Miami pours it on with Cavaliers’ James, Irving taking night off
Goran Dragic scored 23 points, Hassan Whiteside had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the host Miami Heat beat the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers, 12092, on Saturday night.
Tyler Johnson added 17 points for the Heat, which won for the 18th time in its past 22 games.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sat out for Cleveland, with both getting the night off to rest. The Cavaliers fell to 0-5 this season when James isn’t in the lineup and continue to be without two other would-be starters in Kevin Love and J.R. Smith — both still recovering from surgeries. Newly signed center Andrew Bogut also wasn’t with the Cavaliers.
Channing Frye scored 21 points and Kyle Korver added 15 for the Cavaliers, who have lost their past 12 games in Miami. This one was largely drama-free until the final seconds, when players from both sides did a little shouting back and forth, with Miami’s Dion Waiters — a former Cavaliers guard — among those most upset.
Both benches spilled onto the court as time expired, though everyone retreated relatively quickly. The teams play again Monday in Cleveland.
SPURS 97, TIMBERWOLVES 90 (OT): Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio overcame a listless start at home to win in overtime.
The Spurs won in overtime for the second straight night to extend their winning streak to seven.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, and Pau Gasol had 17 points and eight rebounds in his fifth straight game as a reserve.
PISTONS 136, PISTONS 106: Detroit Coach Stan Van Gundy wanted to get more energy from his first unit, especially Reggie Jackson. So he used a new approach to Jackson’s minutes, and it produced results in Philadelphia.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 of his 26 points in Detroit’s dominating third quarter and Jackson scored 21 points playing in six-minute segments as the Pistons set a season high for points while rolling to victory in Philadelphia.
ROCKETS 123, GRIZZLIES 108: James Harden scored 33 points and Clint Capela had 24 to help Houston build a big lead in the third quarter and coast to victory at home.
Eric Gordon added 18 points and made six of Houston’s 18 three-pointers in the victory that tied the season series with the Grizzlies at 2.
CLIPPERS 101, BULLS 91: Reserve Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and took over down the stretch to carry Los Angeles to a victory in Chicago.
Crawford, a former Bulls guard who won his third sixth man of the year award last season, scored 10 points in a 14-7 spurt in the fourth quarter as the Clippers won for just the second time in six games.
Chris Paul added 17 points and Blake Griffin 16 for Los Angeles.
HORNETS 112, NUGGETS 102: Kemba Walker scored 27 points, Nicolas Batum had 21 points and eight assists, and Charlotte won in Denver.
Marvin Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who wrapped up a seven-game road trip with an impressive win.
BUCKS 101, RAPTORS 94: Khris Middleton scored a seasonhigh 24 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 21 to lift host Milwaukee.
Malcolm Brogdon had 17 and Spencer Hawes finished with 16 off the bench for Milwaukee, which halted a seven-game losing streak to Toronto.
Atlanta Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer was suspended one game without pay by the NBA for making contact with a referee.
Budenholzer was yelling at Brian Forte from behind with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter when he bumped into the referee during the Hawks’ 135-130 loss to Cleveland on Friday night.
The league said Saturday that Budenholzer will miss the Hawks’ game vs. the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.