Heat go off boil but plucky Rap­tors fall short at the fi­nal hur­dle

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

LEBRON James tossed in 27 points while Dwyane Wade added 22, and the vis­it­ing Mi­ami Heat held off the Toronto Rap­tors 90-83 on Fri­day night, to ex­tend their win­ning streak to a sea­son-high nine.

Ahead by 20 in the third quar­ter, the Heat be­came stag­nant, al­low­ing the Rap­tors to go on a 16- 4 run and pull within 83-81 with 4 min­utes 40 sec­onds left.

But James hit a three- pointer and layup, as the two-time de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons pulled away for their 13th straight vic­tory in the se­ries. DeMar DeRozan net­ted 25 points while Rudy Gay had 21 with 11 re­bounds for the Rap­tors (6-9), who re­main atop the weak At­lantic Divi­sion de­spite a los­ing record.

Else­where: Rus­sell West­brook buried a three- pointer from the left corner with one- tenth of a sec­ond left in over­time, lift­ing the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der to a 113-112 vic­tory over the Golden State War­riors for their sixth straight win.

West­brook fin­ished with a sea­son­high 34 points while Kevin Du­rant fol­lowed with 25 and 13 boards for the Thun­der (11-3) who im­proved to 9-0 at home.

Stephen Curry had 32 points and Har­ri­son Barnes had a ca­reer-high 26 as the War­riors lost for the ninth straight time in the se­ries.

Tim Dun­can and Marco Be­linelli scored 18 points apiece, and the San An­to­nio Spurs mi­nus star point guard Tony Parker be­cause of an an­kle in­jury, got back to busi­ness, with a 109-101 road vic­tory over the Or­lando Magic, two nights af­ter hav­ing their 11- game win­ning streak snapped.

Paul Ge­orge poured in 23 points and the In­di­ana Pac­ers ex­tended their fran­chise-best-start to a 15-1 record, with their sixth straight vic­tory, 93-73, over the vis­it­ing Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards, who had won five of their last six con­tests.

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