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Bogut back to help Warriors to NBA win
07:03 AEST Wed Mar 6 2013

FP - Boomers big man Andrew Bogut returned from a back injury to help Golden State end a four-match NBA losing streak with a 125-118 home victory over Toronto on Monday.

Missing the past six games with back spasms caused by a protruding disc, the 28-year-old Australian got almost 30 minutes of court time in collecting four points and eight rebounds.

It was a solid workout for the seven-foot centre, who is averaging 7.1 points and 22.5 minutes in his 12 games with the Warriors.

Bogut missed 42 games recovering from microfracture surgery on his left ankle earlier this season.

David Lee topped the scoresheet for the Warriors with 29 points while Stephen Curry added 26 points and a season-best 12 assists to consign the visiting Raptors to their fifth straight defeat.

Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James starred as the Miami Heat won a franchise record 15th consecutive game with a 97-81 win over a depleted Minnesota Timberwolves.

Wade shot 15-of-20 from the field and also added 10 assists for a 32-point haul while a hobbling James finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Heat recorded a comfortable win.

James was playing with a sore left knee after wrenching it in Sunday's tense 99-93 win over the New York Knicks.

Allen had 13 points to help defending NBA champions Miami eclipse their previous club mark of 14 straight wins, set between December 6, 2004 and January 1, 2005.

Allen said the Heat can't afford to get complacent because other teams have no trouble getting motivated to face the reigning champions.

"It is a process," Allen said of trying to repeat. "When you make it all the way you forget about the tough days.

"You can't get bored with the process. No win is greater than the next. We have got to start every game the same way.

Derrick Williams finished with a season-high 25 points, while Ricky Rubio had 14 points, eight assists and six steals for the Timberwolves who lost their sixth consecutive contest. Minnesota dropped to 4-22 in their last 26 games.

Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points as the New York Knicks overcame the loss of top-scorer Carmelo Anthony and a double-digit deficit to beat Cleveland 102-97.

The Knicks lost Anthony to a right knee injury in the second quarter. He did not return after tripping over his own feet while trying to catch a long pass at mid-court. He got up, but went straight to the locker room.

Elsewhere, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the visiting Utah Jazz 109-108, the Denver Nuggets downed the Atlanta Hawks 104-88, the visiting Orlando Magic rallied past the New Orleans Hornets 105-100 and the Portland Trail Blazers bounced the league-worst Charlotte Bobcats 122-105.


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