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Heat drop Timberwolves, 97-81, to win 15th straight

Dwyane Wade had 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists, and LeBron James shrugged off a sore left knee to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat earned their franchise-record 15th straight victory with a 97-81 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night in Minneapolis.

Chris Bosh added 11 points and nine rebounds, and James played 35 minutes despite being listed as a game-time decision with a twisted left knee.

Derrick Williams had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 14 points, 8 assists, 6 steals, and 5 rebounds for the Timberwolves. J.J. Barea had 4 points on 1-for-11 shooting and was ejected in the fourth quarter after getting a Flagrant-2 foul for a hit on Heat guard Ray Allen.

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Minnesota was down 6 points with eight minutes to play when Barea was ejected. The Heat then went on a 17-5 run to put away the game.

Nuggets 104, Hawks 88 — Corey Brewer scored 22 points and Ty Lawson had 18 in Denver’s win over visiting Atlanta.

The Nuggets won their 11th straight game at the Pepsi Center and matched Miami’s NBA-best 26-3 home record, but for most of three quarters it wasn’t the cakewalk many expected against a banged-up, tired team playing the final game of a six-game trip.

Eventually, they ran out of gas and bodies, though.

Al Horford scored 18 points for Atlanta, and Josh Smith chipped in 15 points.

Knicks 102, Cavaliers 97 — Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points, J.R. Smith added 18, and New York overcame a 22-point deficit without All-Star Carmelo Anthony to end a 10-game losing streak in Cleveland.

Steve Novak made three of New York’s seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Knicks rallied and shook off a tough home loss on Sunday, when they blew a 16-point lead to Miami.

The Knicks trailed, 52-30, in the second quarter of this one when Anthony injured his right knee. He stumbled and fell awkwardly after catching a pass and did not return.

Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in his return after missing Cleveland’s past three games with a hyperextended right knee.

Magic 105, Hornets 102 — Arron Afflalo scored 5 of his game-high 26 points in the final 38 seconds, and Orlando snapped a three-game skid with a victory over host New Orleans.

Jameer Nelson, returning from a left knee injury that sidelined him six games, scored 15 points and Tobias Harris also scored 15 for Orlando, which trailed by as many as 17 in the second half and erased 9-point deficit during the final 3:15.

Anthony Davis had 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots for New Orleans.

Bucks 109, Jazz 108 — Monta Ellis scored 34 points, Brandon Jennings added 20 points and 17 assists, and host Milwaukee beat Utah in overtime.

J.J. Redick scored 17 for the Bucks, including their first 8 in overtime.

Larry Sanders chipped in with 8 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots for Milwaukee.

Derrick Favors tied a career high with 23 points and added 15 rebounds for Utah.

Trail Blazers 122, Bobcats 105 — LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and host Portland handed Charlotte its seventh straight loss.

Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard each had with 20 points for the Blazers, who had seven players in double figures. Meyers Leonard, Portland’s 7-foot rookie center, came off the bench to score a season-high 15 points.

Ramon Sessions had 18 points off the bench for the Bobcats.

Warriors 125, Raptors 118 — David Lee had 29 points and 11 rebounds and Stephen Curry added 26 points to lift Golden State at home.

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