OAKLAND, Calif. — Le-Bron James capped one of his best games of the season in dramatic fashion, making a step-back three-pointer with less than a second left to carry the Miami Heat past the Golden State Warriors 111-110 on Wednesday night and into the All-Star break on a high note.
With teammate Dwyane Wade scratched from the lineup with a sore left foot, James shouldered the load for the two-time defending NBA champions. He finished with 36 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, saving his best moment for last.
After fellow All-Star Stephen Curry hit a bank shot to start a three-point play that put the Warriors ahead by two, James let the clock tick down on the other end. He swished a 27-footer over Andre Iguodala with two-tenths of a second left, then patted his chest and high-stepped on the sideline to leave the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 stunned and silent.
Curry finished with 29 points and seven assists, and David Lee had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors. Former Cougar Klay Thompson had 17 points for Golden State.
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LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored 36 points, Chris Paul had 20 points and 12 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 122-117.
Paul made 10 of 15 shots in his second game back after missing 18 with a separated right shoulder, and Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School added 25 points for Los Angeles.
Los Angeles and Portland are each 5½ games behind Oklahoma City for the best record in the Western Conference.
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• Rudy Gay made the tying basket in regulation and a three-pointer in overtime that gave Sacramento the lead for good, and Jimmer Fredette scored a career-high 24 points to help the Kings beat the host New York Knicks 106-101. Ex-Husky Isaiah Thomas had 20 points for the Kings.
• Marvin Williams from Bremerton had 13 points and 14 rebounds as the host Utah Jazz beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-100.