Durant, Golden State overcome Miami
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.