The Miami Heat closed on a 15-2 run to beat the Houston Rockets 113-104 on Sunday afternoon in Miami. Ray Allen scored 14 of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to help stop a two-game losing streak:
The Heat trailed 102-98 after Patrick Beverley drilled a three-pointer with 4:26 left. However, Dwight Howard was whistled for a delay of game technical foul for tapping the ball back to an official, and everything went downhill for the Rockets after that.
James Harden scored 30 points in the loss, but he missed a layup and a three-pointer during Houston's meltdown. Howard added 21 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
Klay Thompson nailed a three with 11.1 seconds left to give the Warriors a two-point lead, and they pulled out the victory after Nicolas Batum missed a free throw that would have tied the game and then a potential game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds:
The Splash Brothers led the way for Golden State, with Thompson pouring in 27 points after missing the last game due to his grandfather's death. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 37 points and five assists.
The Warriors trailed by 18 points midway through the third quarter, but Curry and Thompson helped trim that deficit to just eight heading into the final frame. Golden State caught Portland with just over six minutes to go in the game, setting up the frantic finish.
New Orleans Pelicans 121, Boston Celtics 120 (OT)
Anthony Davis set career-highs with 40 points and 21 rebounds as the Pelicans edged the Celtics in a thrilling overtime affair. Davis made 14-of-22 from the field and all 12 of his free throw attempts, and he became the youngest player since Shaquille O'Neal in 1993 to put up at least 40 points and 20 rebounds in a game.
Davis outdueled Jeff Green, who scored 39 points in the loss. It appeared New Orleans was going to win in regulation after Davis put them up two with 1.1 seconds left, but Kris Humphries sent the game to overtime:
The Pelicans went up by as many as five in the overtime period before holding on to win by the slimmest of margins.
Phoenix Suns 121, Toronto Raptors 113
Gerald Green scored 28 points off the bench to lead the Suns to a big win over the Raptors. Six Suns players scored in double-figures as Phoenix shot 50.7 percent overall and 11-of-23 from deep.
The first half was close throughout before Phoenix took control of the game in the third quarter. Toronto trimmed a 14-point deficit to two late in the third quarter, but they weren't able to get any closer the rest of the way.
Kyle Lowry had a monster game in defeat, putting up 28 points, 13 assists and five rebounds.
The Mavs took full advantage of Russell Westbrook's absence from the lineup in order to rest his knee, destroying the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Dallas used a balanced scoring attack to beat Oklahoma City, making 53.3 percent of their shots and 13-of-24 from long range.
Charlotte Bobcats 101, Milwaukee Bucks 92
The Bobcats used a big second half to beat the Bucks and win their fourth straight game. Charlotte outscored Milwaukee 55-42 in the second half.
Brandon Knight finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee.
Minnesota Timberwolves 104, Sacramento Kings 102
Sacramento led by one with slightly more than a minute left, but Love buried a three to put Minnesota ahead. Free throws put the Wolves up five, but a pair of Isaiah Thomas threes kept the game interesting until the very end.
Thomas notched 27 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Derrick Williams added 26 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
San Antonio Spurs 122, Utah Jazz 104
The Spurs won their 10th straight game and became the first team to reach 50 wins this season, using a brutally efficient offensive attack to dominate the Jazz. San Antonio shot a scorching 62.8 percent from the field, with Manu Ginobili leading seven Spurs players in double figures with 21 points.
Derrick Favors finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't nearly enough against the red-hot Spurs.
While the Spurs have won 10 games in a row, they don't even own the longest current winning streak in the league. That belongs to the Clippers, who won their 11th straight game with a blowout victory over the Cavs. Blake Griffin nearly notched a triple double, finishing with 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, while Chris Paul tallied 16 points and 15 assists.
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The Cavs shot just 34.9 percent for the game.