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NBA roundup: Blazers burn Heat in Portland

Portland's Nicolas Batum, left, works the ball against Miami's LeBron James during the Trail Blazers' 92-90 victory over the visiting Heat on Thursday. AP photo

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From page B8 | January 11, 2013 |

PORTLAND, Ore. — Wesley Matthews made a 3-pointer to put Portland in front with 26.9 seconds left and the Trail Blazers hung on to beat the Miami Heat, 92-90, on Thursday for their fourth straight win and ninth straight at the Rose Garden.

The Blazers held LeBron James to 15 points, snapping his 54-game streak with at least 20 points that dated back to last season.

Miami led by as many as 13 points but lost for the fifth time in eight games.

Nicolas Batum led the Blazers with 28 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 15 rebounds. Matthews finished with 18 points.

Chris Bosh had 29 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Heat.

Pacers 81, Knicks 76: At Indianapolis, Paul George scored seven points in a 13-0 fourth-quarter run and finished with 24, leading Indiana past short-handed New York.

The Pacers have won 12 of 15, including a sweep of the other two Eastern Conference division leaders — Miami and the Knicks — this week.

New York was led by J.R. Smith with 25 points on a night they clearly missed Carmelo Anthony, who was suspended for Monday’s postgame confrontation with Boston’s Kevin Garnett. Without Anthony, the Knicks fell nine points below their previous season-low point total (85).

New York rallied from a 49-38 third-quarter deficit and started the fourth with a 60-58 lead.

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