WHITE­SIDE SHINES

Helps Mi­ami con­tinue win­ning streak against Wolves

New Straits Times - - Sport - LOS AN­GE­LES

HAS­SAN White­side de­liv­ered his 11th straight dou­ble-dou­ble as the Mi­ami Heat con­tin­ued their hot streak with a wire-to-wire 123-105 vic­tory over the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves on Fri­day.

Mi­ami have made a stun­ning turn­around from the team that strug­gled to an 11-30 to start the sea­son as they have won 23 of their last 28 games for the best record in the NBA over that stretch.

The Heat like White­side’s of­fence but coach Erik Spoel­stra said he was also a force on de­fence.

“It felt like (White­side) had seven or eight blocks,” Spoel­stra said. “And that’s the most im­por­tant thing — that they feel his size, that they feel his pres­ence, that they feel his im­pact at the rim and in the paint.”

White­side fin­ished with 23 points and 14 re­bounds as his 11th con­sec­u­tive dou­ble-dou­ble tied a Heat fran­chise record, set by Rony Seikaly in 1991-92.

Tyler Johnson scored 23 off the bench for Mi­ami who are also 15-1 in their last 16 games at home.

But the win could prove to be costly as Mi­ami lost start­ing shoot­ing guard and third lead­ing scorer Dion Waiters to an an­kle in­jury.

He left the game with 3:24 left in the sec­ond quar­ter and did not re­turn. The good news is that X-rays showed he did not suf­fer a frac­ture.

Waiters got hurt while driv­ing to the rim and land­ing on the foot of a Min­nesota de­fender. Waiters had six points when he left the game.

Go­ran Dragic scored 19 points and added 10 as­sists for Mi­ami.

Else­where, John Wall set a ca­reer high with 20 as­sists and Bradley Beal scored 24 points as the Washington Wizards bounced back from a rare home loss with a 112-107 win over the Chicago Bulls.

In New York, Jae Crow­der col­lected a sea­son-high 24 points and 12 re­bounds and the Bos­ton Celtics over­came the ab­sence of star point guard Isa­iah Thomas and held on for a 98-95 vic­tory over the Brook­lyn Nets. AFP

AP PIC

Wolves’ An­drew Wig­gins (No 22) goes up for a layup dur­ing the NBA game against Mi­ami Heat on Fri­day.

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