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POSTED January 19, 2012 10:59 p.m.

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James shook off flu-like symptoms to score 31 points, Chris Bosh scored 15 and the Miami Heat won their second straight, topping the Los Angeles Lakers 98-87 on Thursday night.

Shane Battier scored 11 and Mario Chalmers finished with 10 for Miami. James was sent home from the team's shootaround practice earlier in the day to rest, and finished with eight rebounds and eight assists to go with 12 for 27 shooting.

Pau Gasol scored a season-high 26 for the Lakers, Kobe Bryant scored 24 and Andrew Bynum finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Miami moved to 5-0 this season without Dwyane Wade, who missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. He missed three games earlier this season with left foot soreness.

ROCKETS 90, HORNETS 88, OT

HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Martin scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half, Samuel Dalembert grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds and Houston Rockets survived one of the worst fourth quarters in team history.

Courtney Lee scored a season-high 17 points and Kyle Lowry added 10 points and eight assists for the Rockets, who've won five in a row.

Jason Smith scored 17 points and Jarrett Jack and Marco Bellinelli added 15 points apiece for the Hornets, who've lost 12 of 13.

The Rockets led by as many as 14, but went 3 for 21 from the field and tied a franchise-record low by scoring only 7 points in the final quarter.

MAVERICKS 94, JAZZ 91

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Shawn Marion scored a season-high 22 points, including a late layup, as Dallas snapped a two-game losing streak and cooedl off the league's hottest team.

The Mavs were coming off back-to-back last-possession losses to the Lakers and Clippers.

The Jazz lost at home for only the second time all season, and second time in 10 games overall.

The Jazz were down by 13 in the second quarter and by 11 in the third before rallying.

Utah led by three early in the fourth after a dunk by C.J. Miles. The game was tied at 87 before Jason Terry hit a 3-pointer, and Marion a layup.

Al Jefferson led Utah with 22 points.

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