NBA roundup: Heat take Rockets, Bobcats beat Bucks
Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) goes around Chris Andersen( 11) and Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard (12) for a two point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP / J Pat Carter)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:02PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, March 16, 2014 10:40PM EDT
MIAMI -- 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 the Miami Heat beat the Houston Rockets 113-104 on Sunday to snap their worst skid in three years.
Chris Bosh added 18 points for the Heat, who won for just the second time in their last 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.
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 straight.
SPURS 122, JAZZ 104
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Manu Ginobili scored 21 points and San Antonio earned its 10th consecutive victory to become the first NBA team to 50 wins this season.
The Spurs (50-16) shot a season-high 62.8 per cent from the field in their 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 Favours had a season-high 28 points for Utah (22-45), which has lost four straight. Gordon Hayward scored 17 and Trey Burke had 13 points.
PELICANS 121, CELTICS 120, OT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Davis set career highs with 40 points and 21 rebounds for New Orleans, and Eric Gordon made two crucial free throws in overtime.
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. He became the first player in franchise history to have at least 40 points and 20 rebounds in the same game.
Jeff Green scored 39 points, including three big free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation, but Boston lost its fourth consecutive game. Kris Humphries had 16 points, including a long jumper to send the game into overtime.
MAVERICKS 109, THUNDER 86
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Shawn Marion scored 19 points, Vince Carter added 18 and the Mavericks stopped a seven-game, regular-season losing streak to the Thunder.
Kevin Durant scored 30 points for Oklahoma City. It was his 26th straight game of 25 points or more, the longest such streak since Michael Jordan did so in 40 straight games during the 1986-87 season.
Dirk Nowitzki added 17 points for Dallas, which entered the game tied for seventh in the Western Conference standings. The Mavericks, who begin an eight-game homestand on Monday, became only the third Western Conference team to win this season in Oklahoma City, joining the Trail Blazers and the Clippers.
Dallas' win over the Thunder was its first since Jan. 2, 2012. In addition to the seven straight regular-season losses to Oklahoma City, the Mavericks also were swept by the Thunder in a 2012 playoff series.
TIMBERWOLVES 104, KINGS 102
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Love had 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead Minnesota to the win.
Love was 3 for 6 from 3-point range, including one with 1:07 to play to give Minnesota a 97-95 lead and the Timberwolves hung on.
Kevin Martin added 31 points for Minnesota, and rookie Gorgui Dieng had his first career double-double with season highs in points (12) and rebounds (11). 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 for Sacramento, which has officially been eliminated from post-season contention.
SUNS 121, RAPTORS 113
TORONTO (AP) -- Markieff Morris had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Gerald Green scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, and Phoenix beat Toronto for its second straight 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.
BOBCATS 101, BUCKS 92
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Kemba Walker scored 21 points and Al Jefferson added 16 of his 20 in the second half to help Charlotte beat Milwaukee for its fourth straight 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.