Du­rant, Golden State over­come Mi­ami

The Times-Tribune - - BASKETBALL -

OAK­LAND, Calif. — Kevin Du­rant scored 39 points and Demar­cus Cousins made two free throws with 5.4 sec­onds to play that helped the Golden State War­riors cap a come­back from a 19-point deficit in the first quar­ter to beat the Mi­ami Heat, 120-118, on Sun­day night.

Cousins re­bounded a missed 3-pointer by Du­rant and drew a foul, set­ting the stage for his win­ning free throws that gave the War­riors their 11th dou­ble-digit come­back of the sea­son, and sec­ond straight af­ter ral­ly­ing from 17 points down in the first quar­ter Fri­day in Phoenix.

Mi­ami over­came an eight­point deficit in the fourth quar­ter to tie the game on a 3-pointer by Jus­tise Winslow. Josh Richard­son and Dwyane Wade then had back-to-back steals and layups to put the Heat up 118-115 with 51.5 sec­onds to play.

Du­rant then tied it with a 3-pointer and Cousins made his big shots af­ter both teams missed from long range to give the War­riors their 15th win in 16 games.

Klay Thomp­son scored 29 points and Stephen Curry added 25 for Golden State.

Richard­son helped shoot Mi­ami to the big early lead and fin­ished with a ca­reer­high 37 points with help from eight 3-point­ers. Wait­ers added 24 and Winslow had 22 in Mi­ami’s fifth loss in six games.

The War­riors went on a 12-0 run early in the third quar­ter start­ing with a 3-pointer from Curry to take a 66-61 lead. But Mi­ami wouldn’t go away and the War­riors needed to fight un­til the fi­nal horn to se­cure the win.

Mav­er­icks 102, Trail Blaz­ers 101

At Dal­las, Luka Don­cic was sum­moned back to the court for a very brief speech to a group of about 100 Slove­ni­ans who made the 24-hour trek to see their coun­try­man, the teenage rookie sen­sa­tion for the Mav­er­icks.

The big­ger thrill for the vis­i­tors came a lit­tle ear­lier when Don­cic helped en­gi­neer a fourth-quar­ter come­back against play­off-con­tend­ing Port­land.

Don­cic scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth, Tim Har­d­away Jr. fin­ished with 24 and the Mav­er­icks erased a 15-point deficit in the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

Damian Lil­lard scored 21 of his 30 points in the last half of the third quar­ter to help the Blaz­ers build a lead that grew to 96-81 early in the fourth be­fore the Mav­er­icks ral­lied to hand Port­land its first loss in 34 games when lead­ing af­ter three quar­ters this sea­son.

Lil­lard made eight straight shots and in one stretch scored 16 straight Port­land points in the third, but the All-star guard missed his last four at­tempts as the Blaz­ers went 10:10 with­out a field goal in a nine-point fourth quar­ter.

Kings 117, Suns 104

At Sacra­mento, Calif., Marvin Ba­gley III had another strong game off the bench with a ca­reer-high 32 points and six re­bounds, and the Kings beat Phoenix to hand the Suns their 14th straight loss.

Buddy Hield scored 18 points, De’aaron Fox had 17 points and nine as­sists, and Ne­manja Bjel­ica added 10 points and eight re­bounds to help Sacra­mento to its fifth win in six games.

The Kings inched closer to end­ing the long­est cur­rent play­off drought in the NBA. Sacra­mento, which last made the post­sea­son in 2005-06, pulled within a halfgame of the idle Los An­ge­les Clip­pers for the fi­nal play­off spot in the West.

Devin Booker had 27 points, eight re­bounds and six as­sists in his re­turn from in­jury for Phoenix. Dean­dre Ay­ton added 16 points and nine re­bounds.

The Suns’ los­ing streak is one shy of its fran­chise record of 15 set last sea­son.

Ba­gley had his best game as a pro while dom­i­nat­ing in the paint. The sec­ond over­all pick in the draft, Ba­gley shot 10 of 15 and went 11 for 13 from the free-throw line.

Magic 124, Hawks 108

At At­lanta, all-star Nikola Vuce­vic scored 19 points and grabbed 12 re­bounds, lead­ing Or­lando.

De­spite get­ting into At­lanta around 2:40 a.m. af­ter a 20-point vic­tory at East-lead­ing Mil­wau­kee the pre­vi­ous night, Or­lando looked like the fresher team by far in record­ing its third straight vic­tory, match­ing its best run of the sea­son.

The Magic be­gan to pull away late in the first half, rip­ping off an 11-2 run that sent the road team to the locker room with a 63-48 lead — its big­gest of the game to that point.


Dal­las Mav­er­icks for­ward Luka Don­cic, left, and Port­land Trail Blaz­ers for­ward Mau­rice Hark­less wres­tle for con­trol of the ball in the first half of Sun­day’s game in Dal­las. The Mav­er­icks won, 102-101.

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