LeBron James capped one of his best games of the season in dramatic fashion, making a step-back 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to carry the Miami Heat past the host Golden State Warriors, 111-110, on Wednesday night and into the All-Star break on a high note.
With teammate Dwyane Wade scratched from the lineup with a sore left foot, James shouldered the load for the two-time defending NBA champions. He finished with 36 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists, saving his best moment for last.
After fellow All-Star Stephen Curry hit a bank shot to start a 3-point play that put the Warriors ahead by 2, James let the clock tick down on the other end.
He swished in a 27-footer with two-tenths of a second left over Andre Iguodala, then patted his chest and high-stepped on the sideline to leave the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 stunned and silent.
Clippers 122, Trail Blazers 117 — Blake Griffin had 36 points and 11 rebounds as Los Angeles edged visiting Portland.
Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and Chris Paul added 20 for the Clippers.
LaMarcus Aldrige led the Trail Blazers with 25 points.
Mavericks 81, Pacers 73 —
George Hill had 14 points, and Lance Stephenson and Danny Granger both scored 13 points for the Pacers, who have lost two of three.
Nets 105, Bobcats 89 — Paul Pierce scored 25 points to lead host Brooklyn over Charlotte.
Deron Williams added 13 points and seven assists, and Andray Blatche scored 13 off the bench for the Nets.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 16 points. Al Jefferson, who scored at least 26 in each of his previous three games, was limited to 12 on 5-for-13 shooting.
Cavaliers 93, Pistons 89 — Kyrie Irving’s 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 27.2 seconds remaining lifted visiting Cleveland.
Andre Drummond had 16 points and 17 rebounds for Detroit.
Kings 106, Knicks 101 — Rudy Gay made the tying basket in regulation and a 3-pointer in overtime that gave Sacramento the lead for good, and Jimmer Fredette scored a career-high 24 points to help Sacramento win at Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks.
Rockets 113, Wizards 112 — James Harden scored 35 points and his layup with 0.7 seconds remaining lifted Houston to its seventh straight win.
Trevor Ariza had a season-high 32 points with a career-high 10 3-pointers to lead the Wizards.
Grizzlies 86, Magic 81 — Zach Randolph had 20 points, Courtney Lee added 17, and visiting Memphis held off Orlando.
The Grizzlies beat the Magic for the sixth straight time and enter the All-Star break having won eight of their last 11.
Raptors 104, Hawks 83 — DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 13 assists, and Toronto snapped a five-game home losing streak to Atlanta.
Timberwolves 117, Nuggets 90 — Kevin Love started practicing early for All-Star weekend, making six of 11 shots from 3-point range and totaling 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead host Minnesota.
Pelicans 102, Bucks 98 — Eric Gordon scored 21 points, center Alexis Ajinca added 16 to list New Orleans over host Milwaukee.
Jazz 105, 76ers 100 — Alec Burks scored 10 of his 26 points in the final two minutes to lift host Utah.