MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 26 points, including a go-ahead layup with 3.2 seconds left, and the Miami Heat scrambled late to beat the Orlando Magic 97-96 on Wednesday night and extend their franchise-record winning streak to 16 games.
Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Chris Bosh added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who blew a 20-point, second-half lead and then rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minutes.
Nic Vucevic had 25 points and 21 rebounds for the Magic, who got 16 points apiece from Jameer Nelson and Tobias Harris, 13 from Arron Afflalo and 12 from Maurice Harkless.
LAKERS 108, HORNETS 102
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 42 points during a 20-0 run in the last 6:22 of the fourth quarter, helping Los Angeles overcome a 25-point deficit to fend off New Orleans.
The Hornets were still ahead by 21 in the final minute of the third quarter when Greivis Vasquez’s 3-pointer made it 93-72, and even after the Lakers had whittled their deficit to 12, the Hornets were up 102-88 after Robin Lopez’s dunk with 6:47 to go. But the Hornets would not score again, and Bryant began to take over with a big assist from Jodie Meeks, who hit two of his five 3-pointers during the final surge to finish with 19 points.
Dwight Howard had 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks for Los Angeles. Bryant also had 12 assists.
Eric Gordon had 18 points, Vasquez added 15 points and Al-Farouq Aminu grabbed 16 rebounds for New Orleans.
CELTICS 83, PACERS 81
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Garnett found Jeff Green all alone under the basket for a layup with 0.5 seconds remaining to finish off a fourth-quarter comeback from 14 points down, giving Boston the victory over Indiana.
Garnett led the Celtics with 18 points and 10 rebounds and dragged Boston back after it trailed most of the final three quarters. Green had 11 points off the bench.
Paul George scored 16 points for the Pacers, who had all five starters in double figures. David West added 11 points and 16 rebounds, and George Hill finished with 14 points.
SPURS 101, BULLS 83
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio beat Chicago in a matchup of teams missing their starting All-Star point guards.
Manu Ginobili added 18 points and nine assists, Tiago Splitter had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard scored 14 points for San Antonio, which was playing its second game without Tony Parker.
Patty Mills provided a needed punch off the Spurs’ bench, scoring 10 of his 13 points in the second half.
Parker is expected to miss about four weeks with an ankle sprain and Derrick Rose has yet to play for Chicago this season after undergoing major knee surgery.
Marco Belinelli had 21 points, Luol Deng added 19, Marquis Teague had 11 and Carlos Boozer 10 for the Bulls.
CAVALIERS 104, JAZZ 101
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 20 points and made all the big plays down the stretch, rallying Cleveland to the victory over Utah.
The Cavs trailed 100-92 with less than three minutes left before Irving took over. He scored eight points, made a steal and assisted on Wayne Ellington’s dunk as Cleveland stormed back to stun the Jazz.
Irving added 10 assists in his second game back after missing three with a hyperextended knee. Tristan Thompson had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which trailed by 12 in the fourth.
Gordon Hayward scored 25 and Enes Kanter had 17 for the Jazz, who have lost five of six.
NETS 99, BOBCATS 78
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Deron Williams had 20 points and eight assists, Joe Johnson added 22 points, and Brooklyn got a needed win after losing two straight and four of its last five.
The Nets trailed by 10 at the half, but opened the third quarter with a 21-6 run led by Williams and Johnson, and never looked back. The Bobcats managed just nine points in the third quarter on 3-of-19 shooting and were outscored 56-25 in the second half to lose their eighth straight game.
Reggie Evans grabbed 16 rebounds and Brook Lopez had 16 points and five rebounds for the Nets.
Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points and Ben Gordon added 16 for the Bobcats, who are 6-43 since starting the season 7-5.
HAWKS 107, 76ERS 96
ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Teague scored 27 points, Anthony Tolliver added a season-high 21 and Atlanta bounced back from a sluggish start to snap a three-game losing streak.
Tolliver, averaging just 3.4 points a game, had already surpassed his previous best of 13 points by halftime. The Sixers kept leaving him open beyond the arc, and he kept knocking down 3-pointers, finishing 5 for 7 from long range.
The Hawks missed their first eight shots but quickly pulled themselves together against weary Philadelphia, which was playing its eighth game in 12 days. Atlanta led by 19 before settling for a 59-47 lead at halftime.
Damien Wilkins led the Sixers with 21 points and Dorell Wright had 20.
KNICKS 87, PISTONS 77
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Raymond Felton scored 26 points, and New York pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Detroit despite Carmelo Anthony’s absence.
Anthony sat out after injuring his right knee Monday, but New York went on a 16-0 run in the fourth to put away the game. The Pistons were without big man Greg Monroe, who has a sore left ankle, and Detroit coach Lawrence Frank missed the game because of a personal matter.
The Knicks turned the ball over 11 times in the first quarter, but they still led 44-38 at the half. Brandon Knight scored 17 points for the Pistons and led a third-quarter rally, but Detroit managed only 12 points in the fourth.
TIMBERWOLVES 87, WIZARDS 82
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio had 15 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and six steals to lead Minnesota to a victory over Washington that snapped a six-game losing streak.
Derrick Williams added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, and J.J. Barea scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.
John Wall had 19 points and seven assists, and Trevor Ariza added 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Wizards, who were missing leading scorer Bradley Beal because of a sprained left ankle. Washington turned the ball over 24 times, leading to 30 points by Minnesota.
Washington led by eight early in the fourth, but Rubio’s defense keyed a 21-9 surge by the Timberwolves over the final 9:30.
GRIZZLIES 91, TRAIL BLAZERS 85
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Jerryd Bayless scored all 13 of his points in the final 13 minutes to lead Memphis to its second straight win and 10th victory in the last 11 games.
Memphis rallied from 17 points down in the third quarter. Mike Conley scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and added six assists. Tony Allen scored 10 points, including two free throws with 4.8 seconds left that provided the final margin.
Damian Lillard scored 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting to lead Portland, and J.J. Hickson had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Memphis was without leading rebounder Zach Randolph (left ankle sprain) and reserve forward Darrell Arthur (sore neck and back).
MAVERICKS 112, ROCKETS 108
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, O.J. Mayo had two big fourth-quarter baskets and a career-high 12 assists, and Dallas bounced back from a blowout loss in Houston.
Mayo scored five straight points to put Dallas ahead 107-104, and the Mavericks won despite 28 points from James Harden, who scored the last seven for the Rockets.
Harden missed a 3-pointer and a layup with the Rockets trying to tie in the final seconds, three days after their 33-point win in Houston.
Chandler Parsons had 23 points for Houston, while Jeremy Lin scored 12 but sat the entire fourth quarter in favor of backup Patrick Beverley.
RAPTORS 98, SUNS 71
PHOENIX (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points and Amir Johnson added 14 to lead Toronto to a victory over Phoenix that snapped a five-game skid.
Seldom-used Sebastian Telfair scored 13 points for the Raptors in his return to Phoenix.
Marcus Morris scored 12 points and was the only player in double figures for the Suns, who committed a season-high 29 turnovers and lost a three-game winning streak.
The Raptors led 25-22 late in the first quarter when Suns center Marcin Gortat came down with a rebound and had his left foot stepped on by Johnson.
Gortat did not return and Phoenix, already without backup Jermaine O’Neal, was left with Hamed Haddadi as the only true center available.
CLIPPERS 117, BUCKS 101
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his third career triple-double, and the Clippers won for the 10th time in 13 games.
Jamal Crawford had 25 points and Matt Barnes added 20, while Chris Paul had 14 points and nine assists to help the Pacific Division leaders improve to 24-7 at home.
Monta Ellis scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half and Ersan Ilyasova added 20 points for the Bucks, whose four-game winning streak ended as they fell to 1-12 in Los Angeles against the Clippers since the 2000-01 season. Brandon Jennings hit five 3-pointers for 18 points and 12 assists.
The Clippers opened the fourth quarter with a seven-point lead and quickly extended it to 108-91. Griffin capped the spurt with a thunderous dunk off Crawford’s alley-oop pass.
WARRIORS 87, KINGS 83
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds remaining and finished with 20 points to lead Golden State.
Thompson then forced Tyreke Evans into an errant layup on the final possession to seal a sloppy win for the Warriors over the Western Conference’s worst team. After dropping the first two in Sacramento this season, Golden State overcame 18 turnovers and 36 percent shooting against its Northern California rival.
David Lee had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Harrison Barnes added 14 points for the Warriors, who are 2-0 since a four-game losing streak. They held the Kings to 40 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers.
Jason Thompson had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Patrick Patterson added 15 points for Sacramento, which has lost 11 of its last 13 games.