NBA: Heat beat on boards but still win

2012-12-19T00:00:00Z NBA: Heat beat on boards but still winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 19, 2012 12:00 am  • 

MIAMI - The Miami Heat were outrebounded by 28, matching the second-largest margin in team history. They finished with 24 boards, matching the second-lowest total in any game over the franchise's quarter-century of existence.

Somehow, none of that mattered.

Dwyane Wade scored 24 points, LeBron James added 22 points and 11 assists, and the Heat survived a strangely one-sided night on the glass to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92 on Tuesday night - becoming the first team since 1994 to be outrebounded by such a wide margin and still win.

"I don't know how many times I've seen that, where you get doubled up on the rebounding and still escape with the win," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "That's a tough team. They're unique. Relentless on the glass. There's not many teams like them."

The final rebounding margin: Minnesota 52, Miami 24.

Chris Bosh added 15 points for the Heat, who gave up 21 of the game's first 24 rebounds. Andrei Kirilenko had 22 points for Minnesota, playing without guard Ricky Rubio, who sat the game to rest his knee.

Kevin Love finished with 11 points and 18 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

"We were pretty active. What we take away from it is we've got to be more physical," he said. "I'm not saying we're soft but we definitely need to be more physical. And we are in stretches."

James topped the 20-point mark for the 27th straight regular-season game and 43rd straight overall.

"We're getting better every night," James said.

A 24-9 run in the second half was the deciding blow for Miami, with James leading the way, getting 11 of those points and assisting on three other scores during the spurt. James had a pair of three-pointers during the run, including one that put Miami up by 10 late in the third, and then he capped it with a three-point play after connecting on a running jumper with 10:26 left.

In eight minutes, what was a 63-62 deficit became an 86-72 Miami lead.

• Bulls 100, Celtics 89: In Chicago, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer scored 21 points apiece, Joakim Noah had a triple-double and the Bulls evened a 101-95 home loss to Boston on Nov. 12.

Noah had 11 points, 13 rebounds and a career high-tying 10 assists for his second career triple-double. Rajon Rondo led Boston with 26 points and eight assists and just three turnovers.

• Mavericks 107, 76ers 100: In Dallas, O.J. Mayo scored 26 points, Chris Kaman added 20 and the Mavs snapped a three-game losing streak.

Mayo and Kaman scored 17 of Dallas' last 19 points to help Dallas win their seventh straight at home against Philadelphia, who got 25 points from Dorell Wright but lost its fourth straight.

• Lakers 101, Bobcats 100: In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored four of his 30 points in the final 1:26 and Los Angeles overcame an 18-point third-quarter deficit to beat Charlotte, handing the Bobcats their 12th straight loss.

Jodie Meeks and Metta World Peace each had 17 points for the Lakers, who won their third straight to match their longest winning streak of the season. Pau Gasol, back after missing eight games with tendinitis in both knees, had 10 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes and shot 3 for 10.

• Nuggets 112, Spurs 106: In Denver, Danilo Gallinari had a season-high 28 points and outplayed Tim Duncan down the stretch as the Nuggets beat San Antonio.

Duncan had 31 points - also a season high - and 18 rebounds for the Spurs, who closed a 15-point lead to three with 3:38 left.

Gallinari responded with a three from the wing and Andre Miller hit a floater to stretch the lead to 110-102 a minute later as Denver won its third straight.

• Jazz 92, Nets 90: In New York, Mo Williams scored 19 points, Al Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Utah beat Brooklyn despite nearly throwing it away.

Utah turned it over on two inbounds passes in the final 31 seconds, the last leading to a Nets steal. They pushed it up and got a potential go-ahead three-pointer from Gerald Wallace that missed. The Jazz escaped when Reggie Evans' follow shot was no good as time expired.

• Bucks 98, Pacers 93: In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 13 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and Monta Ellis had 19 points and the Bucks snapped Indiana's four-game winning streak.

• Hawks 100, Wizards 95 OT: In Washington, Lou Williams scored a season-high 24 points and Josh Smith had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead Atlanta in overtime. Jordan Crawford had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Wizards (3-19).

• Raptors 113, Cavaliers 99: In Cleveland, Jose Calderon scored a season-high 23 points, and Toronto snapped an 11-game skid on the road. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points for Cleveland.

• Warriors 103, Hornets 96: In Oakland, Calif., David Lee had 26 points and nine rebounds, Klay Thompson finished with 19 points, and Golden State continued its winning ways at home after an impressive 6-1 record on the season's longest road trip.

The Warriors, at 17-8, are off to their best start since the 1991-92 season, when the team began 21-8.

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• Amare Stoudemire practiced for the first time this season Tuesday, though the Knicks forward isn't sure when he can return from left knee surgery.

He said he felt soreness after the practice, but has been pleased with his progress.

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