Whiteside powers Miami to 10th consecutive win
Hassan Whiteside scored 30 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, Dion Waiters needed only 10 shots to score 21 points, and the Miami Heat pushed its winning streak to 10 games with an easy 125-102 victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
Whiteside had a double-double after the first 9:38 and posted the first 30-20 game of his career even while sitting out the fourth quarter. He played just 27 minutes.
Goran Dragic had 16 points and eight assists for Miami. The 10game streak is the longest current one in the NBA and ties Houston for the second longest in the league this season. Golden State won 12 straight in November.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 21 for Philadelphia, which was without Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor and Robert Covington because of injuries.
CAVALIERS 111, KNICKS 104: LeBron James had 32 points and 10 assists, Kevin Love added 23 points and 16 rebounds in his return from back spasms, and visiting Cleveland beat New York.
The Cavaliers won for the ninth straight time against the Knicks and didn’t need Kyrie Irving, who didn’t play because of right quadriceps soreness.
Love was back after missing two games and showed why the NBA champions might have no reason to entertain the trade rumors involving him and Carmelo Anthony that surround the teams.
The Knicks’ Brandon Jennings had 23 points and 10 assists in place of Derrick Rose, who missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle.
James, 32, became the youngest player in NBA history to surpass 28,000 points in leading the Cavaliers to their seventh straight win at Madison Square Garden.
GRIZZLIES 107, TIMBERWOLVES 99: JaMychal Green scored a career-high 29 points, and shorthanded Memphis defeated Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Mike Conley added 20 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who rested Marc Gasol, Tony Allen and Chandler Parsons on the second night of a back-to-back.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Earlier Saturday, Minnesota announced that guard Zach LaVine will miss the rest of the season after an MRI exam revealed he has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. LaVine was injured the night before in the team’s loss at Detroit.
SPURS 121, NUGGETS 97: Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker scored 18 points each to help Gregg Popovich become the winningest coach with a single franchise in NBA history as host San Antonio defeated Denver.
Popovich earned his 1,128th victory to pass former Utah coach Jerry Sloan for the record.
HAWKS 113, MAGIC 86: Paul Millsap scored 21 points, all in the first three quarters, and host Atlanta never trailed in its runaway victory over Orlando.
The Hawks (30-21) have won 15 of 20 to move to a season-high nine games over .500.
PACERS 105, PISTONS 84: Paul George scored 21 points, helping Indiana extend its seasonbest winning streak to six games with a victory over Detroit in Indianapolis.
BUCKS 137, SUNS 112: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points to lead six Milwaukee players in double figures, and the Bucks snapped a five-game skid with a victory at Phoenix.
Devin Booker, whose 20-foot bank shot at the buzzer beat the Kings in Sacramento on Friday night, scored 31 points for the Suns, including 27 during a blistering final 7:13 of the first half.
JAZZ 105, HORNETS 98: Gordon Hayward had 33 points, and Utah erased a 10-point fourthquarter deficit and defeated Charlotte in Salt Lake City.
Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, here shooting over Philadelphia’s Nerlens Noel, had 30 points and 20 rebounds Saturday night.