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Posted by shawn cassidy on March 4, 2013 at 1:10 AM


Heat beat Knicks 99-93


James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and Miami tied a franchise record with its 14th straight victory, rallying for a 99-93 victory at New York on Sunday.

"We feel like this is one of our better wins of the season, even under the circumstances that we went through tonight, a little adversity being down double digits," James said.

Dwyane Wade added 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Heat, who had to overcome a 16-point deficit to beat the Knicks for the first time in three tries this season. Chris Bosh bounced back from a dismal first half to finish with 16 points and Shane Battier hit all four 3-point attempts to score 12.


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Thunder beat Clippers 108-104


"It was a good road win for us in a playoff-type atmosphere," said Westbrook, who had 29 points and 10 assists. "We did a good job of keeping their crowd out of the game."

Kevin Durant poured in 35 points and Serge Ibaka had 16 as Oklahoma City ended a three-game road skid, bouncing back less than 48 hours after losing at Denver. They also completed a season sweep of the Clippers, who are chasing the Thunder and NBA-best San Antonio in the West.

"We weren't in a panic mode," Westbrook said. "We just wanted to win."

Chris Paul scored 26 points and Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford added 20 points apiece for the Clippers, whose four-game winning streak ended in their third loss to the Thunder this season. Paul made all nine of his free throws to help his team go 19 for 22 from the line.

"We came up short, and it seemed like every time something happened, we just couldn't get over the hump," Paul said. "They got the timely calls when they needed them, but they played a pretty good game."


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The ESPN knuckle heads talk about the state of the Thunder, and the Knicks.


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Pacers beat the Bulls 97-92


West matched his season-high by scoring 31 points, Hill finished with 21 and the two accounted for the last nine points as the Pacers held off a late Chicago charge for a 97-92 victory in Sunday night's big Central Division showdown.


"He (West) leads our team in will," coach Frank Vogel said. "He has a great will to do whatever is necessary to get the job done and to get a 'W' and that was clear tonight."


The win gives the Pacers a clear advantage in the division race, too.


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