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Chris Bosh watched his first 3-pointer bounce once, twice, three times, four times before finally dropping into the net. And the third one essentially saved the Miami Heat. A threesome of 3-pointers - he had never made that many in an NBA quarter, say nothing of his 79-second span Sunday night - highlighted a run where Bosh scored 13 straight Miami points, and the Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-98 to extend their winning streak to 10 games. The Heat led for the final 1:20, the time remaining when Bosh's third 3 put Miami up 93-91.
Despite having the NBA's best record, the Indiana Pacers realize there's always room for improvement. David West scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds, Paul George had 27 points, and the Pacers improved their best start in franchise history to 16-1 on Sunday with a 105-100 victory that snapped the Los Angeles Clippers' four-game winning streak. We knew coming in that it was going to be a hard-fought game.'' Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 20 points - the 10th time this season that a Pacers opponent didn't have anyone with more than 20. Chris Paul had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Blake Griffin scored 16 and pulled down 12 rebounds, equaling teammate DeAndre Jordan's total.
Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey knows his starters can't play the entire game. After Sunday's 112-98 loss to the Denver Nuggets, he probably wishes they could. The Nuggets reserves outscored their Raptors counterparts 72-16 as Denver pulled away in the fourth quarter. ''Our bench has got to give us something,'' Casey said after Toronto lost its third straight.
Andre Drummond knows he's a poor free-throw shooter. On an afternoon when the Philadelphia 76ers started intentionally fouling him in the third quarter, the 20-year-old forward responded with a performance the NBA hasn't seen in 23 years. Drummond sat out the end of the third quarter after missing nine of 12 free throws in the period, but in the 34 minutes he did play, he became the first player to have 31 points, 19 rebounds and six steals in a game since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1990. He set career highs in all three categories, two days after Maurice Cheeks left him on the bench for the last 21 minutes of Detroit's loss to the Lakers.
The injury-depleted Milwaukee Bucks have been a doormat for just about everyone in the first month of the season. The Boston Celtics are about the lone exception. O.J. Mayo rebounded from a subpar game with 22 points and the Bucks snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 92-85 victory over Boston on Saturday night. ''It feels good to get that monkey off your back,'' Milwaukee coach Larry Drew said.
The Houston Rockets gave away a 23-point lead, Dwight Howard was being fouled intentionally and the disdain of the San Antonio Spurs' sellout crowd was roaring down on them in the final minutes of the game. It was a tense situation that Houston would have folded under last season, James Harden readily admits. The Rockets demonstrated Saturday night that they are a different team this season, even if it is early. Harden scored 31 points, Chandler Parsons had 25, and Houston overcame a furious second-half rally to beat San Antonio 112-106, handing the Spurs their first home defeat.
Trey Burke had the biggest game of his young NBA career, and the Utah Jazz finally have a victory on the road. Burke scored 20 points, including two 3-pointers in the final four minutes, and the Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 112-104 on Saturday night. Richard Jefferson added 15 for the Jazz, who were 0-9 on the road entering the contest and lost 112-101 at home to Phoenix on Friday night. Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors added 14 apiece as Utah put seven players in double figures.
Luc Mbah a Moute figured things out in a hurry with Minnesota. Kevin Martin and Kevin Love paced the Timberwolves like they do so often. Martin had 27 points with some key baskets down the stretch, Love had his usual double-double, and the Timberwolves snapped a three-game losing streak with a 112-106 victory Saturday night over the suddenly slipping Dallas Mavericks. ''We found (Martin).
The Brooklyn Nets relied on Joe Johnson early, Brook Lopez late and mixed in Andray Blatche to snap a two-game losing streak. Johnson scored 26 points, Lopez added 12 of his 20 in the fourth quarter, and the Nets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 97-88 on Saturday night. The Nets had dropped seven of eight, including a 114-95 loss at Houston on Friday night. Blatche took over through the middle stages, finishing with 21 points off the Nets bench and making all three shots from beyond the arc.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been waiting for Andrew Bynum to have a breakout performance. The 7-footer came through in a 97-93 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. ''Tonight we saw a little bit of what Andrew is capable of bringing to the table,'' Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. ''I hope my knees feel good after this.'' Bynum and Dion Waiters each scored 20 points, and the Cavaliers held off a late rally by Chicago.
O.J. Mayo rebounded from a subpar game with 22 points and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 92-85 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. Two of Milwaukee's three victories this season have come against Boston. The Bucks beat the Celtics, 105-98, on Nov. 1 in Boston. Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds, while Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford added 18 points apiece for the Celtics.
A slow start to the season turned into Washington's best November in 29 years. John Wall had 26 points and 12 assists, Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and made five 3-pointers, and the Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-101 on Saturday night. The Wizards lost their first three games and seven of their first nine, but have now won six of their last eight. We didn't want to get the start we had, but it happened,'' coach Randy Wittman said.
The Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies were both without key forwards Saturday, as Paul Pierce and Zach Randolph were out with injuries. Pierce, the Nets' third-leading scorer with 12.4 points a game, has a bruised right hand. Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd says Pierce's hand is ''a little swollen.'' ''They'll look at it and see how he feels (Sunday), but we thought it was best for him to get some rest,'' Kidd said. The Grizzlies announced before the game that Randolph, their leading rebounder at 9.1 per game and second-leading scorer at 16.0 points, had surgery for an ingrown toenail earlier Saturday.
No problem for the surging Los Angeles Clippers, who simply turned to their bench for help. Playing without their mercurial point guard for the first time this season, the Clippers got a big lift from Jamal Crawford and matched their best start since moving to Los Angeles. Crawford had a season-high 31 points off the bench, including a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left, and Los Angeles beat the Sacramento Kings 104-98 in overtime on Friday night. ''It's weird because I'm 33 but I feel like I'm getting better,'' said Crawford, who added 11 assists and seven rebounds.
Carmelo Anthony's bid for a triumphant return to Denver fell short. Anthony missed a contested, 14-foot jumper at the buzzer as the Nuggets hung on for a 97-95 victory over their former star player and his struggling New York Knicks on Friday night. I'll take that.'' Ty Lawson scored 22 points for the Nuggets, who sent the Knicks to their eighth consecutive loss. Randy Foye added 17 points and provided the defense on Anthony's last shot, timing his jump so that the All-Star forward had to shoot over his outstretched hand.
Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks might have some choices to make when scripting last-second shots. Brooks drew up a play for Kevin Durant on Friday night, but it was Russell Westbrook that came through in the end. Westbrook's corner 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left in overtime gave Oklahoma City a wild 113-112 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Officials called the ball out on Golden State and used replay to confirm the call.
The crowd greeted Jrue Holiday with a warm ovation in the All-Star's first trip back to Philadelphia since the 76ers traded him to the Pelicans over the summer. Holiday returned the favor by putting on a show with 20 points and 13 assists, leading New Orleans to a 121-105 victory on Friday night. ''It's fun being back and the crowd showing me a little bit of love,'' Holiday said. I'm glad it was a good quote-unquote welcome back.'' Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Holiday added seven rebounds as the Pelicans (7-8) snapped a four-game road skid.
Lance Stephenson slumped his shoulders and dragged his feet to the bench with three minutes left in the game. Things are going so well for the Indiana Pacers that they can contemplate personal milestones and finally turn their attention to a difficult road trip awaiting them in early December. ''I knew we would be a good team,'' Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. We're off to a good start.'' Paul George scored 23 points and Roy Hibbert added 13 and eight rebounds to easily lead surging Indiana past injury hampered Washington 93-73 on Friday night.