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Miami dominates Spurs in NBA Finals re-match Nets’ Pierce, KG make winning return to Boston

MIAMI, Jan 27, (AP): Chris Bosh scored 24 points on 9-for-10 shooting, LeBron James added 18 points and the Miami Heat rolled past the San Antonio Spurs 113-101 on Sunday in an NBA Finals rematch from last season. Mario Chalmers scored 16 points for Miami, which used Dwyane Wade as a reserve for the first time since Jan. 6, 2008. Wade — an All-Star starter again this season — had not played in any of two-time defending champion Miami’s most recent four games while dealing with ongoing knee rehabilitation. He had eight points and five assists in 24 minutes. Michael Beasley scored 12 points, Norris Cole had 11 and Ray Allen added 10 for Miami. Bosh has made 17 of his last 18 shots from the floor. Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 23 points. Boris Diaw added 15.

Warriors 103, Trail Blazers 88
In Oakland, Calif, Stephen Curry had 38 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Golden State used a smothering defense to beat Portland. The newly elected All-Star starting point guard, wearing shiny gold shoes, shot 13 of 23 from the floor to carry the offensive load. The Warriors did it all on defense, too, building a 22-point lead midway through the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Golden State outshot Portland 41.8 percent to 33.7 percent and forced 15 turnovers while committing nine. Damian Lillard had 16 points and four assists, and Wesley Matthews scored 21 for the Blazers, who had a quick turnaround after beating Minnesota in Portland on Saturday night.

Nets 85, Celtics 79
In Boston, Andray Blatche scored 17 points to lead Brooklyn to victory in the first visit by Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Boston since they were traded last July. The cornerstones of the Celtics’ 2008 championship team received video tributes early in the game with career highlights shown on the scoreboard. They didn’t have any highlights on the court until Garnett stole the ball from Rajon Rondo and dribbled ahead of the field for a layup that ended Boston’s last threat.

Knicks 110, Lakers 103
In New York, Carmelo Anthony followed his 62-point game with 35 more, and New York beat Los Angeles. Anthony finished with two points fewer than he had at halftime of his record-setting night Friday, but he scored six straight New York points down the stretch after the Lakers had cut the Knicks’ lead to two with just over 5 minutes left. And he had plenty of help as the Knicks won their second straight following a five-game losing streak.

Nuggets 125, Kings 117
In Sacramento, Calif, Ty Lawson scored 27 points, Wilson Chandler had 20 and Denver defeated short-handed Sacramento for its second straight victory. The Nuggets went ahead late in the third quarter and never trailed again. Denver was coming off a 109-96 home win Saturday night over Indiana, which has the best record in the NBA.

Pelicans 100, Magic 92
In New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 22 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and New Orleans beat Orlando to win its second straight game. Davis’ statistical line marked the first time since the franchise was founded as the Hornets in Charlotte in 1988 that a player on the club had that many points, rebounds and blocks in the same game. Tyreke Evans scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to keep struggling Orlando at bay.

Suns 99, Cavaliers 90
In Cleveland, Markieff Morris scored 27 points and Phoenix rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to defeat Cleveland. The Suns turned in a dominant second half, outscoring the Cavaliers 56-29. Channing Frye finished with 16 points, including four 3-pointers after halftime, and Goran Dragic scored 15 to help Phoenix pull off the comeback on the first stop of a four-game road trip.

Mavericks 116, Pistons 106
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and Devin Harris had a season-high 14 for the second straight game to carry Dallas past Detroit. Nowitzki was 10 of 16 from the field in his second straight game wearing a sleeve on his sore left knee after sitting out a loss in Toronto. It’s not the knee that required surgery and sidelined him the first 27 games last season. Harris scored five straight points in the final minute of the third quarter to break a 79-all tie. His 3-pointer early in the fourth capped a 15-2 run for a 94-81 Dallas lead. Brandon Jennings had 26 points and seven assists to lead the Pistons, who lost their fourth straight. Josh Smith had 25 points and eight rebounds.
 

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