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LeBron James, Heat outduel Kevin Durant's Thunder

LeBron James and Kevin Durant exchanged words. Dwyane Wade and Serge Ibaka did a little shoving. Five technical fouls were called, and Russell Westbrook punched a table in frustration.

This NBA Finals rematch met expectations.

And like that series, it ended with host Miami on top.

James had 29 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Wade scored 21, and the Heat survived a frantic finish to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 103-97, Tuesday.

"Felt a little bit like a different month," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Regardless of what your script is coming into the game, when you play this team, it's not going to go according to script. They're too good."

But on this night, much like last June, the Heat was better.

Mario Chalmers scored a season-high 20 for the Heat, which was 19-for-19 from the foul line, the second-best effort in franchise history behind only a 30-for-30 game in Boston on March 24, 1993. Chris Bosh added 16 pointed for Miami, which has beaten the Thunder five straight times going back to last June's title series.

Durant scored 33 points and Westbrook 21 for Oklahoma City, but both Thunder stars missed potential game-tying three-point attempts in the final seconds.

"It was a great game. I can't complain," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "We could have done a better job of not turning the ball over in the first half."

It's the first losing streak of the season for the Thunder, which had been 4-0 after losses. Ibaka and Kevin Martin each scored 15 for Oklahoma City.

Such was the intensity that James slumped over the scorer's table with 1:08 left, exhausted. "I'm tired as hell right now," James said an hour after the game ended.

Rockets 120, Bulls 97: James Harden scored 26 points and Jeremy Lin had 20 points and 11 assists to lead Houston. Omer Asik returned to United Center and had a double-double with 20 points and 18 rebounds in his first trip back to Chicago since signing with the Rockets in the offseason.

Houston has won six of seven.

The Rockets outscored the Bulls 31-19 in the second quarter to break the game open. Lin capped a 14-2 run midway through the quarter with a drive and a layup to make it 55-34. He scored 12 in the second quarter and Harden had 13.

Houston led 58-41 at halftime.

Former Knick Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 27 points.

Clippers 112, Nuggets 100: Former Knick Jamal Crawford had 22 points and Matt Barnes 20, both off the bench, to pace host L.A. to its 14th victory in a row. The Clippers outscored the Nuggets 42-22 in the second quarter to lead 67-48 at the half. Another former Knick, Danilo Gallinari, suffered through a 1-for-10 shooting night and had only seven points for Denver.-- AP

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