Streaking Warriors sneak past LeBron-strong Heat
AP Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:01 am TWN
MIAMI -- Draymond Green made a layup with 0.9 seconds left to give the streaking Golden State Warriors a 97-95 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Klay Thompson tied a season high with 27 points to lead the Warriors, who have won five straight.
LeBron James led Miami with 31 points, reaching the 20-point mark for the 25th consecutive game — the longest current streak in the NBA.
Warriors guard Jarrett Jack dribbled the ball at the top of the key as the clock ticked down before finding Green, who caught a quick pass from Jack underneath the basket and made the layup.
James then missed a baseline jumper, sending Miami to only its second loss in 12 home games.
Thunder 92, Hornets 88 In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 35 points and Oklahoma City extended its winning streak to nine games with a victory over New Orleans.
The Thunder rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit and matched their longest win streak since the franchise moved from Seattle.
At 18-4, the Thunder also matched the second-best start in franchise history. Seattle started 20-2 in the 1993-94 season and the Thunder started 18-4 last season.
Clippers 100, Bobcats 94 In Charlotte, North Carolina, Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists to help the Clippers extend their longest win streak in two decades to eight with a victory over Charlotte.
Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes also scored 19 points for the Clippers, who maintained sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.
Byron Mullens had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Kemba Walker chipped in with 17 points to lead the stumbling Bobcats, who have lost nine straight since starting the season 7-5.
The Bobcats trailed 78-71 entering the fourth quarter and got as close as three before Barnes scored on a fast break dunk and hit a 3-pointer to push the lead back to eight.
Nets 94, Raptors 88 In Toronto, Joe Johnson scored 23 points, and Andray Blatche had 14 points and nine rebounds to help Brooklyn end a five-game losing streak with a win over Toronto.
C.J. Watson scored 16 points and Deron Williams added 12 as the Nets won for the first time since Nov. 30 at Orlando.
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