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Wade, James help Heat edge Raptors

24 January 2013 07:21

The Miami Heat needed overtime to get past the Toronto Raptors in NBA action on Wednesday, while the Los Angeles Lakers lost again.

At the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami it looked like the Raptors were on their way to an upset victory when they led the Heat by 15 (54-39) late in the second term.

But the Heat rallied on the back of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to notch a 123-116 triumph after scores were tied at 109 at the end of regulation.

Wade finished the match with a game-high 35 points, while James had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to register his 34th career triple-double.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Raptors, with Alan Anderson (20) and Jose Calderon (17) the most prolific.

The victory helps the Heat (27-12) stay on top of the Eastern Conference, while the Raptors (15-27) are five and a half games out of playoff contention.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers slumped to a fourth consecutive loss when they were beaten 106-93 by the Memphis Grizzlies.

A 35-27 second quarter helped the Grizzlies take control of the contest and they were never headed in the second half as they picked up their 27th victory of the campaign and sent the Lakers packing to a 25th loss.

Darrell Arthur came off the bench to top score for the Grizzlies with 20 points, while Mike Conley (19), Zach Randolph (12), Rudy Gay (12) and Tony Allen (12) also contributed strongly.

Veteran Kobe Bryant played a lone hand for the Lakers with 29 points as big man Dwight Howard failed to make a field goal and could only score two points.

The Grizzlies (27-14) are fourth in the Western Conference, while the Lakers (17-25) are four games behind the eighth-placed Houston Rockets (22-22) and in danger of missing the playoffs.

In other matches on Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs edged past the New Orleans Hornets 106-102, the Denver Nuggets beat the Houston Rockets 105-95, the Brooklyn Nets downed the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-83 and the Chicago Bulls snuck past the Detroit Pistons 85-82.

In North Carolina, the Atlanta Hawks overpowered the Charlotte Bobcats 104-92, the Portland Trail Blazers crushed the Indiana Pacers 100-80, the Phoenix Suns came from behind to outgun the Sacramento Kings 106-96, the Utah Jazz beat the Washington Wizards 92-88 and the Golden State Warriors held on to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-99.

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