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: Klay Thompson made a 12-foot turnaround jumper with 0.6 of a second left, and the Warriors handed the Pacers only their fourth home loss this season. After the Warriors dominated for most of the night, the Pacers tied the score at 94 with a 12-0 run. Thompson scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry finished with 19 points for the Warriors, who have won five of six and won in Indiana for the first time at Indiana in seven years. David West led Indiana with 27 points and Paul George added 26 as the Pacers' five-game winning streak ended.
at Oklahoma City 125, Philadelphia 92: Russell Westbrook had a triple-double in 21 minutes and Kevin Durant scored 42 points in three quarters as the Thunder handed the woeful 76ers their 15th consecutive defeat. Westbrook left the game late in the third quarter and finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists. The Thunder shot 57% from the field.
San Antonio 122, at Cleveland 101: Danny Green scored 24 points and the Spurs turned to their three-point shooting to shake off a sluggish start and win their fourth in a row. Kawhi Leonard added 18 points, and Patty Mills and Boris Diaw had 16 apiece as the Spurs won with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker combining for only 14 points. The Spurs trailed by 12 points early in the second quarter before making six straight three-pointers and went on to win their ninth in a row over the Cavaliers.