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NBA roundup — March 16

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Heat 113, Rockets 104

Ray Allen scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter on a milestone day for the veteran, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 24 and host Miami beat Houston to snap its worst skid in three years.

Chris Bosh added 18 points for the Heat, who won for just the second time in their past seven games. They were down 97-92 following a 3-pointer by James Harden midway through the fourth, then finished the game on a 21-7 run.

Allen had 11 points during that late stretch, including a 3-pointer that allowed him to pass Allen Iverson for 21st on the NBA’s scoring list. It was also the 750th regular-season win that Allen was a part of in his career.

“I don’t know how I get open,” said Allen, who took about 1,000 shots on a practice day Saturday by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s estimate. “When I am, I have to be ready to shoot it.”

Harden finished with 30 points for Houston, which got 21 points and 14 rebounds from Dwight Howard. Patrick Beverley added 15 points and Terrence Jones scored 12 for the Rockets, who’ve dropped three in a row.

“We just didn’t play well down the stretch,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said.

Bobcats 101, Bucks 92

Kemba Walker scored 21 points and Al Jefferson added 16 of his 20 in the second half to help Charlotte beat host Milwaukee for its fourth consecutive victory.

Gary Neal added 18 in his return to Milwaukee after the Bucks traded him to Charlotte last month. Gerald Henderson scored 14 as the Bobcats matched their longest winning streak of the season, set Feb. 18-22.

Brandon Knight scored 21 points and Ramon Sessions added 18. Jeff Adrien and John Henson each had 12, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Bobcats from their first sweep of a season series from the Bucks.

Neal led the way in the fourth quarter as the Bobcats slowly pulled away. He scored seven of the Bobcats’ first 12 points and finished with 10 in the quarter.

Suns 121, Raptors 113

Markieff Morris had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Gerald Green scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, and Phoenix beat host Toronto for its second consecutive victory.

Goran Dragic scored 19 points, Eric Bledsoe had 14 and P.J. Tucker 11 for the Suns, who had lost three of four before winning 87-80 at Boston on Friday.

Bench scoring was a big edge for Phoenix, whose reserves outscored Toronto’s 59-11.

Kyle Lowry had 28 points and 13 assists, and Terrence Ross scored 22 points as Toronto lost at home for the first time since a triple-overtime defeat to Washington on Feb. 27, snapping a four-game winning streak at Air Canada Centre.

Pelicans 121, Celtics 120

Anthony Davis set career highs with 40 points and 21 rebounds, and Eric Gordon made two crucial free throws in overtime to lead host New Orleans to victory over Boston.

Tyreke Evans added 26 points and Gordon had 19 for the Pelicans, who had lost two consecutive games. Gordon’s foul shots with 9.4 seconds remaining gave the Pelicans a 121-117 lead.

Davis did not score in overtime but controlled the middle by grabbing six rebounds. His previous high for points was Friday night when he scored 36 in a loss against Portland.

Jeff Green scored 39 points, including three big free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation, but Boston lost its fourth consecutive game.

Spurs 122, Jazz 104

Manu Ginobili scored 21 points to help host San Antonio beat Utah for its 10th consecutive victory.

San Antonio shot a season-high 62.8 percent from the field in its fourth victory in four games this season against Utah. Tony Parker had 18 points and Tim Duncan scored 16.

It’s the second double-digit winning streak of the Spurs, who won 11 in a row in November.

Derrick Favors had a season-high 28 points for Utah, which has lost four in a row. Gordon Hayward scored 17 and Trey Burke had 13 points.

Timberwolves 104,
Kings 102

Kevin Love had 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead host Minnesota to victory over Sacramento.

Love hit 3-of-6 3-pointers, including one with 1:07 to play to give Minnesota a 97-95 lead and the Timberwolves hung on.

Kevin Martin added 31 points and rookie Gorgui Dieng had his first career double-double with season highs in points (12) and rebounds (11) for Minnesota. He also had five blocks.

The Timberwolves won for the 33rd time, their most wins since 2005-06.

Derrick Williams scored 26 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for Sacramento, which has officially been eliminated from postseason contention. Isaiah Thomas had 27 points, including two 3-pointers in the final 15 seconds to keep it close.

Mavericks 109,
Thunder 86

Shawn Marion scored 19 points, Vince Carter added 18 and Dallas beat host Oklahoma City, ending a seven-game regular-season losing streak to the Thunder.

Dirk Nowitzki added 17 points and Jose Calderon had 16 points for Dallas, which entered the game tied for seventh in the Western Conference standings. The Mavericks, who begin an eight-game homestand today became only the third Western Conference team to win this season in Oklahoma City, joining the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Dallas’ win over the Thunder was its first since Jan. 2, 2012. In addition to the seven consecutive regular-season losses to Oklahoma City, the Mavericks also were swept by the Thunder in a 2012 playoff series.


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