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NBA roundup: Nuggets bench helps turn down Heat

Associated Press

Nuggets 111, Heat 97

Kenneth Faried scored 24 points, Darrell Arthur led a big effort from Denver’s bench with 18, and the visiting Nuggets beat the suddenly reeling Miami Heat, handing the defending NBA champions their fifth loss in six games.

Evan Fournier scored 14, Ty Lawson had 13 and JJ Hickson added 11 for the Nuggets. Denver’s reserves scored 57 points.

Ray Allen scored 22 points for Miami, which fell three games behind Indiana for the No. 1 seed in the conference. LeBron James scored 21 points and Dwyane Wade added 19 for the Heat, who turned the ball over 20 times and shot 7-for-24 from 3-point range.

Bobcats 105, Timberwolves 93

Al Jefferson had 25 points and 16 rebounds, and Charlotte defeated Minnesota for their eighth consecutive victory at home. Jefferson set a single-season franchise record with his 20th 20-point, 10-rebound game of the season.

Pacers 101, 76ers 94

Paul George scored 25 points and David West had 18 to help the Indiana Pacers beat host Philadelphia, sending the 76ers to their 19th consecutive loss. With a loss to Memphis today, the Sixers can tie the franchise record for consecutive defeats in a single season.

Raptors 99, Grizzlies 86

Jonas Valanciunas scored a season-high 23 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 points and 12 assists against his former team and the host Toronto Raptors won for the 11th time in 14 games. Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points as the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors snapped a four-game home losing streak against the Grizzlies.

Wizards 105, Magic 101

John Wall had 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, Trevor Ariza added 21 points and 11 rebounds overall, and the Washington Wizards hung on to beat the host Orlando Magic in overtime.

The victory ends the Wizards’ two-game losing streak overall.

Suns 87, Celtics 80

Goran Dragic scored 20 points and the visiting Phoenix Suns scored the last seven to beat the cold-shooting Boston Celtics.

After Jeff Green’s two free throws for Boston made it 80-80 with 2:02 left, the fourth tie of the fourth quarter, then Alex Len started the decisive spurt with a three-point play.

Trail Blazers 111, Pelicans 103

Damian Lillard scored 16 of his 27 points in the last half of the fourth quarter to rally the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

New Orleans led 92-86 with 8½ minutes left, but the Trail Blazers used a 25-11 surge to the end to win. Nicolas Batum added 22 points and 18 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

Spurs 119, Lakers 85

The host San Antonio Spurs used a 20-4 surge over the final half of the first quarter to quickly gain control and went on to rout the Los Angeles Lakers. Danny Green led a balanced San Antonio attack with 15 points.

Clippers 96, Jazz 87

Blake Griffin had 20 points and Chris Paul shook off a sprained ankle to score 18 points and extended the visiting Los Angeles Clippers’ winning streak to 10. The Jazz led 70-60 in the third-quarter, but the Clippers capitalized on a rash of Utah miscues and poor shot selection to go on a 20-2 run.



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