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NBA roundup — March 24

Associated Press

Rockets 100, Bobcats 89

James Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had a double-double in his return to the court and Houston defeated host Charlotte on Monday for its fourth straight win.

Harden had 14 points in the pivotal third quarter and finished 11-of-19 from the field. Terrence Jones added 18 points and seven rebounds in the victory.

Heat 93, Trail Blazers 91

LeBron James scored 32 points, including a layup with 11.4 seconds left, and Chris Bosh capped his 30th birthday by blocking Damian Lillard’s layup in the final moments as host Miami escaped with a win over Portland.

Bosh finished with 15 points and Chris Andersen had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Miami.

Suns 102, Hawks 95

Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points to lead five Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns won their fourth in a row, beating host Atlanta to pull even with Dallas for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Suns buried the Hawks from 3-point range, knocking down 12-of-24 beyond the arc.

Grizzlies 109, Timberwolves 92

Mike Conley had 23 points and six assists, Marc Gasol added 14 and 12 rebounds and host Memphis built an early lead to dispatch Minnesota.

Zach Randolph finished with 17 points for Memphis, while Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis added 12 points apiece.

Thunder 117, Nuggets 96

Kevin Durant had 27 points and eight assists to help host Oklahoma City defeat Denver.

Caron Butler scored 23 points. Reggie Jackson had 16 points and Serge Ibaka added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Thunder.

Bulls 89, Pacers 77

Taj Gibson led five players in double figures with 23 points and host Chicago brushed off a poor offensive first half to rally for a victory over Indiana.

Kirk Hinrich had 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting.

Pelicans 109, Nets 104

Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 33 points and short-handed host New Orleans rallied from 22 down in the third quarter, beating Brooklyn in overtime.

Spurs 113, 76ers 91

Austin Daye had 22 points and Tim Duncan added 19 as host San Antonio earned its 14th straight win with a victory that sent Philadelphia to its 25th consecutive loss.

Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills scored 15 points each and Cory Joseph added 12 for San Antonio, which maintained the league’s best record at 54-16.

Pistons 114, Jazz 94

Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Detroit shot a season-best 55 percent to beat host Utah.

Rodney Stuckey scored 19, Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Brandon Jennings added 15 points to help the Pistons snap a 14-game road losing streak.


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