LeBron, Heat hold off Trail Blazers

Posted at 03/25/14 3:28 PM

Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket as Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (88) defends during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Photo by Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Heat 93, Trail Blazers 91

The Miami Heat held off a furious rally by the Portland Trail Blazers to squeak out a victory.

LeBron James, playing despite a sore back and an ankle injury, led all scorers with 32 points, including the game-winning layup with 11 seconds left.

The Heat saw a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead disappear and needed a game-saving block by Chris Bosh as Portland's Damian Lillard drove the basket in the final two seconds looking to tie the score.

Lillard scored 19 for Portland (45-26), who have now lost seven of their past 11 games.

The Heat (48-21) are 12-7 in games without Dwyane Wade, who sat out Monday's game due to an ankle injury.

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Spurs 113, 76ers 91

Austin Daye scored a season-best 22 points as the Spurs won their 14th consecutive game while handing the Sixers their 25th straight defeat.

Philadelphia (15-56) can match the NBA record for longest losing streak on Thursday at Houston.

Daye, playing only his fourth game since the Spurs acquired him in a trade with Toronto on Feb. 20, hit six of 10 three-point shots, grabbed six rebounds and made two blocks.

Tim Duncan scored 19 for the NBA-best Spurs (54-16).

Rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young led Philadelphia with 17 points apiece.

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Pistons 114, Jazz 94

Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe had double-doubles and the Detroit Pistons ended a four-game Western Conference swing on a positive note by beating the Jazz.

Drummond scored 19 points with 14 rebounds, Monroe contributed 18 points and 11 boards.

Detroit improved to 26-44 and trail eighth-place Atlanta (31-38) by 5.5 games.

Gordon Hayward led all scorers with 32 points and dished out a team-best six assists for Utah (23-48).

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