Heat lose despite LeBron's 38 points

Two-time defending champions Heat lose 84-83 after Paul George scores 23 points for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA.

    LeBron James' solo effort was not enough to secure a win for the two-time defending champions [Reuters]
    LeBron James' solo effort was not enough to secure a win for the two-time defending champions [Reuters]

    Paul George scored 23 points and Roy Hibbert had 21 to lead the Indiana Pacers back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit for an 84-83 victory over the Miami Heat despite LeBron James' 38 points.

    The NBA's best home team ended a two-game losing streak, took a 2-1 lead in the season series against the two-time defending champions and rebuilt a three-game advantage in the race for the Eastern Conference's top seed.

    In another match, San Antonio's Tim Duncan had 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists as the Spurs overcame a fourth-quarter collapse to beat the Denver Nuggets 108-103 for their 15th straight victory.

    At Sacramento, California, Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points and JR Smith added 29 points as the New York Knicks held off a furious rally to beat the Kings 107-99 and move a game closer to a playoff berth.

    The Toronto Raptors edged closer to their first playoff berth since 2008 after Terrence Ross scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry had 23 in a 99-90 win over the Boston Celtics.

    Zach Randolph had 22 points and 13 rebounds, along with two game clinching free throws as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Utah Jazz 91-87, while the under-manned New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Clippers 98-96 for their fourth straight win.

    The Phoenix Suns beat the Washington Wizards 99-93, the Cleveland Cavaliers edged the Detroit Pistons 97-96 and the Charlotte Bobcats were 116-111 overtime winners over the Brooklyn Nets.

    SOURCE: AP


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