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|
|RESULT||WINNER HIGH||LOSER HIGH||ATT.|
|Boston 103, Cleveland 100||Green 19 Pts|
Crawford 19 Pts
|Irving 32 Pts||18,264|
|Toronto 115, New York 100||Lowry 32 Pts||Stoudemire 23 Pts||19,800|
|Dallas 105, Chicago 83||Ellis 22 Pts||Noah 20 Pts||22,099|
|Miami 108, Portland 107||Bosh 37 Pts||Matthews 23 Pts||20,071|
|LA Clippers 98, Utah 90||Griffin 40 Pts||Kanter 17 Pts||19,278|
|Indiana 105, Brooklyn 91||George 24 Pts||Pierce 18 Pts||18,165|
|Washington 106, Detroit 82||Wall 20 Pts||Monroe 14 Pts||19,336|
|Atlanta 118, Charlotte 116 (OT)||Millsap 33 Pts||Jefferson 24 Pts||15,180|
|Houston 107, New Orleans 98||Howard 24 Pts||Anderson 22 Pts||18,233|
|Memphis 120, Denver 99||Randolph 20 Pts||Lawson 20 Pts||17,017|
|Minnesota 117, Milwaukee 95||Love 33 Pts||Middleton 23 Pts||14,971|
|Phoenix 115, Philadelphia 101||Plumlee 22 Pts||Young 30 Pts||15,623|
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.