Ex-Arizona Wildcat Derrick Williams hammers home two of his career-high 28 points in Minnesota's 97-95 victory over visiting New Orleans.


PHOENIX - Chris Bosh scored 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting, ailing LeBron James added 21 and the Miami Heat closed a six-game road trip with a 97-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

The Heat, playing without Dwyane Wade for the second game in a row because of a left foot injury, led by as many as 15 in the third quarter and were up by nine with 5 minutes to play. The Suns cut it to two before Miami scored the game's final seven points.

James, who missed the morning shootaround with flu-like symptoms, made only 8 of 20 shots but still reached 20 points for the 11th time in 11 games this season.

Markieff Morris scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for Phoenix, which was coming off a loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday night. Shannon Brown and Michael Beasley had 14 points apiece.

James may have been under the weather, but he had enough energy to lead the final surge that lifted Miami to its fifth straight win in Phoenix.

• Grizzlies 94, Bobcats 87: In Charlotte, N.C., Mike Conley scored 20 points and Memphis won its eighth consecutive.

Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and three other players scored in double figures for the Grizzlies, who own the NBA's best record at 8-1. Rudy Gay had 16 points and Marc Gasol and Tony Allen scored 12 apiece.

• Bucks 117, Hornets 113: In Milwaukee, Monta Ellis scored six of his 22 points in the final 2 minutes to help Milwaukee hold off New Orleans.

Brandon Jennings also had 22 points, and Mike Dunleavy added 17 for Milwaukee, 6-2 in its best start since 2001-02.

• Celtics 107, Raptors, 89: In Boston, Rajon Rondo tied his season high with 20 assists, and ex-Arizona Wildcat Jason Terry scored 20 points to help the Celtics get the victory.

Rondo appeared at full strength after sitting out a loss at Brooklyn on Thursday night because of a sprained right ankle.

• Mavericks 103,Cavaliers 95: In Cleveland, O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and the Mavericks used a pair of 9-0 runs in the fourth quarter to secure the road win.

• Jazz 83, Wizards 76: In Washington, Al Jefferson scored 21 points, Gordon Hayward added 15 in his first game as a reserve this season, and the Jazz kept the Wizards winless.

• Clippers 101, Bulls 80: In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin scored 12 of his 26 points in the final six minutes and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Clippers' fifth straight victory.

• Spurs 126, Nuggets 100: In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs set a season high for points.

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The Celtics' Rajon Rondo extended his streak of consecutive games with double-digit assists to 33.

Rondo's streak is the third-longest in NBA history and puts him within four games of tying John Stockton. Magic Johnson holds the record at 46 consecutive games with 10 or more assists.