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NBA roundup: Heat having a resurgence

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Mario Chalmers, right, of the Miami Heat drives to the basket as the Chicago Bulls' Aaron Gray defends during Friday night's game.

Mario Chalmers, right, of the Miami Heat drives to the basket as the Chicago Bulls’ Aaron Gray defends during Friday night’s game.

Jeffrey Boan, Associated Press

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, Daequan Cook hit three big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as Miami pulled away, and the Heat eclipsed last season's win total by beating the Bulls 90-77 Friday night.

Mario Chalmers had 16 points and six assists while Michael Beasley — the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, after the Bulls chose Derrick Rose — scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth for Miami (16-12), which won its fourth straight.

Ben Gordon had 15 points for the Bulls, who shot just 37 percent. Larry Hughes scored 13 for Chicago and Rose finished with only 10 on 3-for-14 shooting.

TIMBERWOLVES 120, KNICKS 107: At New York, Minnesota snapped a 13-game losing streak and won for the first time this season under Kevin McHale, getting a season-best 23 points from Rashad McCants. Al Jefferson added 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who rode the combination of Jefferson's inside play and some sizzling 3-point shooting to win for the first time since beating Oklahoma City on Nov. 28. They had dropped their first eight games under McHale, who took over when Randy Wittman was fired Dec. 8. Nate Robinson and Al Harrington each scored 26 points for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight. Wilson Chandler added 19.

BOBCATS 95, NETS 87: At East Rutherford, N.J., Raymond Felton scored 22 points, Emeka Okafor added 21 and the new-look Bobcats won for the fourth time in five games with a victory over the Nets. Boris Diaw and Felton hit clutch late baskets as the Bobcats held on after seeing a 15-point third-quarter lead dwindle to two points in the waning minutes.

HORNETS 88, ROCKETS 79: At New Orleans, Chris Paul had 26 points and 10 assists, and the Hornets snapped a two-game skid with a victory over Houston. David West added 23 points for New Orleans, which led throughout. Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Rasual Butler scored 13 for the Hornets. Yao Ming had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Houston, which dropped its second straight game. Tracy McGrady was held to 11 points, missing nine of his 11 shots from the field.

PISTONS 90, THUNDER 88: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Allen Iverson's off-balance runner with 0.2 seconds left gave Detroit a victory over the Thunder. Detroit has won eight straight against the Thunder, and hasn't lost to them at the Palace since the then-Supersonics won 93-72 on Dec. 12, 2003.

After Iverson's off-balance jumper, Jeff Green nearly tipped in a halfcourt alley-oop, but the ball bounced twice off the rim before falling harmlessly away.

Iverson led the Pistons with 22 points. Kevin Durant had 26 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder.

GRIZZLIES 108, PACERS 105: At Memphis, Tenn., O.J. Mayo scored 18 points, including two key free throws with a second left, and the Grizzlies overcame an early 17-point deficit to beat the Pacers.

Memphis took the lead with seven unanswered points late in the game and held on to snap a four-game skid. The Pacers lost for the third time in their last four.

Hakim Warrick paced the Grizzlies with 21 points off the bench, and Darko Milicic scored a season-high 14. Rudy Gay finished with 13 points and Mike Conley had 12. Mayo added a career-high seven assists.

NUGGETS 105, 76ERS 101: At Denver, Kenyon Martin took a bounce pass from Chauncey Billups and drove for the go-ahead dunk with 9 seconds left to lift the Nuggets over Philadelphia. Andre Iguodala of the 76ers got called for traveling on the next possession and Andre Miller got called for a technical foul with 2.9 seconds left. Billups made the free throw, then Chucky Atkins made two more to push the lead to four and seal Philly's third straight loss. J.R. Smith hit seven 3-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points for the Nuggets, who trailed by as many as 17 midway through the third quarter. Andre Iguodala led Philly with 24 points.

RAPTORS 107, KINGS 101: At Sacramento, Calif., Jermaine O'Neal scored 36 points in his highest-scoring game in two seasons and Toronto ended a 10-game losing streak in Sacramento. The Raptors have won back-to-back games on a six-game road trip that was broken up by a three-day holiday break that allowed many of the Toronto players to go home for Christmas before returning to the team Thursday night. They responded to the time off by winning for just the second time in 13 trips to Arco Arena and the first since March 13, 1997. The Kings lost their fifth straight game since winning their first game under interim coach Kenny Natt, falling to 5-10 on the season at home.

WARRIORS 99, CELTICS 89: At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Jackson scored 28 points and Marco Bellnelli added 22 as Golden State handed Boston its second straight setback following the Celtics' 19-game winning streak. Paul Pierce scored 21 for Boston, which led 72-64 before getting outscored by 18 points in the fourth quarter.