MIAMI – LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games, Chris Bosh scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Miami Heat held off the Portland Trail Blazers 117-104 on Tuesday night.
James scored 30 points on 11-for-15 shooting and Dwyane Wade added 24 points for Miami, which wasted a pair of 14-point leads – then put the game away with a 14-0 run in the final minutes. Ray Allen added 14 for Miami.
Damian Lillard had a game-high 33 points for Portland, which got 29 from LaMarcus Aldridge and 20 from Wesley Matthews.
I’m at a loss for words, James said in a televised postgame interview. Like I say over and over, I know the history of the game. I know how many unbelievable players who came through the ranks, who paved the way for me and my teammates. And for me to be in the record books by myself with such a stat – any stat – it’s big time.
James has made 70 of his past 96 shots, over the past six-plus games.
GRIZZLIES 108, KINGS 101: In Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Mike Conley scored 22 points to lead Memphis.
Tony Allen added a season-high 19 points to help the Grizzlies win. DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points and Tyreke Evans had 20 for the Kings.
RAPTORS 109, NUGGETS 108: In Toronto, Rudy Gay hit a pull-up jump shot with less than five seconds remaining and Toronto beat short-handed Denver.
Ty Lawson led Denver with 29 points.
JAZZ 109, THUNDER 94: In Salt Lake City, Al Jefferson scored 23 points as Utah broke Oklahoma City’s four-game winning streak.