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.