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Heat rallies late to top Cavaliers

– Ray Allen took a pass from LeBron James and made a three-pointer with 18.2 seconds left, and the Miami Heat rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final 1:52 to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-108 on Saturday night.

James finished with 30 points for the Heat, who remained perfect at home despite leading for only 2 minutes, 29 seconds. Chris Bosh scored 23 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and Allen finished with 17 – 15 in the fourth quarter – for the Heat, who lost Shane Battier in the third quarter to a sprained right knee.

Cleveland had a good look at the lead, but Wade blocked Jeremy Pargo’s jumper with 3 seconds left, and Allen added one free throw to stretch the lead to two. Cleveland controlled the rebound with 0.6 seconds left, but never got anything near the rim.

The Heat were down 108-101 with 1:58 left, then scored the final nine points.

Of the nine Cleveland players who logged minutes, everyone but Tyler Zeller scored at least 10 points.

Pargo and Dion Waiters each scored 16 for Cleveland, which got 15 from Omri Casspi, 13 from Tristan Thompson, 12 from Alonzo Gee, 11 from Gibson, a 10-point, 15-rebound night from Anderson Varejao, and 10 more points from CJ Miles.

HAWKS 104, CLIPPERS 93: In Atlanta, Jeff Teague had 19 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Atlanta won its fifth straight.

Blake Griffin scored 22 points and Chris Paul had 19 for Los Angeles.

Los Angeles has lost a season-high three consecutive games after winning six in a row.

Lou Williams finished with 18 points and Josh Smith added 17 for Atlanta.

THUNDER 116, 76ERS 109, OT: In Philadelphia, Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 to pace Oklahoma City.

Serge Ibaka added 18 points for the defending Western Conference champions, who’ve won nine of 11 to go to 10-4.

Thad Young had a season-high 29 points and career-high 15 rebounds.

Evan Turner scored 26 points for Philadelphia, which has lost two in a row after winning three straight.

Jrue Holiday had 10 of his 13 assists in the first half for Philadelphia.

BOBCATS 108, WIZARDS 106, 2OT: In Washington, Byron Mullens scored 27 points, Ramon Sessions had 20 and Ben Gordon added 19 as Charlotte kept Washington winless.

Last season, the Bobcats went 7-59 in the lockout-shortened season, the lowest winning percentage in NBA history, but have already equaled that victory total in their 12th game.

Washington fell to 0-11 despite the spark supplied by Nene, who energized the Wizards during most of his 29 minutes.

But in the end, the Bobcats pulled out the win.

Martel Webster had 21 points for Washington and Nene scored 19.

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