Miami overcomes Boston; Sacramento routs New Orleans
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dribbles the ball around Boston Celtics small forward Gerald Wallace (45) at American Airlines Arena. Photo by Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Heat 93, Celtics 86
Playing a third consecutive game without guard Dwyane Wade (knee soreness), LeBron James led the way with 29 points as the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics.
The Heat scored the last nine points of the game to earn the win and improve to 30-12, good for second place in the Eastern Conference.
It was a much needed win for the Heat, who entered Tuesday's contest having won just two of their previous six games.
The Celtics (14-29) lost their 10th straight road game and also suffered injuries to Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass.
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, in just his third game back after missing a year due to a knee injury, finished with one point and five assists. He missed all eight of his field goal attempts.
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Kings 114, Pelicans 97
Rudy Gay matched his career high with 41 points, including five of eight from three-point range, to lift the Sacramento Kings to a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Gay made 16 of 25 shots and also added a 30-footer at the buzzer to end the third quarter with a 91-70 Sacramento lead.
Isaiah Thomas added 20 points and 11 assists and center DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings (15-25).
The Pelicans, who snapped an eight-game losing streak with a road win against Memphis on Monday, fell to 16-25. They got 17 points from guard Tyreke Evans.