Miami’s Ray Allen hit the go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute as the Heat rallied from a late deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 97-94 on Wednesday in a clash of NBA divisional leaders.
The Heat-Pacers clash was the highlight of a day when Minnesota made a powerful start which overwhelmed Portland, San Antonio ended Phoenix’s winning streak, and father Doc Rivers got the bragging rights over son Austin Rivers as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated New Orleans.
Miami’s Dwyane Wade scored 32 points to help the Heat to a victory which moved them within one game of Indiana, who lead the Eastern Conference.
LeBron James set up Allen for the three-pointer that put Miami in front for good with 59.5 seconds left, capping a 10-0 run.
Paul George scored 25 points for the Pacers but missed a three-pointer that would have tied it with four seconds left.
Minnesota’s Kevin Love had 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, powering the Timberwolves to a 120-109 win over Portland.
San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili scored 11 of his 24 points in the final four-plus minutes, steering the Spurs to a 108-101 win over Phoenix to snap Phoenix’s five-game winning streak.
Los Angeles’ Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each had a double-double as the Clippers beat New Orleans 108-95.
Houston made a big third-quarter run which set up a 109-94 win over Chicago.
Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points in his return to the line-up after a stomach virus, helping the Mavericks beat undermanned Memphis 105-88.
Detroit’s Brandon Jennings led Detroit to a 107-106 win over Boston, scoring 28 points and matching his season high with 14 assists.
Atlanta’s Kyle Korver made seven consecutive 3-point attempts on his way to a season-high 28 points, pushing the Hawks to a 124-107 victory over Sacramento.
Charlotte’s Kemba Walker hit a buzzer-beating jumper in overtime, giving the Bobcats a 104-102 win over Toronto.
Washington’s John Wall scored 21 points and made two big defensive plays against in the closing moments to lead the Wizards to a 113-107 victory over Brooklyn.
Utah’s Trey Burke had a career-high 30 points and eight assists, leading the Jazz to an 86-82 win at Orlando.
New York’s Tyson Chandler returned from his broken leg to help the Knicks beat Milwaukee 107-101 in double overtime.