Tony Parker scored a career-high 38 points, including a game-clinching jumper with 38 seconds left, as the San Antonio Spurs rallied to beat the Heat, 101-94, last night in Miami.
The Spurs squandered a 15-point third-quarter lead and had to escape a 4-point deficit midway through the fourth, but won to match their best 40-game start (31-9) in franchise history. San Antonio had the same record last year on the way to winning the NBA championship.
Parker hit 13 of 18 shots from the floor and surpassed his previous career best of 35. Tim Duncan added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs.
Dwyane Wade scored 36 points for Miami (23-17), which played at home for the first time since Jan. 1. Shaquille O'Neal had 23 points and Jason Williams added 18 for Miami, which has lost eight of its last nine games against San Antonio.
After Wade missed a layup that would have tied the game with 1:17 remaining, he fell to the floor in pain and had to be helped up by a member of a television crew.
He grimaced as he ran slowly down the court, hobbled by a tweaked ankle -- and the Spurs found an unguarded Brent Barry for an open 3-pointer with 1:09 left for a 95-90 lead.
Suns 106, Lakers 93 -- Shawn Marion had 22 points and 16 rebounds to go with Steve Nash's 17 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds, and host Phoenix defeated Los Angeles for the sixth straight time.
Kobe Bryant, coming off a 51-point game in an overtime loss at Sacramento Thursday night, scored 20 of his 37 in the fourth quarter.
Raptors 121, SuperSonics 113 -- Chris Bosh made a team-record 17 free throws without a miss and finished with 29 points to help Toronto down host Seattle.
Bosh added 13 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the season. The 17-for-17 performance is the best in the NBA this season, besting Dirk Nowitzki's 15 for 15. Toronto made 36 of 39 free throws (92.3 percent) and shot 50 percent (11 for 22) on 3-pointers.
Magic 104, Bobcats 93 -- Dwight Howard had 19 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points, and visiting Orlando beat injury-riddled Charlotte, which lost its sixth straight. Already without Emeka Okafor (ankle), Kareem Rush (finger), Melvin Ely (ankle), and Sean May (knee surgery), the Bobcats lost leading scorer Gerald Wallace to a knee injury in the third quarter.
76ers 89, Grizzlies 86 -- Allen Iverson hit the tying jumper with 3.2 seconds left in regulation and scored 30 points as host Philadelphia went to overtime to tip Memphis, which has lost four straight.
Nuggets 113, Jazz 83 -- Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and host Denver beat Utah for its fourth straight win. Anthony made 11 of 22 shots from the field and nine of 10 free throws. He is averaging 31.3 points in his last four games.
Rockets 109, Bulls 108 -- Tracy McGrady scored 35 points, including the tying shot at the end of regulation and the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime, as Houston snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Warriors 99, Cavaliers 79 -- Jason Richardson scored 22 points on his 25th birthday and host Golden State thrived without suspended guard Baron Davis, beating lifeless Cleveland, which lost its sixth straight. The Warriors held LeBron James to a season-low 14 points before 20,205 fans, the fourth-biggest crowd in the history of Oakland Arena.
Mavericks 101, Clippers 81 -- Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Dallas got Clippers' leading scorer Elton Brand in early foul trouble for a rout at Los Angeles.
Wizards 110, Hornets 99 -- Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, and Caron Butler each topped 20 points, and host Washington pulled away from New Orleans.
Timberwolves 90, Pacers 85 -- Wally Szczerbiak scored 20 points and Eddie Griffin had 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 blocks to lead host Minnesota, which won for the fourth time in five games.
Bucks 118, Hawks 102 -- Michael Redd scored 28 points and Bobby Simmons chipped in with 25, helping Milwaukee snap a three-game losing streak with a victory in Atlanta.