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NBA roundup — Dec. 20

Associated Press

Heat 122, Kings 103

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

LeBron James had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds while sitting out the fourth quarter for Miami, which has won four in a row overall and 18 of its 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.

Hawks 118, Jazz 85

Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks continued their offensive upswing as they rolled to an easy win over the visiting Utah Jazz. The Hawks never trailed and pushed their lead to double digits for good in the opening period. Atlanta has topped 110 points in three consecutive games.

Al Horford has been a key in the flurry of high-scoring games, averaging 23.8 points in his last four games. He had 23 points in only three quarters. Horford was rested as the Hawks took an 85-58 lead into the final period.

Bobcats 116, Pistons 106

Kemba Walker scored 34 points and Al Jefferson led a fourth-quarter rally by the Charlotte Bobcats, who overtook the host Detroit Pistons after trailing by as many as 20. Charlotte was down 14 after three quarters before dominating the fourth. Jefferson scored 13 points during a decisive 16-3 run.

Down 89-75, the Bobcats scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to get back in the game. Jefferson scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth. Charlotte scored 72 points in the second half and outscored the Pistons 41-17 in the final quarter.

76ers 121, Nets 120

Evan Turner hit the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 29 points to lead the host Philadelphia 76ers to an overtime win.

Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 16.9 seconds left in OT to give the Nets the short-lived lead.

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.

Pacers 114, Rockets 81

Paul George scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Lance Stephenson added 16 points, six rebounds and six assists to power the host Indiana Pacers over the Houston Rockets. Dwight Howard led Houston with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Raptors 109, Mavericks 108

DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket on a wild shot while getting fouled in overtime and the visiting Toronto Raptors beat the Dallas Mavericks.

The Raptors held on despite 23 points and a huge fourth quarter from old teammate Jose Calderon.

Toronto trailed 108-107 after a 3-pointer by Calderon when DeRozan’s pump-fake got Brandan Wright and Shawn Marion in the air. DeRozan threw up a shot as he was bumped and it went in for the final points with 1:11 remaining.


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