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NBA roundup — March 9

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Bulls 95, Heat 88

Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds, D.J. Augustin scored 22 and host Chicago beat Miami in overtime Sunday after Jimmy Butler blocked LeBron James at the end of regulation.

Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, but with James struggling again, the Heat dropped their third straight to match their longest losing streak of the season.

James scored 17 points on 8-of-23 shooting and couldn’t come through after Miami blew a 12-point lead down the stretch. With a chance to win it at the end of regulation, he got stripped by Butler on a layup attempt.

In overtime, it was all Bulls.

Chicago outscored Miami 9-2, starting with Augustin’s 3 just under a minute in. Butler added a jumper from the wing, Noah scored on a putback and Butler added two free throws to make it 95-86 with 1:33 left before James made a layup.

James also went without a mask from the start to protect his broken nose, after ditching it during the previous game. He said it was simply uncomfortable, so he decided to play without it even though he was not cleared to do so.

Lakers 114, Thunder 110

Jodie Meeks scored 24 of his career-high 42 points in the second half, and host Los Angeles beat Oklahoma City despite a triple-double by Thunder star Kevin Durant.

Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the injury-ravaged Lakers, who had lost 29 of their previous 37 games. Meeks was 11 of 18 from the field and 14 for 14 at the line while becoming the third player to reach the 30-point mark this season for Los Angeles.

Meeks is averaging 19.2 points in 11 games since returning from a sprained right ankle. Before the injury, he was averaging 14.4.

Durant had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his third triple-double this season. Serge Ibaka had 21 points and 15 boards for Oklahoma City.

Celtics 118, Pistons 111

Rajon Rondo had 11 points and a season-high 18 assists, Jeff Green scored 27 points and host Boston had its second-highest scoring output of the season in a win over Detroit.

Kris Humphries added a season-high 20 points, including two free throws with 25 seconds left to help Boston seal the win after the Pistons closed it to 113-109. Humphries also led Boston with 11 rebounds.

Jerryd Bayless scored 15 points, Kelly Olynyk added 18 and Jared Sullinger 14 for the Celtics.

Josh Smith had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons and was one of three Detroit players with double-doubles.

Nets 104, Kings 89

Marcus Thornton scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter against his old team and Joe Johnson added 18 points, helping host Brooklyn overcome an injury to Paul Pierce in a victory over Sacramento.

Alan Anderson had 11 points and Shaun Livingston and Deron Williams each scored 10 points as the Nets won for the fifth time in six games.

DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 28 rebounds to lead the Kings, and Rudy Gay added 20 points.

Brooklyn led by 16 points in the first half after losing Pierce to a right shoulder injury in the first quarter.

Sacramento trailed 49-40 at halftime and then opened the third quarter with a 17-8 run to tie the score at 57-all with 7:38 left in the period.

However, Brooklyn outscored Sacramento 47-32 the rest of the way.

Pelicans 111, Nuggets 107

Anthony Davis tied his career high with 32 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked six shots, and host New Orleans erased a 16-point deficit to capture its third straight victory, this time over Denver in overtime.

Tyreke Evans had 20 points and Anthony Morrow added 14, including a 15-foot pullup in the lane that tied the game at 94 with 1 second left in regulation.

Davis’ free throws gave New Orleans the lead for good at 106-104, and his block of Ty Lawson’s driving layup prevented Denver from tying it with 1:14 left in overtime.

Davis became the first player in franchise history — going back to the club’s founding as the Charlotte Hornets in 1988 — to have as many points, rebounds and blocks in one game.

Kenneth Faried had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Denver.

Raptors 111,
Timberwolves 104

Kyle Lowry had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his fourth career triple-
double, lifting Toronto to a victory over host Minnesota.

DeMar DeRozan added 25 points and seven rebounds and Steve Novak hit five 3-pointers for the surprising Raptors, who have won nine of their last 11 games to climb to third place in the Eastern Conference standings. Toronto shot 58.3 percent (14 for 24) on 3-pointers.

Kevin Love had 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and Nikola Pekovic added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Rockets 118,
Trail Blazers 113

James Harden scored 41 points, Jeremy Lin had 26 and host Houston rallied for an overtime win against Portland.

The Trail Blazers led by 3 in overtime after two free throws by Wesley Matthews. Houston took over from there, using an 8-2 run with a 3 from Harden and four points from Lin to make it 116-113 with 35.4 seconds left. Lin added two free throws after that to help the Rockets secure their fifth straight win.

Harden hit a 3-pointer with seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 28 points and 12 rebounds, but managed just two points in OT.

Mavericks 105, Pacers 94

Monta Ellis and Devin Harris scored 20 points apiece and host Dallas extended Indiana’s season-long losing streak to four games with a victory against the Pacers.

The Pacers rallied from 17 points down in the first half and almost wiped out another double-digit deficit after halftime, but had the same offensive troubles late that plagued them early in the game.

Paul George had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers, who stayed a game and a half up on Miami for the lead in the Eastern Conference after the Heat lost in overtime to Chicago.


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