Heat es­cape, top 76ers 96-91 to keep Philadel­phia win­less

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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