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James-less Heat beat Blazers...Pacers beat Nets...Cavs' Bynum suspended...Louisville, Notre Dame win

Sunday - 12/29/2013, 3:30am  ET

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- LeBron James rested his injured right groin while Chris Bosh poured in a game-high 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Heat's 108-107 victory over the Trail Blazers in Portland. Bosh capped his productive night by draining a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left, moments after Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM') hit two free throws to put the Blazers ahead 107-105. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 16 points and seven assists as Miami won for the seventh time in eight games and stayed within 1 ½ games of East-leading Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Pacers lead the NBA's Eastern Conference at 24-5 after dominating the second half of a 105-91 victory over Brooklyn. Paul George scored 24 points for the Pacers, who led just 58-56 at halftime before holding the Nets to 35 points the rest of the way. Lance Stephenson chipped in 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while George Hill added 21 points in the Pacers' fourth consecutive win.

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum has been suspended indefinitely for detrimental conduct and is banned from all team activities. It's possible that Bynum has played his final game with the Cavs after signing a two-year, $12 million contract with the team this summer. Earlier this season, Bynum talked about retirement and said his numerous knee problems have been a challenge to overcome.

UNDATED (AP) -- Teddy Bridgewater threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as 18th-ranked Louisville hammered Miami 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando. Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals including three in the decisive second half to lead 25th-ranked Notre Dame over Rutgers 29-16 in the Pinstripe Bowl.

UNDATED (AP) -- Syracuse and Kentucky have won the day's only matchups of top-25 men's basketball teams. Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis had 20 and C.J. Fair added 17 as the second-ranked Orange beat No. 8 Villanova 78-62. Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison combined for 28 points, 11 during a critical second-half stretch as the 18th-rated Wildcats knocked off No. 6 Louisville 73-66.


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