Bosh puts Lakers under the cosh

Chris Bosh put up 31 points as the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-102 on Thursday night.

LeBron James also contributed 27 points and 13 rebounds as the two-time defending NBA champions extended their lead at the top of the Southeast Division to eight games.

Jodie Meeks and Pau Gasol both scored 22 points for the Lakers.

In the day's other game, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 44 points to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 110-105.

The Trail Blazers had been five points behind going into the final quarter but found another gear to seal the win.