MIAMI -- Game on the line, LeBron James knew he was going to get to the rim.
And he delivered.
James scored 26 points, including a go-ahead layup after getting past DeQuan Jones with 3.2 seconds left, and the Heat scrambled late to beat the Orlando Magic 97-96 on Wednesday night and extend their franchise-record winning streak to 16 games (see full recap).
"I had no intention of shooting another jumper," James said.
He missed a pair of 3-pointers about 90 seconds earlier, so he went for the 3-footer instead. From the right wing, James drove diagonally through the lane, then used his left hand - after all, he is left-handed - for the basket that won it for Miami. It was the first time he came up with what became a game-winning basket in the final five seconds of a game since a 3-pointer beat the Magic in the 2009 playoffs, according to STATS LLC.
Boston completes late rally
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers lost the lead, then lost sight of Jeff Green.
Kevin Garnett found Green all alone under the basket for a layup with 0.5 seconds remaining to finish off a fourth-quarter comeback from 14 points down, and the Boston Celtics beat the Pacers 83-81 on Wednesday night (see full recap).
"Happy it went in," Green said. "Great pass by Garnett. Great execution by us. Good draw up by Doc (Rivers).
"We have found ways to win. The trust is there now. Guys are giving what Doc wants. We are finding a way."
Knicks win without Anthony
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Carmelo Anthony was recovering from an injury for New York, and Detroit's top two big men were also out.
The Knicks were ready to be aggressive, but the initial result was ugly - 11 turnovers in the first quarter.
"Sometimes you can try to over-attack," guard Raymond Felton said. "Sometimes you've got to take what the defense gives you no matter who's playing."
The Knicks settled down after that sloppy start, and although they relied more than expected on their outside shooting, they eventually pulled away in the fourth quarter for an 87-77 victory Wednesday night (see full recap).