PORTLAND, Ore. -- No LeBron? No problem.
Bosh! Bosh! And more Chris Bosh, including a game-winning three-pointer with five-tenths of a second to play that gave the Miami Heat a stunning 108-107 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center.
Scoring a season-high 37 points on a night LeBron James took off to rest a balky right groin, Bosh was sublime against the team with the NBA's best record.
He added 10 rebounds for good measure.
It was a thrilling game throughout, ending on a point-blank miss at the rim from Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
The play was sharp, the passing crisp, the effort genuine.
This was just about everything you could ask for a regular-season NBA game.
Even with James taking the night off due to a sore right groin, Heat-Trail Blazers proved compelling Saturday night, with Portland loading up on 3-pointers and the Heat loading up on Bosh.
But with James watching from the end of the bench in street clothes, and with Dwyane Wade uneven after sitting out the previous night due to his knee issues, it had to be Bosh.
And, at the end, it was.
While the Blazers started the same lineup for the 30th time in as many games, the Heat opened with a starting lineup that had not played a single minute together prior to Saturday, Michael Beasley opening in place of James.
Bosh was at his best. Heat point guard Mario Chalmers did his part, with nine points, nine assists and nine rebounds, having to play more as a playmaker with James out.
The Heat moved within 94-93 on a Norris Cole layup midway through the fourth quarter, with Wade watching from the bench while taking a quick breather. A Bosh 3-pointer then tied it 96-96 with 4:05 to play.
Aldridge then converted a jumper for a 98-96 Portland lead, with a goaltending call on a Cole drive allowing the Heat to tie it 98-98 with three minutes to play.
Wade's struggles then continued when he missed a breakaway layup following a steal, to leave it tied 98-98.
Bosh then provided solid defense on Aldridge, with Wade securing the rebound. A Bosh 3-pointer followed with 2:04 to play for a 101-98 Heat lead.
Aldridge followed with a pair of free throws to draw Portland within 101-100, but Bosh scored on a tip-in on the other end, only to have that basket matched by an Aldridge layup that left the Heat up 103-102.
Bosh then was off with a jumper, with Wade fouling Blazers forward Nicolas Batum in the act of shooting a 3-pointer with 32 seconds to play.
Batum made all three for a 105-103 Blazers lead, leading to a Heat timeout.
But this time Wade left no doubt, with a driving dunk that tied it 105-105 with 26.2 seconds to play.
The Heat the stopped a driving Damian Lillard, only to have Ray Allen foul Batum with 7.7 seconds to play. Batum made both for a 107-105 Portland lead.
Wade then drove, drew the defense and hit Bosh for a 3-pointer for a 108-107 Heat lead with five tenths of a seconds to play.
The ball movement was crisp for both teams, with the Blazers particularly pesky with their 3-point shooting.
The Blazers led 34-30 at the end of the first quarter, 62-58 at halftime and 88-83 going into the fourth quarter.
Allen also was back for the Heat, after sitting out Friday's loss with knee soreness. But the Heat were without backup center Chris Andersen for the second consecutive game due to back and neck soreness.
The two -game season series concludes March 24 at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat entered are 3-2 against the Trail Blazers since James, Wade and Bosh joined together in the 2010 offseason.
The teams split the two-game series last season, with the Heat falling 92-90 in Portland, on a pair of 3-pointers by Portland guard Wesley Matthews in the final minute, as Portland rallied from 13 down in the second half.
The Blazers entering having won seven of their previous eight, including Thursday's 116-112 home overtime victory over the Clippers.
The Blazers have now scored 100 or more points in 17 consecutive games, the longest streak in the NBA since Toronto had a 20-game streak in 2010.
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