Philadel­phia ends Mi­ami’s streak at 13

76ERS 117, HEAT 109


Ner­lens Noel, Robert Cov­ing­ton and Dario Saric scored 19 points each to lead the Philadel­phia 76ers to a 117-109 vic­tory Satur­day night over vis­it­ing Mi­ami, snap­ping the Heat’s win­ning streak at 13 games.

Go­ran Dragic had 30 points for the Heat, whose win­ning streak was the long­est in the NBA this sea­son, the third best in team his­tory and tops in league his­tory by a sub-.500 team. Mi­ami, which fell 11/2 games back of idle Detroit for the East­ern Con­fer­ence’s fi­nal play­off spot, hadn’t lost since Jan. 13 at Mil­wau­kee.

Philadel­phia cen­ter Joel Em­biid missed his ninth straight game and 12th in the past 13 be­cause of a bone bruise on his left knee. Team Pres­i­dent Bryan Colan­gelo also re­vealed be­fore the game that Em­biid has a slightly torn menis­cus in the same knee.

CAVA­LIERS 125, NUGGETS 109: LeBron James and Kyrie Irv­ing scored 27 points each and com­bined for three three­p­oint­ers in Cleve­land’s lon­grange bar­rage in the third quar­ter that sent the Cava­liers to a home vic­tory over Den­ver.

The de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons won for the fifth time in six games in Fe­bru­ary af­ter go­ing 7-8 in Jan­uary.

Nikola Jo­kic had 27 points and 13 re­bounds for the Nuggets.

CLIP­PERS 107, HOR­NETS 102: Blake Grif­fin had 20 points and 12 re­bounds, Austin Rivers scored 16 of his 18 points in the sec­ond half, and Los An­ge­les beat host Char­lotte.

Ni­co­las Ba­tum had 25 points, six re­bounds and eight as­sists for the Hor­nets, who have lost nine of their past 10 games.

BUCKS 116, PAC­ERS 100: Gian­nis An­te­tok­oumpo had 20 points, 10 as­sists and eight re­bounds to help Mil­wau­kee beat In­di­ana in In­di­anapo­lis.

The Pac­ers have dropped three straight af­ter a seven-game win­ning streak.

ROCK­ETS 133, SUNS 102: James Har­den scored 40 points in three quar­ters, and host Hous­ton never trailed in a win over shorthanded Phoenix.

MAV­ER­ICKS 112, MAGIC 80: Wes­ley Matthews scored 12 of his 20 points in the first quar­ter, and Dal­las cruised past vis­it­ing Or­lando.

Ex-Celtic Melo dies in Brazil

For­mer Syra­cuse 7-footer and Bos­ton Celtics first-round pick Fab Melo died in his home coun­try of Brazil. He was 26.

Melo was found dead at his home in Juiz de Fora, in the state of Mi­nas Gerais, mil­i­tary po­lice in Brazil con­firmed to ESPN. Melo went to bed Fri­day night and was found dead Satur­day morn­ing by his mother, au­thor­i­ties there said.

There was no im­me­di­ate word on a cause of death.

Melo was play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally in Brazil, as he had been the past few years.

The Celtics se­lected Melo with the No. 22 pick in the 2012 draft, one spot af­ter they landed Jared Sullinger.

While Sullinger emerged as a key con­trib­u­tor for the Celtics, Melo is re­mem­bered as one of Bos­ton’s first-round whiffs. Melo logged just 36 min­utes in six ap­pear­ances dur­ing his rookie sea­son and spent much of the year with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Devel­op­ment League.

Bos­ton traded Melo to Mem­phis in Au­gust 2013, and he was waived soon af­ter. Melo signed with Dal­las be­fore the 2013-14 sea­son but was waived be­fore the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son.


Ner­lens Noel was one of three 76ers play­ers to fin­ish with 19 points as Philadel­phia stopped the NBA’s long­est win­ning streak this sea­son.

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