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NBA roundup: LeBron rallies Heat past Pelicans

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Heat 107, Pelicans 88

LeBron James scored 32 points, Dwyane Wade scored 22 and the host Miami Heat turned things around in the second half to beat the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

It was the 10th 30-point game of the season for James. The Heat are 9-1 when he scores that many.

Chris Andersen was 7-for-7 from the field and scored 15 points, and Chris Bosh added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Heat, who trailed by 11 points early in the third quarter.

Miami then outscored New Orleans 59-26 over the next 20 minutes, that run ending when James, Wade and Bosh departed for the night with about 3 minutes left.

Wade finished with eight rebounds and eight assists for Miami, which got 11 points from Ray Allen.

Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 22 points and 12 rebounds, most of his numbers coming in the first half. Eric Gordon scored 15 and Tyreke Evans added 13 for New Orleans (15-18).

Wade found a baseline-cutting James for an alley-oop dunk early in the third, and that seemed to be the spark Miami needed. The Heat shot 61 percent in the third, outscoring the Pelicans 32-21 and with James nearly outscoring them by himself, putting up 16 in the period.

And in the fourth, the Heat wasted no time taking full control. Allen’s 3-pointer from the same spot where he connected with 5.2 seconds left in Game 6 of the NBA Finals started a 7-0 run to start the period, with the margin growing steadily from there in Miami’s final game before setting out to play its next six away from home.

Pacers 86, Raptors 79

Roy Hibbert scored 22 points and Danny Granger matched his season high with 13 to help host Indiana hold off Toronto. The Pacers (28-6) won their third in a row to retain the NBA’s best record.

Toronto (16-17) has lost two straight on the road — at Miami and Indiana — after winning four in a row. The Raptors were led by DeMar DeRozan with 28 and Patrick Patterson with 20 against a Pacers team that looked more like itself after losing north of the border last week.

Indiana had a 40-26 scoring advantage in the paint and limited the Raptors to 37 percent shooting from the field.

They closed the first half on an 8-3 spurt to take a 44-36 lead, which they extended to 17 in the third. Toronto couldn’t get closer than six the rest of the way.

Wizards 97, Bobcats 83

Bradley Beal scored 21 points to lead the Washington Wizards to victory over the host Charlotte Bobcats.

Beal was one of five Wizards to score in double figures. Marcin Gortat added 18 points, John Wall had 17 points, Trevor Booker 12 and Martell Webster 10. Gortat added 12 rebounds while helping hold Charlotte center Al Jefferson to six points on 3-of-9 field-goal shooting.

Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with a season-high 27 points. Kemba Walker added 19 and Ramon Sessions 10 as they fell to 15-21 with their sixth loss in seven games. The Bobcats are now 8-11 at home.

The Wizards (15-17) used a 17-0 run in the third quarter to take control of what had been a close game.

Knicks 89, Pistons 85

Carmelo Anthony scored 13 of his 34 points in the pivotal third quarter, then made the clinching free throws with 2.9 seconds left as the New York Knicks beat the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden for the eighth time in a row.

Raymond Felton finished with 12 points and six assists in his return from injury for the Knicks, who came home from a 2-1 Texas swing and held on after blowing most of the 17-point lead they built while outscoring the Pistons 32-17 in the third quarter.

Andrea Bargnani had 13 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Knicks overcome the absence of an ill Tyson Chandler to beat the Pistons.

Josh Smith had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, which has lost five in a row.

Bulls 92, Suns 87

Taj Gibson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Chicago Bulls won in their first game after parting with Luol Deng in a trade.

Joakim Noah added 14 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Bulls to their sixth win in eight games. D.J. Augustin and Jimmy Butler each scored 13. Tony Snell added 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers during an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter that extended the lead to 13.

Warriors 101, Bucks 80

David Lee scored 22 points, making his first 10 shots from the field, to lead the visiting Golden State Warriors.

Lee added 18 rebounds for the Warriors, who have won 10 consecutive games, the team’s longest streak since its NBA-title season in 1975.

Spurs 110, Grizzlies 108

Manu Ginobili’s layup with 0:01 left to play in overtime broke a 108-all tie and powered the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Tim Duncan scored 24 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the Spurs. Mike Conley led Memphis with 30 points.


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