MIAMI – For so much of the night, just about everything was going wrong for the Miami Heat. They were missing every 3-pointer, arguing plenty of calls, even screaming at one another.
Then one quick burst changed everything.
Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, LeBron James added 24 on a sore left ankle, and Chris Bosh and Ray Allen connected on huge 3-pointers within a 31-second span down the stretch. It all added up to the Heat erasing a 15-point deficit in the final 18 minutes to beat the rival Indiana Pacers 97-94 on Wednesday.
“It shows we’re a team that’s been there before,” Wade said. “No matter what the score is we always feel we have an opportunity to win the game.”
So even when Indiana led 68-53 midway through third quarter, hope remained.
And even when James and Mario Chalmers were getting in a heated exchange during one particularly bleak stretch — James said afterward that he was wrong, and Chalmers said the matter was forgotten — the Heat didn’t fall apart.
“It was a good win,” James said. “Good, good, quality win against a very good team on our home floor. We had to overcome a lot.”
Paul George scored 25 points for Indiana but missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it with 4 seconds left, and insisted afterward that he was fouled by James on the play.
“I went into my shot, got pushed in the back, I thought it was a foul, nothing was called, and we lost the game,” George said. “Aside of that we still should have taken care of business.”
Clippers 108, Pelicans 95
In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each had a double-double, and the Clippers beat New Orleans to give coach Doc Rivers a victory over his son’s team.
Griffin had 21 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 4:05 left, and Jordan added 14 points and 20 boards in the Clippers’ third straight victory. Chris Paul added his own double-double against his former team, with 12 points and 11 assists.
Rockets 109, Bulls 94
In Houston, Dwight Howard scored 23 points and James Harden and Chandler Parsons added 19 each as the hosts used a big third-quarter run to pull away from Chicago.
The Bulls trailed by three with 5½ minutes left in the third before their offense went cold. Houston took advantage of the scoring drought, using a 15-1 spurt to make it 83-66 entering the final period.
Spurs 108, Suns 101
In Phoenix, Manu Ginobili scored 11 of his 24 points in the final 4-plus minutes, and San Antonio snapped the Suns’ five-game winning streak.
T-Wolves 120, Trail Blazers 109
In Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.
Wizards 113, Nets 107
In New York, John Wall scored 21 points and made two big defensive plays against Deron Williams down the stretch.
Hawks 124, Kings 107
In Atlanta, Kyle Korver made seven consecutive 3-point attempts on his way to a season-high 28 points.
Jazz 86, Magic 82
In Orlando, Trey Burke had a career-high 30 points and eight assists in Utah’s road win.
Bobcats 104, Raptors 102 (OT)
In Toronto, Kemba Walker hit a buzzer-beating jumper in overtime to help Charlotte snap its three-game losing streak in Toronto.
Pistons 107, Celtics 106
In Boston, guard Brandon Jennings led Detroit to its third win in four games, scoring 28 points and matching his season high with 14 assists in the win.
Mavericks 105, Grizzlies 88
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points in his return to the lineup.
Knicks 107, Bucks (2OT)
In Milwaukee, Tyson Chandler returned from his broken leg and J.R. Smith hit a go-ahead jumper in the second overtime.