NBA wrap: Heat win finals rematch with Spurs

Last updated 18:52 27/01/2014

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Chris Bosh scored 24 points on 9-for-10 shooting, LeBron James added 18 points and the Miami Heat rolled past the San Antonio Spurs 113-101 in an NBA Finals rematch from last season.

Mario Chalmers scored 16 points for Miami, which used Dwyane Wade as a reserve for the first time since January 6, 2008. Wade - an All-Star starter again this season - had not played in any of two-time defending champion Miami's most recent four games while dealing with ongoing knee rehabilitation. He had eight points and five assists in 24 minutes.

Michael Beasley scored 12 points, Norris Cole had 11 and Ray Allen added 10 for Miami. Bosh has made 17 of his last 18 shots from the floor.

Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 23 points. Boris Diaw added 15.

WARRIORS 103, TRAIL BLAZERS 88

Stephen Curry had 38 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Golden State used a smothering defense to beat Portland.

The newly elected All-Star starting point guard, wearing shiny gold shoes, shot 13 of 23 from the floor to carry the offensive load. The Warriors did it all on defense, too, building a 22-point lead midway through the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

Golden State outshot Portland 41.8 per cent to 33.7 per cent and forced 15 turnovers while committing nine.

Damian Lillard had 16 points and four assists, and Wesley Matthews scored 21 for the Blazers, who had a quick turnaround after beating Minnesota in Portland on Saturday night. It was a season low in points and shooting percentage and it tied the largest margin of defeat for Portland, which entered averaging an NBA-best 109.5 points.

NETS 85, CELTICS 79

Andray Blatche scored 17 points to lead Brooklyn to victory in the first visit by Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Boston since they were traded last July.

The cornerstones of the Celtics' 2008 championship team received video tributes early in the game with career highlights shown on the scoreboard. They didn't have any highlights on the court until Garnett stole the ball from Rajon Rondo and dribbled ahead of the field for a layup that ended Boston's last threat.

That put the Nets ahead 82-77 with 20 seconds left and secured their 10th win in 11 games.

The Celtics, losing for the 17th time in 20 games, were led by Brandon Bass with 17 points and Rondo with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Pierce and Garnett scored just six points each.

KNICKS 110, LAKERS 103

Carmelo Anthony followed his 62-point game with 35 more, and New York beat Los Angeles.

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Anthony finished with two points fewer than he had at halftime of his record-setting night Friday, but he scored six straight New York points down the stretch after the Lakers had cut the Knicks' lead to two with just over 5 minutes left.

And he had plenty of help as the Knicks won their second straight following a five-game losing streak.

Raymond Felton scored 20 points, Tim Hardaway Jr had 18 and JR Smith 16 for the Knicks. Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Jodie Meeks scored 24 points for the Lakers. Pau Gasol had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers dropped their fourth straight to finish 2-5 on their Grammy Awards trip.

NUGGETS 125, KINGS 117

Ty Lawson scored 27 points, Wilson Chandler had 20 and Denver defeated short-handed Sacramento for its second straight victory.

The Nuggets went ahead late in the third quarter and never trailed again. Denver was coming off a 109-96 home win Saturday night over Indiana, which has the best record in the NBA.

Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points for the Kings, who have dropped three straight and five of six. They played their second straight game without leading scorers DeMarcus Cousins (ankle sprain) and Rudy Gay (Achilles strain). The two combine for nearly 43 points per game.

PELICANS 100, MAGIC 92

Anthony Davis had 22 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and New Orleans beat Orlando to win its second straight game.

Davis' statistical line marked the first time since the franchise was founded as the Hornets in Charlotte in 1988 that a player on the club had that many points, rebounds and blocks in the same game.

Tyreke Evans scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to keep struggling Orlando at bay.

Led by Arron Afflalo's 25 points, the Magic twice got as close as three points late in the fourth quarter.

Brian Roberts had 15 points and Eric Gordon 14 for the Pelicans.

Victor Oladipo 18 points and five steals for Orlando, while Tobias Harris added 17 points and nine rebounds.
SUNS 99, CAVALIERS 90

Markieff Morris scored 27 points and Phoenix rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to defeat Cleveland.

The Suns turned in a dominant second half, outscoring the Cavaliers 56-29. Channing Frye finished with 16 points, including four 3-pointers after halftime, and Goran Dragic scored 15 to help Phoenix pull off the comeback on the first stop of a four-game road trip.

The Cavaliers, who led by 20 late in the second quarter, fell to 1-3 on a five-game homestand considered crucial to their chances of staying in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points and Luol Deng added 18 for Cleveland.

MAVERICKS 116, PISTONS 106

Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and Devin Harris had a season-high 14 for the second straight game to carry Dallas past Detroit.

Nowitzki was 10 of 16 from the field in his second straight game wearing a sleeve on his sore left knee after sitting out a loss in Toronto. It's not the knee that required surgery and sidelined him the first 27 games last season.

Harris scored five straight points in the final minute of the third quarter to break a 79-all tie. His 3-pointer early in the fourth capped a 15-2 run for a 94-81 Dallas lead.

Brandon Jennings had 26 points and seven assists to lead the Pistons, who lost their fourth straight. Josh Smith had 25 points and eight rebounds.

- AP

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