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OAKLAND, Calif. -- LeBron James swished a 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of Andre Iguodala with one-tenth of a second remaining Wednesday night, lifting the Miami Heat to a 111-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

In both teams' final game before the All-Star break, the Heat took possession down by two with 14.6 seconds left after Stephen Curry completed a three-point play that gave Golden State the lead.

Without using a timeout, James advanced the ball calmly down the left side of the floor and rose over the tight defense of Warriors swingman Iguodala just outside the 3-point arc for the game-winning 23-footer.

The thrilling finishing capped a sequence in which the teams traded leads four times in the final 1:22 after Golden State rallied from a 21-point deficit earlier.

A missed free throw by James with 25.3 seconds left seemed to leave the door open for the Warriors, who were seeking their third straight home win. James made the first, breaking a 107-all tie, but misfired on the second.

Curry countered by driving to the Miami hoop and drawing a foul on a 10-footer with 14.6 seconds left. He finished the three-point play, putting Golden State up 110-108 and setting the stage for James' heroics.

James just missed a triple-double, adding 13 rebounds and nine assists to his 36 points. He made four of eight 3-point attempts on a night when Miami shot 53.8 percent overall.

Center Chris Bosh added 19 points and backup forward Michael Beasley had 16 for the Heat, who finished an eight-day, four-game Western swing with three wins.

Miami (37-14) was playing for the second consecutive night without star shooting guard Dwyane Wade, who has been bothered by headaches.

Curry finished with 29 points for the Warriors, who were looking for a season-series sweep of the Heat.

Power forward David Lee had a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double for Golden State, which made nine of its 16 3-point shots. Shooting guard Klay Thompson added 17 points, and backup forward Harrison Barnes scored 14.

Down 75-54 close to the midpoint of the third quarter, the Warriors (31-22) used a 28-9 explosion to get within two by period's end. Golden State then jumped in front for the first time since the opening period on a straightaway 3-pointer by Curry on its first possession of the fourth quarter.

Another Curry hoop made it 87-84 and prompted a Miami timeout, after which the Heat reasserted itself with a 11-0 burst that began the critical 15-3 surge.

James had two hoops and reserve guard Ray Allen added a 3-pointer in the run.

Backup guard Jordan Crawford converted a three-point play with 8:09 to go to stop the Miami run and get the Warriors back within 95-90.

But after a Crawford miss, James hit from 16 feet and Bosh slammed through a dunk as Miami extended the lead to nine, but it couldn't hold on and needed the last-second heroics to win it.

The Warriors' comeback began after they fell behind by 21 in the fifth minute of the third quarter. The Heat made seven of their first eight shots to open the second half, expanding an 11-point halftime advantage to 75-54 with an 18-8 run.

But the Warriors then caught fire for the first time all night, using 11- and nine-point flurries that sandwiched a Bosh jumper to get within 77-74 late in the period.

The Warriors' Thompson ignited the initial burst with back-to-back hoops, including a 3-pointer. Barnes contributed five points, including a 3, to the second run.

Backup big man Chris Andersen helped the Heat retain the lead with a dunk with 1:14 left in the period before Barnes capped a big quarter with a 3 to make it a two-point game headed into the fourth quarter.

James had 16 points in the first half as the Heat led by as many as 14 en route to a 57-46 halftime advantage.

The Heat played the final 17 minutes of the first half without starting forward Shane Battier, who took five stitches above his left eye after getting inadvertently hit by Lee under the Golden State basket.

Battier returned to start the second half. He scored two points in 17 minutes.

NOTES: The Warriors and Utah Jazz are the only Western Conference teams that beat the Heat at least twice in the regular season since the start of 2012-13. ... Having completed an eight-day, four-game Western swing, the Heat come out of the All-Star break with back-to-back road games at Dallas and Oklahoma City, capping a stretch in which they will play just five home games in almost seven weeks. ... Asked what he plans to do with five days off sandwiching Sunday's All-Star Game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he would spend two days at the pool and two days refocusing on his team. "Those (latter 48 hours) will be at the pool, too," he quipped. ... Heat PG Toney Douglas made his second start in five games with the Heat on Wednesday. Earlier this season, he played 24 games for the Warriors, making no starts. ... The Warriors expect C Andrew Bogut (left shoulder inflammation) and backup C Jermaine O'Neal (sore right wrist) back for their first game after the All-Star break -- next Wednesday at Sacramento. ... Of the full week in between games, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said, "The rest will do us well because it will give guys a chance to rehab, rest and recover."
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