Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) shoots over Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson (15) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-97. Photo by Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Heat 102, Raptors 97
Rallying from a nine-point, third-quarter deficit, the Miami Heat earned a victory over the Toronto Raptors in a battle of division leaders.
LeBron James led the Heat with 30 points and the Southeast Division-leading Heat (26-8) won for the 10th time in their past 12 games.
Toronto got a team-high 26 points from guard DeMar DeRozan, who pulled Toronto to within 96-95 with 1:04 left in the fourth quarter before Miami closed the game at the free throw line.
Toronto, which leads the Atlantic Division at 16-16, had its five-game win streak snapped but is 9-4 since they traded forward Rudy Gay.
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Pacers 82, Cavaliers 78
All-Star forward Paul George had a team-high 16 points and six assists, as the Indiana Pacers held off the stubborn Cavaliers.
The Pacers (27-6) saw their 16-point, fourth-quarter lead cut to just one in the final minute but recovered to seal it at the free throw line.
Dion Waiters scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth to lead a comeback for the Cavs (11-23).