Heat escape, top 76ers 96-91 to keep Philadelphia winless
MIAMI: Dwyane Wade scored 27 points and the Miami Heat survived a major scare from winless Philadelphia, rallying from 17 points down to beat the 76ers 96-91 on Saturday night. Hassan Whiteside scored 13 points and added nine rebounds and eight blocks for the Heat, who went on a 19-2 run in a sevenminute stretch of the fourth quarter to escape. Chris Bosh also scored 13 for Miami. Philadelphia is now 0-14 this season - the ninth-worst start in NBA history - and has dropped 24 consecutive games going back to last season. Few of those were as winnable as this was, but the 76ers simply folded in the final minutes. Isaiah Canaan scored 22 for Philadelphia, and Robert Covington finished with 21.
KNICKS 107, ROCKETS 102
Kristaps Porzingis had 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead New York over slumping Houston. The Knicks (8-6) won their fourth straight overall. They also snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Rockets and a 10-game skid when playing in Houston. The Knicks didn’t get their eighth win last season until Jan. 23, when they were 8-36. James Harden had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as the Rockets lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.
CAVALIERS 109, HAWKS 97
Kevin Love scored a season-high 25 points, LeBron James added 19 and Cleveland beat Atlanta. The teams met for the first time since the Cavaliers swept the Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals, and it didn’t take long for Cleveland to continue its dominance. The Cavaliers took control after trailing 17-16 midway through the first quarter. Cleveland quickly built a 10-point lead, stretched the margin to 57-40 late in the first half and the Hawks never recovered. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was ejected in the second quarter after making contact with an official. Budenholzer was given a technical for arguing a call, bumped referee Ben Taylor after stepping on the floor and was quickly tossed.
WIZARDS 97, PISTONS 95
Nene scored 18 points and Otto Porter added 17 as Washington beat Detroit. The Wizards had the ball and a two-point lead with 9.2 seconds left, but Porter was called for a five-second violation on the inbound attempt. That gave Detroit a last chance, but Marcus Morris missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Marcin Gortat finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Ramon Sessions had 14 points and nine assists off the bench. Washington’s reserves outscored Detroit’s 5115. Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 20 points and nine assists, while Morris had 18 points and nine rebounds. Andre Drummond failed to get a double-double for the first time this season, finishing with eight points and 13 rebounds. He also didn’t get an offensive rebound in 37 minutes.
SPURS 92, GRIZZLIES 82
Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points, Tony Parker had 18 and San Antonio snapped Memphis’ four-game winning streak. Manu Ginobili added 15 points for San Antonio, which is unbeaten in six home games. Tim Duncan had 10 points, including a pair of running floaters in the lane in the final 90 seconds to seal the victory, as well as 10 rebounds. Mike Conley had 16 points and Courtney Lee added 15 points off the bench. Memphis’ only lead came on Tony Allen’s 20foot jumper to open the game. Neither team had its starting power forward. LaMarcus Aldridge was a late scratch with a sprained left ankle, his first missed game with San Antonio. Memphis’ Zach Randolph was in uniform, Boston Knicks Philadelphia Cleveland Indiana Detroit Milwaukee Miami Washington Charlotte Orlando but did not play in his second straight game due to right knee soreness.
KINGS 97, MAGIC 91
DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 12 rebounds as Sacramento held off Orlando. Rajon Rondo added 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Kings, who had lost two in a row. Marco Belinelli chipped in 13 points off the bench.Trailing 65-61, the Kings outscored the Magic 22-2 in the final 5:03 of the third quarter to take an 83-67 lead into the fourth. Sacramento led by as many as 16 points in the final period. Orlando surged within 87-80 in the fourth, but after Evan Fournier was called for a technical for arguing an offensive foul, the Kings got the lead back up to double digits. Tobias Harris led the Magic with 24 points. Fournier added 17.
PACERS 123, BUCKS 86
C.J. Miles scored a season-high 21 points to lead Indiana over Milwaukee. Paul George had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Jordan Hill added a season-high 20 points off the bench for the Pacers (8-5), who have won five of six.Greg Monroe had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks (5-8), who have lost three straight and five of six. Jabari Parker and O.J. Mayo each finished with 10 points. — AP
MIAMI: Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, strips Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (33) of the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, in Miami. The Heat defeated the 76ers 96-91. — AP