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NBA: Heat victorious in three road games in three days


Miami Heat forward LeBron James, center, drives between Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison, left, and Pacers forward Danny Granger during their NBA game on Tuesday in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Photo: Reuters

The Miami Heat became the first NBA team in 33 years to win three straight road games in as many days as they beat the Indiana Pacers 105-90 on Tuesday.

Miami is also the first club in 42 years to win each of the three by double digits.

Phoenix were the last to win three in a row on the road in consecutive days, in the 1978-1979 season. Milwaukee were the last team to win all three by at least 10 in 1970-1971.

LeBron James scored 23 points and nearly produced his first triple-double in 11 months, while Dwyane Wade had 16 points for the Heat, which limited Indiana to just six of 23 from the field in the first quarter and not much better until the closing minutes.

David West’s 14 points led the Pacers, who suffered a fourth straight loss. Even worse, they lost leading scorer Danny Granger with a sprained ankle in the first quarter and he did not return.


In Oklahoma City, James Harden scored 22 points as Oklahoma City beat Utah for the second time in five days.

Kevin Durant added 21 for NBA-leading Oklahoma City, who had a rest in between the two games, while Utah were playing their only set of three straight games for the season and have lost the first two.

The well-rested Thunder never trailed and led by at least 12 throughout the second half on their way to an eighth straight home win, extending the team’s longest such streak since moving from Seattle in 2008.

Russell Westbrook chipped in 16 points for Oklahoma City.

Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 15 points.

BULLS 121, KINGS 115

In Chicago, the hosts saw their 19-point fourth-quarter lead sliced to just two before steadying and defeating Sacramento.

Luol Deng came through with 23 points and a career-high 11 assists, while Joakim Noah added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who were without injured star Derrick Rose for a third straight game.

The victory clinched the Eastern Conference coaching spot at the All-Star game for the Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau.

DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 28 points and 17 rebounds.


In Memphis, Mike Conley scored 21 points to lead Memphis over Houston.

Conley scored seven points in the final 2:26 after the Rockets had trimmed what had been a 15-point lead in the third quarter to 84-79, with three minutes left.

Conley answered with a three-pointer following a scramble for a loose ball under the Grizzlies basket for an 87-79 advantage.

Rudy Gay added 20 points and eight rebounds for Memphis.

Kyle Lowry led the Rockets with 24 points.


In Denver, the hosts broke open a close game in the third quarter to see off undermanned Phoenix.

Arron Afflalo scored 20 points and Ty Lawson had 17 for the Nuggets, who snapped a five-game home losing skid.

Markieff Morris had 21 points for the Suns, who rested starters Steve Nash and Grant Hill.


In Auburn Hills, Michigan, San Antonio overcame a spirited Detroit rally to beat the Pistons for their eighth consecutive victory.

Detroit trailed by 15 in the fourth quarter, but came back to take the lead behind Ben Wallace, the veteran big man who set a record by appearing in his 1,055th career game — the most for an undrafted player since the NBA-ABA merger.

The Spurs finally took the lead for good on Tony Parker’s driving layup with 1:13 remaining.

Tim Duncan had 18 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio.

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