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NBA Game Summary - Miami at Denver



(Monday, December 30th)

Final Score: Miami 97, Denver 94

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James celebrated his 29th birthday with 26 points and 10 assists to lead the Miami Heat to a 97-94 win over the Denver Nuggets from Pepsi Center.

Chris Bosh scored 17 points on the heels of his Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor, while Ray Allen added 13 points off the bench in the win, Miami's eighth victory in its last nine tilts.

Dwyane Wade netted 12 points, but left early in the third quarter with back spasms and did not return.

"They are a very, very good team, especially at home," said James. "It was good that we were able to get this win."

Miami finished off its four-game West Coast road swing with a 3-1 mark.

Ty Lawson matched James with 26 points and added seven assists for Denver, which is in the midst of a season-high seven-game losing streak.

Wilson Chandler and Darrell Arthur each chipped in with 13 points, while JJ Hickson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

With the Heat holding an 89-87 advantage, Lawson drilled a 3 from the wing with 2:48 to play in the game.

James drained an elbow jumper on the ensuing possession with the shot clock winding down to regain the lead for the visitors.

Allen then followed with a running jumper -- also with the shot clock expiring -- to put the Heat up 93-90 with 1 1/2 minutes left.

The Nuggets called timeout and coach Brian Shaw drew up a perfect back-door play that ended with a Chandler slam to trim the deficit to one.

Of all players, Michael Beasley delivered what would ultimately be the dagger shot to end the game.

James drove and kicked to Beasley, who buried a trey at the top of the key to extend the Heat lead to 96-92 with 30 seconds left.

Foye made a quick driving layup and Allen was fouled, but only made 1-of-2 to leave the door open for Denver to tie.

Lawson dribbled the clock down and had Bosh dancing all around at the top of the circle. but his 3-pointer was off the mark. However, Udonis Haslem knocked the loose ball out of bounds with 1.8 seconds left.

The Nuggets couldn't get another shot off, though, as Hickson was whistled for a 5-second call and the Heat ran out the remainder of the clock.

"Valiant effort from our guys," said Shaw. "If we played with that kind of energy and that kind of tenacity we'll win more games than we lose.The biggest thing tonight is the third quarter."

Denver brought a 55-46 lead into the locker room, but Miami would open the third on a 13-0 run to grab a four-point edge 3:14 into the frame.

No team would lead by more than five after that.

Game Notes

Denver was 10-for-11 (90.9 percent) from the free throw line ... Randy Foye had 11 points with a season-high seven points in the loss ... Chris Andersen missed third straight game (body soreness) ... Miami shot 34-for-67 from the field (50.7 percent) ... Nuggets outscored the Heat in the paint 48-28 and in second chance points 18-7.

12/31 00:34:18 ET

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Scoreboard
NBA
Final
ORL 100
MIL 115
Final
IND 103
NYK 82
Final
MEM 99
DEN 69
3rd
LAL 67
CHI 54
 
Final
PROV 83
DEP 72
Final
RUTG 51
MSU 71
Final
ARMY 71
BU 67
 
Final
RFLSH 75
BRY 68
 
Final
MERC 75
CHAT 72
 
Final
LIU 67
CCST 55
 
Final
TOWS 74
COC 70
 
Final
UMASS 66
DAY 64
Final
FUR 59
ETST 55
 
Final
ODU 71
FIU 56
Final
RMU 87
FD 65
 
Final
CHAR 86
FATL 61
Final
LIB 53
HIGH 72
 
Final
UNF 86
KNST 67
 
Final
FLGC 78
LIP 62
 
Final
OSU 80
MD 56
Final
Terriers 73
MNTER 67
 
Final
STET 85
NKENTUCKY 75
 
Final
WAGN 75
SHU 64
 
Final
GMAS 68
STLU 60
 
Final
JVU 65
USCU 78
 
Final
VMI 70
WCU 85
 
Final
LATU 69
WKENT 56
Final
UNCG 42
WOFF 58
 
Final
DET 93
YOUNG 87
 
Final
GSOUT 83
APP 46
 
Final
TENNM 81
EILL 51
 
Final
GHND 64
HC 54
 
Final
CIN 70
UCONN 58
Final
NDST 61
DEN 54
 
Final
SD 55
MAST 66
 
Final
UWMIL 71
ILLCH 65
 
Final
BEL 103
JVST 82
 
Final
SMISS 54
MARS 69
Final
TXSA 69
MTST 58
Final
PETE 49
RIDE 58
 
Final
SEMIZ 61
SIUE 75
 
Final
TENST 64
TENT 56
 
Final
NDAK 60
WEBER 67
 
Final
SALA 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
ARKST 65
ARKLR 75
 
Final
TROY 55
LAMON 58
 
Final
TXARL 74
UGST 88
 
Final
MURST 85
EKENT 78
 
Final
NCOL 79
IDST 76
 
Final
MIZZ 53
KENT 69
Final
GONZ 64
PORT 46
Final
UTEP 71
UAB 69
Final
GRCN 78
UMKC 57
 
Final
WLVRN 78
CHIST 62
 
1st OT
USC 73
COL 73
 
2nd
UCI 63
CPSL 55
 
2nd
CSNO 66
HAW 76
 
Final
PAC 43
PEPP 50
 
2nd
SDU 54
SCU 44
 
2nd
UCD 70
UCSB 64
 
2nd
UCLA 60
UTAH 50
 
Final
PORST 54
MONT 73
 
Final
SACST 75
MNTST 59
 
2nd
CSFU 52
LBSU 46
 
2nd
GAELS 50
LMU 42
 
1st
WASU 37
CAL 37
 
Half
BYU 34
USF 30
 
Final
NYI 2
BOS 5
Final
NYR 0
MON 1
Final
PHI 5
WIN 2
Final
TOR 1
ARI 3
Final
FLA 3
CLB 2
Final
TAM 5
DET 1
Final
STL 5
NAS 4
Final
CAL 0
MIN 1
Final
EDM 3
BUF 2
 
2nd Intermission
SJS 6
ANA 1