HEATS 103, THUNDER 97
MIAMI — LeBron James finished with 29 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 21, and the Miami Heat survived a frantic finish to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA Finals rematch on Tuesday.
Mario Chalmers scored a season-high 20 for the Heat, who matched the franchise’s best 25-game start at 19-6. Chris Bosh added 16 for Miami, which has beaten the Thunder five straight times going back to last June’s title series.
Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Russell Westbrook added 21 for Oklahoma City, but both Thunder stars missed potentially game-tying 3-point attempts in the final seconds.
LAKERS 100, KNICKS 94
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant engineered a second-half comeback, helping the Los Angeles beat the New York Knicks and extend the Lakers’ winning streak to five games while lifting them to .500.
Bryant scored 34 points in his NBA-record 15th Christmas Day game.
CELTICS 93, NETS 76
NEW YORK — Rajon Rondo scored 19 points in his first full game against Brooklyn this season, and the Boston Celtics beat the Nets in another game with some heated moments between the division rivals.
Rondo outplayed counterpart Deron Williams and helped the Celtics take control early.
Rookie Jared Sullinger tied a season high with 16 points and Jeff Green had 15 for the Celtics.
ROCKETS 120, BULLS 97
CHICAGO — James Harden scored 26 points and Jeremy Lin added 20 points and 11 assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a win over the Chicago Bulls.