NBA roundup: Steve Blake, Lakers top Dwight Howard, Rockets

Dwight Howard fought for the ball with Nick Young and Chris Kamen of the Lakers.

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Dwight Howard fought for the ball with Nick Young and Chris Kamen of the Lakers.

Steve Blake hit a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-98 victory over the Rockets and Dwight Howard Thursday night in Houston.

Houston led by 2 points before Blake took the inbounds pass from Jodie Meeks and made the shot to win the game.


The Rockets had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Patrick Beverley’s 3-point attempt bounced off the backboard.

Heat 102, Clippers 97 — Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, and host Miami held off Los Angeles.

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LeBron James added 18 points for the Heat (4-2), who won their third straight and extended their club record by scoring at least 100 points in a sixth consecutive game to start the season. Chris Bosh, playing for the first time since his wife delivered a baby earlier this week, finished with 12 points for Miami.

Blake Griffin had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers. His dunk with 31 seconds left got the Clippers within 4, but Griffin allowed about 15 seconds to run off the clock without fouling James on the ensuing possession. James made one free throw to push Miami’s lead to 5, and that closed the scoring.

Nuggets 109, Hawks 107 — Ty Lawson had 23 points and eight assists and host Denver held on to beat Atlanta and give new head coach Brian Shaw his first win.


Nate Robinson added 15 and JaVale McGee had 14 for Denver, which rallied from 8 points down in the fourth quarter before surviving a late Atlanta rally.

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