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POSTED January 29, 2012 9:30 p.m.

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 35 points, reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose wasted two chances in the final 23 seconds and the Miami Heat escaped with a 97-93 win Sunday over the Chicago Bulls.

Chris Bosh had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who never trailed — but this win in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference finals was not easy. Dwyane Wade added 15 points for Miami.

MAVERICKS 101, SPURS 100, OT

DALLAS (AP) — Jason Terry scored a season-high 34 points, including four in the last 42 seconds of overtime, and Dallas rebounded after blowing an 18-point lead against San Antonio.

Terry put the Mavericks back in the lead to stay when he took a pass from Dirk Nowitzki for a 12-foot baseline jumper with 42 seconds left. After Shawn Marion stole the ball from Gary Neal, Terry hit two free throws with 17 seconds left to make it 101-98.

CAVALIERS 88, CELTICS 87

BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, sinking a layup with 2.6 seconds left as Cleveland scored the last 12 points of the game to beat Boston.

Anderson Varejao had 18 points and nine rebounds for Cleveland, which had lost five of six.

Ray Allen returned from an ankle injury and scored 22 points, making 4 of 6 from 3-point range. But he missed a jumper from the left corner when Boston still held a one-point lead on its second-to-last possession.

CLIPPERS 109, NUGGETS 105

DENVER (AP) — Chauncey Billups’ homecoming couldn’t have gone better. He scored a season-high 32 points and drew a crucial foul in the waning seconds to help seal Los Angeles’ victory that snapped Denver’s six-game winning streak.

It was Billups’ first game at the Pepsi Center since the Nuggets included him in the Carmelo Anthony blockbuster trade nearly a year ago.

PACERS 106, MAGIC 85

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Danny Granger scored 24 points, and David West and George Hill each had 16 as Indiana ran past Orlando.

The Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak to the Magic and avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this season.

Indiana had a 16-2 edge in second-chance points and got 42 points from its bench. The Pacers also went 8 for 17 from 3-point range.

LAKERS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 101

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kobe Bryant had 35 points and 14 rebounds and Pau Gasol scored 28 to give Los Angeles a much-needed road victory over Minnesota.

Andrew Bynum added 21 points for the Lakers, who won for the second time in nine road games this season. They led by 18 in the third quarter, then withstood a furious Timberwolves charge to hang on for their second victory in six games.

HAWKS 94, HORNETS 72

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jeff Teague tied a career high with 24 points despite playing on a sore left ankle and Atlanta beat New Orleans.

Willie Green added 16 points and Marvin Williams 14 for Atlanta, which won for the fourth time in five games and handed the struggling Hornets their most lopsided loss of the season.

RAPTORS 94, NETS 73

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, leading Toronto over New Jersey.

With injuries playing a role in their 7-14 start, the Raptors received a huge lift from DeRozan. He made eight of 12 shots from the field and 11 of 16 free throws.

Toronto led 46-41 when it scored 10 straight to go up by 15. Jerryd Bayless finished with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Deron Williams scored 24 for the Nets.

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