NBA roundup: Heat beat Lakers, Trail Blazers triumph over Nuggets
Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill (27) battles Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) for control of a rebound during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. The Heat won 109-102. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, January 24, 2014 7:06AM EST
MIAMI -- Chris Bosh scored 31 points, LeBron James added 27 points and 13 rebounds and the Miami Heat never trailed in a 109-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole each finished with 11 points to help the Heat beat the Lakers for the eighth time in their last nine meetings. Miami shot 58 per cent and outrebounded the Lakers 48-35.
Jodie Meeks and Pau Gasol each scored 22 points for the Lakers, who lost for the 14th time in their last 17 outings. Nick Young added 19 points -- needing 20 shots to do it -- for Los Angeles, which nearly came all the way back from a 16-point second-half deficit.
Bosh had the biggest shot of the night with 54.4 seconds left, head-faking his way free at the top of the key, stepping in and hitting a 20-footer to give Miami a 108-101 lead and making it a three-possession game. The Heat forced a miss on the Lakers' next trip, then held on.
Miami was without Dwyane Wade for the fourth straight game and 13th time in 43 contests this season, giving him more time to rest his oft-problematic knees.
TRAIL BLAZERS 110, NUGGETS 105
PORTLAND, Ore. -- LaMarcus Aldridge had a career-high 44 points and 13 rebounds, and Portland rallied to beat Denver.
Wesley Matthews added 24 points for the Blazers, who snapped a two-game losing streak coming off a 2-2 road trip. The Blazers have not lost three straight this season.
Wilson Chandler had 18 points for Denver, which has lost four of their last five games after a five-game winning streak.
The Blazers trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter before pulling to 91-90 on Matthews' turnaround fadeaway before taking the lead on his 15-foot jumper.
The teams wrestled for control, but Aldridge's jumper put Portland up a 102-99 with 3:08 left.
Chandler missed a jumper with 8 seconds left and Aldridge made more free throws for the final margin.