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NBA roundup — Jan. 5

Associated Press

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Heat 102, Raptors 97

LeBron James scored 30 points, Michael Beasley came off the bench to add 17 and the host Miami Heat held on down the stretch to beat the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.

Dwyane Wade scored 14 points and Chris Bosh grabbed 11 rebounds for the Heat, who successfully overcame a deficit entering the fourth quarter for the seventh time in 13 tries. Miami was down by five entering the fourth, then opened the final period with a 7-0 run and never trailed again.

DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting for Toronto, which was bidding for its first six-game winning streak since April 2007. Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas each scored 17 for the Raptors, who got 14 from Kyle Lowry.

Warriors 112, Wizards 96

Klay Thompson scored 26 points, Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut connected on a trick play worthy of the NBA’s slam dunk contest, and the Golden State Warriors have their longest in-season winning streak since 1975 after a win over the host Washington Wizards.

The Warriors won their ninth in a row by turning the third quarter into a laugher, opening the quarter with a 30-5 run.

Curry and Thompson topped John Wall and Bradley Beal in the battle of the two highest-scoring backcourts in the NBA. Curry scored 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting, but the league’s most turnover-prone player had 10 assists and only two giveaways. Thompson was 9-for-14 from the field, including 6-for-9 from 3-point range.

Wall had 14 points and 10 assists, but he shot 4-for-11, including 1-for-5 in the crucial third quarter.

Grizzlies 112, Pistons 84

Jon Leuer matched a career-high with 23 points, Zach Randolph had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies dominated the second half to beat the host Detroit Pistons.

Memphis had six players in double figures, including 15 from former Piston Tayshaun Prince.

Greg Monroe led Detroit with 19 points, while Andre Drummond added 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pistons lost their fourth straight and fifth in a row at home. They are now 4-10 after a 10-10 start to the season.

The Grizzlies continued to alternate wins and losses, going 3-2 in their last five without back-to-back victories or defeats.

Both teams were short-handed in the backcourt. Detroit’s Rodney Stuckey (shoulder) missed his second straight game, while Tony Allen (hand) was added to a lengthy Memphis injury list.

Thunder 119, Celtics 96

Reggie Jackson scored a career-high 27 points, Kevin Durant added 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder halted their home-court swoon with a win over the visiting Boston Celtics.

Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which had lost three of its previous four home games after starting the season 13-0 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder (27-7) have the best record in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City is 4-2 since All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 27.

Jeff Green and Avery Bradley scored 19 points apiece for Boston.

Knicks 92, Mavericks 80

Carmelo Anthony scored 15 of his 19 points in the first quarter to jump-start the New York Knicks’ victory over the host Dallas Mavericks.

New York led by as many as 19 points and held off a second-half rally that pulled the Mavericks within six. The Knicks went 2-1 on a four-day trip through Texas.

Anthony scored six points during a 12-0 run in the first that gave the Knicks a 24-13 lead. He also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the quarter.

Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks.


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