NBA: Heat wins 14th in row; Lakers finally at .500

2013-03-04T00:00:00Z NBA: Heat wins 14th in row; Lakers finally at .500The Associated Press The Associated Press
March 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - LeBron James soared high on a shaky knee and turned his steal into a finishing dunk as Carmelo Anthony hung his head near midcourt.

The Heat took the Knicks' best shot, but it wasn't good enough to beat the defending champs.

Nothing is right now.

James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as Miami rallied to beat New York 99-93 to tie a franchise record with its 14th straight win. Anthony had 32 points for the Knicks.

"We feel like this is one of our better wins of the season, even (with) a little adversity, being down double digits," James said.

Dwyane Wade added 20 points for the Heat, which overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Knicks for the first time in three tries this season.

James shook off a third-quarter leg injury and put the game away with a steal and throwing down a dunk with 23 seconds left.

• Lakers 99, Hawks 98: In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had 11 of his 34 points in the final quarter and hit the go-ahead layup with 9 seconds left, leading the Lakers over Atlanta and back to .500 for the first time in two-plus months.

Steve Blake stole Josh Smith's final pass in the waning seconds for the Lakers (30-30), who blew a 16-point lead in the second half before Bryant scored their last six points.

• Thunder 108, Clippers 104: In Los Angeles, Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and Oklahoma City held off a late rally by Los Angeles in a matchup of two of the West's best teams.

Serge Ibaka had 16 points as the Thunder ended a three-game road skid and completed a season sweep of the Clippers, who got 26 points from Chris Paul.

• Pacers 97, Bulls 92: In Indianapolis, David West scored 31 points and George Hill added 21, leading Indiana past Chicago in a Central Division tilt.

The Pacers (38-22) have won seven of their last eight, and hold a four-game lead over the Bulls, who were missing injured Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson and Richard Hamilton.

• Spurs 114, Pistons 75: In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 17 points, Tim Duncan had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Spurs routed Detroit despite playing without star point guard Tony Parker (ankle).

• Rockets 136, Mavericks 103: In Houston, Chandler Parsons scored a career-high 32 points on 12-for-13 shooting and Houston snapped a nine-game losing streak to Dallas.

• Grizzlies 108, Magic 82: In Orlando, Fla., Tayshaun Prince had 14 points and Marc Gasol added 12 points and 11 assists as Memphis cruised despite missing Zach Randolph (ankle).

• Wizards 90, 76ers 87: In Washington, John Wall had 16 points, including the final six points of the game after Wizards teammate Bradley Beal left the court with an apparent ankle injury against Philadelphia.

• Kings 119, Bobcats 83: In Sacramento, Calif., John Salmons had 22 points and Jason Thompson added 18 points and 14 boards to lead Sacramento over Charlotte.

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