James buries late 3 to down Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James capped one of his best games of the season in dramatic fashion, making a step-back 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to carry the Miami Heat past the Golden State Warriors 111-110 on Wednesday night and into the All-Star break on a high note.
With teammate Dwyane Wade scratched from the lineup with a sore left foot, James shouldered the load for the two-time defending NBA champions. He finished with 36 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, saving his best moment for last.
After fellow All-Star Stephen Curry hit a bank shot to start a three-point play that put the Warriors ahead by two, James let the clock tick down on the other end. He swished in a 27-footer with two-tenths of a second left over Andre Iguodala, then patted his chest and high-stepped on the sideline to leave the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 stunned and silent.
James shot 14 of 26 from the floor, including several dazzling dunks, and helped the Heat go ahead by 21 points in the third quarter. Chris Bosh added 19 points and five rebounds, and reserve Michael Beasley scored 16 points in a thrilling victory for the Heat, who played without Wade for the second straight night.
Curry finished with 29 points and seven assists, and David Lee had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who rallied to take an 87-84 lead early in the fourth quarter before the teams traded baskets late.
Mavericks 81, Pacers 73
At Indianapolis, Monta Ellis had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points to help Dallas hand Indiana its third home loss of the season.
The Mavericks (32-22), who have won six of seven, finished a three-game road trip heading into the NBA All-Star break. Dallas' five-game winning streak was snapped at Charlotte on Tuesday.
Rockets 113, Wizards 112
At Houston, James Harden scored 35 points and his layup with 0.7 seconds remaining lifted Houston over Washington.
John Wall gave Washington the lead with a pair of free throws with 4 seconds left. Trevor Ariza fouled out when he pushed Harden to the ground on the ensuing inbounds pass. It was ruled a foul away from the play, giving Houston one free throw and possession.
Spurs 104, Celtics 92
At Boston, Tim Duncan scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, powering injury-depleted San Antonio to a win over Boston.
The Spurs played without guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and forward Tiago Splitter — all sidelined with injuries.
Timberwolves 117, Nuggets 90
At Minneapolis, Kevin Love started practicing early for All-Star weekend, making six of 11 shots from 3-point range and totaling 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead Minnesota over Denver.
Denver (24-27) has dropped nine of 13 and four in a row to fall behind Minnesota (25-28) and into 11th place in the West. The Wolves trail eighth-place Phoenix by six games.
Cavaliers 93, Pistons 89
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Kyrie Irving's 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 27.2 seconds remaining keyed Cleveland's victory over Detroit.
Tristan Thompson scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for Cleveland.
Kyle Singler had 12 points and seven rebounds in a starting role for Detroit.
Raptors 104, Hawks 83
At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 13 assists, and Toronto snapped a five-game home losing streak to Atlanta.
Grizzlies 86, Magic 81
At Orlando, Fla., Zach Randolph had 20 points, Courtney Lee added 17 and Memphis held off Orlando.
Memphis beat the Magic for the sixth straight time and enters the All-Star break having won eight of its last 11.
Nets 105, Bobcats 89
At New York, Paul Pierce scored 25 points to lead Brooklyn over Charlotte.
Kings 106, Knicks 101, OT
At New York, Rudy Gay made the tying basket in regulation and a 3-pointer in overtime that gave Sacramento the lead for good, and Jimmer Fredette scored a career-high 24 points to help the Kings beat New York.
Pelicans 102, Bucks 98
At Milwaukee, Eric Gordon scored 21 points, center Alexis Ajinca added 16 and New Orleans headed home for All-Star weekend with a victory over Milwaukee.
Jazz 105, 76ers 100
At Salt Lake City, Alec Burks scored 10 of his 26 points in the final 2 minutes to lift Utah over skidding Philadelphia.
The game was tied 91-all when the Jazz looked to Burks to create some offense. The guard made a number of acrobatic drives to the basket and capped a personal 9-0 run with a soaring dunk to make it 100-91 with 22 seconds to play.