NBA roundup: Heat hold off Trail Blazers
LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games, Chris Bosh scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Heat held off the Portland Trail Blazers, 117-104, Tuesday night in Miami.
James scored 30 points on 11-for-15 shooting and Dwyane Wade added 24 points for Miami, which wasted a pair of 14-point leads — then put the game away with a 14-0 run in the final minutes. Ray Allen added 14 for Miami.
Damian Lillard had a game-high 33 points for Portland, which got 29 from LaMarcus Aldridge and 20 from Wesley Matthews.
It was the 1,000th regular-season win in Heat history. But on this night, the only history anyone will remember was what James accomplished.
‘‘I'm at a loss for words,’’ James said in a televised postgame interview. ‘‘Like I say over and over, I know the history of the game. I know how many unbelievable players who came through the ranks, who paved the way for me and my teammates. And for me to be in the record books by myself with such a stat — any stat — it’s big-time.’’
James has made 70 of his past 96 shots, over the past six-plus games. According to the Heat, only Adrian Dantley and Moses Malone had done the 30-point, 60-percent streak in five straight outings before James joined the club.
Jazz 109, Thunder 94 — Al Jefferson scored 23 points, Paul Millsap had 18, and host Utah beat Oklahoma City to break the Thunder’s four-game winning streak.
Utah’s bench outscored Oklahoma City’s, 49-25, and the Jazz bigs dominated the boards, holding a 16-7 edge on offensive rebounds.
The game was scrappy from the start, with Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant both called for flagrant fouls,.
Durant finished with 33 points on 11-of-16 shooting, and Russell Westbrook added 22 points.
Lakers 91, Suns 85 — Dwight Howard had 19 points and 18 rebounds, Antawn Jamison added 19 points, and host Los Angeles survived Kobe Bryant’s bizarre 4-point performance for its eighth win in 11 games.
Bryant didn’t attempt a shot in the first half and scored his first basket with 2:13 to play, finishing 1 for 8 with eight turnovers in one of the oddest games of his 17-year career.
Raptors 109, Nuggets 108 — Rudy Gay hit a pull-up jump shot with less than five seconds remaining and host Toronto beat shorthanded Denver.
DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points, Gay had 17, and John Lucas scored 12 of his 14 in the final quarter.
Rockets 116, Warriors 107 — James Harden had 27 points and seven rebounds on a nagging left knee, Chandler Parsons added 21 points and nine assists, and visiting Houston beat slumping Golden State.
Jeremy Lin finished with 14 points and 10 assists to help the Rockets past his former team for the second time in eight days.
Grizzlies 108, Kings 101 — Marc Gasol had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Mike Conley scored 22 points, and host Memphis beat Sacramento.
Tony Allen added a season-high 19 points to help the Grizzlies win their sixth straight over the Kings at home.