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James-less Heat beat Blazers in thriller

By Chris Pike
29 December 2013 08:57PM EST

MIAMI beat Portland in a cracking NBA contest on Saturday night thanks to Chris Bosh and without LeBron James while both New York teams again lost and Detroit's poor run continued.

There were 12 matches in the NBA on Saturday night with Boston holding out Cleveland 103-100 Indiana beating Brooklyn 105-91, Toronto downing New York 115-100, Washington hammering Detroit 106-82, Atlanta beat Charlotte in overtime 118-116, Dallas hammered Chicago 105-83 and Houston beat New Orleans 107-98.

Memphis also thrashed Denver 120-99, Minnesota hammered Milwaukee 117-95, Phoenix easily beat Philadelphia 115-101, Miami won the night's showcase game over Portland 108-107 and the Clippers beat Utah 98-90.

Boston held on despite a ferocious 34-point final quarter from Cleveland to win a thriller at home by three points.

Jordan Crawford top-scored for the Celtics with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists while Avery Bradley added 18 points, Jeff Green 19 points, Brandon Bass 15 points, Courtney Lee 11 points and Kris Humphries 10.

Kyrie Irving did all he could for the Cavaliers with 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range.

Dion Waiters added 17 points off the bench for the Cavs with Jarrett Jack adding 14 points and Earl Clark 12.

The eastern conference's best team Indiana had no trouble whatsoever beat Brooklyn at home on Saturday night cruising to a 14-point victory to improve to a 24-5 record on the season.

It is the Pacers' third win already of the campaign over the Nets and once again it was set up with a dominant third quarter with the home side scoring 28 points to 20.

Paul George top-scored for Indiana with 24 points on an efficient 9-of-13 shooting from the field while Lance Stephenson added 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while also shooting well with 7-of-11 from the floor.

Point guard George Hill added 21 points while centre Roy Hibbert had 11 points.

Paul Pierce led the way for the Nets with 18 points and five rebounds with Mirza Teletovic adding 17 points.

Point guard Deron Williams added 14 points and six assists while Alan Anderson scored 10 points off the bench.

Toronto beat New York for the second time in as many nights this time at home as they cruised to a 15-point win over the dismal Knicks who were again without Carmelo Anthony.

Kyle Lowry had a huge night for the Raptors with the point guard finishing with 32 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds on the back of shooting 10-of-17 from the field and 4-of-7 from downtown.

Terrence Ross added 23 points for Toronto while DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and Greivis Vasquez 11.

Amare Stoudemire top-scored for the Knicks off the bench with 23 points and nine rebounds while Tyson Chandler added 16 points, JR Smith 13, Tim Hardaway Jr 12, Andrea Bargnani 12 and Toure Murry 11.

Detroit's miserable run of form continued on Saturday night in Washington with the Wizards handing them a 24-point thumping with Josh Smith again benched by Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks.

It ended a seven-game losing streak for the Wizards against the Pistons that dates back to February 12, 2012.

Washington improved to a 13-14 record with the win with John Wall leading the way with 20 points and 11 assists.

Centre Marcin Gortat added 16 points and seven rebounds with Bradley Beal adding 15 points, Trevor Ariza 15 and Trevor Booker 10.

Greg Monroe top-scored for Detroit with 14 points and seven assists with Brandon Jennings adding 13 points and six assists.

Atlanta won another overtime game on Saturday night this time at home to Charlotte with the Hawks running out two-point winners to improve to a 17-13 record on the season.

Lou Williams came off the bench to score 10 of his season-high 28 points in overtime, all from the free-throw line, to lead the Hawks to victory.

Power forward Paul Millsap also finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds for Atlanta with point guard Jeff Teague adding 20 points and nine assists, and Mike Scott 18 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Al Jefferson top-scored for the Bobcats with 24 points and a huge 23 rebounds while Gerald Henderson added 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Point guard Kemba Walker had 16 points and five assists, Ramon Sessions 15 points and Anthony Tolliver 12 to go with seven rebounds.

Dallas then went to Chicago and thumped a Bulls team without Derrick Rose and Luol Deng by 22 points even though the home side outscored the Mavs by eight points in the fourth quarter.

The Mavericks have now won two straight games on the road for just the second time this season. They have a solid 17-13 record overall, but just 6-9 on the road.

Monta Ellis led the way for the Mavs with 22 points and five assists with Vince Carter adding 18 points off the bench, Dirk Nowitzki 18 points and Shawn Marion 14 to go with his 13 rebounds.

Joakim Noah top-scored for the Bulls with 20 points and 10 rebounds with Carlos Boozer adding 13 points, Taj Gibson 13, DJ Augustin 11 and Jimmy Butler 11.

Houston continued its strong form improving to a 21-11 record on the season with a solid nine-point victory thanks to a big final quarter at home to the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Rockets have now scored three consecutive wins over divisional opponents San Antonio, Memphis and New Orleans over the last four nights. It's the first time they have done so since December 2009.

Dwight Howard bounced back from a quiet night to lead the way for Houston against New Orleans with 24 points and eight rebounds.

James Harden added 21 points and five boards for the Rockets while Chandler Parsons scored 19 points, Terrence Jones 17 and Jeremy Lin 10 to go with five assists.

Ryan Anderson top-scored for the Pelicans with 22 points and 12 rebounds while Anthony Davis added 18 points and 16 boards.

Tyreke Evans scored 16 points and had nine assists off the bench with Al-Farouq Aminu also scoring 12 points and Jason Smith 10.

Memphis hammered Denver at home on Saturday night by 22 points handing the Nuggets a sixth straight defeat for the first time since December 2004.

Zach Randolph again led the way for the Grizzlies with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists with Ed Davis adding 17 points.

Jerryd Bayless also scored 15 points, James Johnson 14, Mike Conley 14 and Mike Miller 11.

Denver point guard Ty Lawson finished with 20 points and eight assists with Wilson Chandler adding 19 points.

Jordan Hamilton added 12 points for the Nuggets, Nate Robinson 11, Randy Foye 11 and JJ Hickson 10.

Minnesota had no trouble going into Milwaukee and thumping the NBA's worst team by 22 points to improve to a 15-15 record on the season.

Power forward Kevin Love was the star again for the Timberwolves with 33 points, 15 rebounds and six assists on the back of 11-of-17 shooting from the field and hitting 4-of-6 from long range.

Kevin Martin added 20 points while hitting four three-pointers for the T'Wolves while Nikola Pekovic finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Khris Middleton top-scored for the Bucks with 23 points and nine rebounds with OJ Mayo adding 19 points and Brandon Knight 18.

Phoenix bounced back from a disappointing loss a couple of nights ago against Portland to comfortably beat Philadelphia at home by 14 points to improve to an 18-11 record on the season.

Miles Plumlee led the way for the Suns with 22 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks on the back of 10-of-14 shooting from the floor.

Goran Dragic added 21 points and five assists with Eric Bledsoe finishing with 20 points and Marcus Morris 18 off the bench.

Thaddeus Young had a big night for the 76ers finishing with 30 points and 10 rebounds while rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 27 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Tony Wroten added 22 points off the bench with 22 points and centre Spencer Hawes also had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Miami went into Portland on Saturday night without LeBron James but came away with a thrilling one-point victory thanks to a Chris Bosh three-pointer that landed with half a second remaining on the clock.

The victory improves the Heat to a 23-7 record on the season and means they have now won 20 of their last 21 matches against teams from the western conference.

The loss for the Blazers leaves them on a still imposing 24-6 record and is their first loss against an eastern conference team in 12 matches.

Bosh not only hit the winning shot but was the star of the whole night for the Heat finishing with a season-high 37 points to go with 10 rebounds and hitting 15-of-26 from the field and 3-of-3 from long range.

Dwyane Wade added 16 points and seven assists while Michael Beasley scored 12 points, Norris Cole 11 and Rashard Lewis 10.

Mario Chalmers just missed a triple-double finishing with nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

Wesley Matthews top-scored for the Trail Blazers with 23 points while LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points, Robin Lopez 17, Damian Lillard 16 and Nicolas Batum 11.

The night then finished with the Clippers beating the Utah Jazz by eight points to improve to a 21-11 record on the season.

Power forward Blake Griffin was the star of the night for the Clippers with 40 points and 10 rebounds as he became the second player this season to have consecutive 35-point games this season. The other was Portland point guard Damian Lillard.

Clippers point guard Chris Paul also had 21 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and five steals while Jamal Crawford scored 13 points.

Enes Kanter had a good night off the bench for the Jazz with 17 points and 12 rebounds with Richard Jefferson scoring 15 points, Marvin Williams 15 and Trey Burke 12 to go with his six assists.

NBA Results Saturday December 28
Cleveland Cavaliers (10-19) 100 lost to Boston Celtics (13-17) 103
Brooklyn Nets (10-20) 91 lost to Indiana Pacers (24-5) 105
New York Knicks (9-21) 100 lost to Toronto Raptors (13-15) 115
Detroit Pistons (14-18) 82 lost to Washington Wizards (13-14) 106
Charlotte Bobcats (14-17) 116 lost to Atlanta Hawks (17-13) 118
Dallas Mavericks (17-13) 105 defeated Chicago Bulls (11-17) 83
New Orleans Pelicans (13-15) 98 lost to Houston Rockets (21-11) 107
Denver Nuggets (14-15) 99 lost to Memphis Grizzlies (13-16) 120
Minnesota Timberwolves (15-15) 117 defeated Milwaukee Bucks (6-24) 95
Philadelphia 76ers (8-21) 101 lost to Phoenix Suns (18-11) 115
Miami Heat (23-7) 108 defeated Portland Trail Blazers (24-6) 107
Utah Jazz (9-24) 90 lost to LA Clippers (21-11) 98

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