Ailing James lifts Heat over LA
LeBron James shook off flu-like symptoms to score 31 points, Chris Bosh scored 15 and the Heat won their second straight, topping the Los Angeles Lakers, 98-87, last night in Miami.
Shane Battier scored 11 and Mario Chalmers finished with 10 for Miami. James was sent home from the team’s shootaround practice earlier in the day to rest, and finished with eight rebounds and eight assists to go with 12-for-27 shooting.
Pau Gasol scored a season-high 26 for the Lakers, Kobe Bryant scored 24 and Andrew Bynum finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Miami moved to 5-0 this season without Dwyane Wade, who missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. He missed three games earlier this season with left foot soreness.
Bryant put together a great late run to attempt a comeback, banking in a 3-pointer and following that seconds later with a steal and transition dunk that got the Lakers within 94-84 with 2 minutes left. But Derek Fisher’s 3-point try on the next Los Angeles possession hit the front of the rim, Udonis Haslem controlled the rebound and James made a 15-foot runner to seal the outcome.
It was the first time James had gone against his former coach in Cleveland, Lakers’ boss Mike Brown.
Mavericks 94, Jazz 91 - Shawn Marion scored a season-high 22 points, including a late layup, as Dallas defeated Utah in Salt Lake City to snap a two-game losing streak and cool off the league’s hottest team.
The Mavericks (9-7) were coming off back-to-back last-possession losses to the Lakers and Clippers.
The Jazz (9-5) lost at home for only the second time all season, and second time in 10 games overall.
The Jazz were down by 13 in the second quarter and by 11 in the third before rallying.
Al Jefferson led Utah with 22 points.
Rockets 90, Hornets 88 - Kevin Martin scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half, Samuel Dalembert grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds and host Houston survived one of the worst fourth quarters in team history to beat New Orleans in overtime.
Courtney Lee scored a season-high 17 points and Kyle Lowry added 10 points and eight assists for Houston.
Jason Smith scored 17 points and Jarrett Jack and Marco Bellinelli added 15 points apiece for the Hornets, who’ve lost 12 of 13.
Houston led by as many as 14, but scored 7 points in the last quarter.