Jazz stop Heat’s win streak
Even without Bosh, Miami remains hot
Devin Harris converted a 3-point play with 4.5 seconds left and the Utah Jazz snapped the Miami Heat’s nine-game winning streak with a 99-98 victory last night in Salt Lake City.
LeBron James had 35 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocked shots for Miami, but passed on the final possession to Udonis Haslem, who missed a long jumper at the buzzer.
Dwyane Wade had 31 points and six rebounds. Shane Battier added 18 points for the Heat (28-8), who were playing without All-Star Chris Bosh.
Al Jefferson came up with 20 points and six rebounds to lead the Jazz to their second straight win. Five other players scored in double figures for Utah, led by C.J. Miles with 14 points off the bench.
James led a big fourth-quarter rally, making the go-ahead 3-pointer and then adding a long jumper to give the Heat a 97-94 lead with 26 seconds left. Miami had a chance to put it away, but Wade missed a free throw down the stretch and that put Harris in a position to tie the game or give the Jazz the lead.
Utah dominated Miami in the first half in a fashion. The Jazz collected 29 rebounds compared to 13 for Miami. They grabbed two more offensive rebounds than the total rebounds the Heat collected as a team.
Lakers 115, Kings 107 - Kobe Bryant scored 38 points in his second straight big game in a protective mask, and host Los Angeles blew most of a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding on to beat Sacramento in the Lakers’ highest-scoring performance of the season.
Hornets 97, Mavericks 92 - Chris Kaman had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Jarrett Jack hit a key basket down the stretch to help New Orleans send Dallas to its fourth straight loss.
The Hornets led for the entire second half but did not secure the win until Jack hit a leaning jumper with 17.9 seconds left, giving them a 93-89 lead.
Dallas’s Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points, but he was only 7 of 19 from the floor.
Rodrigue Beaubois had a season-high 25 points for Dallas, making 11 of 17 shots after starting for the first time in 13 games.
Bulls 112, Cavaliers 91 - Luol Deng scored a season-high 24 points and Derrick Rose added 19 as visiting Chicago won its fifth straight.
Up by 12 at halftime, Chicago built a 24-point lead in the third quarter and coasted to its 12th win in 14 games to stay on Miami’s heels for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
76ers 105, Warriors 83 - Lou Williams scored 25 points, and Elton Brand had 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead host Philadelphia over Golden State.
The Sixers topped 100 points for the first time in 20 games on the night they paid tribute to the single-game scoring record of 100 points Wilt Chamberlain set for the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, at the Hershey Sports Arena.
Hawks 99, Bucks 94 - Vladimir Radmanovic made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds remaining as host Atlanta rallied in the final period.
Grizzlies 102, Raptors 99 - Rudy Gay had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol each scored 21, and visiting Memphis won its sixth straight over Toronto.
Nuggets 117, Rockets 105 - Ty Lawson had 22 points and a career-high 15 assists and Arron Afflalo had 16 of his 17 points in the second half for visiting Denver.
Spurs 102, Bobcats 72 - Tony Parker scored 15 points, and host San Antonio overwhelmed Charlotte.
Suns 81, Clippers 78 - Jared Dudley scored 22 points and had seven rebounds for host Phoenix.