|Miami’s LeBron James reacts after scoring in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s victory. (Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)|
Heat win fourth straight game
Miami Big Three collect 75 points
LeBron James’s new fan base in Miami had a response. So did his teammates.
Chris Bosh scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade added 26, and the Miami Heat scored 11 straight points in the final minutes to beat the Atlanta Hawks, 89-77, last night — winning their fourth straight to move a season-high five games over .500.
“It’s just a better feel in the locker room, away from the game, but also on the basketball court,’’ Wade said. “We’re starting to ‘get it’ with each other. . . . It’s making a world of difference.’’
James was quiet offensively for much of the second half, and it didn’t matter. He finished with 22 points, and got serenaded by “Miami loves you!’’ chants — a nod to the “Akron hates you!’’ cries James heard when Miami visited Cleveland for the first time since he scorned the Cavaliers and joined the Heat in July.
Wade and Bosh did their part to keep the Hawks at bay, and then the reigning two-time MVP got his first field goal of the second half with 2:52 remaining — a fierce slam, followed by a scream, all giving Miami an 81-72 lead. Mario Chalmers hit an off-balance jumper with 1:38 left, the lead was back to 11, and Miami survived.
Wade and Bosh each had 10 rebounds for the Heat (13-8), whose lead was cut to 2 at 74-72 with 4:39 remaining. Atlanta then missed its next six shots and Miami ran away.
“We’re figuring it out,’’ James said. “We’re figuring out what it takes for us three to be successful, and to have the team win.’’
Al Horford scored 22 points on 10-for-11 shooting and Atlanta, which had its five-game winning streak snapped and lost for just the third time in 10 road games. Jamal Crawford and Josh Powell scored 12 points apiece for the Hawks, Josh Smith had 11, and Mike Bibby 10.
Bulls 119, Rockets 116 — Derrick Rose hit a 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer and finished with 30 points to help host Chicago beat Houston in overtime.
Rose scored 5 points in the overtime, including his fourth 3-pointer of the game.
Houston called timeout and after running a play, former Bulls player Brad Miller, who had already made four 3-pointers, popped open behind the circle, but missed.
Rose had 7 rebounds, 11 assists, and 5 steals, and Carlos Boozer, in his best game for the Bulls, had 25 points and nine rebounds.
Bucks 96, Magic 85 — Andrew Bogut scored a season-high 31 points and had 18 rebounds in his return from a back injury and host Milwaukee beat depleted Orlando.
Vince Carter scored 20 points for Orlando, down to eight active players because of illness and injury. Starters Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson missed the game for the Magic, which had its winning streak snapped at six.
Brandon Jennings had 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists, and John Salmons added 16 points for Milwaukee, which never trailed in the game.
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy used a zone defense in the second half to try and save his tired players, but his team fell well short of its average of 99 points.
76ers 109, Bobcats 91 — Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 26 points, 20 in a big first-quarter run, to help host Philadelphia beat Charlotte.
Meeks, who entered the game averaging 7.3 points, made his second career start after replacing rookie Evan Turner. Meeks matched Allen Iverson’s arena record for points in a first quarter with 20, scoring all 20 during a 26-5 run. Meeks made his first six 3-pointers and finished 7 of 10, and 9 of 16 overall. Boris Diaw led the Bobcats with 19 points.
Mavericks 105, Kings 103 — Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and Jason Terry had 23 as visiting Dallas rallied for its ninth straight victory.
The Mavericks outscored Sacramento, 15-4, in the final 5 1/2 minutes to improve to 8-1 on the road and 16-4 overall.
Tyreke Evans led Sacramento with 25 points and eight assists, Donte Greene had 19 points, rookie DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Beno Udrih added 16 points. The Kings have lost seven straight and 13 of 14.
Timberwolves 128, Cavaliers 95 — Kevin Love had 28 points and 19 rebounds and host Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Cleveland.
Love did his damage in three quarters, and the Timberwolves hit a franchise-record 18 3-pointers. Ramon Sessions had 18 points for the Cavaliers.