Heat Win 16th in Row
Charlotte Bobcats' Ramon Sessions (7) has his shot blocked by Brooklyn Nets' Gerald Wallace (45) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, March 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Miami — LeBron James scored 26 points, including a go-ahead layup with 3.2 seconds left, and the Miami Heat scrambled late to beat the Orlando Magic 97-96 last night and extend their franchise-record winning streak to 16 games.
Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Chris Bosh added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who blew a 20-point, second-half lead and then rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minutes.
Nic Vucevic had 25 points and 21 rebounds for the Magic, who got 16 points apiece from Jameer Nelson and Tobias Harris, 13 from Arron Afflalo and 12 from Maurice Harkless.
Nets 99, Bobcats 78
Charlotte, n.c. — Deron Williams had 20 points and eight assists, Joe Johnson added 22 points, and Brooklyn got a needed win over Charlotte.
The Nets trailed by 10 at the half, but opened the third quarter with a 21-6 run led by Williams and Johnson, and never looked back. The Bobcats managed just nine points in the third quarter on 3-of-19 shooting and were outscored 56-25 in the second half to lose their eighth straight game.
Cavaliers 104, Jazz 101
Cleveland — Kyrie Irving scored 20 points and Cleveland’s All-Star guard made all the big plays down the stretch, rallying the Cavaliers over Utah.
The Cavs trailed 100-92 with less than three minutes left before Irving took over. He scored eight points, made a steal and assisted on Wayne Ellington’s dunk as Cleveland stormed back to stun the Jazz.
Hawks 107, 76ers 96
Atlanta — Jeff Teague scored 27 points, Anthony Tolliver added a season-high 21 and Atlanta bounced back from a sluggish start for a victory over Philadelphia, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Tolliver, averaging just 3.4 points a game, had already surpassed his previous best of 13 points by halftime. The Sixers kept leaving him open beyond the arc, and he kept knocking down 3-pointers, finishing 5 for 7 from long range.
Knicks 87, Pistons 77
Auburn Hills, Mich. — Raymond Felton scored 26 points, and New York pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Detroit despite Carmelo Anthony’s absence.
Anthony sat out after injuring his right knee Monday, but New York went on a 16-0 run in the fourth to put away the game. The Pistons were without big man Greg Monroe, who has a sore left ankle, and Detroit coach Lawrence Frank missed the game because of a personal matter.
The Knicks turned the ball over 11 times in the first quarter, but they still led 44-38 at the half. Brandon Knight scored 17 points for the Pistons and led a third-quarter rally, but Detroit managed only 12 points in the fourth.