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Bosh buries late 3-pointer to push Miami past Portland

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 01:44:48 ET

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Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
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