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Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

Heat find late rhythm to run past Mavericks in overtime


MIAMI — Once the Miami Heat found a way to rally in the final moments of regulation, they made overtime look easy.

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Chopped down to size: Miami's Dwyane Wade (center) steals the ball from Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the Heat's 119-109 overtime triumph on Wednesday. AP

LeBron James scored 32 points and finished one assist shy of a triple-double, Dwyane Wade scored 27 and the Heat pulled off both early and late before beating the Dallas Mavericks 119-109 in overtime Wednesday night.

Down 100-94 with 3:02 remaining in regulation, the Heat closed the game on a 25-9 run — and sent Dallas to its sixth loss in as many overtime games this season.

"We have ultimate confidence in our team, our talent level, our execution," said Chris Bosh, who scored 17 points for Miami. "And we believe in each other. To know we can be down by six with 3 minutes left and still have the confidence to overcome everything and get the job done, it works out great."

Ray Allen added 15 for the Heat, who extended their Eastern Conference-leading record to 22-8 despite trailing by 12 in the opening minutes. James had 12 rebounds and nine assists for Miami, which scored the first seven points of overtime.

O.J. Mayo scored 30 and Dirk Nowitzki — still working his way back from knee surgery — added 19 in 29 minutes for the Mavericks.

"It shouldn't have gotten to overtime," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "We were up six with a couple minutes to go and our inability to keep them out of the paint was our downfall."

Warriors 115, Clippers 94

In Oakland, Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 31 points in the first half, David Lee finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds and Golden State coasted past Los Angeles.

Nets 110, Thunder 93

In Oklahoma City, Joe Johnson scored a season-high 33 points, Deron Williams added 19 points and 13 assists, and Brooklyn snapped the Thunder's 12-game home winning streak in a game featuring the first ejection of Kevin Durant's career.

Durant was ejected near the end of a fourth-quarter surge, arguing with Danny Crawford after the referee had already issued a technical foul against Kendrick Perkins.

Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo got a win against the team that fired him back in 2008.

Grizzlies 93, Celtics 83

In Boston, Mike Conley had 23 points and nine assists to help Memphis send the Celtics to their fourth consecutive loss.

Spurs 117, Bucks 110

In Milwaukee, Tim Duncan had 28 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, and San Antonio used torrid first-half shooting to beat the Bucks for its seventh consecutive win.

Rockets 104, Hornets 92

In Houston, James Harden had 31 points and seven assists to lead the Rockets over New Orleans.

Raptors 102, Trail Blazers 79

In Toronto, Terrence Ross scored a career-high 26 points, DeMar DeRozan poured in 24 and the hosts snapped an eight-game losing streak against Portland.

Rookie Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 18 points while LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Suns 95, 76ers 89

In Phoenix, Luis Scola scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and the Suns beat Philadelphia to snap a six-game losing streak.

Jrue Holliday had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the 76ers.

Jazz 106, Timberwolves 84

In Salt Lake City, Gordon Hayward scored 17 points, Enes Kanter had 15 and Utah beat Minnesota to snap a three-game losing streak.

Pacers 89, Wizards 81

In Indianapolis, Paul George had 29 points and 13 rebounds, D.J. Augustin scored 18 points, and Indiana beat Washington.

Kings 97, Cavaliers 94

In Cleveland, Jason Thompson scored 19 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 18, leading Sacramento over the Cavaliers for its second road win of the season.

Bulls 96, Magic 94

In Orlando, Carlos Boozer had a season-high 31 points and 11 rebounds, Luol Deng scored 23 points and Chicago hung on to beat the hosts.

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