LOS ANGELES – The Miami Heat played the final minutes the way championship teams are supposed to. The Los Angeles Clippers are still perfecting the art of closing out games against the elite teams.
LeBron James had 31 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, Ray Allen hit a clinching 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Heat snapped a five-game road losing streak against the stubborn Clippers with a 116-112 victory on Wednesday night.
Allen had 15 points off the bench, and Dwyane Wade had 14 points and eight assists in his 700th regular-season game.
Allen, who holds the NBA record for career 3-pointers, converted a four-point play after Willie Green fouled him behind the arc. That extended Miami’s lead to 99-87 with 8:07 remaining. His second 3, a rainbow from the left corner, made it 112-107 with 42.4 seconds to go.
“That’s when the talent kicks in,” James said. “The play was broken down a little bit, but D-Wade made a heck of a play by getting into the paint, and Ray just kept moving into his favorite spot — one of those corners. D-Wade found him with a great pass, and Ray nailed it.”
Lakers 119, Cavaliers 108
In Cleveland, depleted Los Angeles had to keep Robert Sacre on the court after he fouled out in the fourth quarter.
The Lakers had eight available players coming into the game, but were left with five due to injuries and Chris Kaman fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Sacre committed his sixth foul with 3:32 remaining, but stayed in the game because coach Mike D’Antoni was out of healthy bodies. The Lakers were assessed a technical foul.
Thunder 106, Timberwolves 97
In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Spurs 125, Wizards 118 (2OT)
In Washington, Tim Duncan scored a season-high 31 points.
Rockets 122, Suns 108
In Houston, Dwight Howard had 34 points and 14 rebounds, and James Harden added 23 points.
Trail Blazers 94, knicks 90
In New York, Nicolas Batum had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Pelicans 105, Hawks 100
In New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Celtics 114, 76ers 108
In Philadelphia, Jeff Green scored 17 of his 36 points in the third quarter to lead Boston.
Mavericks 110, Grizzlies 96
In Memphis, Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and Brandan Wright added 17.
Nuggets 110, Bucks 100
In Denver, Wilson Chandler scored seven of his 24 points in the final 1:52.
Magic 112, Pistons 98
In Orlando, rookie Victor Oladipo came off the bench to score 20 points.
Kings 109, Raptors 101
In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 10 rebounds.