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NBA: Miami dominate San Antonio 120-98

SECONDS:The 39-12 score in the third quarter was the Miami Heat’s second-largest differential for any quarter, while it was the second-worst differential for the Spurs


Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, left, and Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat of Poland cover their faces as a foul is called on the Bulls in the second half of their NBA game at the United Center in Chicago on Tuesday.

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LeBron James scored 33 points and Chris Bosh added 30 as the Miami Heat used a historic third-quarter turnaround to erase a big deficit and beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-98 on Tuesday.

Miami outscored San Antonio 39-12 in the third quarter — the second-largest differential for any quarter in Heat history and the second-worst differential for a period in Spurs history. The Heat trailed 52-35 late in the second quarter.

Mike Miller made his season debut and shot six-for-six on three-pointers, finishing with 18 points, tying his career-high for makes from beyond the arc. And the Heat did it all without Dwyane Wade, sitting out on his 30th birthday because of a sprained right ankle.

Danny Green scored 20 points for the Spurs and Tony Parker had 18.


In Orlando, Florida, Dwight Howard had 25 points and 17 rebounds to lead Orlando to their fifth straight win.

Jameer Nelson scored 17 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 15 and Von Wafer 13 as the Magic won for the 10th time in 12 games.

Gerald Henderson had 22 points for Charlotte, who have lost eight of their last nine. The Bobcats are also winless in their past five trips to Orlando.

Turkoglu and Wafer scored eight points each in the decisive fourth quarter.

BULLS 118, SUNS 97

In Chicago, Carlos Boozer scored 26 of his season-high 31 points in the first half, leading short-handed Chicago past Phoenix.

Boozer hit 12 of 15 shots in the opening half and scored eight points during a 12-point burst that opened up a 20-point lead for Chicago, who were playing without Derrick Rose for the second-straight game because of a sprained left big toe.

Steve Nash led Phoenix with 25 points and nine assists.


In Houston, Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Luis Scola also scored 14 as Houston downed Detroit for their fourth straight win.

Kyle Lowry had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Rockets, who outrebounded the Pistons 42-35 to offset 21 turnovers. Houston shot 49 percent from the field and scored 21 points off 17 offensive rebounds.

Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points, Ben Gordon had 18 and Rodney Stuckey added 16 off the bench for the Pistons, who have dropped eight of their past nine games.

In other NBA action, it was:

‧ Warriors 105, Cavaliers 95

‧ Nuggets 105, Bucks 95

‧ Jazz 108, Clippers 79

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