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Friday January 4, 2013

Miami just too hot

MIAMI: LeBron James scored 32 points and finished one assist shy of a triple-double and Dwyane Wade added 27 points as the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-109 in overtime on Wednesday.

Chris Bosh also scored 17 for Miami, who extended their NBA Eastern Conference-leading record to 22-8.

The Heat trailed by 12 in the opening minutes, and then dug their way out of a six-point hole in the final 3:02 of regulation. James had 12 rebounds and nine assists.

O.J. Mayo scored 30 and Dirk Nowitzki – still working his way back from knee surgery – added 19 in 29 minutes for the Mavericks, who fell to 0-6 in overtime this season.

The struggling Brooklyn Nets ended Oklahoma City’s 12-game home winning streak with a 110-93 victory in a game featuring the first ejection of Kevin Durant’s career.

Joe Johnson scored a season-high 33 points and Deron Williams added 19 points and 13 assists for the Nets, who fired coach Avery Johnson last month and were coming off a 31-point defeat to San Antonio on Monday.

The Nets squandered a 23-point lead and allowed Oklahoma City to tie it at 85 before going on a 23-8 run to retake control of the game. Durant was ejected near the end of the run for arguing with the referee over a technical foul.

Durant scored 27 points and Russell Westbrook had 26 points and 10 assists for Oklahoma City, wholost for only the third time at home this season.

The Golden State Warriors handed the Los Angeles Clippers their second straight defeat, 115-94, following the Clippers’ franchise-record 17-game winning streak.

Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 31 points in the first half and David Lee finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who became the first team to beat the Clippers twice this season.

Jamal Crawford scored 24 points off the bench and Chris Paul had 23 points and six rebounds for the Clippers, whose loss to Denver on Tuesday ended their win streak.

In Boston, Mike Conley had 23 points and nine assists to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 93-83 win over the Celtics.

San Antonio withstood a second-half rally to beat Milwaukee 117-110 on the road.

The Houston Rockets defeated the New Orleans Hornets 104-92, with James Harden leading the team in scoring for the 14th straight game in which he’s played.

Toronto ended an eight-game losing streak to Portland, routing the Trail Blazers 102-79 at home.

In Indianapolis, the Pacers edged the NBA-worst Washington Wizards 89-81.

The Chicago Bulls got a season-high 31 points and 11 rebounds from Carlos Boozer and managed to hang on to beat Orlando, 96-94.

Sacramento beat Cleveland 97-94 for their second road win of the season and Utah easily defeated Minnesota 106-84 to end a three-game losing streak. The Phoenix Suns also ended a six-game losing streak with a 95-89 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. — AP

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