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.

Bu­den­holzer sus­pended

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.

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