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Bridges scores 45 as Nets beat Heat


Mikal Bridges scored a career-high 45 points, including 15 in a row for Brooklyn to break open a game that had been close for 3 1/2 quarters, and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 116-105 on Wednesday night in the final game for both teams before the All-star break.

In his third game since coming from Phoenix in the trade for Kevin Durant, Bridges had an electrifyi­ng scoring stretch that could even match Durant. The Nets led only 90-89 before he went to work with an array of drives, 3-pointers and jumpers over the next three minutes.

That pushed the lead to nine and when another Nets player finally scored, it was a 3-pointer by fellow newcomer Cam Johnson that pushed it to 108-96.

Jayson Tatum scored 38 points, including 24 in the third quarter, and Nbaleading Boston rolled past Detroit.

Malcolm Brogdon had 25 points off the bench, and Al Horford added 11 points and seven rebounds for Boston. Derrick White finished with 11 points and six assists.

Marcus Smart contribute­d nine points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals in his first game back after missing nine with a sprained right ankle.

Lamelo Ball had 28 points, 10 assists and a season-high 12 rebounds and Charlotte beat San Antonio to send the Spurs into the NBA All-star break with a franchise-record 14-game losing streak.

Joel Embiid scored 29 points — including the 10,000th of his career — and Philadelph­ia beat Cleveland.

Jaren Jackson had 26 points, nine rebounds and four blocks and Memphis beat Utah in the last game for both teams before the All-star break.

Buddy Hield made six 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 27 points, helping Indiana overcome a 24-point deficit after the first quarter to beat Chicago.

Jalen Brunson scored 28 points, Julius Randle added 25 and New York cruised into the All-star break with its third straight victory, blowing out Atlanta.

Shai Gilgeous-alexander scored 29 points and Oklahoma City routed Houston.

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