MIAMI – Ray Allen was somewhat surprised to see how open he was. So was Dwyane Wade, who even took an extra dribble before believing his eyes and sending a 50-foot pass to the best 3-point shooter in NBA history.
Moments later, the Miami Heat were back on track.
Allen scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter on a milestone day for the veteran, Wade and LeBron James each added 24 points and the Heat closed with a flourish to beat the Houston Rockets 113-104 on Sunday and snap their worst stretch of results since 2011.
“When Ray gets into a rhythm, he’s the best 3-point shooter of all-time,” said Heat forward Chris Bosh, who scored 18 points to help Miami win for just the second time in its last seven games.
Miami trailed 97-92 following a 3-pointer by James Harden midway through the fourth, then finished the game on a 21-7 run.
Allen had 11 points during that late stretch, including a 3-pointer that allowed him to pass Allen Iverson for 21st on the NBA’s scoring list. It was also the 750th regular-season win that Allen was a part of in his career.
“I don’t know how I get open,” said Allen, who took about 1,000 shots on a practice day Saturday by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s estimate. “When I am, I have to be ready to shoot it.”
Harden finished with 30 points for Houston, which got 21 points and 14 rebounds from Dwight Howard. Patrick Beverley added 15 points and Terrence Jones scored 12 for the Rockets, who’ve dropped three straight.
“We just didn’t play well down the stretch,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said.
Pelicans 121, Celtics 120 (OT)
In New Orleans, Anthony Davis set career highs with 40 points and 21 rebounds for the Pelicans, and Eric Gordon made two crucial free throws in overtime.
Davis did not score in overtime but controlled the middle by grabbing six rebounds. He became the first player in franchise history to have at least 40 points and 20 rebounds in the same game.
Spurs 122, Jazz 104
In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 21 points and the Spurs earned their 10th consecutive victory to become the first NBA team to 50 wins this season.
The Spurs shot a season-high 62.8 percent from the field in their fourth victory in four games this season against Utah. Tony Parker had 18 points and Tim Duncan scored 16.
Mavericks 109, Thunder 86
In Oklahoma City, Shawn Marion scored 19 points, Vince Carter added 18 and Dallas stopped a seven-game, regular-season losing streak against the Thunder.
Kevin Durant scored 30 points for Oklahoma City. It was his 26th straight game of 25 points or more, the longest such streak since Michael Jordan did so in 40 straight games during the 1986-87 season.
Timberwolves 104, Kings 102
In Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead the Timberwolves to the win.
Kevin Martin added 31 points for Minnesota, and rookie Gorgui Dieng had his first career double-double with season highs in points (12) and rebounds (11). He also had five blocks.
Suns 121, Raptors 113
In Toronto, Markieff Morris had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Gerald Green scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, and Phoenix beat the Raptors for its second straight victory.
Bobcats 101, Bucks 92
In Milwaukee, Kemba Walker scored 21 points and Al Jefferson added 16 of his 20 in the second half to help Charlotte beat the Bucks for its fourth straight victory.
Clippers 102, Cavaliers 80
In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists on his 25th birthday, and the Clippers earned their 11th consecutive victory.
Warriors 113, Trail Blazers 112
In Portland, Stephen Curry scored 28 of his 37 points in the second half and Klay Thompson made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds remaining, leading Golden State to the win.