Heat overwhelm Mavericks

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MIAMI — LeBron James and Chris Bosh each finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem scored 16 apiece and the Miami Heat extended their home winning streak to 15 with a 106-85 win over the Dallas Mavericks in an NBA Finals rematch on Thursday night.

Miami's Chris Bosh had 19 points as the Heat defeated Dallas by 21.  ALAN DIAZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALAN DIAZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Miami's Chris Bosh had 19 points as the Heat defeated Dallas by 21.

Mario Chalmers scored 12 points and Norris Cole added 10 for Miami, which swept its two games with Dallas this season and snapped a two-game losing streak.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 for Dallas, but was held to 1 for 9 shooting in the second half. Lamar Odom had 12 for the Mavericks, who were outrebounded 44-29 and were held to only two fast-break points.

Miami outscored Dallas 26-13 in the fourth quarter to cap the win.

PACERS 93, WIZARDS 89

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 25 points to lead Indiana over Washing­ton.

Roy Hibbert scored five of his nine points during the Pacers’ 7-2 run late in the fourth quarter that separated the teams after they were tied at 80-all. Indiana has won three of its past four, including a 15-point victory against Miami on Monday.

Jordan Crawford scored 20 points for Washington, which has lost five in a row.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Billionaire Paul Allen is emphatically refuting reports that he is entertaining offers for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Allen went to Twitter on Thursday to rebut the report, which appeared in a blog post on Comcast SportsNet Northwest’s Web site. CSNNW broadcasts Trail Blazers games.

“It is absolutely false that I have entertained offers for (the Trail Blazers). Unnamed sources are wrong as usual,” Allen tweeted.

David Postman, a spokesman for Allen, also disputed the blog post.

There have been rumors swirling in recent months that the Microsoft co-founder is positioning the team for sale.

Talk of a sale has escalated recently with the firing of head coach Nate McMillan. The Blazers are also operating under an interim general manager.


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