Dwyane Wade scored 32 points and Eddie House hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 22.2 seconds left as the Miami Heat got their Big Three back together and beat the Thunder, 108-103, yesterday in Oklahoma City.
LeBron James added 23 points and 13 rebounds, Chris Bosh scored 20 in his first game back, and the Heat snapped Oklahoma Citys six-game home winning streak.
Kevin Durant scored 33 points but missed a contested jumper along the left baseline that wouldve put the Thunder back on top. Jeff Green had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Russell Westbrook added 21 points and 10 assists.
It still wasnt enough to overcome strong performances from Miamis Big Three, playing together for the first time in two weeks.
Bosh had been sidelined four games with a sprained left ankle and Wade had missed two of those games due to migraine headaches and a wrist injury.
Still, it was none of the All-Stars who made the biggest shot of the game.
After Wade missed a jumper from the left wing, Mike Miller snagged the rebound and kicked it out to James, who passed it over to House for a 3 on the right sideline that made it 105-103.
James contested Durants attempt to tie it at the other end, and Nick Collison swatted the rebound toward midcourt, where Wade tracked it down. Three free throws closed out the game.
Magic 103, Cavaliers 87 Dwight Howard had 20 points and 20 rebounds in three quarters of work, Ryan Anderson added 23 points and 16 rebounds, and host Orlando handed Cleveland its 20th straight loss and 30th in 31 games.
J.J. Redick added 17 points, and Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson had 12 apiece. Manny Harris led the Cavaliers with 20 points, but was the only starter in double figures. Samardo Samuels had 16 points and Ryan Hollins added 11.
Cleveland, in a 1-30 skid, last won Dec. 18 and tonight will face LeBron James and the Heat in Miami.
Suns 104, Hornets 102 Backup center Marcin Gortat scored a career-high 25 points and Phoenix beat a team with a winning record for the fourth straight time, surviving a frantic rally by visiting New Orleans.
The Suns nearly blew an 8-point lead in the final 18 seconds, but Grant Hill blocked Marcus Thorntons inside attempt with 3.9 seconds left and Hornets guard Chris Pauls desperation 3-point attempt missed the rim as time expired.
Paul led New Orleans with 26 points. The Hornets lost Emeka Okafor, their leading rebounder, to a muscle strain just before halftime.
Knicks 124, Pistons 106 Amare Stoudemire scored 33 points despite a sprained right knee, rookie Timofey Mozgov had career highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds in his first appearance in three weeks, and New York handed visiting Detroit its third straight loss.
Danilo Gallinari added 29 points for the Knicks, who seized control early in the fourth quarter after it was tied through three.
76ers 110, Nuggets 99 Andre Iguodala scored 24 points and Thaddeus Young added 21 to lead host Philadelphia over Denver.
Carmelo Anthony was a woeful 3 of 12 for 12 points. Anthony and the Nuggets play tonight at New Jersey for the first time since Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov ended the drawn-out trade talks with Denver.
Chauncey Billups led the Nuggets with 27 points.
Warriors 96, Jazz 81 Stephen Curry had 27 points and seven assists and Golden State overcame scoring leader Monta Elliss horrendous shooting performance to beat visiting Utah and snap a four-game losing streak.
Dorell Wright scored 16 points and Reggie Williams added 15 to help the Warriors build an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter while Ellis was on the bench. Ellis, averaging more than 25 points, was held to a season-low 2 points on 1-for-9 shooting.