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NBA: Wade carries Heat past the Magic


Dwyane Wade scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and Chris Bosh added 23 points as the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic 91-81 on Sunday to extend their home winning streak to 13 games.

LeBron James finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five steals for the Heat. His pass with 3 minutes, 46 seconds left made it past two Magic defenders and set up Bosh for perhaps the clincher, a three-point play that stretched Miami’s lead to 84-73.

Dwight Howard finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando. Quentin Richardson was five for seven on three-pointers for a 15-point night for the Magic, who split four games with Miami this season, both teams going 2-0 at home.


In Cleveland, Ohio, Joe Johnson scored 28 points as Atlanta beat Cleveland for the sixth straight time.

Atlanta had only 10 players available, but took an early lead that they never relinquished.

The Hawks built a 19-point lead midway through the third quarter and answered Cleveland’s only run late in the period to win going away. Jeff Teague added 18 points for the Hawks and Kirk Hinrich scored 14.

Alonzo Gee matched a career high with 20 points to lead Cleveland, who have lost three straight games. Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 19 points and had 10 assists for his first career double-double.


In Los Angeles, Chris Paul scored nine of his 19 points in overtime and added a season-high 15 assists to carry Los Angeles over Detroit.

Blake Griffin had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and he tipped in Paul’s missed layup with 19 seconds left in regulation before Paul swiped the ball from Tayshaun Prince to send it to overtime.

Greg Monroe scored six of his 23 points in overtime and added 15 rebounds for Detroit, who dropped to 1-3 on their five-game Western Conference road trip. Prince scored 20 points for the Pistons, who went three for 16 in the fourth quarter, while blowing a late nine-point lead.



In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 28 points, while Kevin Durant had 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists as Oklahoma began work on restoring their home-court dominance by beating Portland.

James Harden added 14 points for Oklahoma City, who moved to 10-1 this season in the game immediately following a loss. The Thunder had lost at home to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

Jamal Crawford led Portland with 23 points, while Raymond Felton had 19.


In Los Angeles, Paul Millsap scored 24 points, while Enes Kanter added 17 points and eight rebounds as Utah handed Los Angeles just their second home loss since Christmas.

Rookie Alec Burks scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Jazz, who snapped the Lakers’ five-game winning streak while winning three straight games of their own for the first time in two months.

NBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant had 15 points on three-for-20 shooting for the Lakers, punctuating his horrific night by missing a tying three-point attempt in the waning seconds.

Andrew Bynum had 33 points and 11 rebounds while making 12 of his 14 shots for Los Angeles, who had won 19 of their last 20 games at Staples Center since losing their season-opener to Chicago.


In Phoenix, Arizona, Michael Redd scored a season-high 25 points off the bench as Phoenix beat Houston for their fourth straight win.

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