Basketball: King James reigns in Orlando

LeBron James had 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and Chris Bosh scored 22 points to help the Miami Heat slip past the Orlando Magic 112-110 in overtime yesterday.

James scored eight points in overtime, including two free throws that clinched it with 1.5 seconds remaining. Dwayne Wade, who had 21 points, had a dunk with 6s to go to give Miami a four-point lead.

Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and set a team record with 29 rebounds as Orlando lost its sixth straight. The previous record was 28 rebounds by Shaquille O'Neal in 1993.

The San Antonio Spurs set a franchise record by holding the Brooklyn Nets to just five points in the third quarter, en route to a 104-73 win.

It was the fewest points the Spurs had conceded in a quarter and ensured the Nets suffered their first loss under interim head coach PJ Carlesimo.

Elsewhere, in-form Indiana went top of the Central Division by beating Memphis, Houston responded to its heaviest defeat of the season and beat Atlanta and Oklahoma City won its 12th straight home game by downing Phoenix.

San Antonio opened a 3 game gap atop the Southwest Division with its win over Brooklyn, with Tony Parker scoring 20 points and Tim Duncan adding 15.

The Spurs went 9-0 at home in December.

MarShon Brooks had a season-high 16 points to lead Brooklyn.

Indiana climbed to the top of the Central Division, a game clear of Chicago and Milwaukee, by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 88-83.

- NZ Herald

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