Pac­ers fin­ish with a flour­ish, run past Heat for vic­tory

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MI­AMI >> Vic­tor Oladipo had 22 points and 10 as­sists, Bo­jan Bog­danovic put In­di­ana ahead to stay on a 3-pointer with just un­der a minute re­main­ing and the Pac­ers beat the Mi­ami Heat 110-102 on Fri­day night.

Do­man­tas Sabo­nis and Dar­ren Col­li­son each scored 17 points, and Bog­danovic had 16 to help the Pac­ers snap a two-game slide. Sabo­nis fin­ished with 11 re­bounds, and the Pac­ers outscored Mi­ami 16-2 in the fi­nal 3:31.

Kelly Olynyk led the Heat with 20 points, but missed most of the fourth quar­ter with an in­jury. Josh Richard­son scored 18, Tyler John­son had 15 and Has­san White­side ended up with 11 points and 20 re­bounds for Mi­ami.

The Heat were again with­out Dwyane Wade, who’s ex­cused while he and wife Gabrielle Union-Wade con­tinue cel­e­brat­ing the birth ear­lier this week of their daugh­ter. Heat coach Erik Spoel­stra is call­ing Wade’s ab­sence day-to-day, though said the team will give him as much time as he wants and needs.

Olynyk left early in the fourth hold­ing his mid­sec­tion. Olynyk was kneed by In­di­ana’s Tyreke Evans around the ribs, and re­mained down for a cou­ple min­utes be­fore go­ing to the locker room. It was part of a rough night for Olynyk — he took an el­bow in the face from In­di­ana’s Thad­deus Young late in the first half.

Young was ejected for the Fla­grant-2 foul. Evans was called for an of­fen­sive foul on the play that knocked Olynyk from the game for most of the fourth; he re­turned in the fi­nal sec­onds.

MAGIC 117, WIZARDS 108 >> Nikola Vuce­vic had 21 points and 14 re­bounds and D.J. Au­gustin came up with big plays in the fi­nal two min­utes to help Or­lando beat Wash­ing­ton.

Au­gustin had six points, an as­sist and a steal af­ter Wash­ing­ton cut a 25-point deficit to one at 106105 with 2:30 re­main­ing. Aaron Gor­don added 20 points for Or­lando, Evan Fournier and rookie Mo Bamba had 15 points each, and Au­gustin fin­ished with 11. PIS­TONS 124, HAWKS 109>> An­dre Drum­mond had 23 points and 11 re­bounds, Stan­ley John­son added a sea­son-high 22 points and Detroit beat At­lanta.

In a game that was es­sen­tially de­cided in the first quar­ter, the Pis­tons were so dom­i­nant that they scored 74 points and led by 23 at half­time with Blake Grif­fin, the NBA’s fifth-lead­ing scorer, 0 for 2 from the field. Drum­mond’s dou­ble-dou­ble was the 300th of his ca­reer, most in the league since his rookie sea­son of 2012-13. Jeremy Lin had 19 points for At­lanta.

Curry has groin strain

OAK­LAND >> Stephen Curry has a mild to mod­er­ate left groin strain and will miss Golden State’s home game against Brook­lyn on Satur­day.

Curry un­der­went an MRI exam Fri­day but the War­riors will wait a few days to fully de­ter­mine the sever­ity of the in­jury. Coach Steve Kerr said it doesn’t ap­pear to be sig­nif­i­cant.

“This doesn’t look like it’s go­ing to be a long-term in­jury. He’s dis­ap­pointed but it could have been a lot worse,” Kerr said. “We’ll just mon­i­tor his progress over the next sev­eral days.”

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