NBA Wrap: Heat win, LeBron makes history

NBA Wrap: Heat win, LeBron makes history
February 12, 2013, 11:45 pm
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The Sixers face the Bucks on Wednesday night in their final game before the All-Star break. Despite inconsistency and injuries, they're still in the thick of the East's playoff race (see story).

The Sixers will send one representative to the All-Star game and Doug Collins wants Jrue Holiday to enjoy his experience (see story).

Here is a quick recap of Tuesday's action in the NBA:

LeBron makes history
The Miami Heat held off the Portland Trail Blazers in a 117-104 victory as LeBron James made history.

James became the first player ever to score at least 30 points on 60 percent shooting in six straight games.

Chris Bosh added a game-high 32 points and 11 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade chipped in 24 points.

Despite stellar performances from their three All-Stars, the Heat nearly blew a pair of 14-point leads.

James slammed home a two-handed dunk to give Miami a 101-99 lead, but Portland immediately responded with a Wesley Matthew three-pointer to grab a 102-101 lead, which would be its last of the game.

The Heat then went on a 14-0 run to put the game away. (See full recap.)

Gay seals Raptors' win
A Rudy Gay jumpshot with less than five seconds remaining propelled the Toronto Raptors to a 109-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 22 points for Toronto, while Gay added 17.

The Nuggets entered the game winners in nine of their previous 10, but they were without Danilo Gallinari (sinus infection) and Andre Iguodala (neck) to face the Raptors.

Ty Lawson scored a game-high 29 points for the Nuggets, while Kenneth Faried added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Denver held a 108-107 lead with 42 seconds left after Anthony Randolph made two free throws but couldn't keep the Raptors from converting the go-ahead basket.  

Ty Lawson had a chance to win it for the Nuggets as time expired, but the shot rimmed out.

Gay's game-winner was his second since he was traded to Toronto. (See full recap.)

Memphis holds off Kings
The Memphis Grizzlies held on to a 108-101 victory over Sacramento despite a strong fourth quarter by the Kings.

Marc Gasol had a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Mike Conley scored 22 points.

The Kings failed to win their third straight game in over two months despite strong games from DeMarcus Cousins, who scored 23 points, and Tyreke Evans, who had 20.

The Grizzlies had as much as a 13-point advantage during the fourth quarter, but the Kings cut it to six with 4:19 remaining.

Gasol and Conley then put the game away by scoring the final nine points of the game.

Memphis enters the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak. (See full recap.)

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