Heat bust out of slump with win over Rockets

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MIAMI — Ray Allen scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter on a milestone day for the veteran, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 24 and the Miami Heat beat the Houston Rockets 113-104 on Sunday to snap their worst slump in three years.

Miami's Mario Chalmers puts up a shot over Houston's Dwight Howard during the Heat's nine-point win Sunday.  J PAT CARTER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Miami's Mario Chalmers puts up a shot over Houston's Dwight Howard during the Heat's nine-point win Sunday.

Chris Bosh added 18 points for the Heat, who won for just the second time in their past seven games. They were down 97-92 following a 3-pointer by James Harden midway through the fourth, then finished the game on a 21-7 run.

Allen had 11 points during that late stretch, including a 3-pointer that allowed him to pass Allen Iverson for 21st on the NBA’s scoring list. It was also the 750th regular-season win that Allen was a part of in his career.

Harden finished with 30 points for Houston, which got 21 points and 14 rebounds from Dwight Howard. Patrick Beverley added 15 points and Terrence Jones scored 12 for the Rockets, who have dropped three in a row.

THUNDER: Russell Westbrook did not play against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday as he rested his surgically repaired knee.

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said before the game that resting Westbrook occasionally was part of the Thunder’s plans after the point guard’s return from his most recent knee surgery, his third procedure since injuring the knee last April during the NBA playoffs.

Westbrook missed 27 games after the most recent surgery, returning to the lineup Feb. 20. Brooks says there are no problems with Westbrook’s knee and that Westbrook will play tonight when the Thunder visit the Chicago Bulls.

KINGS: Center DeMarcus Cousins was scratched from the game Sunday night against Minnesota because of tendinitis in his right knee.

Cousins played in the game against Chicago on Saturday night, scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the loss to the Bulls. The Kings say he is day to day. It’s the ninth game Cousins has missed because of injury this season. Aaron Gray started in Cousins’ place against Minnesota.

The Timberwolves were also without their starting center.

Nikola Pekovic sat out because of bursitis in his right ankle, a condition that caused him to miss 13 games earlier in the season. The injury flared up in a loss to Charlotte on Friday night. Pekovic also is listed as day to day.

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