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Carlos Boozer lifts Chicago to victory in Miami

Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and the Chicago Bulls dominated on the boards to become only the third visiting team to win in Miami this season, beating the Heat, 96-89, Friday night.

Chicago outrebounded Miami, 48-28. The Bulls had 19 offensive rebounds to four for the Heat.

Miami’s LeBron James scored 30 points, extending his streaks of scoring at least 20 points to 31 consecutive games this season, and 52 games in a row overall when including last year’s playoff run. He has scored at least 25 in eight consecutive games.

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The first meeting between the teams this season was a bruiser, and the Bulls repeatedly outfought and outfoxed Miami on the boards. The Heat had won four games this season when outrebounded by 15 or more, but this time the disparity beat them.

Boozer collected one offensive rebound in a sitting position after the ball rolled between his legs, which led to 2 second-chance points for Chicago.

The Bulls’ final offensive rebound helped seal the win. Jimmy Butler grabbed it and fed Boozer for a layup with 46 seconds left to put them ahead, 93-86.

Chicago had 20 second-chance points to 7 for Miami.

Boozer and Joakim Noah had 12 rebounds apiece, and Taj Gibson added nine in 17 minutes. James led the Heat with six.

Clippers 107, Lakers 102 — Chris Paul had 30 points and 13 assists, Blake Griffin added 24 points, and the host Clippers led all the way in beating the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant scored 38 points and Dwight Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost for the second time this season to their Staples Center co-tenants.

Bryant carried the Lakers in the fourth quarter when they closed to 99-97 on his 23-foot jumper with 1:29 left. But Paul scored the Clippers’ final 8 points to seal the victory and drop the Lakers two games below .500. The Clippers lead the Lakers by 10 games in the standings.

The Clippers had dropped two consecutive road games earlier in the week, when their 17-game winning streak was snapped.

Nets 115, Wizards 113 — Joe Johnson’s jumper with 0.7 seconds left in the second overtime lifted Brooklyn over host Washington.

Bradley Beal’s two free throws tied the score at 113 with 9.1 seconds to play before Johnson, who had 18 points, hit the shot that improved Brooklyn to 4-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Thunder 109, 76ers 85 — Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, Kevin Durant added 26, and Oklahoma City bounced back from a rare home loss to beat visiting Philadelphia.

Oklahoma City made eight of its first 10 3-point attempts in the second half and never trailed after scoring the final 5 points before halftime.

Pistons 85, Hawks 84 — Austin Daye had a season-best 20 points and host Detroit beat Atlanta for its fourth consecutive victory.

The Hawks, who trailed by as many as 19, had a chance to win in the final seconds, but Andre Drummond blocked Lou Williams’s jumper at the buzzer.

Trail Blazers 86, Grizzlies 84 — Wesley Matthews scored 21 points, J.J. Hickson added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Portland won in Memphis.

Rudy Gay’s jumper from near the top of the key was off the mark, allowing the Trail Blazers to escape a closely played game that saw nine ties and 21 lead changes.

Jazz 87, Suns 80 — Al Jefferson scored 21 points and Paul Millsap added 19 to lead visiting Utah past slumping Phoenix.

Gordon Hayward added 14 points off the bench for the Jazz, who have won consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 5—12.

Rockets 115, Bucks 101 — James Harden scored 29 points to lead Houston over Milwaukee.

Harden shot 11 of 18 from the floor to go with seven assists and four steals for Houston, which has won 10 of its last 13 games.

Cavaliers 106, Bobcats 104 — Kyrie Irving scored 33 points, including a pull-up jumper from the foul line with one second left, to lift Cleveland in Charlotte, N.C.

Irving had 14 of his team’s final 16 points and 26 points in the second half as the Cavaliers snapped a three-game losing streak.

Kings 105, Raptors 96 — DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 31 points and matched his career high with 20 rebounds, John Salmons scored 8 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and Sacramento won in Toronto.

Jason Thompson scored 14 points and Isaiah Thomas had 11 as the Kings won their second straight road game.

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