NBA scores: Jazz outlast Raptors in basketball apocalypse, Heat edge Rockets

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

You thought the Presidential campaign lasted a long time? The Jazz and Raptors have a game for you. In other action, the Heat came back to knock off the fiery Rockets.

Jazz 140, Raptors 133 (3OT)
I'll tell you this: there's nothing that gooses the stats like triple overtime. Al Jefferson had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan finished with 37 points on, ahem, 33 field goal attempts. And of course, the shot that sent the game to its first overtime? Al Jefferson's second career three-pointer. The Raptors are cursed. Completely and totally cursed.

Heat 113, Rockets 110
Miami trailed by eight with six minutes left, but pulled out the narrow victory. LeBron James scored 38 on the game, including 32 in the second half. He also had 10 rebounds and six assists. He is not fair. Chandler Parsons led Houston with 25.

Celtics 101, Bulls 95
Rondo Game Alert. Rajon had 20 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and five steals to lead Boston past old rival Chicago. The Bulls' bench was overmatched. Luol Deng and Joakim Noah were not enough.

Bucks 105, Sixers 96
The Bucks! Brandon Jennings had 33 and 8. Mike "Funleavy" Dunleavy had 13 off the bench. (6MOY!) Jrue Holiday continues to tromp (25 points on 10-18 shooting), but Philly needs Andrew Bynum to reach its potential.

Timberwolves 90, Mavericks 82
I know Dallas is still missing Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, but Minnesota is terrifying me just a little. Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko (and reserve Dante Cunningham, too) completely dominated all of the Mavericks' bigs -- the Wolves' starting frontcourt (Pek, AK and Derrick Williams) outscored the Mavs' starting frontcourt (Elton Brand, Jae Crowder and Brandan Wright) 40-9. And Kevin Love is going to come back soon!

Thunder 92, Pistons 90
The Pistons are 0-8. Detroit led by 13 points in the second half, but Russell Westbrook happened (33 points, 14 in the fourth).

Suns 110, Nuggets 100
The Phoenix post-Nash code has been cracked: still OK on offense, still awful on defense. It gets wins, though.

Hawks 95, Blazers 87
Abraham Lincoln Neck Tattoo played 38 minutes but took only four field goal attempts. Where was this DeShawn Stevenson all of my life?

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