Mon, Jan 28, 2008 - Page 19 News List

NBA: Heat end losing streak against Pacers

RECOVERY At Charlotte, North Carolina, Andre Iguodala scored 33 points to help the 76ers beat the Bobcats, while New Orleans beat the Spurs to win eight straight games

AP , MIAMI

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, No. 21, defends New Orleans Hornets forward Hilton Armstrong, right, during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday.

PHOTO: AP

The Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 98-96 on Saturday and ended a 15-game losing streak -- the longest in the NBA this season and the second-longest in franchise history.

So what if Miami improved its record to only 9-33? For the first time since Dec. 22, the Heat could leave a game happy.

Dwyane Wade scored 35 points, Mark Blount added 10 of his 19 in the pivotal fourth quarter, and Dorell Wright had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The Pacers led by nine with 4:05 left in the third but couldn't finish off Miami. Mike Dunleavy scored 25 points for Indiana, which has lost 13 of its last 17 games.

76ERS 103, BOBCATS 96

At Charlotte, North Carolina, Andre Iguodala scored 33 points and Philadelphia recovered from a poor start to beat Charlotte and snap a three-game losing streak.

Andre Miller added 23 points and Samuel Dalembert grabbed 14 rebounds in a rare good performance for the 76ers, who had lost 11 of 13 games this month.

The Sixers rallied from an early 11-point deficit by controlling the boards. They had 17 offensive rebounds, while Iguodala hit 13 of 21 shots, finishing one shy of his career high.

Jason Richardson led the Bobcats with 35 points.

HORNETS 102, SPURS 78

At San Antonio, David West scored 32 points and New Orleans won its eighth straight game.

Peja Stojakovic added 22 points, including four 3-pointers, and Chris Paul had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets.

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker scored 17 points apiece for San Antonio, which has lost five games at home this season.

The Hornets outscored the Spurs 60-35 in the second half, when they took control of the game and grabbed the lead for good.

GRIZZLIES 125,CLIPPERS 120, OT

At Memphis, Tennessee, Rudy Gay scored a career-high 34 points and Memphis hit its free throws at the end to beat Los Angeles in overtime.

Mike Miller scored 27 points for Memphis, and Kyle Lowry had a career-high 21 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who shot 53 percent and hit seven of eight free throws in the final 21.2 seconds to maintain their lead.

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