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Allen's four-point play lifts Heat, 119-116

Associated Press Modified: November 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm •  Published: November 3, 2012

The 40 points were a Heat-high for Bosh, and they needed every one of them.

"Good teams find a way to win," Bosh said. "We haven't been playing our best basketball. We know we've gotten off to a slow start defensively. We have to pick that up. We have to make a better. I'm just glad we got out of here alive tonight."

It was a frantic last 3 minutes, and Denver seemed to take control in the final moments. Faried grabbed a rebound and scored with 49 seconds remaining, and after a Denver stop, the Nuggets took the lead when Iguodala connected over Wade from the left wing with 14.1 left on the clock for a 116-115 edge.

So for the first time this season, the Heat faced a last-second situation.

James and Allen — teammates now for all of three games — were in perfect synch. Allen made the shot, the free throw swished, the Heat lead was three, and they escaped.

"As I stepped up to the free-throw line, I was like, 'Please make this free throw,'" Allen said. "It'll be a better story to tell."

Denver was up six midway through the fourth quarter, but the Heat erased the deficit in a hurry on a pair of 3-pointers by Allen, 41 seconds apart.

At various times in the early going, Denver held a 40-10 edge in points in the paint, a 12-0 advantage in second-chance points, and Faried and McGee were shooting a combined 13 for 16 in the game's first 20 minutes. By halftime, it was 66-64, the Nuggets having scored one more point than what anyone posted in the first half of any game against Miami last season, playoffs included.

Ultimately, the 23rd — and final — lead change of the night was pulled off by Allen and the Heat.

"It's good that he made them in a white and red uniform," Wade said.

NOTES: Denver didn't score more than 89 points in either of its first two outings this season — it had 91 by the end of the third quarter on Saturday. ... Miami has allowed 175 points in the first halves of its three games. ... The Heat shook up the rotation, with Norris Cole essentially being swapped out and replaced by Mike Miller. Heat backup C Joel Anthony also made his first appearance of the season, after battling a hamstring issue since training camp.