Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Heat comes back to knot series with Raptors

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MIAMI — Dwyane Wade had 30 points, Goran Dragic had a huge three-point play late in overtime and the Heat beat the Raptors 94-87 on Monday night to tie their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games each.

Dragic and Joe Johnson each scored 15 for Miami, which rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Terrence Ross and Cory Joseph each scored 14 for Toronto, which shot 39 percent. Bismack Biyombo and DeMarre Carroll added 13 apiece, and starting guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for 19 points on 6 of 28 shooting.

Curry returns

PORTLAND, Ore. — Reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry returned from a right knee sprain for Game 4 of the Warriors' playoff series against the Trail Blazers.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr had said Curry's return would depend on how he looked in warmups. Moments later, the star guard did not appear to be hampered by the sprain he sustained in Game 4 of the first-round series against the Rockets.

The Warriors announced his availability a short time later. Curry wasn't in the starting lineup.

Curry had not played in the first three games of the Western Conference semifinal. The Warriors led the series 2-1 going into Monday night's game. For the result, visit tampabay.com/sports.

KINGS HIRE JOERGER: Two days after being jettisoned by the Grizzlies, Dave Joerger landed in Sacramento as the latest coach looking to end the Kings' decade-long playoff drought.

Joerger replaces George Karl and becomes the Kings' ninth coach since the team went to the playoffs in 2006 under Rick Adelman.

"He is a strong and passionate leader with a proven track record of producing results," general manager Vlade Divac said. "Dave shares our focus on creating a long-term culture of winning, and I look forward to a bright future ahead for the Kings with his leadership on the court."

Joerger went 147-99 in three seasons with the Grizzlies and took them to the playoffs each year. He led the injury-ravaged team to 42 wins this season, pushing them to the playoffs, where they were swept by the Spurs in the first round.

Despite the success he achieved with the Grizzlies, he never was able to get on the same page with Memphis owner Robert Pera. Joerger was hired to replace Lionel Hollins after spending six years as an assistant in Memphis, but Pera never seemed to warm to him.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Spurs general manager R.C. Buford was named executive of the year for the second time in three years. … Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine was awarded the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for April for his work with the Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, Minn. … Hornets guard Kemba Walker had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

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