Heats clinch Lak­ers from 19-point deficit

Du­rant car­ries War­riors to an easy fin­ish

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Jus­tise Winslow and Has­san White­side each fin­ished with 23 points and 13 re­bounds, and the Mi­ami Heat ral­lied from 19 points down to beat the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers 115-107 on Thurs­day night. Winslow set a ca­reer high for points and tied a ca­reer best in re­bounds for the Heat, who raised Shaquille O’Neal’s No 32 jersey to the rafters in a half­time cer­e­mony. Go­ran Dragic scored 21 and James John­son added 19 for Mi­ami, which snapped a three-game slide and went 3-3 on its six-game home­s­tand. Lou Wil­liams scored 27 points for the Lak­ers, who fell to 5-14 on the road. Nick Young scored 20 and D’An­gelo Rus­sell had 17.


Kevin Du­rant had 26 points, nine re­bounds and seven as­sists, and Golden State turned an ugly start into an easy fin­ish. Klay Thompson added 23 points for the War­riors, who opened a three-game road trip that leads into their NBA Fi­nals re­match in Cleve­land on Christ­mas. They didn’t look ready while fall­ing be­hind by 16 at half­time, but were back to their some­times un­stop­pable selves while outscor­ing the Nets by 32 points over the fi­nal 24 min­utes. Stephen Curry and Zaza Pachu­lia each fin­ished with 15 points for the War­riors, who played with­out Dray­mond Green, who re­turned to the Bay Area early Thurs­day af­ter the birth of his son, Dray­mond Ja­mal Green Jr. Brook Lopez scored 28 points for Brook­lyn, but just five in the sec­ond half as the Nets dropped their fourth straight.


Chris Paul scored 19 points be­fore in­jur­ing his left ham­string to lead the Clip­pers to a win over the Spurs. Paul added seven re­bounds and six as­sists be­fore leav­ing the game late in the third quar­ter. The Clip­pers used their bench in the fourth quar­ter to seal the vic­tory, only the Spurs sec­ond on the road this sea­son. The Clip­pers re­serves outscored San Antonio’s 58-33. The Spurs had started the sea­son 15-1 on the road. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 27 points and nine re­bounds, while Pau Ga­sol added 19 points and eight re­bounds.


Isa­iah Thomas had 28 points and nine as­sists, help­ing Bos­ton to its fourth straight win. Avery Bradley and Jae Crow­der each scored 15 points for the Celtics, who led 51-40 at half­time. Mar­cus Smart had 12 points, and Amir John­son and Kelly Ol­nyk fin­ished with 11 apiece. The Pac­ers pulled within four late in the game, but were un­able to catch the Celtics down the stretch. Jeff Teague led In­di­ana with 31 points and eight as­sists. Paul Ge­orge and CJ Miles scored 19 points apiece, and Thad­deus Young had 15 points and 12 re­bounds.


Der­rick Rose scored 19 points, Kyle O’Quinn had 14 points and a ca­reer-high 16 re­bounds, and the Knicks got the win at home. Carmelo An­thony and Willy Her­nan­gomez each had 15 points for New York, which has won two in a row since a three-game los­ing streak. Kristaps Porzingis scored 12 points, and re­serve Bran­don Jen­nings had 12 as­sists in 22 min­utes. Serge Ibaka led the Magic with 23 points and 10 re­bounds. Evan Fournier scored 21 points. Or­lando closed to 104-95 on Jeff Green’s free throws with 1:29 left, but Rose scored with 1:08 re­main­ing to help the Knicks close it out. — AP

MI­AMI: Ti­mofey Moz­gov #20 of the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers and Has­san White­side #21 of the Mi­ami Heat jump ball dur­ing a game at Amer­i­can Air­lines Arena. — AFP

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