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Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah (13) attempts to block a shot by Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/ Paul Beaty)
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First Published Mar 10 2014 09:57 am • Last Updated Mar 10 2014 11:25 pm


CHICAGO • Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds, D.J. Augustin scored 22 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 95-88 in overtime Sunday after Jimmy Butler stripped the ball from LeBron James at the end of regulation.

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Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, but with James struggling again, the Heat dropped their third straight to match their longest losing streak of the season.

James scored 17 points on 8-of-23 shooting and couldn’t come through after Miami blew a 12-point lead down the stretch. With a chance to win it at the end of regulation, he was stopped by Butler on a layup attempt.

In overtime, it was all Bulls. Chicago outscored Miami 9-2, starting with Augustin’s 3 just under a minute in.

Noah also had seven assists and five blocks with his dad — tennis great Yannick Noah — looking on. Butler added 16 points and 11 rebounds.


DALLAS • Monta Ellis and Devin Harris scored 20 points apiece and Dallas extended Indiana’s season-worst losing streak to four games.

The Pacers rallied from 17 points down in the first half and almost wiped out another double-digit deficit after halftime, but had the same offensive troubles late that plagued them early in the game.

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Paul George had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers, who stayed 1½ games up on Miami for the Eastern Conference lead.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points on a tough shooting night as the Mavericks swept the two-game season series from the Pacers, who were coming off their most lopsided loss in a 26-point defeat at Houston.

Ellis, who also had eight rebounds, put the game away in the final 2 minutes with a pair of jumpers.

Dallas’ reserves outscored Indiana’s 41-4.


HOUSTON • James Harden scored 41 points, Jeremy Lin had 26 and Houston rallied to beat Portland in overtime for its fifth straight victory.

The Trail Blazers led by three in overtime after two free throws by Wesley Matthews. The Rockets took over from there, using an 8-2 run with a 3-pointer from Harden and four points from Lin to make it 116-113 with 35.4 seconds left. Lin added two free throws after that.

Harden hit a 3 with seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 28 points and 12 rebounds, but managed just two points in OT.

Dwight Howard had 17 points with 12 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons scored 16 for Houston.

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