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James, Heat escape Pacers

Associated Press / February 9, 2011

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LeBron James had 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists, Chris Bosh added 19 points, and the Heat rallied from 14 points down to beat the Indiana Pacers, 117-112, last night in Miami for their seventh straight victory.

Dwyane Wade scored 17 and Mario Chalmers added 16 for Miami, which moved five games ahead of second-place Atlanta in the Southeast Division. The Heat also got within a half-game of idle Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Roy Hibbert scored 20 points and added 10 rebounds for Indiana, which fell to 4-1 under interim coach Frank Vogel. Danny Granger scored 19 and Tyler Hansbrough added 18 for the Pacers.

Chalmers forced Dahntay Jones into a five-second call with 8.9 seconds left, with Indiana out of timeouts, and the Heat escaped.

Spurs 100, Pistons 89 — Tony Parker had 19 points and seven assists, and visiting San Antonio held off Detroit.

DeJuan Blair added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, which improved their NBA-best record to 43-8. Manu Ginobili scored 13 points for San Antonio, and Tim Duncan contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Will Bynum scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for Detroit.

Timberwolves 112, Rockets 108 — Kevin Love set a Minnesota record with his 38th consecutive double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the Timberwolves’ win over host Houston.

Love passed Kevin Garnett (2006) for the team’s double-double record. Love’s streak is now the longest since Moses Malone had 44 in a row during the 1982-83 season with Philadelphia. Utah’s John Stockton also had a 37-game streak of double-doubles in 1989.

Grizzlies 105, Thunder 101 — Zach Randolph had 31 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Allen scored a season-high 27 while harassing scoring leader Kevin Durant and Memphis beat host Oklahoma City.

Durant had 31 points and 11 rebounds, but got off just one shot in overtime and also had a key turnover in the final 20 seconds with the Thunder down by 3.

Russell Westbrook added 21 points and 11 assists but also tied his season-high with eight turnovers for Oklahoma City, which lost for the first time in six overtime games this season.

Magic 101, Clippers 85 — Dwight Howard had 22 points and 20 rebounds and Jameer Nelson added 17 points, including going 4 for 5 from 3-point range, as host Orlando used a second-half surge to get past Los Angeles.

It was the Magic’s ninth straight win over the Clippers and second of the season. The Clippers lost for the fourth straight time overall and seventh consecutive time on the road.

Howard recorded his fifth 20-20 game this season.

Baron Davis led the Clippers with a season-high 25 points, Ike Diogu added 18, and Blake Griffin had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

76ers 117, Hawks 83 — Elton Brand scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half and Philadelphia jumped out to a 20-point lead in the opening period and cruised to a win over host Atlanta.

Louis Williams, from South Gwinnett High School near Atlanta, had 20 points to lead six Philadelphia scorers in double figures. Thaddeus Young and Jodie Meeks each had 16.

Bucks 92, Raptors 74 — John Salmons returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 17 and scored 17 points to lead host Milwaukee.

Corey Maggette added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks, which snapped their four-game losing streak.

Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points and DeMar DeRozan had 18 points for the Raptors.

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