Heat absorb late fightback to beat Cavaliers
AP Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 12:15 am TWN
MIAMI -- LeBron James scored 28 points, Dwyane Wade scored 11 of his 24 in the final five minutes, and the Miami Heat extended the NBA's longest current winning streak to 11 games, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-105 in a back-and-forth matchup Sunday night.
Mario Chalmers scored 16 points, Shane Battier added 14 and Ray Allen had 11 for the Heat, who took a 22-point lead early in the second half, then prevailed despite being outscored by a whopping 30 points over a 17-minute stretch.
Miami was down eight with 5:16 remaining, and still won.
Dion Waiters scored 26 points, C.J. Miles added 19 and Kyrie Irving scored 17 for Cleveland. The Cavaliers are now 1-8 against the Heat since James signed with Miami in July 2010.
Cleveland erased a 22-point deficit in the third quarter to take the lead, and led by 97-89 with 5:16 remaining — before the Heat found a way to come back.
Lakers 103, Mavericks 99 In Dallas, Kobe Bryant had 38 points to win a scoring duel with Dirk Nowitzki, and Los Angeles beat Dallas in a matchup of teams fighting to get in the playoff race.
Bryant scored 14 in the fourth, including seven in the last 3 minutes to hold off a Dallas rally.
Nowitzki finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had a chance to pull virtually even with the Lakers for ninth place in the Western Conference. Houston is in eighth place, with a cushion of several games.
Former Mav Steve Nash had 13 of his 20 points in the second half in a game neither team led by more than six points.
Warriors 100, Timberwolves 99 In Minneapolis, Jarrett Jack had 23 points and eight assists, and David Lee had 22 points and 13 rebounds to rally Golden State to a victory over Minnesota.
The Warriors trailed by 16 in the first quarter before Jack came off the bench to jumpstart the offense — as he has all season. Fellow reserve Carl Landry added 19 points and nine rebounds for Golden State, which has won three in a row following a six-game losing streak.
Derrick Williams had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolves, who had a chance to win in the final seconds, but Luke Ridnour's dash down the court ended with a floater that was off the mark.
Ricky Rubio had 16 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and six steals for Minnesota.
Spurs 97, Suns 87 In Phoenix, Patty Mills and Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points apiece to lead six San Antonio players in double figures, and the Spurs ended their nine-game road trip with a win over Phoenix.
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