PHOENIX -- Forward LeBron James had 25 of his game-high 37 points in the second half and 11 in the final four minutes as the Miami Heat shook off the pesky Phoenix Suns 103-97 Tuesday.
James added nine rebounds and five steals and showed off an array of dunks as the Heat shook off a 94-89 loss in Utah on Sunday by turning 16 Suns turnovers into 24 points.
Center Chris Bosh added 21 points, including a big 3-pointer with 40.3 seconds for the Heat, who played short-handed when guard Dwyane Wade stayed at the team hotel with a migraine headache. Miami has now beaten the Suns eight straight times and six straight at US Airways Center.
Guard Gerald Green had 26 points including five 3-points for the Suns, who raced out to a 12-0 lead before a season-high crowd of 17,927 but had lost most of the stagger by the end of the quarter. Guard Goran Dragic had 15 points -- snapping a string of seven straight 20-point games -- and forward Channing Frye added 15 for the Suns.
The Suns were within three at 92-89 after two Green free throws with 2:48 left, but James nailed a step back 18-footer before taking the second of back-to-back steals the distance for a jam with 1:13 left to give Miami some cushion.
Phoenix raced to the 12-0 lead -- with four of the five starters contributing -- as the Heat missed five shots and committed two turnovers with their first five possessions. Miami finally got on the board when guard Toney Douglas, making his first start of the season in place of Wade, hit a 3-pointer with 8:09 left.
Phoenix still led by 10 at 25-15 after a Green 3-pointer with 2:56 to go, but the Heat scored the final seven points of the first quarter and continue the run with three to open the second. Guard Ray Allen tied the game with a 5-foot runner with 10:08 left.
A quarter in which the teams were a combined 15-for-41 from the field ended with more scoring runs. The Suns scored seven straight before the Heat answered with an 8-0, with James giving Miami its first lead at 33-32 on a driving layup with 6:11 left. Phoenix ended the half on a 7-2 to take a 46-43 lead to intermission.
James had 11 points in the third quarter and capped an 11-0 Miami run with a pair of thunderous slams to give the Heat a 62-55 lead. But the Suns answered with an 11-3 spurt of their own, including eight straight points by Green and a 3-pointer by Frye to put the Suns back up 66-65.
Forward Markieff Morris ended the quarter with two baskets in the final 1:16 including a dunk off a behind-the-back feed from Tucker just before the buzzer to put Phoenix up 74-71.
NOTES: Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said G Dwyane Wade, who has suffered from migraines on and off during his career, started to feel poorly a few hours before tip-off. "It started to set in this afternoon and (Wade) wasn't feeling much better," he said. "He really wanted to give it a shot tonight." ... The Heat began the night 7-6 without Wade this season and 28-8 with him. ... Going into Tuesday, the Suns were 4-4 in games against the NBA's six division leaders -- beating the Indiana Pacers (twice), the Toronto Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers and losing to Miami, the San Antonio Spurs (twice) and the Oklahoma City Thunder. ... The Heat have nine players with 10 years or more of NBA experience and 132 years of NBA experience on their roster. The Suns have one 10-year veteran, G Leandro Barbosa, and 42 years of NBA experience on their active roster. ... The Suns began the night 13 games better than they were last year after 50 games (17-33), the fourth-best turnaround in franchise history.