Friday, April 20, 2018
Sports

Heat brushes off pesky Cavs late

MIAMI — Ray Allen took a pass from LeBron James and made a 3-pointer with 18.2 seconds left, and the Heat rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final 1:52 to beat the Cavaliers 110-108 on Saturday night.

James finished with 30 points for the Heat, which remained perfect at home despite leading for only 2 minutes, 29 seconds. Chris Bosh scored 23, Dwyane Wade added 18 and Allen finished with 17, 15 in the fourth quarter, for the Heat, which lost Shane Battier in the third quarter to a sprained right knee.

Cleveland had a chance at the lead, but Wade blocked Jeremy Pargo's jumper with 3 seconds left, and Allen added a free throw to stretch the lead to two. Cleveland got the rebound with 0.6 seconds left but never got anything near the rim.

The Heat was down 108-101 with 1:58 left, then scored the final nine points.

The Heat found a way to survive and move to 6-0 at home, on a night where Cleveland went 14-for-31 from 3-point range.

Battier landed awkwardly while defending at the rim, then eventually went to the locker room. A few minutes later, the Heat called Battier's injury a slight right knee sprain.

Wizards still winless after double-OT effort

WASHINGTON — Byron Mullens scored 27, Ramon Sessions had 20 and Ben Gordon added 19 as the Bobcats earned their seventh win of the season and kept the Wizards winless with a 108-106 double-overtime victory.

Last season, the Bobcats went 7-59 in the lockout-shortened season, the lowest winning percentage in NBA history, but they have already equaled that victory total in their 12th game.

Washington fell to 0-11 despite the spark supplied by Nene, who energized the Wizards during most of his 29 minutes. Martel Webster had 21 points for Washington and Nene scored 19.

The Bobcats appeared to have won the game in the first overtime, but Chris Singleton was fouled by Charlotte's Jeff Taylor as he attempted a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds to play. Singleton made the first, missed the second and converted on the third for a 99-all tie.

Game highlights: Kevin Durant scored 37, Russell Westbrook had 30 and the Thunder beat the host 76ers 116-109 in overtime. Philadelphia has lost two in a row after winning three straight. … Jeff Teague had 19 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the host Hawks won their fifth straight game, 104-93 over the Clippers. Blake Griffin scored 22 for the Clippers, who have lost a season-high three consecutive games after winning six in a row.

Around the league: Andrew Bynum's debut with the 76ers is on hold again, with GM Tony DiLeo saying the All-Star center is out indefinitely with no timetable for his first game. Acquired from the Lakers in a four-team trade before the season, Bynum had been recovering from a bone bruise on his right knee and the 76ers were hoping he would be cleared to return to basketball activities by Dec. 10. But he injured his left knee while bowling two weeks ago.

Heat 110, Cavaliers 108

CLEVELAND (108): Gee 4-8 3-5 12, Thompson 6-7 1-2 13, Varejao 2-9 6-7 10, Pargo 4-13 6-8 16, Waiters 5-14 3-4 16, Zeller 2-6 1-2 5, Gibson 4-9 1-1 11, Casspi 4-6 3-4 15, Miles 4-7 0-0 10. Totals 35-79 24-33 108.

MIAMI (110): James 10-16 8-9 30, Battier 3-5 0-0 9, Bosh 6-11 11-13 23, Chalmers 1-3 2-2 4, Wade 6-15 6-10 18, Haslem 1-1 0-0 2, Allen 6-11 2-3 17, Cole 1-3 0-0 2, Miller 2-4 0-0 5, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-69 29-37 110.

Cleveland 29 30 20 29— 108

Miami 26 22 29 33— 110

3-Point GoalsCleveland 14-31 (Casspi 4-4, Waiters 3-9, Miles 2-4, Pargo 2-4, Gibson 2-7, Gee 1-2, Varejao 0-1), Miami 9-19 (Allen 3-5, Battier 3-5, James 2-5, Miller 1-3, Chalmers 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 43 (Varejao 15), Miami 51 (Bosh, Wade 7). AssistsCleveland 21 (Pargo 7), Miami 21 (James 5). Total FoulsCleveland 29, Miami 25. A20,064.

Bobcats 108, Wizards 106, 2OT

CHARLOTTE (108): Kidd-Gilchrist 5-10 0-0 10, Mullens 9-15 4-5 27, Haywood 1-2 0-0 2, Walker 3-17 6-8 12, Taylor 3-6 4-6 12, Gordon 6-13 3-4 19, Sessions 6-14 9-11 21, Diop 0-0 0-0 0, Warrick 0-2 2-2 2, Williams 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 34-83 28-36 108.

WASHINGTON (106): Beal 3-12 4-4 13, Vesely 1-1 0-1 2, Seraphin 3-10 0-0 6, Livingston 3-4 2-2 8, Crawford 4-15 1-1 9, Ariza 0-3 2-2 2, Singleton 3-11 7-10 13, Price 1-5 0-0 2, Nene 8-13 3-4 19, Webster 4-10 10-12 21, Okafor 4-9 3-3 11. Totals 34-93 32-39 106.

Charlotte 25 25 22 20 7 9— 108

Washington 24 27 21 20 7 7— 106

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 12-28 (Mullens 5-11, Gordon 4-6, Taylor 2-3, Williams 1-3, Sessions 0-2, Walker 0-3), Washington 6-27 (Webster 3-8, Beal 3-9, Ariza 0-3, Price 0-3, Crawford 0-4). Fouled OutGordon, Kidd-Gilchrist, Taylor, Singleton. ReboundsCharlotte 55 (Kidd-Gilchrist, Mullens 8), Washington 68 (Singleton 12). AssistsCharlotte 20 (Walker 8), Washington 21 (Crawford 6). Total FoulsCharlotte 33, Washington 28. TechnicalsGordon. A13,077.

Thunder 116, 76ers 109, OT

OKLAHOMA CITY (116): Durant 10-22 15-17 37, Ibaka 8-12 2-3 18, Perkins 1-4 1-2 3, Westbrook 11-23 6-6 30, Sefolosha 2-7 1-2 6, Martin 2-9 1-1 6, Collison 5-6 4-4 14, Thabeet 0-1 2-2 2, Maynor 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 39-88 32-37 116.

PHILADELPHIA (109): Turner 10-17 6-7 26, T.Young 13-23 3-3 29, Allen 3-4 2-2 8, Holiday 3-11 0-0 6, Richardson 5-7 0-0 13, Brown 1-4 0-0 2, N.Young 4-10 0-0 9, Hawes 3-6 1-3 7, Wright 3-8 0-0 9, Wayns 0-1 0-0 0, Wilkins 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 45-91 12-17 109.

Oklahoma City 29 21 35 13 18— 116

Philadelphia 21 28 30 19 11— 109

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 6-21 (Westbrook 2-5, Durant 2-6, Martin 1-5, Sefolosha 1-5), Philadelphia 7-20 (Richardson 3-5, Wright 3-7, N.Young 1-3, Turner 0-2, Holiday 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 52 (Ibaka 9), Philadelphia 53 (T.Young 15). AssistsOklahoma City 21 (Westbrook 9), Philadelphia 31 (Holiday 13). Total FoulsOklahoma City 20, Philadelphia 28. TechnicalsPhiladelphia defensive three second. A19,611.

Hawks 104, Clippers 93

L.A. CLIPPERS (93): Butler 1-6 0-0 3, Griffin 9-17 4-6 22, Jordan 4-8 0-2 8, Paul 5-12 8-8 19, Green 3-5 0-0 7, Bledsoe 4-10 2-2 12, Barnes 2-5 0-0 6, Crawford 3-8 5-5 12, Odom 0-2 0-0 0, Hollins 1-1 0-0 2, Turiaf 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 32-75 21-25 93.

ATLANTA (104): Smith 7-9 2-3 17, Horford 5-11 0-1 10, Pachulia 7-9 5-7 19, Teague 7-14 4-5 19, Korver 2-7 2-2 8, Morrow 3-8 2-2 9, Johnson 2-5 0-0 4, Williams 5-9 6-6 18, Scott 0-1 0-0 0, Petro 0-2 0-0 0, Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-75 21-26 104.

L.A. Clippers 24 17 19 33— 93

Atlanta 21 30 34 19— 104

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 8-19 (Bledsoe 2-3, Barnes 2-5, Green 1-1, Crawford 1-2, Butler 1-3, Paul 1-3, Odom 0-2), Atlanta 7-17 (Williams 2-4, Korver 2-7, Smith 1-1, Morrow 1-1, Teague 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 41 (Griffin 11), Atlanta 48 (Pachulia 12). AssistsL.A. Clippers 19 (Griffin, Paul 7), Atlanta 26 (Teague 11). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 22, Atlanta 18. TechnicalsBarnes, Griffin. A16,024.

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