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  • Miami crushed on boards, still wins

  • MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 24 points, LeBron James added 22 points and 11 assists and the Miami Heat survived a huge rebounding differential to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92 on Tuesday night.
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  • MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 24 points, LeBron James added 22 points and 11 assists and the Miami Heat survived a huge rebounding differential to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92 on Tuesday night.
    Chris Bosh scored 15 points and Mario Chalmers added 12 for the Heat, who gave up 21 of the game's first 24 rebounds and wound up getting beaten 52-24 on the boards — yet still won.
    Andrei Kirilenko scored 22 for Minnesota, which played without guard Ricky Rubio, who's being eased back after recovering from knee surgery. The Timberwolves dropped their second straight. Kevin Love finished with 11 points and 18 rebounds, and Nikola Pekovic had a 18-point, 12-rebound effort for the Timberwolves.
    James topped the 20-point mark for the 27th straight regular-season game and 43rd straight overall.
    Lakers 101, Bobcats 100
    At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored four of his 30 points in the final 1:26 and the Lakers overcame an 18-point third-quarter deficit to hand Charlotte its 12th straight loss.
    Jodie Meeks and Metta World Peace each had 17 points for the Lakers, who won their third straight to match their longest winning streak of the season. Pau Gasol, back after missing eight games with tendinitis in both knees, had 10 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes and shot 3 for 10.
    World Peace was not in the starting lineup for the first time after starting the first 25 games. Reserve center Jordan Hill missed his third straight game because of back spasms.
    Hawks 100, Wizards 95, OT
    At Washington, Lou Williams scored a season-high 24 points and Josh Smith had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead Atlanta past Washington in overtime.
    Atlanta (15-7) has won all three meetings with the Wizards (3-19) this season.
    Jazz 92, Nets 90
    At New York, Mo Williams scored 19 points, Al Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Utah held on to beat Brooklyn.
    Utah turned it over on two inbounds passes in the final 31 seconds, the last leading to a Nets steal. They pushed it up and got a potential go-ahead 3-pointer from Gerald Wallace that missed. The Jazz escaped when Reggie Evans' follow shot was no good as time expired.
    Bulls 100, Celtics 89
    At Chicago, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer scored 21 points apiece, Joakim Noah had a triple-double for Chicago.
    Noah had 11 points, 13 rebounds and a career high-tying 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the Bulls evened a 101-95 home loss to Boston on Nov. 12.
    Nate Robinson scored 18 points for Chicago and keyed a fourth-quarter surge that put the game out of reach.
    Raptors 113, Cavaliers 99
    At Cleveland, Jose Calderon scored a season-high 23 points, and Toronto won on the road for the second time this season.
    The Raptors snapped an 11-game skid on the road, winning away from home for the first time since Nov. 13 when they beat Indiana. Toronto, which is 2-14 on the road, has also won three in a row for the first time this season.
    Alan Anderson hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 18 points. Amir Johnson scored 17 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16.
    Bucks 98, Pacers 93
    At Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 13 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and Monta Ellis had 19 points, leading Milwaukee past Indiana.
    Indiana's George Hill hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 94-91 with 1:17 remaining. Jennings then drove the lane and scored with 1 minute left to boost the lead to 96-91 and the Bucks held on for the win.
    Mavericks 107, 76ers 100
    At Dallas, O.J. Mayo scored 26 points, Chris Kaman added 20 and Dallas snapped a three-game losing streak.
    Mayo and Kaman scored 17 of Dallas' last 19 points to help the Mavericks win their seventh straight at home against the 76ers.
    Nuggets 112, Spurs 106
    At Denver, Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 28 points and outplayed Tim Duncan down the stretch as Denver beat San Antonio.
    Duncan had 31 points — also a season high — to go along with 18 rebounds for the Spurs, who closed a 15-point lead to three with 3:38 left before the Nuggets closed it out for their third straight win.
    Manu Ginobili scored 16 points for the Spurs, who have lost four of their last five.
    Warriors 103, Hornets 96
    At Oakland, Calif., David Lee had 26 points and nine rebounds, Klay Thompson finished with 19 points and the Warriors brought their surprising road run home with a victory over the struggling New Orleans Hornets.
    After going 6-1 on the season's longest road stretch, the Warriors built a 14-point lead in the second quarter and held off the Hornets late. Golden State (17-8) is off to its best start since the 1991-92 season, when the team began 21-8.
    Ryan Anderson scored 28 points off the bench and Anthony Davis had 15 points and 16 rebounds in his first start in a month for the Hornets, who lost their eighth straight and are the worst team in the Western Conference with a 5-19 record.
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