Bosh carries Heat by Blazers


Chris Bosh made his case: He wanted to go for the win.

So with 0.5 seconds left Saturday night, he sank the 3-pointer that gave Miami a 108-107 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Playing without LeBron James because of injury, the Heat acquiesced to Bosh’s wishes on the play that won it.

“My call at the end of the game was much more conservative,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I drew something up to get him on the move and he said, ‘No, I want it for the 3.’ So he overruled it and became a prophet.”

Bosh finished with a season-high 37 points and added 10 rebounds to hand Portland its third loss at home this season.

Wesley Matthews scored 23 points for the Blazers, who had won seven of eight.

James injured his right groin and tweaked his left ankle Friday night in a 108-103 overtime loss at Sacramento that snapped Miami’s six-game winning streak. He stayed in the game and finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

The four-time NBA MVP warmed up before Saturday’s game but was declared inactive about an hour before the opening tip. Michael Beasley started in his place.

The Blazers held a 94-91 lead halfway through the final quarter, but Bosh hit a 3-pointer to tie it 96-96. He made another 3 that brought Heat players on the bench — including James — to their feet as Miami pulled in front 101-98 with 2:03 left.

LaMarcus Aldridge’s layup narrowed it to 103-102 with 1:08 to go before Nicolas Batum made all three of his free throws after he was fouled beyond the arc by Dwyane Wade.

Wade dunked to tie it 105-105 with 26 seconds left, but the Heat fouled Batum with 7.7 seconds to go and he made both shots, setting up Bosh’s 3-pointer when Wade drove right and kicked it back to him well beyond the arc.

Bosh wanted that 3.

“In that situation I wanted to go for the win,” Bosh said. “It was just how I felt at the moment. So we kind of changed it where Dwyane had an opportunity downhill and if he got double-teamed I was behind him for the jumper.”

Aldridge, who finished with 22 points, missed a short jumper at the buzzer.

Pacers 105, Nets 91

In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 24 points and Lance Stephenson added 23 to lead Indiana to a victory over Brooklyn.

Paul Pierce scored 18 points for the Nets.

Celtics 103, Cavaliers 100

In Boston, Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each scored 19 points to help the Celtics hold off Cleveland.

Kyrie Irving scored 32 points for the Cavaliers, who lost their fourth straight.

Raptors 115, Knicks 100

In Toronto, Kyle Lowry had a season-best 32 points and 11 assists, Terrence Ross made a career-high seven 3-pointers and the Raptors beat short-handed New York for the second straight night.

Amare Stoudemire scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half for the Knicks.

Wizards 106 Pistons 82

In Washington, John Wall had 20 points and 11 assists, Marcin Gortat added 16 points and the Wizards routed Detroit.

Greg Monroe scored 14 for the Pistons.

Hawks 118, Bobcats 116 (OT)

In Atlanta, Paul Millsap had a season-high 31 points, Lou Williams scored 10 of his season-best 28 in overtime and the Hawks rallied to beat Charlotte.

Al Jefferson had 24 points and a season-high 23 rebounds for the Bobcats.

Mavericks 105, Bulls 83

In Chicago, Monta Ellis had 22 points and Dallas took control early in coasting to a victory over the Bulls.

Joakim Noah led Chicago with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Grizzlies 120, Nuggets 99

In Memphis, Zach Randolph scored 20 points and the Grizzlies got 62 points from their bench against Denver.

Rockets 107, Pelicans 98

In Houston, Dwight Howard had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and James Harden scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter in the Rockets’ comeback win over New Orleans.

Timberwolves 117, Bucks 95

In Milwaukee, Kevin Love had 33 points and 15 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double, and Minnesota climbed back to .500 by routing the Bucks.

Suns 115, 76ers 101

In Phoenix, Miles Plumlee scored a career-high 22 points to go with 13 rebounds, and the Suns bounced back from their worst loss of the season to beat Philadelphia.

Clippers 98, Jazz 90

In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin scored a season-high 40 points, overcoming early foul trouble and a career-worst eight turnovers to lead Clippers past Utah.

Chris Paul had 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Los Angeles in the victory.