had 25 points and 10 assists, Dwyane Wade also scored 25 points and the host Heat overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors, 114-107, on Saturday night for its 17th victory in 18 games.
Chris Bosh added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Miami (26-9), which pulled into a virtual tie with Boston (24-7) atop the Eastern Conference.
The former Heat forward Dorell Wright scored 30 points for Golden State in his first trip back to Miami as an opponent. Monta Ellis added 25 and David Lee finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
After Ellis banked one in from half-court at the first-quarter horn, Golden State — buoyed by a 6-for-7 effort from 3-point range — held a 36-28 lead, the most points Miami had yielded in a first quarter this season.
“We just didn’t have what we usually have on the defensive end,” James said. “That’s how we got down.”
Golden State romped to another 36-point effort in the second period, holding 20-point leads on four occasions — the biggest deficit Miami has faced all season.
“We knew we played a subpar first half, especially on the defensive end, and we had to pick it up and change that,” Bosh said.
Miami forced Golden State into missing its first nine shots of the second half, changing the game with a 15-3 run, and wound up holding the Warriors to 12 points in the period. When Bosh made two free throws for an 85-84 edge with 11 minutes 27 seconds left, the Heat held its first lead since midway through the opening quarter and did not trail again.
“They got within their strengths, came out more aggressive, got to the basket, forced the issue a little bit more,” Warriors Coach Keith Smart said. “That’s what they do.”
103, NETS 88 Kevin Love had 23 points and 10 rebounds for host Minnesota, which held to 9 points in the third quarter to win for the third time in four games. Sasha Vujacic tied a career high with 22 points for the Nets, who have lost five in a row.
The former star Kris Humphries added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets, but only 2 points and 4 rebounds in the second half.
100, 91 Derrick Rose had 28 points and 11 assists as host Chicago won for the 13th time in 15 games. Luol Deng had 23 points, and Carlos Boozer added 20 points and 11 rebounds. Sluggish in a win against the Nets on Friday night, the Bulls trailed by 10 early against Cleveland, which was missing three of its best players — Anderson Varejao (broken cheekbone) and guards Mo Williams (left hip flexor strain) and Daniel Gibson (left thigh contusion).
101, THUNDER 74 League-leading San Antonio won its fourth in a row, handing Oklahoma City its worst loss of the season. The Spurs, coming off wins against the and Dallas, improved to 29-4 — one the 10 best starts in history. They have won 14 of 15 and will hit the road to face the (on Tuesday) and the East-leading .
Kevin Durant had 16 points for the cold-shooting Thunder, which shot a season-low 32.9 percent from the field.
99, 87 Earl Boykins returned after a one-game suspension for making contact with a referee to score a season-high 26 points for host Milwaukee. Dallas played without (sprained right knee) and Shawn Marion (thigh), and it was dealt another blow when Caron Butler injured his right knee in the first quarter. Those three players average more than 50 points.
92, 81 Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 22 points and had a season-high 15 rebounds for visiting New Orleans. Ariza had 13 points in a decisive third quarter as the Hornets outscored Washington, 26-15. Nick Young led the Wizards with 24 points.
104, KINGS 86 was rusty in his return for host Denver. Anthony, who was out for two weeks after the death of his sister, missed 15 of his first 18 shots but finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Chauncey Billups led Denver with 22 points, and Nene had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
98, GRIZZLIES 92 Paul Millsap scored 22 points and Deron Williams added 10 points in the fourth quarter for host Utah. Memphis, which played without its leading scorer, Rudy Gay, because of an illness, was led by Zach Randolph, who had 27 points and 16 rebounds.
LEAGUE FINES VAN GUNDY Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy has been fined $35,000 for his comments about the officiating in Orlando’s 112-103 victory over the Knicks on Thursday. … Celtics forward Paul Pierce was fined $15,000 for throwing an object into the stands during a game at Indiana.