The Miami Heat was outrebounded by 28, matching the second-largest margin in team history. The Heat finished with only 24 boards, matching the second-lowest total in any game over the franchise's quarter-century of existence.

Somehow, none of that mattered.

Dwyane Wade scored 24 points, LeBron James had 22 points and 11 assists, and the Heat survived a one-sided night on the glass to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92 on Tuesday in Miami.

"That's a tough team," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the Timberwolves. "They're unique. Relentless on the glass. There's not many teams like them."

Minnesota grabbed 21 of the game's first 24 rebounds and finished with a 52-24 advantage. Kevin Love finished with 11 points and 18 rebounds, and Nikola Pekovic had a 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Andrei Kirilenko scored 22 points for Minnesota, which played without guard Ricky Rubio, who's being eased back after recovering from knee surgery.

"What we take away from it is we've got to be more physical," Love said. "I'm not saying we're soft, but we definitely need to be more physical."

Wade said: "That's an unbelievable rebounding team. We made up for it with our energy."

That, and 14 blocks. Wade -- generously listed at 6-foot-4 -- blocked a two-handed dunk try by the 6-10 Love at the rim to spark one second-quarter burst and also registered a block against the 6-11 Pekovic later in the period.

Lakers 101, Bobcats 100: Kobe Bryant scored four of his 30 points in the final 1:26, and host Los Angeles overcame an 18-point third-quarter deficit to send Charlotte to its 12th straight loss.


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Jodie Meeks and Metta World Peace each had 17 points for the Lakers, who won their third straight to match their longest winning streak of the season. Pau Gasol, back after missing eight games with tendinitis in both knees, had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 28 points.

Nuggets 112, Spurs 106: Danilo Gallinari scored 28 points and host Denver held off San Antonio.

Tim Duncan had 31 points and 18 rebounds for the Spurs, who closed a 15-point deficit to three with 3:38 left.

Two 3-pointers by Patty Mills helped San Antonio close the gap, but Gallinari hit a 3-pointer and Andre Miller also scored to give Denver a 110-102 lead.

Bulls 100, Celtics 89: Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer scored 21 points apiece, and Joakim Noah had 11 points, 13 rebounds and a career high-tying 10 assists for his second career triple-double as host Chicago beat Boston.

"(Noah) plays the game for the love of it," said Bulls guard Nate Robinson, who scored 18 points. "He plays with his heart on his sleeve. Me and him, we are kind of similar with our energy."

Hawks 100, Wizards 95: Lou Williams scored 24 points and Josh Smith had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead Atlanta past host Washington, which fell to 0-4 in overtime games.

Jordan Crawford had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Wizards.

Coach Randy Wittman snapped at fans who chided him for removing Nene from the game during overtime. Nene has been hampered by a foot injury, limiting his minutes.

"I had fans heckling me," Wittman said. "They're killing me. I had to turn around and say something to them today."