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LeBron hits winner as Heat runs streak to 16
LeBron James scored 26 points, including a go-ahead layup after getting past DeQuan Jones with 3.2 seconds left, and the Heat scrambled late to beat the Orlando Magic 97-96 on Wednesday night and extend their franchise-record winning streak to 16 games.
MIAMI — Game on the line, LeBron James knew he was going to get to the rim.
And he delivered.
James scored 26 points, including a go-ahead layup after getting past DeQuan Jones with 3.2 seconds left, and the Heat scrambled late to beat the Orlando Magic 97-96 on Wednesday night and extend its franchise-record winning streak to 16 games.
"I had no intention of shooting another jumper," James said.
He missed two three-pointers about 90 seconds earlier, so he went for the 3-footer instead. From the right wing, James drove diagonally through the lane, then used his left hand — after all, he is left-handed — for the basket that won it for Miami. It was the first time he came up with what became a game-winning basket in the final five seconds of a game since a three-pointer beat the Magic in the 2009 playoffs.
"This is tough," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said after his team fell to 0-2 against Miami this season — the two losses by a total of three points. "You've got guys who battled, who really wanted to win this game and deserved to win this game."
Dwyane Wade scored 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting — he's now shooting 62 percent in his past seven games — and Chris Bosh added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, which blew a 20-point, second-half lead and then rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minutes.
Nik Vucevic had 25 points and 21 rebounds for the Magic, which got 16 points apiece from Jameer Nelson and Tobias Harris, 13 from Arron Afflalo and 12 from Maurice Harkless.
• Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 42 points during a game-ending, 20-0 run, helping the Los Angeles Lakers overcome a 25-point deficit to fend off the host New Orleans Hornets 108-102. Hornets rookie guard Austin Rivers broke a bone in his right hand and will miss four to six weeks..
• Blake Griffin had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his third career triple-double, and the host Los Angeles Clippers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 117-101 for their 10th win in 13 games. Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School had 25 points for L.A.
• Kevin Garnett found Jeff Green all alone under the basket for a layup with 0.5 seconds remaining to finish off a fourth-quarter comeback from 14 points down, giving the Boston Celtics an 83-81 victory over the host Indiana Pacers. Indiana forward Danny Granger could miss another week with a sore left knee.
• Tim Duncan had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the host San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 101-83 in a matchup of teams missing their All-Star point guards.
• Raymond Felton scored 26 points, and the New York Knicks pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the host Detroit Pistons 87-77 despite Carmelo Anthony's absence. Anthony sat out after injuring his right knee Monday.
• Marc Gasol had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Jerryd Bayless scored all 13 of his points in the final 13 minutes to lead the host Memphis Grizzlies to their second straight win and 10th victory in the past 11 games, 91-85 over the Portland Trail Blazers.
• Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, O.J. Mayo had two big fourth-quarter baskets and a career-high 12 assists, and the host Dallas Mavericks bounced back from a blowout loss in Houston to beat the Rockets, 112-108.