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NBA roundup — Dec. 23

Associated Press

Heat 121, Hawks 119

LeBron James scored 38 points, Michael Beasley made two free throws with 9.2 seconds left to put Miami up for good, and the Heat beat the visiting Atlanta Hawks in overtime on Monday night.

The Heat wasted an early 13-0 lead, then rallied from seven points down in the final 90 seconds of the fourth quarter. Ray Allen made three free throws with 8 seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime.

Allen finished with 19 points, Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen each scored 12 and Chris Bosh finished with 11 for the Heat, who played without Dwyane Wade and still beat the Hawks for the ninth time in a row.

Jeff Teague scored 26 points, Paul Millsap made seven 3-pointers on the way to a 25-point night, and Al Horford finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.

Knicks 103, Magic 98

Carmelo Anthony had 19 points before leaving the game with a sprained left ankle in the third quarter, but the visiting New York Knicks were able to stave off a fierce charge to preserve their eighth victory in a row over the Orlando Magic.

New York led by as many as 25 points before having its lead cut all the way to a basket in the fourth quarter. Beno Udrih hit six straight free throws in the final 26 seconds to help preserve the win. J.R. Smith added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 26 points. Glen Davis added 20 and Jameer Nelson 17. The Magic have lost three in a row and 11 of their last 13.

Bobcats 111, Bucks 110

Al Jefferson scored a season-high 26 points, Kemba Walker nearly had a triple-double and the host Charlotte Bobcats beat the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime for their fourth victory in five games. Jefferson was 12-of-23 from the field as the Bobcats (14-15) overcame an 18-point, first-half deficit.

Walker had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and Anthony Tolliver had 12 points on four 3-pointers. Rookie Cody Zeller added a career-high 12 points.

Pacers 103, Nets 86

Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 26 points in his hometown, Paul George also had 26, and the visiting Indiana Pacers went on to their third consecutive easy victory. Stephenson did most of his damage as a scorer, back where he did plenty of it in high school. He became the career scoring leader in New York state, scoring nearly 3,000 points at Abraham Lincoln High School.

Grizzlies 104, Jazz 94

Zach Randolph scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Jerryd Bayless added all of his 17 points in the second half and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies beat the Utah Jazz. Memphis (12-15) has won two in the row after losing a season-high five in a row. Bayless hit two 3-pointers in a row, one at the end of the third quarter and the other at the beginning of the fourth, to help the Grizzlies push out to an 80-71 lead. The Grizzlies’ bench had a big game. Bayless was 4-of-5 from 3-point range while Mike Miller scored 15 and Jon Leuer added 11.

Mavericks 111, 
Rockets 104

Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to lead the visiting Dallas Mavericks. Houston cut the lead to six after a 3-pointer by Aaron Brooks with about 3½ minutes left, but Nowitzki knocked down consecutive baskets to push the Mavericks lead to 107-97. Dwight Howard had 29 points and 15 rebounds for the Rockets.

Spurs 112, Raptors 99

Tony Parker had 26 points and eight assists and the host San Antonio Spurs beat the Toronto Raptors. Manu Ginobili had 18 points and Danny Green was 4 for 6 on 3-pointers in scoring 14 points for San Antonio (21-7).

Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross had 23 points each for Toronto (11-15).

Warriors 89, Nuggets 81

The visiting Golden State Warriors outscored the Denver Nuggets 15-4 over the final 4½ minutes to rally to victory. David Lee scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Warriors.

Suns 117, Lakers 90

Marcus Morris scored 19 off the bench and Miles Plumlee added 17 points and 20 rebounds to lead the host Phoenix Suns. The Suns outscored the Lakers by nine points in both the second and third quarters and took a 22-point advantage into the fourth quarter.


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