MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, LeBron James shook off his worst shooting night of the season to hit a key 3-pointer in the final half-minute, and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 13 games by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 98-91 on Friday night.
James scored 18 points on a season-worst four for 14 shooting, and added 10 assists and eight rebounds. Shane Battier scored 14, Chris Bosh added 13 and Ray Allen had 10 for Miami, which snapped Memphis’ eight-game winning streak.
Marc Gasol scored 24 for the Grizzlies, who got 14 points apiece from Zach Randolph and Mike Conley, and 10 more from Quincy Pondexter.
Gasol tied the game with a pair of free throws with 2:44 left before the Heat scored the next five — and quickly — to build a bit of breathing room. Bosh had a three-point play, and Wade took off in transition for a slam that put Miami up 90-85.
Memphis wasn’t done. Gasol made two more free throws, then scored off a dribble-drive with 42.5 seconds left to get the Grizzlies within 90-89.
But that was the last gasp. On the next Miami possession, James — even after slogging through what was his worst shooting night since another four-for-14 against Orlando last March — delivered the game’s biggest shot, a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining, and the Heat made free throws from there to close out the win. “I’ve got confidence I’m going to knock it down, just like all the other ones I’ve missed," James said. “I had confidence in those too, but they just don’t go down. That’s how the ball goes sometimes. But I’m always confident in my next shot. D-Wade gave me a great pass and I was able to knock it down."
Also on Friday:
BOSTON — Paul Pierce had 26 points, Jeff Green scored 14 of his 18 in the second half and Boston overcame foul trouble and some erratic free-throw shooting to beat Golden State.
NEW ORLEANS — Greivis Vasquez capped a 25-point, nine-assist performance by hitting a running floater off the backboard with 12 seconds left, and New Orleans snapped a two-game skid.
CLEVELAND — Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, making a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Chris Paul had 15 assists as the L.A. Clippers ran away in the final period for their first win in Cleveland since 2002.
WASHINGTON — Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, Raymond Felton added 23, J.R. Smith chipped in with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and New York used some strong defense to beat Washington.
ORLANDO, Fla. — James Harden had 24 points, and Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino added 21 apiece as Houston rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Orlando.
SAN ANTONIO — DeJuan Blair scored 16 points off the bench to pace eight players in double figures, and San Antonio overcame the loss of Tony Parker to beat Sacramento.
PHOENIX — Marcus Morris tied his career high with four 3-pointers, in five attempts, and scored 16 points in his fifth game with Phoenix, helping the Suns win their third in a row.
DENVER — Wilson Chandler tied his career high with 35 points and Ty Lawson’s jumper with 0.2 seconds left lifted Denver over Oklahoma City.
SALT LAKE CITY — Enes Kanter had career highs with 23 points and 22 rebounds in a rare start, helping Utah beat Charlotte to snap a three-game losing streak.
NEW YORK — Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter each scored 20 points, and Dallas avoided another late collapse.
TORONTO — Paul George had 22 points and 10 rebounds, David West had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Indiana beat Toronto.