NBA Scores and leading scorers – Dec. 28

NBA Scores and leading scorers – Dec. 28

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Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat

NEW YORK — The following are the NBA scores, results and leading scorers for each teams from the games that took place on Saturday, December 28.

Saturday, December 28 – ESPN Scoreboard Brief
RESULTWINNER HIGHLOSER HIGHATT.
Boston 103, Cleveland 100Green 19 Pts
Crawford 19 Pts
Irving 32 Pts18,264
Toronto 115, New York 100Lowry 32 PtsStoudemire 23 Pts19,800
Dallas 105, Chicago 83Ellis 22 PtsNoah 20 Pts22,099
Miami 108, Portland 107Bosh 37 PtsMatthews 23 Pts20,071
LA Clippers 98, Utah 90Griffin 40 PtsKanter 17 Pts19,278
Indiana 105, Brooklyn 91George 24 PtsPierce 18 Pts18,165
Washington 106, Detroit 82Wall 20 PtsMonroe 14 Pts19,336
Atlanta 118, Charlotte 116 (OT)Millsap 33 PtsJefferson 24 Pts15,180
Houston 107, New Orleans 98Howard 24 PtsAnderson 22 Pts18,233
Memphis 120, Denver 99Randolph 20 PtsLawson 20 Pts17,017
Minnesota 117, Milwaukee 95Love 33 PtsMiddleton 23 Pts14,971
Phoenix 115, Philadelphia 101Plumlee 22 PtsYoung 30 Pts15,623

Leading the list of winners on the night were the two-time reigning champions, the Miami Heat, who won the battle against another title contenders for this season, the Portland Trail Blazers.

Playing without the injured LeBron James, star center Chris Bosh stepped up big time to score a game-high 37 points, including the go-ahead three pointer and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Heat (23-7) to a narrow 108-107 victory over Portland (24-6) .

Wesley Matthews finished with 23 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and seven rebounds in the defeat for the Trail Blazers.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra admits at the end of the game that the plan was to go for a two-pointer and try and send the game into over, but Bosh wanted none of that. He had already played enough and wanted to go for the three-pointer.

“My call at the end of the game was much more conservative,” Spoelstra revealed. “I drew something up to get him on the move and he said, ‘No, I want it for the 3.’ So he overruled it and became a prophet.”

Spoelstra added: “He was terrific tonight, a true two-way player. He took the challenge for the majority of his minutes on one of the premier players in this league (Aldridge) and then had to shoulder a big-time offensive load.

“That takes incredible stamina but also the skill set that he put on display tonight on both ends of the court.”

Meanwhile, in other NBA scores on the night, the LA Clippers, behind Blake Griffin’s season-high 40 points, beat the Utah Jazz 98-90, Paul George scored 24 points and the Indiana Pacers defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 105-91, while Houston beat New Orleans, 107-98.