James lift Heat, Warriors fend off Nuggets

Updated: November 30, 2012

It was a big statement by the defending champions Miami as they ended San Antonio’s winning run, while Golden State edged the Nuggets by a point to move top of the Pacific division on a quiet night of NBA matchups.

Ray Allen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 22.6 seconds left as the Miami Heat came through with a harder-than-expected, 105-100 win over the short-handed San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Allen scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, while LeBron James compiled 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the Heat to their fifth consecutive victory, though Miami needed a 12-2 run over the final two minutes to get past a gritty Spurs squad that was playing without its top five scorers.Dwyane Wade added 19 points and Chris Bosh amassed 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who improved to 7-0 at home as well and have now won 11 in a row at American Airlines Arena dating back to last season’s playoffs.

David Lee had a game-high 31 points along with nine rebounds and six assists as Golden State barely survived to take a 106-105 win over Denver. Klay Thompson posted 21 points and nine rebounds, while Stephen Curry added 20 points and 10 assists for the Warriors, who have won four of their last five games.Andre Iguodala had 22 points, while Danilo Gallinari added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets, who have dropped their past two after winning four straight.

The action reaches fever point tonight with no less than 11 games to keep you on edge. Phoenix, Philadelphia and Portland are on the road to Toronto, Charlotte and Boston, Toronto looking to overturn a 6 game losing streak. Brooklyn and New York continue their battle for top spot in the Pacific division against Orlando and Washington respectively, the latter come into their game against the Knicks off the back of their first win of the season. Atlanta are at home looking to stretch their hot run to 7 against Cleveland who have lost 4 on the bounce, Memphis look to consolidate their position at the top of the South West when they host Detroit, its first versus second in the North West as Oklahoma host Utah, Milwaukee and Indiana are away to Minnesota and Sacramento, while the Lakers are back in action at home against Denver.