MIAMI — LeBron James had 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, Chris Bosh added 19 points and the Miami Heat rallied from 14 points down to beat the Indiana Pacers 117-112 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory.
Dwyane Wade scored 17 and Mario Chalmers added 16 for Miami, which moved five games ahead of second-place Atlanta in the Southeast Division. The Heat also got within a half-game of idle Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Roy Hibbert scored 20 points and added 10 rebounds for Indiana, which fell to 4-1 under interim coach Frank Vogel. Danny Granger scored 19 and Tyler Hansbrough added 18 for the Pacers.
Chalmers forced Dahntay Jones into a five-second call with 8.9 seconds left, with Indiana out of timeouts, and the Heat escaped.
GRIZZLIES 105, THUNDER 101, OT: At Oklahoma City, ZachRandolph had 31 points and 14 rebounds, TonyAllen scored a season-high 27 while harassing NBA scoring leader KevinDurant and Memphis beat Oklahoma City. Durant had 31 points and 11 rebounds, but got off just one shot in overtime and also had a key turnover in the final 20 seconds with the Thunder down by three. The Grizzlies bounced back from a loss to the Lakers a night earlier and won despite playing without RudyGay, who's tied with Randolph as the team's leading scorer and sat out with a sprained right big toe. RussellWestbrook added 21 points and 11 assists but also tied his season-high with eight turnovers for Oklahoma City, which lost for the first time in six overtime games this season.
SPURS 100, PISTONS 89: At AuburnHills, Mich., TonyParker had 19 points and seven assists, and San Antonio held off Detroit. DeJuanBlair added 18 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which improved its NBA-best record to 43-8. ManuGinobili scored 13 points for the Spurs, and TimDuncan contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds. WillBynum scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for Detroit. San Antonio had set a record for the franchise's best 50-game start, but the Spurs struggled to pull away from the Pistons. Their lead didn't reach double figures until the final minute. Blair's double-double was his second in a row and seventh since Jan. 1.
MAGIC 101, CLIPPERS 85: At Orlando, DwightHoward had 22 points and 20 rebounds and JameerNelson added 17 points, including going 4 for 5 from 3-point range, as Orlando used a second-half surge to get past Los Angeles Clippers. It was the Magic's ninth straight win over the Clippers and second of the season. The Clippers lost for the fourth straight time overall and seventh consecutive time on the road. Howard recorded his fifth 20-20 game this season. BaronDavis led the Clippers with a season-high 25 points, IkeDiogu added 18 and BlakeGriffin had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
TIMBERWOLVES 112, ROCKETS 108: At Houston, KevinLove set a Minnesota record with his 38th consecutive double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Love passed KevinGarnett for the team's double-double record. Love's streak is now the longest since MosesMalone had 44 in a row during the 1982-83 season with Philadelphia. Utah's JohnStockton also had a 37-game streak of double-doubles in 1989. WayneEllington added 18 points for the Timberwolves, who snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Rockets dating to January 2007. KevinMartin and CourtneyLee scored 23 points apiece for the Rockets, who were outrebounded 51-31.Comment on this story
76ERS 117, HAWKS 83: At Atlanta, EltonBrand scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half and Philadelphia jumped out to a 20-point lead in the opening period and cruised to a win. LouisWilliams, from South Gwinnett High School near Atlanta, had 20 points to lead six Philadelphia scorers in double figures. ThaddeusYoung and JodieMeeks each had 16. Philadelphia shot 54.4 percent from the field. The 76ers, who had a three-game winning streak end with a loss at New York on Sunday, have won seven of nine. JoshSmith, the only Atlanta player to log at least 30 minutes, had 16 points. DamienWilkins had 12 points and MarvinWilliams had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
BUCKS 92, RAPTORS 74: At Milwaukee, JohnSalmons returned to the starting lineup for the first time in three weeks and scored 17 points to lead Milwaukee. CoreyMaggette added 16 points and nine rebounds for Milwaukee, which snapped its four-game losing streak. Toronto lost its 10th straight road game. AndreaBargnani scored 23 points and DeMarDeRozanFinished with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who were seeking consecutive victories for the first time since Dec. 3.