LeBron James scores 32 as Heat edge Trail Blazers

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LeBron James put up 32 points to lead the Miami Heat to a close victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, 93-91. Miami (48-21) gets one in the win column after losing to New Orleans on Saturday.

James went 13-23 and converted 6-9 from the free throw line. He also added 5 assists and 4 steals. Other key players for Miami included Chris Bosh with 15 points and 8 rebounds, Chris Andersen with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Mario Chalmers with 11 points and 6 rebounds. On 3-15 shooting (1-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 12-14 from the free throw line, Damian Lillard scored 19 points for Portland in the loss. Nicolas Batum added 11 points and 10 rebounds and Robin Lopez finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Surprisingly, the advantage on the defensive glass went to the Heat (77.8% DR%), despite the fact that the Trail Blazers are among the league's elite on the offensive glass, ranking second in OR% at 28.2%. Meanwhile, the Heat rank 27th in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 72.4%.

This drops Portland (45-26) to 0-2 against Miami on the year.

Coming up next, the Heat square off with the Indiana Pacers, who are 51-19 on the year. The Trail Blazers match up against the Orlando Magic, currently 19-52 this season. The Heat are 1-1 versus Indiana this season. The Trail Blazers have a 1-0 record against Orlando this season.