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Heat overcomes Bryant, Lakers

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade had 27 points and 14 assists, Quentin Richardson scored a season-high 25 and the Heat overcame a huge effort by Kobe Bryant to beat the Lakers 114-111 in overtime Thursday night.

Carlos Arroyo scored 17, Jermaine O'Neal scored 13 and and made the key defensive play for Miami, which won the NBA's most back-and-forth game all season — with a season-high 31 lead changes.

Bryant scored 39, including the overtime-forcing jumper for the Lakers.

But with 18.7 seconds left in overtime, O'Neal drew a charge as Bryant drove the left side of the lane trying to tie the score.

"I saw it coming the whole way," Wade said. "That's J.O. — J.O. not only protects the basket by being a shot-blocker, but he also protects it because he can take charges."

Arroyo hit two free throws after the charge to make it a two-possession game and Miami held on.

"We just couldn't get stops," Bryant said. "We basically traded baskets to start the overtime. We didn't execute well defensively."

Game highlights: Zach Randolph scored 31 and the Grizzlies rallied from a 17-point second-quarter deficit to beat the host Bulls 105-96.

Around the league: Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who was traded last month from Cleveland to the Wizards then bought out of his contract, told agent Herb Rudoy to begin negotiations for a return to the Cavs on March 22, the first day he can sign. Despite interest from several playoff contenders, including Atlanta, Dallas and Denver, the 34-year-old wants to return to Cavs, who drafted him in 1996. … The same day the 76ers announced guard Allen Iverson would not return for the rest of the season, his wife filed for divorce in Atlanta. Tawanna Iverson said in court papers their 8½-year marriage is "irretrievably broken." She asks for full custody of the couple's five children, child support and alimony. … Mavericks guard Jason Terry is scheduled for surgery today after taking an elbow to the face Wednesday against Minnesota. His left eye was nearly swollen shut.

Heat 114, Lakers 111, OT

L.A. LAKERS (111): Artest 4-9 1-4 10, Gasol 4-11 2-4 10, Bynum 5-9 2-4 12, Fisher 5-8 2-2 14, Bryant 15-28 7-10 39, Odom 6-8 1-1 13, Brown 3-5 0-0 6, Powell 0-0 0-0 0, Farmar 3-10 0-0 7. Totals 45-88 15-25 111.

MIAMI (114): Richardson 8-13 2-2 25, Beasley 3-7 0-0 6, O'Neal 5-13 3-4 13, Arroyo 6-7 5-6 17, Wade 9-21 8-9 27, Wright 3-5 0-0 7, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Haslem 5-8 2-2 12, Chalmers 2-5 0-0 4, Magloire 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 42-80 21-25 114.

L.A. Lakers 27 20 21 31 12— 111

Miami 26 18 30 25 15— 114

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 6-23 (Fisher 2-4, Bryant 2-7, Artest 1-4, Farmar 1-5, Gasol 0-1, Brown 0-1, Odom 0-1), Miami 9-19 (Richardson 7-11, Wright 1-2, Wade 1-3, Beasley 0-1, Chalmers 0-2). Fouled OutFisher. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 51 (Odom 11), Miami 44 (Haslem 11). AssistsL.A. Lakers 15 (Bryant 4), Miami 25 (Wade 14). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 23, Miami 18. TechnicalsBeasley, Miami defensive three second. A19,600.

Grizzlies 105, Bulls 96

MEMPHIS (105): Gay 6-15 4-4 17, Randolph 12-18 7-8 31, Gasol 4-9 4-6 12, Conley 6-15 2-2 14, Mayo 7-12 5-8 20, Williams 1-1 1-2 3, Haddadi 1-2 0-0 2, Young 1-2 0-0 2, Arthur 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 40-76 23-30 105.

CHICAGO (96): Deng 9-16 4-4 23, Gibson 3-6 2-2 8, Miller 6-11 2-2 14, Rose 9-21 2-2 20, Hinrich 5-13 1-2 13, Murray 1-7 2-2 4, Warrick 1-3 4-5 6, Pargo 1-4 0-0 2, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Richard 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 37-83 19-21 96.

Memphis 19 26 31 29— 105

Chicago 32 19 29 16— 96

3-Point GoalsMemphis 2-10 (Mayo 1-3, Gay 1-4, Randolph 0-1, Conley 0-2), Chicago 3-14 (Hinrich 2-7, Deng 1-1, Pargo 0-1, Miller 0-2, Murray 0-3). Fouled OutGibson. ReboundsMemphis 53 (Randolph 18), Chicago 38 (Miller 7). AssistsMemphis 17 (Conley 8), Chicago 17 (Hinrich 4). Total FoulsMemphis 22, Chicago 23. TechnicalsMemphis defensive three second. A19,187.

Heat overcomes Bryant, Lakers 03/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 5, 2010 12:26am]

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