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Late rush lifts Heat past Blazers

MIAMI — Miami scored 14 straight points late in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game and beat the Trail Blazers 117-104 Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena.

Chris Bosh scored 32 points, LeBron James went for 30 and Dwyane Wade added 24 for the Heat (35-14), who won their sixth straight game overall and eight in a row at home.

Damian Lillard scored 33 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 for Portland (25-27), which lost its fourth consecutive game.

Portland, with Aldridge scoring 11 straight points in one stretch, seized a 57-43 lead in the second quarter, but Miami closed on a 15-2 run to get within 59-58 at the half.

The Heat outscored the Blazers 23-9 to start the third quarter to go in front 81-67. Portland ended the quarter on a 15-5 run to draw to within 86-82 entering the final period. By that point, Lillard had 27 points and Aldridge 25. For Miami, Bosh had 26 points and James 25.

The Blazers went ahead 95-90 with 8:30 left in the fourth quarter, and were still on top 102-101 after Wesley Matthews’ 3-pointer with 4:25 to go. But Miami went on a 14-0 tear to grab a 115-102 advantage with 1:55 left.

NOTES — Portland ends its six-game road trip Wednesday night at New Orleans. ... Bosh, James and Wade combined for 86 points, 26 rebounds and 16 assists. ... James was 11 for 15 from the field and had nine assists, six rebounds and only one turnover in 39 minutes. He became the first player in NBA history to score 30 points or more and shoot 60 percent or better in six straight games. ... Bosh was 13 for 16 from the field and had 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. He scored 61 points in two games against Portland this season. ... Wade contributed nine rebounds and seven assists. ... Lillard, coming off a 1-for-16 shooting performance in Sunday’s loss at Orlando, was 10 for 18 from the field, 3 for 8 from 3-point range and 10 for 11 from the line. His season high was 37 vs. Golden State on Jan. 11. ... Aldridge was 13 for 20 from the field and had five rebounds. His season scoring high was 33 vs. Oklahoma City on Jan. 13. ... Matthews scored 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. ... Aside from Lillard, Aldridge and Matthews, the rest of the Blazers totaled 22 points. ... Miami’s bench outscored the Portland reserves 23-12. ... Miami owns the best record in the Eastern Conference. ... Portland had won four in a row at Miami. The Blazers are now 18-6 there. From 1986-96, the Blazers were 17-1 against the Heat overall ... The Blazers beat Miami 92-90 at Portland on Jan. 10.