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NBA: Heat beat Grizzlies to lengthen winning streak to lucky 13

AFP, MIAMI, Florida

LeBron James scored 14 points in the fourth as the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 13 with a 98-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

James finished with 18 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and had a clutch three-pointer in the fourth for the Heat, who snapped the Grizzlies’ eight-win streak.

The Heat’s Dwyane Wade finished with 22 points and eight assists in the win.

Marc Gasol scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Mike Conley and Zach Randolph had 14 points each for the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies eight straight wins tied their most in franchise history dating back to their days as the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said Grizzlies used their size effectively to prevent the Heat from generating scoring chances.

James, who carried the Heat on his back for most of last month, got some help this time. He started slowly on Friday and for awhile it looked like he might be held to under 10 points in a game for the first time in more than six years.

The Heat have won 11 in a row at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Grizzlies gave the Heat a scare as they turned Friday’s game into a classic matchup of Miami’s offense and Memphis’ defense.

Heading into Friday’s game, the Grizzlies were allowing an average of 89.5 points per game, best in the league.


AP, ORLANDO, Florida

James Harden had 24 points, and Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino added 21 each as Houston rallied in the fourth to beat Orlando.

The Rockets stopped a two-game skid and ended a five-game losing streak to the Magic. Houston trailed by two, before using an 11-0 run to seize control.

In other play, it was:

‧ Indiana 93, Toronto 81

‧ NY Knicks 96, Washington 88

‧ Boston 94, Golden State 86

‧ LA Clippers 105, Cleveland 89

‧ Dallas 98, Brooklyn 90

‧ New Orleans 100, Detroit 95

‧ San Antonio 130, Sacramento 102

‧ Utah 98, Charlotte 68

‧ Phoenix, 92 Atlanta 87

‧ Denver 105, Oklahoma City 103

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