Heat rallies past Pacers in second half for 97-94 win
Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, Ray Allen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with just under a minute left and the Miami Heat erased a 15-point deficit in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers, 97-94, last night.
LeBron James scored 24 on a bad left ankle for the Heat, who closed within a game of the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers. Chris Bosh added 15 points for Miami, including a 3 that tied it late in the fourth.
James set up Allen for the 3 that put Miami in front for good with 59.5 seconds left, capping a 10-0 run.
Paul George scored 25 points but missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it with four seconds left. David West had 23 and Lance Stephenson added 13 for the Pacers, who have dropped two straight.
Down by one, the Pacers saw their best chance go awry when George Hill turned the ball over on a bad pass with 14 seconds left. Allen made two free throws with 10.3 seconds remaining to put Miami up by three, and that capped a big comeback win for the two-time defending NBA champions.
TIMBERWOLVES 120, TRAIL BLAZERS 109
Kevin Love had 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, powering Minnesota to the victory.
Nikola Pekovic had 30 points and nine rebounds and Kevin Martin scored 22 for the Timberwolves, who led by 32 in the second quarter and held off a charge in the second half from the Blazers.
Damian Lillard had 36 points, six assists and six rebounds and LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 14 boards for the weary Trail Blazers, who lost for the first time in six games. It was just their fifth loss of the season in 27 games and came at the end of a four-game road trip.
WIZARDS 113, NETS 107
John Wall scored 21 points and made two big defensive plays against Deron Williams down the stretch to lead Washington over Brooklyn.
Nene added 17 points in his return from injury for the Wizards, who completed a New York sweep after a victory over the Knicks on Monday following a four-game losing streak.
Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal each finished with 15 points.
Paul Pierce had a season-high 27 points for the Nets, and Brook Lopez added 22 after missing two games with a sprained left ankle. Joe Johnson finished with 20.
The Nets shot 53 percent from the field, but the Wizards put seven players in double figures and made 12 3-pointers.
HAWKS 124, KINGS 107
Kyle Korver made seven consecutive 3-point attempts on his way to a season-high 28 points, pushing Atlanta to the victory.
Al Horford added 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won two straight and five of seven. Jeff Teague finished with 18 points and tied a career high with 15 assists.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points, Rudy Gay had 22 and Isaiah Thomas 20 for the Kings, who allowed a season high in points.
The Hawks outscored the Kings 39-20 in the fourth quarter of their 12th consecutive victory against Sacramento. Horford made consecutive jumpers to help Atlanta open a 117-105 lead with 2:49 left.
JAZZ 86, MAGIC 82
Trey Burke had a career-high 30 points and eight assists, leading Utah to the road win.
Orlando had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Jameer Nelson’s layup rolled off the rim and was rebounded by Utah with just three seconds left. Gordon Hayward, who scored 15 points for the Jazz, then made a pair of free throws.
The Jazz snapped a two-game losing streak and extended their win streak over the Magic to six games.
Orlando played without leading scorer Arron Afflalo, who was sick. He had started every game this season.
Nelson led Orlando with 17 points. Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
BOBCATS 104, RAPTORS 102, OT
Kemba Walker hit a buzzer-beating jumper in overtime, and Charlotte snapped a three-game losing streak in Toronto.
Walker had 29 points and Al Jefferson collected 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Bobcats won their second straight. Five of Jefferson’s points came in overtime.
Charlotte had six players score in double figures. Josh McRoberts had 13 points, Ramon Sessions and Gerald Henderson each scored 11 and Anthony Tolliver finished with 10 points.
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and Kyle Lowry had 17 for the Raptors. Amir Johnson fouled out with 10 points and 13 rebounds.