DRAGIC SCORES 34 TO SNAP HEAT’S FIVE-GAME SLIDE
miami» Goran Dragic scored a season-high 34 points, Hassan Whiteside had 17 points and 16 rebounds and the Heat beat the Wizards 112-101 on Monday night to snap a five-game slide.
Dragic scored 13 points in the fourth for the Heat, which opened a six-game homestand. James Johnson scored 14 off the bench for Miami, which won for only the third time in 11 games at home.
John Wall scored 30 points and Bradley Beal added 29 for Washington, which is 0-2 against Miami this season.
Dragic made 14-of-23 shots.
Paul George and Myles Turner scored 22 points each to lead the Pacers to a 110-94 win over the Hornets. Jeff Teague had 16 points, 11 assists and five rebounds, and Rodney Stuckey added 14 points for the Pacers. Marco Belinelli scored 14 points for the Hornets, Marvin Williams and Nicolas Batum each had 13 and Kemba Walker added 12. C.J. Miles made the go ahead 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds remaining in the third quarter to start an 11-1 run by the Pacers. … DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Terrence Ross added 25 and the Raptors beat the Bucks for the sixth straight time, 122100. … Jonas Valanciunas had 13 rebounds and 11 points for his team-leading seventh doubledouble of the season as the Raptors won for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings with the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a team-high 30 points and Jabari Parker chipped in with 27 for Milwaukee. … James Harden had 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to lead the Rockets to their seventh straight win, 122118 over the Nets. Eric Gordon scored 24 points on 6-for-10 shooting on 3-pointers, and Ryan Anderson added 19 for the Rockets. Houston shot 17-for-43 on 3s, making at least 10 for an NBA-record 24th straight game. Brook Lopez scored 26 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 17 for the Nets.
League tests referee expansion. The NBA is going look at having more officials on the court. The league said Monday nine upcoming NBA Development League games will feature fourand five-person crews instead of the customary three, in an effort to collect data and see if having additional officials involved affects the game. All nine games will be hosted by the Long Island Nets at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, home of the NBA’s Nets. The first of the trial games is Dec. 26.