Basketball - Lebron fires late on as Heat eclipse Suns

LeBron James had 25 of his game-high 37 points in the second half and 11 in the final four minutes as the Miami Heat shook off the pesky Phoenix Suns to win 103-97.

Basketball - Lebron fires late on as Heat eclipse Suns

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Miami Heat forward LeBron James during the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center (Reuters)

Heat 103, Suns 97

James added nine rebounds and five steals and showed off an array of dunks as the Heat shook off a 94-89 loss in Utah on Sunday by turning 16 Suns turnovers into 24 points.

Center Chris Bosh added 21points, including a big three-pointer that put the Heat up 99-92 with 40.3 seconds left.

Miami (36-14) played without guard Dwyane Wade who stayed at the team hotel with a migraine headache.

Guard Gerald Green had 26 points for the Suns (30-21).

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Bulls 100, Hawks 85

Taj Gibson scored 24 points and center Joakim Noah collected his fourth career triple-double, leading the Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Gibson continued to shine while starting in place of injured forward Carlos Boozer. Gibson hit 12-of-19 shots from the field, adding 12 rebounds and five assists.

Noah piled up 19 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists for Chicago (26-25).

Atlanta (25-25) lost its season-high fourth in a row and dropped a half-game behind the Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Bobcats 114, Mavericks 89

Al Jefferson scored 30 points and forward Anthony Tolliver came off the bench to score 22 as the Charlotte Bobcats cooled off the streaking Dallas Mavericks.

The Bobcats went on extended runs to open both the second and third quarters, going on a 10-0 spurt to open the second quarter and then a 13-1 run in the third. They led by as many as 27.

The Mavericks came to Charlotte riding a five-game winning streak.

Dirk Nowitzki shrugged off a sprained left ankle that sidelined him much of the second quarter to lead the Mavericks with 16 points. Guard Monta Ellis also scored 16.

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Cavaliers 109, Kings 99

Anthony Bennett recorded his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the Cleveland Cavaliers' victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Bennett, the top overall pick in the 2013 draft, recorded career highs in both points and rebounds.

It was the third consecutive win for the Cavs (19-33), who had five players in double figures.

Center DeMarcus Cousins paced the Kings (17-35) with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Isaiah Thomas added 16 points and eight assists for the Kings, who have the worst record in the Western Conference.

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Grizzlies 92, Wizards 89

The Memphis Grizzlies held off Washington for a victory despite a late scoring drought and a career-high 37 points from Wizards guard Bradley Beal.

Memphis went without a field goal for a 6 1/2-minute stretch of the fourth quarter, and lost an earlier 16-point lead but rallied late and saw Washington's John Wall miss a potential tying shot at the final buzzer.

Nick Calathes and center Marc Gasol each scored 18 points for Memphis (28-23).

Washington (25-26) got 17 points from forward Nene.

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Thunder 98, Trail Blazers 95

Kevin Durant scored 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and guard Reggie Jackson sank two free throws inside the final second as the Oklahoma City Thunder gained a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Jackson finished with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Thunder (42-12), who won for the fourth time in five games.

Nicolas Batum led six players scoring in double figures with 18 points for the Trail Blazers (36-16), who fell five games behind Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division race.

The Thunder erased a 10-point deficit in the third quarter and won it down the stretch as Portland guard Damian Lillard missed a shot at the buzzer.

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Jazz 96, Lakers 79

Alec Burks came off the bench to score 24 points as the Utah Jazz pounded the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Jazz (18-33) won for only the second time in their past six games but defeated the short-handed Lakers (18-34) for the second time in three meetings.

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