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Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Eye of the storm: Indiana's Lou Amundson drives on Los Angeles' Reggie Evans during the Pacers' 102-89 win on Tuesday. AP

Wade powers 17-0 fourth-quarter rally as Heat eclipse Suns


MIAMI — LeBron James gave Miami two big scares. The Phoenix Suns provided another.

The Heat survived them all.

Chris Bosh scored 29 points, and the Heat used a 17-0 fourth-quarter run to erase a 10-point deficit and beat the Suns 99-95 on Tuesday night for their 14th straight home victory.

James scored 20 points, shaking off a stinger on his right elbow in the first quarter — then a high-impact collision with Grant Hill in the final seconds, staying down for nearly 2 minutes before getting pulled to his feet.

He remained in the game. In the locker room afterward, James complained of a headache and seemed more soft-spoken than usual, though insisted he was fine.

"Never had one of those hits since I had on pads and a helmet," James said. "So it took me back to that moment. I don't know what exactly happened. . . . I'm all right. I've been better. I've got a little headache. But I'll be all right."

James said he didn't believe he would need additional testing, such as exams to rule out a concussion. He also said he was not concerned about the elbow soreness, a problem that plagued him at times when he played for Cleveland as well.

"When I heard him saying what the score was, what the time was, I knew he was going to be OK," said Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who scored 11 of his 19 in the fourth. "I saw Grant get up before him, which was surprising."

Hill led Phoenix with 19 points. Marcin Gortat had 13, Markieff Morris 12, Jared Dudley 10 and Steve Nash finished with nine points and 10 assists.

James was chasing the ball and never saw Hill. Both players went down, and both said afterward they felt fortunate the play did not result in something more serious. James started to get up, got to one knee, then rolled over onto his back and grabbed his head with both hands before eventually making his way to the bench.

"I was trying to set a screen," Hill said. "I don't think he saw me and ran right into me. The old man got up and the young guy stood on the ground for a while. Luckily, he didn't get hurt. Luckily, neither one of us got hurt."

Pacers 102, Clippers 89

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 25 points to help the Pacers beat Los Angeles.

Granger added eight rebounds and made all eight of his free throws.

Reserves Tyler Hansbrough, George Hill and Leandro Barbosa helped the Pacers' backups outscore the Clippers' reserves 50-23. Hansbrough scored 17 points, Hill had 15 and Barbosa 12 in his first game for Indiana since being acquired from Toronto last week. Roy Hibbert added 13 points for Indiana.

Kings 119, Grizzlies 110

In Sacramento, Marcus Thornton scored 31 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 23 points and five rebounds before fouling out and the Kings held off Memphis for its third straight victory.

Thornton added seven rebounds and six assists, and Tyreke Evans returned after missing the last two games because of a sprained left ankle, scoring nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Knicks 106, Raptors 87

In New York, Amare Stoudemire had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Jeremy Lin added 18 points and 10 assists.

Rockets 107, Lakers 104

In Houston, Goran Dragic hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left and finished with 16 points and 13 assists in the Rockets' comeback victory over Los Angeles.

Bucks 116, Trail Blazers 87

In Portland, Drew Gooden scored 19 points and Milwaukee beat the won in the Trail Blazers' first home game since coach Nate McMillan was fired last week.

Jazz 97, Thunder 90

In Salt Lake City, Paul Millsap scored 20 points, Al Jefferson had 16 and Devin Harris added 15 to lead Utah past Oklahoma City for its fourth straight victory.

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