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NBA Game Summary - Miami at Portland



(Saturday, December 28th)

Final Score: Miami 108, Portland 107

Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - No LeBron James, no problem.

Chris Bosh stepped up in a big way for the short-handed Miami Heat, scoring 37 points and knocking down a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds of a 108-107 road victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Miami trailed 107-105 with 7.7 ticks left after a pair of Nicolas Batum free throws. Out of a timeout, Dwyane Wade drove right and drew a double-team, leaving Bosh open on the left wing. Wade threw a low behind-the-back pass for Bosh, who gathered himself and shot a high-arcing 3 that hit nothing but net with less than a second remaining.

"I had space and I was able to lock in to the goal the whole time," said Bosh. "It's one of those surreal moments you get every now and then. You cherish it and move on."

Portland's inbounds pass went toward the rim, where LaMarcus Aldridge's tip layup missed as the buzzer sounded.

"It was tough to judge how hard I should shoot it falling backwards," said Aldridge. "If I could go back in time I might try to go glass."

Bosh shot 15-of-26 from the floor, including a 3-of-3 mark from behind the arc -- all in the fourth quarter -- and added 10 rebounds in his first 30-point game since he scored 32 on Feb. 12 when the Heat hosted Portland.

"I wanted to be aggressive at all times," Bosh said. "Sometimes you have to do it on both ends and I'm proud of that."

Wade added 16 points for the Heat, and Mario Chalmers flirted with a triple- double, tallying nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

James (groin, ankle) did not dress for the first time this season. He is considered day-to-day.

Wesley Matthews and Aldridge netted 23 and 22 points, respectively, to pace Portland, which lost for just the third time in 15 home tilts this season. Robin Lopez scored 17 points, Damian Lillard had 16 with seven assists and Batum registered 11 points, nine assists and six boards.

Late in the back-and-forth affair, Bosh hit a 3 to put Miami in front 101-98. Bosh added a tip-in amid four Aldridge points, but Wade fouled Batum on the arm attempting a 3 with 32 seconds to go.

Batum calmly stepped to the line and sank all three free throws before Wade redeemed himself for the foul by coasting in for a jam. The dunk tied it at 105 apiece.

Lillard, who has four game-winners to his credit, got the call on Portland's next possession but Miami's defense collapsed on his drive and the ball popped loose. Batum scooped it up and drew yet another foul -- this time on Ray Allen -- and made two free throws before Bosh won it for Miami.

Earlier, Miami was the more aggressive team out of the gate, claiming an 11-3 edge 2:17 in. Portland turned it on out of a timeout and led 34-30 after 12 minutes of play.

The Blazers led by nine on three different occasions during the second quarter but never went on a decisive run. The Heat hung around, trailing by just four at halftime. They jumped in front on a Rashard Lewis triple midway through the third, and neither club managed to pull away after that.

Game Notes

Miami outscored Portland 60-32 in the paint... Portland won the rebounding margin 41-35 ... There were only 25 fouls called in the game, 13 on the Heat and 12 on the Blazers ... Joel Freeland had a career-best 12 rebounds off Portland's bench ... This was Portland's first loss against an Eastern Conference opponent this season.

12/29 01:33:53 ET

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Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
3rd
SAC 74
MIL 70
 
2nd
GSW 60
OKC 52
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
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WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
Final
EVAN 81
OHIO 69
 
2nd
CSFU 62
CSDH 43
 
2nd
ORST 67
DEP 42
 
2nd
PAC 48
NEV 44
 
2nd
USF 77
PORST 37
 
2nd
IDAHO 75
WALLA 31
 
2nd
UTST 37
CALST 28
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
2nd
SJS 2
EDM 1
 
2nd
LOS 1
STL 3
 
Final
JAC 21
TEN 13