The Dallas Morning News

Miami excels in the clutch again

Jalen Green scores 28 as Rockets take down playoff-bound Celtics


MIAMI — Jimmy Butler scored 24 points to lead seven Miami players in double figures, Tyler Herro and Gabe Vincent each scored 18 and the Heat held off the Utah Jazz 119115 on Monday night.

Bam Adebayo scored 16 for Miami, while Victor Oladipo and Kevin Love each had 11 and Caleb Martin scored 10.

Lauri Markkanen scored 38 for Utah, which got 23 from Simone Fontecchio and 14 from Ochai Agbaji. Miami was 31 for 36 from the foul line, compared with 13 for 18 for the Jazz.

Clutch games are defined by the NBA as those within five points with five minutes remaining in regulation, and nobody has played more of them this season than Miami and Utah. This was the 50th for the Heat, the 46th for the Jazz.

Talen Horton-tucker put Utah on top with a short jumper with 1:16 left, and Herro gave Miami the lead right back on a 3-pointer with 55.3 seconds remaining. It stayed a two-point game until the final seconds; Agbaji missed a short shot in the lane that was contested by Adebayo, who got the rebound, was fouled and made two free throws with six seconds left to seal the win.

Rockets 111, Celtics 109: In Houston, Jalen Green scored 28 points and rookie Jabari Smith Jr. added 24 as Houston withstood a late charge to surprise Boston.

The Rockets, who are tied with Detroit for the NBA’S fewest wins with 16, snapped a three-game skid despite allowing the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown to score a season-high 43 points. Boston, which is second in the Eastern Conference, has lost four of its last six games.

Timberwolv­es 136, Hawks 115: In Atlanta, Anthony Edwards scored 32 points in his hometown and Kyle Anderson had his third career triple-double as Minnesota cruised to a win.

Trae Young finished with 41 points for the Hawks, who dropped to 3-5 under new coach Quin Snyder and have lost four of six. Atlanta went 4 for 22 beyond the arc and handed out 17 assists compared to 39 for Minnesota.

Edwards, a former No. 1 overall draft pick who starred at Georgia and grew up in Atlanta, dazzled with several dunks as Minnesota extended its lead in the second half.

Pistons 117, Pacers 97: In Detroit, James Wiseman had 18 points and 14 rebounds as Detroit ended an 11-game losing streak.

The Pistons, who hadn’t won since beating San Antonio 138-131 in double overtime on Feb. 10, led by 31 points in the first half and then held off an Indiana surge late in the second quarter and early in the third.

Cory Joseph led Detroit with 22 points and Jordan Nwora had 20 points off the bench for Indiana.

Celtics’ Smart fined: Boston guard Marcus Smart has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for pulling Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young to the floor and initiating an on-court altercatio­n during the Celtics’ 134-125 win Saturday.

With 1:25 remaining, Smart — a former high school star at Flower Mound Marcus — and Young had to be separated after they were tangled and fell to the court under the Celtics’ basket. Smart was called for an initial foul before a lengthy review by officials called both players for technical fouls and ejected Smart.

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