James, Heat win re­match against Ok­la­homa City

Har­den, Lin power Hous­ton to vic­tory over Chicago.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING -

LeBron James fin­ished with 29 points, nine as­sists and eight re­bounds, Dwyane Wade scored 21, and the Mi­ami Heat sur­vived a fran­tic fin­ish to beat the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der 103-97 in an NBA Fi­nals re­match on Tues­day.

“I’m tired as hell right now,” James said - and that was more than an hour af­ter the game ended.

Mario Chalmers scored a sea­son-high 20 for the Heat, who matched the fran­chise’s best 25-game start at 19-6. Chris Bosh added 16 for Mi­ami, which has beaten the Thun­der five straight times go­ing back to last June’s ti­tle se­ries.

Kevin Du­rant scored 33 points and Rus­sell West­brook added 21 for Ok­la­homa City, but both Thun­der stars missed po­ten­tially game-ty­ing 3-point at­tempts in the fi­nal sec­onds. Serge Ibaka and Kevin Martin each added 15 for the Thun­der, who have dropped two straight for the first time this sea­son.

“It was a great game. I can’t com­plain,” Thun­der coach Scott Brooks said. “We could have done a bet­ter job of not turn­ing the ball over in the first half. All in all, it was a great game to play and a great game to coach. Un­for­tu­nately, we didn’t come out with the win.”

The Heat went 19 for 19 from the foul line, the sec­ond-best ef­fort in fran­chise his­tory. They were 30 for 30 at Bos­ton on March 24, 1993.

Rock­ets 120, Bulls 97: James Har­den scored 26 points, and Jeremy Lin added 20 points and 11 as­sists as Hous­ton cruised by host Chicago for its sixth win in seven games. Omer Asik re­turned to the United Cen­ter and had a dou­ble-dou­ble with 20 points and 18 re­bounds in his first trip back to Chicago since sign­ing with the Rock­ets in the off­sea­son. The Rock­ets starters all scored in dou­ble fig­ures. Chan­dler Par­sons added 23 points and Mar­cus Mor­ris had 10.

Celtics 93, Nets 76: Ra­jon Rondo scored 19 points in his first full game against Brook­lyn this sea­son, and Bos­ton Celtics beat the host Nets in an­other game with some heated mo­ments be­tween the di­vi­sion ri­vals. Rondo, hurt in the first meet­ing and thrown out of the sec­ond af­ter shov­ing Nets for­ward Kris Humphries into the court­side seats, out­played coun­ter­part Deron Wil­liams and helped the Celtics take con­trol early. Rookie Jared Sullinger tied a sea­son high with 16 points and Jeff Green had 15 for the Celtics (1413), who avoided fall­ing un­der .500 with just their sec­ond vic­tory in six games. Ger­ald Wal­lace and Brook Lopez each scored 15 for the Nets, who have lost four of five.

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