MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – Chris Bosh collected a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds and the Miami Heat defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 94-88 in overtime in their NBA Christmas Day clash here at AmericanAirlines Arena.
“Christmas Day against one of the best in the league,” Bosh said. “I’m going to rise to the occasion.”
Bosh shot 11 of 25 from the floor and dished out four assists for the Heat with Dwyane Wade adding 19 points, six rebounds and four assists in the win for Miami (17-11) which survived some nervous moments down the stretch to secure the victory.
“Just an ugly game by both teams, but in this league you’ve got to win the pretty ones and the ugly ones,” said Wade.
“It wasn’t going right for us – Chris had it going to keep us afloat – but at the end I think it just came down to getting some great stops and we got some timely buckets.”
Anthony Davis had 29 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks to lead the Pelicans (9-20) who shot 40-percent from the field.
“That’s why I get paid the big bucks, to win games for us down the stretch,” Davis said.
“I was actually missing shots in the fourth and the team actually did a good job of carrying me.”
Eric Gordon added 16 points for New Orleans, which had won its previous two games.
Hassan Whiteside finished with a game-high 17 rebounds and four blocks for the Heat, who improved to 10-2 on Christmas Day.
Friday’s game finished 78-78 after four quarters, which led to the overtime play.
Next time out for Miami is a date on the road against the Orlando Magic.
New Orleans will play their next game at home against the Houston Rockets.