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NBA roundup: James Jones leads Heat’s third-quarter run to top Magic

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Heat 120, Magic 92

LeBron James scored 21 points and handed out seven assists, Chris Bosh scored 18 points and the visiting Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic for their fifth victory in a row.

James Jones scored 14 of his 17 points in the third quarter, when the Heat turned what was a five-point game into a runaway.

All five Miami starters sat out the fourth quarter for the second straight night, and Dwyane Wade sat out the whole way once again to give his knees more rest.

Michael Beasley scored 14 points and Chris Andersen added 10 for the Heat, who opened the game on a 16-0 run, lost the lead briefly in the second quarter, then dominated after halftime.

Arron Afflalo scored 20 of his 30 points in the first half for Orlando, and made 7-of-9 shots from 3-point range. Victor Oladipo scored 20 points, but also had eight turnovers, giving him 17 in his past two games.

Jameer Nelson scored 17 for the Magic.

Jones started in Wade’s place and went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc in the third quarter, including back-to-back 3s that helped blow the game open. After connecting to make it 68-57, Jones took a pass from James, watched Nelson sail past after falling victim to a head fake, then coolly hit another 3 to extend Miami’s lead to 14.

“That’s what happens when you double,” James shouted, and the Heat didn’t lose control again.

James reached double figures for the 507th consecutive game, one shy of matching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the fifth-longest streak in NBA history.

Bobcats 95, Nets 91

Kemba Walker scored a season-high 31 points and the host Charlotte Bobcats handed the turnover-prone Brooklyn Nets their sixth loss in their past seven games. Walker was 12-of-20 from the field and knocked down four 3-pointers.

Raptors 108, Sixers 98

DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points and Rudy Gay had 18 to help the visiting Toronto Raptors (5-7) beat Philadelphia and take away first place from the Sixers (5-8).

Pacers 103, Knicks 96

Paul George made three free throws to tie it with 5.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored nine of his season-high 35 points in overtime as the Indiana Pacers rallied to beat the New York Knicks, who dropped their sixth in a row at home.

Hawks 93, Pistons 85

Paul Millsap, signed in the offseason to replace Josh Smith, had 19 points to steal the spotlight in Smith’s return to Atlanta and lead the Hawks to victory.

Pelicans 105, Jazz 98

Forward Anthony Davis scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Ryan Anderson came off the bench to add 19 points to lead the host New Orleans Pelicans.

Trail Blazers 91, Bucks 82

LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and seven rebounds and guard Damian Lillard added 19 points and six rebounds to lead the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

Clippers 102, 
Timberwolves 98

Chris Paul and J.J. Reddick combined to hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 23 seconds to enable the visiting Los Angeles Clippers to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves.


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