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Heat shoot season high in beating Kings

TURNER’S MATCH:Evan Turner hit a last-gasp winner to lead the 76ers to victory over the Nets. The shot bounced three times on the rim before falling through

AP, MIAMI

Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade added 20 and the Miami Heat put up a season high for points, rolling past the Sacramento Kings 122-103 on Friday.

Paul George had 24 points and nine rebounds and Lance Stephenson added 16 points, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 114-81 rout of the Houston Rockets, while Evan Turner hit the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 29 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 121-120 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets.

In Miami, LeBron James joined the party with 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds while sitting out the fourth quarter for Miami, who have won four straight overall and 18 of their last 19 against the Kings.

Ray Allen added 18 and Mario Chalmers scored 16 for the Heat, who shot 61 percent.

DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 27 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes. Ben McLemore scored 20 and Rudy Gay added 14 for Sacramento, who have now dropped the first three games of their four-game trip.

Jason Thompson and Isaiah Thomas each scored 11 points for the Kings, who hit 58 percent of their shots — the second-best shooting effort by a losing team in the NBA so far this season.

The tone for a night of weak defense was set early.

In a back and forth match, neither team seemed all that interested in stopping the other. The Heat had 29 baskets in the first half; 21 were either dunks, layups or tip-ins. There were 10 ties and nine lead changes in the half, one where no team ever led by more than seven.

By halftime, it was the Kings leading Miami 67-61, but things got away from the Kings in the third.

Bosh, James, Wade and Shane Battier combined for 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting and Miami outscored Sacramento 31-21 in the third, building a 98-82 edge to take into the fourth. The Kings had five turnovers in that quarter, and Miami turned them into 11 points.

In Indianapolis, the Pacers ended their only two-game losing streak of the season and maintained their grip on the Eastern Conference’s best record (21-5) with their most lopsided win of the season.

Dwight Howard finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Rockets. James Harden, the NBA’s No. 6 scorer, was held in check most of the night by George, finishing with 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting.

Former Indiana All-Star Danny Granger received a standing ovation when he made his season debut late in the first quarter and fans chanted his name when he made his first basket, a three-pointer, early in the fourth.

In Philadelphia, Paul Pierce hit a three-pointer with 16.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Nets the short-lived lead, but Turner, sensational all game, drove past a pair of defenders and tossed up the last-gasp shot.

The ball bounced three times around the rim before it dropped through the net.

After a brief review, the bucket stood, Turner was mobbed by his teammates and the Sixers snapped a seven-game losing streak.

In other games on Friday, the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Detroit Pistons 116-106, the Atlanta Hawks thrashed the Utah Jazz 118-85 and the Cleveland Cavaliers edged the Milwaukee Bucks 114-111 in overtime.

Markieff Morris scored 25 points and Gerald Green added 19, helping the Phoenix Suns rally for a 103-99 win over the Denver Nuggets.

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