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NBA roundup: LeBron James’s 37 boost Heat

LeBron James rebounded from one of his worst games of the season to score 37 points and the Miami Heat beat the Suns, 103-97, on Tuesday night in Phoenix.

James, who had matched his season low with 13 points in Saturday’s loss at Utah, scored 25 in the second half, 14 in the fourth quarter. He also had five steals.

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Chris Bosh added 21 points and Mario Chalmers 13 for the Heat, who were without Dwyane Wade because of a migraine.

Gerald Green scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half for Phoenix. Goran Dragic and Channing Frye had 15 apiece.

The Suns lost to the Heat for the eighth time in a row.

Miami, the NBA’s best field goal shooting team at 50.8 percent, shot 38 percent in the first half, 1 for 11 on 3-pointers. The Heat picked it up considerably in the second half, shooting 47 percent overall and going 8 for 16 on 3s in the final three quarters.

Thunder 98, Trail Blazers 95 — Kevin Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds and Oklahoma City edged host Portland.

Jeremy Lamb had 19 points, including a key 3-pointer with 1:38 left for the Western Conference-leading Thunder, who have won 14 of their last 16 games.

Nicolas Batum had 18 points for Portland, which has lost five of seven and appears tired as the league approaches the All-Star break. Robin Lopez had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Bobcats 114, Mavericks 89 — Al Jefferson scored 30 points, Anthony Tolliver added 22 points, and the Bobcats earned a rare win over host Dallas.

The Bobcats had lost 17 of 18 against the Mavericks, but they scored 60 points in the paint and tied a season-high with 12 3-pointers to snap Dallas’s five-game winning streak.

Tolliver was 5 of 6 from 3-point range, and the Bobcats went 12 of 24 from beyond the arc, and handed out a season-high 42 assists.

Dallas’s Dirk Nowitzki sprained his left ankle in the second quarter and was taken to the locker room for observation. He returned in the second half and finished with 16 points in 25 minutes.

It wasn’t all good news for the Bobcats as point guard Kemba Walker left the game with stiffness in his Achilles’ in the second half and didn’t return.

Jazz 96, Lakers 79 — Reserve Alec Burks scored 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Utah sent Los Angeles to a franchise record-tying sixth straight home loss.

Chris Kaman had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who have dropped nine of 11 overall and 21 of 26 since Dec. 21.

Grizzlies 92, Wizards 89 — Nick Calathes and Marc Gasol scored 18 points each as Memphis survived a career-best 37 points from Washington’s Bradley Beal to defeat the Wizards for the ninth straight time at home.

Zach Randolph split two free throws with 11.5 seconds left to give the Grizzlies the 92-89 lead. John Wall’s 3-pointer with about 1 second left rattled around before popping out.

Randolph, Courtney Lee, and James Johnson scored 13 apiece for Memphis.

Cavaliers 109, Kings 99 — Luol Deng scored 22 points as host Cleveland avenged a 44-point loss last month in Sacramento with a home win.

The Cavaliers have won three in a row for the second time this season.

Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the draft who has struggled most of the season, recorded career highs with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Dion Waiters added 20 points for Cleveland.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points to lead the Kings.

Bulls 100, Hawks 85 — Joakim Noah scored 19 points as part of a triple-double as Chicago, with six players scoring in double figures, beat up visiting Atlanta.

Noah added 16 rebounds and 11 assists, and Taj Gibson had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who won their fourth straight against the Hawks.

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