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Heat win 17th straight at home, top Thunder, 98-93

By Tim Reynolds

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 4 2012 9:05 p.m. MDT

Miami Heat's Shane Battier (31) tries to block Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

J Pat Carter, Associated Press

MIAMI — LeBron James had 34 points and 10 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and the Miami Heat avenged a loss at Oklahoma City last week, rallying to beat the Thunder 98-93 on Wednesday night for their 17th straight home victory.

Mario Chalmers scored 13 points, and Chris Bosh had 12 for Miami, which trailed by 11 in the first half before a comeback fueled in part by Russell Westbrook pulling James down from behind on a fast break in the second quarter.

Kevin Durant scored 30 points for Oklahoma City, and Westbrook added 28, but shot 9 for 26. James Harden had 12 for the Thunder, who lost despite holding Miami to 37 percent shooting.

The win moved Miami (39-14) within two games of Chicago (42-13) in the race for the NBA's best record. Oklahoma City fell to 40-14.

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