Heat 112, Magic 110
LeBron James had 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and Chris Bosh scored 22 points to help the visiting Miami Heat slip past the Orlando Magic. James scored eight points in overtime, including two free throws that clinched it with 1.5 seconds left. Dwayne Wade, who had 21 points, had a dunk with 6.2 seconds to go to give Miami a four-point lead.
Arron Afflalo scored 28 points for the Magic and J.J. Redick added 23, but he committed the turnover that led to Wade’s decisive dunk. Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and set a team record with 29 rebounds as Orlando lost its sixth straight. The previous record was 28 rebounds by Shaquille O’Neal in 1993.
James scored on a driving layup with 1:07 left in the extra period to give Miami a 108-106 lead. He missed a shot from the top of the key, giving Orlando a chance to tie, but Shane Battier stole a cross-court pass from Redick and fed Wade for his late slam.
Josh McRoberts cut it to two with two seconds to play, but James sealed it at the line.
Bobcats 91, Bulls 81
Kemba Walker had 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats ended an 18-game losing streak with a win over the host Chicago Bulls. Gerald Henderson added 16 points and reserve Ben Gordon had 15 to help Charlotte snap the second-longest skid in team history. It was the Bobcats’ first win in their last 10 road games.
Thunder 114, Suns 96
Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook returned from a cut above his eye to finish with 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and the host Oklahoma City Thunder won on New Year’s Eve for the fifth year in a row since the franchise moved from Seattle.
Pacers 88, Grizzlies 83
Paul George had 21 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead the host Indiana Pacers. DJ Augustin had 17 points and six assists and David West had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who won five of the last six games.
Zach Randolph had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Marc Gasol had 13 points for the Grizzlies, who have dropped three of the last four.
Spurs 104, Nets 73
Tony Parker had 20 points and host San Antonio Spurs held the Brooklyn Nets to five points in the third quarter.
Rockets 123, Hawks 104
James Harden had 28 points and the host Houston Rockets rebounded from their worst loss of the season. Lou Williams had 21 points to lead the Hawks, who had a four game winning streak snapped.