x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

NBA: James and Wade combine for 79 points as Heat take double overtime win over Kings

LeBron James scored 40 points and Dwyane Wade a further 39 as Miami Heat battled to a 141-129 victory over Sacremento in a marathon double overtime session.

Sacremento's John Salmons tries to prevent LeBron James from passing him.
Sacremento's John Salmons tries to prevent LeBron James from passing him.

LeBron James scored 40 points and Dwyane Wade a further 39 points as the Miami Heat claimed a 141-129 double overtime win over against the Sacramento Kings.

James added 16 assists and eight rebounds as he and Wade combined to rescue Miami and give them a league-high 12th consecutive victory.

Miami led 110-101 with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter before visiting Sacramento (19-39) ran them down with a frantic 11-2 run that included three consecutive three-pointers from Marcus Thornton.

Thornton's shooting display, which included eight three pointers, contributed to 36 points of the visitor's total but it was not enough to cool the Heat.

After both teams added 12 points in the first overtime, James tallied 11 points in the second as the home team outscored the Kings 17-5 to finally put away their brave opponent.

The Indiana Pacers won their fifth-consecutive game with a 108-97 win over the Golden State Warriors, thanks to a 28-point effort by David West.

Paul George finished with 21 points and 11 boards and George Hill had 23 points and six assists for the Pacers.

Roy Hibbert finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the Pacers, who have won 10 of their last 12 games and have posted five-straight wins in a row twice this month.

Indiana had four players in double-figure scoring Tuesday including Hibbert, who was ejected in the fourth quarter after getting into a pushing match with David Lee.

Pacers forward Danny Granger, who is still trying to shake off the rust of a long layoff, made his home debut on Tuesday, scoring five points on one-for-seven shooting.

Elsewhere Deron Williams poured in 33 points to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the New Orleans Hornets 101-97.

Brook Lopez added 20, while his twin brother Robin, playing for the Hornets, scored 14.

The Cleveland Cavaliers shrugged off the absence of Kyrie Irving to beat Chicago 101-98, their first win over the Bulls in nearly three years.

Irving sat the game out with a knee injury, but 25 points from Dion Waiters ensured he was not missed too much.

Blake Griffin's 24 points helped the Los Angeles Clippers overwhelm the Charlotte Bobcats 106-84.

The Milwaukee Bucks claimed a 95-90 win over the Dallas Mavericks, who got 21 points and 20 rebounds from Dirk Nowitzki, while the Orlando Magic got their first win in 11 road games by seeing off the Philadelphia 76ers 98-84 and the Phoenix Suns edged out the Minnesota Timberwolves 84-83 in overtime.

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