One night after James scored a career-best 61 points, Miami cut its deficit to three when Michael Beasley made a three-pointer with 21.2 seconds left. Harden threw the ball away after that, and Howard accidentally hit James in the face when they both went up to try to grab a long pass.
James lay on the court holding his broken nose for a few seconds before getting up and slowly walking to the bench. He remained in the game after a timeout, but missed a desperation three-point attempt at the buzzer that would have tied it.
He finished with 22 points, 19 coming in the first half.
Golden State 98, at Indiana 96:
at Oklahoma City 125, Philadelphia 92: