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Miami Heat works overtime to defeat New Orleans Pelicans

Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic greet Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat after a Bosh basket to break a tie against the New Orleans Pelicans in the fourth quarter of a game at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Thursday, December 25, 2015.
Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic greet Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat after a Bosh basket to break a tie against the New Orleans Pelicans in the fourth quarter of a game at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Thursday, December 25, 2015. pportal@elnuevoherald.com

This was uglier than any Christmas sweater.

Still, Miami did manage to survive a lengthy scoring drought, and an Anthony Davis attempted jumper late in regulation, to beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 94-88 in overtime.

Chris Bosh led the Heat with 30 points, while taking a season-high 25 shots. Hassan Whiteside had 17 rebounds, though he was in foul trouble for much of the game and didn't play down the stretch.

Again, the Heat started strong before the second unit let the lead slip, but — unlike Tuesday's loss to the Pistons — recovered with a solid defensive third quarter to get some separation. Then New Orleans crawled back behind Ryan Anderson, the only Pelican other than Anthony Davis who could consistently make a shot.

The teams traded baskets in the final minutes, before Bosh airballed a turnaround jumper, and Davis missed a jump shot just before the buzzer.

Then, in the overtime, Bosh, after driving hard to the basket, made two free throws. Luol Deng made a three-pointer. Bosh scored at the rim again. And, after Anderson missed a three-pointer, Dwyane Wade (7 of 20, 19 points) made a fallaway jumper to give the Heat an 87-82 lead. From there, Bosh did solid defensive work on Davis to secure the win.

Davis, playing 50 minutes, finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans, which dropped to 9-20 on the season.

Miami, which rose to 10-2 on Christmas Day games, best of any NBA franchise, next plays Saturday night in Orlando.

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