a shot against Phoenix's Grant Hill (center) and Channing Frye in the first half on Friday night. The Suns beat the Clippers 81-78. AP

LeBron James had 35 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots for Miami, but passed on the final possession to Udonis Haslem, who missed a long jumper at the buzzer.

Dwyane Wade chipped in 31 points and six rebounds. Shane Battier also added 18 points for the Heat (28-8), who were playing without All-Star Chris Bosh.

Al Jefferson came up with 20 points and six rebounds to lead the Jazz (17-18) to their second straight win. Five other players scored in double figures for Utah, led by C.J. Miles with 14 points off the bench.

Suns 81, Clippers 78

In Phoenix, Jared Dudley scored 22 points and made two crucial free throws in the final minute as the Suns rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat Los Angeles.

Bulls 112, Cavaliers 91

In Cleveland, Luol Deng scored a season-high 24 points as Chicago won its fifth straight by beating the Cavs.

Derrick Rose added 19 for the Bulls, who built a 24-point lead in the third quarter and moved a game ahead of Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Lakers 115, Kings 107

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 38 points in his second straight big game in a protective mask, and the Lakers blew most of a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding on to beat Sacramento in their highest-scoring performance of the season.

Nuggets 117, Rockets 105

In Houston, Ty Lawson had 22 points and a career-high 15 assists to help Denver beat the Rockets.

Hawks 99, Bucks 94

In Atlanta, Vladimir Radmanovic made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds remaining to complete the Hawks' final quarter rally against Milwaukee.

Grizzlies 102, Raptors 99

In Toronto, Rudy Gay had 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Mike Conley and Marc Gasol each scored 21 for Memphis.

Hornets 97, Mavericks 92

In New Orleans, Chris Kaman had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Hornets over Dallas.

Celtics 107, Nets 94

In Boston, Paul Pierce had 27 points and eight assists as the Celtics downed New Jersey and got back above .500 with their third straight win.

Spurs 102, Bobcats 72

In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 15 points as the hosts overwhelmed lowly Charlotte in the second half.

Big Dipper honored

AP

PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers needed nine players to score to beat the Warriors — and top The Big Dipper.

Lou Williams scored 25 points, and Elton Brand had 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead Philadelphia to a 105-83 victory over Golden State on Friday in the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game.

The Sixers topped 100 points for the first time in 20 games on the night they paid tribute to the record Chamberlain set for the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, at the Hershey Sports Arena.

"All right, so we got more than a hundred. We beat Wilt," said Brand, laughing.

Philadelphia gave fans pieces of the court and honored Chamberlain's sisters and former teammates during a halftime ceremony.

On that memorable night, Chamberlain scored 41 points by halftime and 69 points through three quarters. The Sixers had 50 points at the break and 75 points through three on Friday.

Chamberlain's feat was recognized with interview clips, audio from the record-breaking fourth quarter, and a mounted 5 cm x 5 cm piece of hardwood from the game court the Sixers recently purchased from the owners in Hershey, Pennsylvania. They donated part of the court to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.



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