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James, rookie turn back Celtics

MIAMI — LeBron James scored 26, rookie point guard Norris Cole had 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Heat nearly blew a 20-point lead before beating the Celtics 115-107 on Tuesday night.

Dwyane Wade finished with 24 points and eight assists for Miami, which got 18 from Chris Bosh and twice saw its lead cut to three in the final minutes. Cole, a reserve from Cleveland State, delivered the answer both times with jump shots. Fans chanted "MVP!'' at him late in the game.

Ray Allen scored 28 on 8-for-12 shooting for the Celtics, while Rajon Rondo finished with 22 points and 12 assists and Keyon Dooling scored 18 off the bench.

Miami (2-0) has trailed once this season — by two points, for 14 seconds.

Around the league: Bucks forward Drew Gooden was suspended by the league for Milwaukee's first home game for his flagrant foul in the season opener. Gooden was ejected Monday for hitting Gerald Henderson in the head with his arm as the Bobcats guard attempted a layup.

Heat 115, Celtics 107

BOSTON (107): Pavlovic 2-4 0-0 5, Garnett 6-12 0-0 12, O'Neal 0-1 0-0 0, Rondo 7-15 7-11 22, Allen 8-12 6-6 28, Bass 5-10 3-5 13, Daniels 4-8 1-1 9, Wilcox 0-0 0-0 0, Dooling 5-10 4-4 18, Bradley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-72 21-27 107.

MIAMI (115): James 9-14 8-9 26, Bosh 8-11 1-4 18, Anthony 2-2 0-0 4, Chalmers 1-1 1-2 4, Wade 8-15 8-10 24, Haslem 1-9 2-2 4, Battier 1-2 1-2 4, Cole 8-16 4-6 20, Howard 1-2 0-0 2, Jones 3-3 0-0 9. Totals 42-75 25-35 115.

Boston 27 27 29 24— 107

Miami 30 39 22 24— 115

3-Point GoalsBoston 12-19 (Allen 6-8, Dooling 4-6, Pavlovic 1-2, Rondo 1-3), Miami 6-10 (Jones 3-3, Bosh 1-1, Chalmers 1-1, Battier 1-2, Cole 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 34 (Rondo 8), Miami 50 (Haslem 12). AssistsBoston 20 (Rondo 12), Miami 22 (Wade 8). Total FoulsBoston 27, Miami 22. TechnicalsBoston Coach Rivers, Rondo, Boston defensive three second, Miami three seconds 2. A20,166.

Hawks 106, Nets 70

ATLANTA (106): M.Williams 3-9 6-7 14, Smith 2-7 1-2 5, Horford 4-6 0-0 8, Teague 5-7 0-0 13, J.Johnson 4-11 2-2 11, McGrady 5-10 2-2 12, Pargo 2-6 0-0 6, Radmanovic 5-9 4-4 17, Pachulia 5-8 3-3 13, Green 2-10 0-1 5, Stackhouse 0-1 0-0 0, I.Johnson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 38-86 18-21 106.

NEW JERSEY (70): James 0-4 0-0 0, Humphries 4-8 3-4 11, Petro 0-2 0-0 0, D.Williams 3-11 2-2 10, Morrow 1-5 0-0 3, Gaines 3-5 2-3 8, Okur 1-6 0-1 3, Brooks 5-12 7-8 17, She.Williams 2-3 3-4 7, Sha.Williams 1-4 0-0 2, Stevenson 0-4 2-2 2, Farmar 1-4 0-0 3, Horner 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 22-71 21-26 70.

Atlanta 28 24 25 29— 106

New Jersey 11 19 25 15— 70

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 12-23 (Teague 3-4, Radmanovic 3-5, Pargo 2-3, M.Williams 2-4, Green 1-2, J.Johnson 1-3, Smith 0-1, Stackhouse 0-1), N.J. 5-24 (D.Williams 2-3, Farmar 1-2, Morrow 1-3, Okur 1-4, Gaines 0-1, Horner 0-1, Sha.Williams 0-2, Stevenson 0-4, Brooks 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 60 (Pachulia 11), N.J. 45 (Humphries 6). AssistsAtlanta 23 (Radmanovic 5), N.J. 9 (Gaines 4). Total FoulsAtlanta 23, N.J. 22. TechnicalsI.Johnson. A18,711.

Bucks 98, Timberwolves 95

MINNESOTA (95): Beasley 6-13 2-6 15, Love 6-18 19-24 31, Milicic 2-4 0-0 4, Ridnour 7-10 1-2 17, Johnson 3-9 0-0 8, Barea 1-9 6-6 9, Williams 1-3 1-2 3, Rubio 2-3 2-3 6, Tolliver 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 28-70 33-45 95.

MILWAUKEE (98): Dunleavy 2-9 1-1 5, Ilyasova 3-5 0-0 6, Bogut 7-20 1-2 15, Jennings 7-14 9-10 24, Jackson 7-20 1-3 16, Sanders 2-5 0-0 4, Leuer 5-7 4-4 14, Livingston 2-6 0-0 4, Udrih 4-6 0-0 8, Brockman 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-94 16-20 98.

Minnesota 30 18 20 27— 95

Milwaukee 32 28 19 19— 98

3-Point GoalsMin. 6-14 (Ridnour 2-2, Johnson 2-4, Barea 1-1, Beasley 1-2, Williams 0-1, Love 0-4), Mil. 2-16 (Jennings 1-5, Jackson 1-6, Udrih 0-1, Sanders 0-1, Dunleavy 0-3). Fouled OutMilicic, Bogut. ReboundsMin. 61 (Love 20), Mil. 51 (Bogut 9). AssistsMin. 14 (Barea, Rubio 4), Mil. 24 (Dunleavy 8). Total FoulsMin. 24, Mil. 28. A17,352.

James, rookie turn back Celtics 12/27/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 12:18am]

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