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Miller helps James carry Heat

Associated Press / January 23, 2011

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Mike Miller came into last night’s game with exactly zero points at home this season.

He now has 32.

Getting his long-awaited Miami breakout game, Miller scored 22 points in the second quarter alone, helping the Heat beat the Toronto Raptors, 120-103, to snap a four-game slide.

LeBron James finished with 38 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which played without Dwyane Wade (migraine) and Chris Bosh (left ankle sprain). James Jones scored 15 and Eddie House added 13 for the Heat, who made 16 3-pointers.

“I got it going a little bit,’’ Miller said. “Which is fun. Obviously, I’ve shot a lot of basketballs in my day, and I always say confidence ain’t going to be an issue. I’m going to miss. I’m going to make. But as long as you stick with it, you’re getting opportunities. Guys found me in the second quarter, I got some opportunities, and I made them.’’

The Heat led, 32-17, after one quarter and 66-40 at the half, then held on after Toronto cut the lead to 10 with 10:13 remaining.

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 and Andrea Bargnani added 28 for the Raptors. Toronto had only nine players available for the game, but had more than enough to put a serious scare into the Heat.

Thunder 101, Knicks 98 — Kevin Durant (30 points) made a 3-pointer from the right wing as time expired to send visiting New York to its sixth straight loss.

Durant was tightly guarded by Danilo Gallinari, but connected while leaning back in front of the Knicks’ bench.

The Thunder hadn’t led since the first two minutes of the second quarter, but erased a 6-point deficit in the final three minutes to escape their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Mavericks 87, Nets 86 — Dirk Nowitzki (23 points) hit a jumper in the lane with six seconds to play and visiting Dallas beat New Jersey for the fifth straight time.

The Nets messed up their chance at a game-winning attempt, and Jordan Farmar was forced to toss up an off-balance shot that didn’t come close to going in at the buzzer.

Hornets 96, Spurs 72 — David West had 18 points and 10 rebounds as host New Orleans earned its eighth consecutive victory and ended San Antonio’s eight-game winning streak.

Marcus Thornton and Trevor Ariza each hit all four 3-pointers they took as the Hornets set a season high with 12 3s. Thornton finished with 18 points and Ariza had 15.

Bulls 92, Cavaliers 79 — Derrick Rose scored 24 points as host Chicago extended Cleveland’s losing streak to 16 games.

Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng scored 20 points apiece for Chicago, which blew most of a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter before pulling away again.

Hawks 103, Bobcats 87— Joe Johnson scored 32 points and undermanned, but energized, Atlanta pounded host Charlotte to bounce back after scoring only 59 points in Friday night’s humiliating loss to New Orleans.

Magic 118, Rockets 104 — Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu added 21 points, and Orlando built a big first-half lead in an easy win in Houston.

Grizzlies 94, Bucks 81 — Marc Gasol scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Zach Randolph (16 points, 11 rebounds) set a franchise record with his 10th straight double-double as Memphis rolled in Milwaukee.

Trail Blazers 97, Pacers 92 — Nicolas Batum hit four straight 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter and host Portland erased a 16-point deficit to beat Indiana for its fifth straight win.

76ers 96, Jazz 85 — Andre Iguodala scored 22 points, Lou Williams added 20, and host Philadelphia snapped a two-game skid while sending Utah to its fourth straight loss.

Pistons 75, Suns 74 — Austin Daye (11 points) made the go-ahead jump shot with 53 seconds left and host Detroit rallied to snap Phoenix’s five-game winning streak.

Clippers 113, Warriors 109 — Blake Griffin scored 30 points to power host Los Angeles past Golden State.

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