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Heat dominate 2nd half, roll past Spurs

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POSTED January 17, 2012 11:04 p.m.

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 33 points, Chris Bosh added 30 and the Miami Heat used a historic third-quarter turnaround to erase a big deficit and beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-98 on Tuesday night, snapping a three-game slide.

Miami outscored San Antonio 39-12 in the third quarter — the second-largest differential for any quarter in Heat history, and the second-worst differential for a period in Spurs history. The Heat trailed 52-35 late in the second quarter.

Mike Miller made his season debut and shot 6 for 6 on 3-pointers, finishing with 18 points tying his career-high for makes from beyond the arc. And the Heat did it all without Dwyane Wade, sitting out on his 30th birthday because of a sprained right ankle.

Danny Green scored 20 points for the Spurs, and Tony Parker had 18.

MAGIC 96, BOBCATS 89

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 25 points and 17 rebounds to lead Orlando to its fifth straight win.

Jameer Nelson scored 17 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 15 and Von Wafer 13 as the Magic won for the 10th time in 12 games.

Gerald Henderson had 22 points for Charlotte, which has lost eight of its last nine. The Bobcats are also winless in their last five trips to Orlando.

Charlotte stayed close throughout the game and pulled within a basket late in the fourth quarter before Ryan Anderson's 3-pointer extended Orlando's lead to 86-81 with 1:33 to play.

Turkoglu and Wafer scored eight points each in the decisive fourth quarter.

WARRIORS 105, CAVALIERS 95

CLEVELAND (AP) — David Lee scored a season-high 29 points — 13 in the fourth quarter — and Nate Robinson added 17 points, leading Golden State past the road-worn Cavaliers.

Lee scored 7 straight points midway through the final period to help the Warriors pull away from the Cavs, who were coming off a seven-game road trip.

Golden State's Monta Ellis had to be helped from the floor bleeding in the final minute with a cut on his face. He was accidentally struck by an elbow from Cleveland's Anderson Varejao. Ellis finished with 10 points — 13 below his average.

Antawn Jamison scored 19 and rookie Kyrie Irving had 18 for Cleveland, which committed a season-high 25 turnovers.

BULLS 118, SUNS 97

CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Boozer scored 26 of his season-high 31 points in the first half, leading short-handed Chicago past Phoenix.

Boozer hit 12 of 15 shots in the opening half and scored eight points during a 12-point burst that opened up a 20-point lead for Chicago, which was playing without Derrick Rose for the second straight game because of a sprained left big toe.

The Bulls improved to 6-0 at home for the first time since 1996-97, though they allowed more than 74 points to an opponent for the first time at home this season.

Steve Nash led Phoenix with 25 points and nine assists.

ROCKETS 97, PISTONS 80

HOUSTON (AP) — Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Luis Scola also scored 14 and Houston won its fourth straight.

Kyle Lowry had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Rockets, who outrebounded the Pistons 42-35 to offset 21 turnovers. Houston shot 49 percent (40 of 81) from the field and scored 21 points off 17 offensive rebounds.

Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points, Ben Gordon had 18 and Rodney Stuckey added 16 off the bench for the Pistons, who've dropped eight of nine.

NUGGETS 105, BUCKS 95

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Corey Brewer scored a season-high 22 points as Denver started its five-game road trip with a win.Brandon Jennings scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and first-round pick Tobias Harris came off the bench for 14 for the Bucks, who lost for the first time in five home games.

Milwaukee last opened a season with five straight home wins in the 2007-08 season.

Jennings' driving layup got Milwaukee to 100-91 with 2:47 left, but Danilo Gallinari made two free throws and a 3 that stopped the Bucks from creeping any closer.

Al Harrington added 16 points and Gallinari and Nene each had 14 for Denver.

JAZZ 108, CLIPPERS 79

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Paul Millsap scored 20 points and reserve C.J. Miles added a season-high 19 as Utah got its 16th straight home win against Los Angeles.

The Clippers, who were without star guard Chris Paul for the second straight game because of a hamstring injury, have not won in Salt Lake City since 2003.

Utah has won eight of its last nine.

Millsap picked up where he left off in Sunday's win over Denver, starting 4 of 4 from the field. Miles provided a spark off the bench, with a 3-pointer, four steals and five rebounds.

Blake Griffin scored eight first-half points and finished with 10 for Los Angeles.

Caron Butler led the Clippers with 14 points, while Chauncey Billups had 10 on 3-of-12 shooting.

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