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POSTED April 23, 2014 11:32 p.m.

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Dwyane Wade scored 15 points and had a steal in the final seconds to help seal the win for Miami.

Mavericks 113, Spurs 92

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled past San Antonio, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

Shawn Marion scored 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16, Devin Harris had 18 and Jose Calderon 12 for Dallas, which never trailed after the opening minutes of the second quarter.

Trail Blazers 112, Rockets 105

HOUSTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a victory over the Houston Rockets and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

James Harden knocked down a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the Rockets within three. Lillard made two free throws before Harden fouled out about 10 seconds later. Mo Williams and Lillard both made a pair of free throws after that to secure the win.

Suns’ Dragic most improved

Goran Dragic, whose breakout season helped the Phoenix Suns make a remarkable transformation, has been named the NBA’s most improved player. Dragic averaged 20.5 points and 5.9 assists per game, shooting 50.5 percent from the field, 40.8 percent on 3-pointers.

He was the only player in the NBA to shoot better than 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.

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