HOUSTON -- Steve Blake hit a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-98 victory over the Houston Rockets and Dwight Howard on Thursday night.
Houston led by two points before Blake took the inbounds pass from Jodie Meeks and made the shot to win the game.
The Rockets had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Patrick Beverley's 3-point attempt bounced off the backboard.
James Harden had 35 points and Howard finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds against his former team. Howard missed seven free throws in the last 3 1-2 minutes that could have secured the win for Houston.
Howard spurned the Lakers to sign an $88 million deal with Houston, joining Harden and a team that made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009.
The Rockets took their first lead since the first quarter on a dunk by Chandler Parsons following a steal by Harden that made it 93-91 with about 4 minutes left (see full recap).
Wade leads Heat to narrow win over Clippers
MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade had everything going. Jump shots, drives to the rim, passes out of the post.
He was vintage, on a night when the Miami Heat needed him to be that way.
Wade scored 11 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, an ailing LeBron James added 18, and the Heat got enough stops down the stretch to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 102-97 on Thursday night for their third straight win.
Wade made 13 of 22 shots, added a team-best seven assists, and fueled the fourth-quarter burst that allowed the Heat to build enough of a cushion to hold off the Clippers in the final minutes (see full recap).
Nuggets give Brian Shaw first win
DENVER -- Ty Lawson had 23 points and eight assists and the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-107 on Thursday night to give new head coach Brian Shaw his first win.
Nate Robinson added 15 points and JaVale McGee had 14 for Denver (1-3), which rallied from eight points down in the fourth quarter before surviving a late Atlanta rally.
The win leaves Utah (0-5) as the NBA's only winless team.
Paul Millsap scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Hawks but missed a short jumper that would have tied the game with 1.9 seconds left. Al Horford, who had 21 points, grabbed the rebound but his shot was off as time expired (see full recap).