Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Heat keeps vexing Magic

ORLANDO — Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each had 20 points and the Heat rallied to beat the Magic 110-94 Saturday night.

Rashard Lewis added 18 points and LeBron James 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Miami's win was its eighth straight over Orlando. It was also Miami's 22nd consecutive division victory, leaving it one win short of tying Boston's NBA record of 23 set in 1961.

Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 21 points and Tobias Harris added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Magic lost its third straight.

Orlando center Nik Vucevic (sprained left ankle) and Miami forward Shane Battier (sore quadriceps) sat out.

Wade has been pacing himself recently in back-to-back game situations but started Saturday. Miami hosts Toronto today.

With Battier out, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra started Lewis in his place, and got quality minutes all night. He hit three 3-pointers, and had eight points during a big Heat third-quarter run.

The Magic tried to adjust to Vucevic's absence by shifting Glen Davis to center and inserting Andrew Nicholson in to start at power forward.

Nicholson played only six minutes, but Davis took advantage of Battier's absence and had a lot of early success inside.

The Magic clung to a 57-54 lead early in the third quarter before a layup by James ignited a 19-2 Heat run that put Miami back in front 73-59.

The Magic never got closer than nine in the fourth quarter.

Durant drops 48 on Timberwolves in win

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Durant had 23 of his season-high 48 points in the fourth quarter and hit the winner with four seconds to play to rally the Thunder from 13 points down in a 115-111 victory over the Timberwolves.

Durant went 7-for-11 from the field and hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter to help the Thunder rebound from two straight losses at home.

Kevin Love played the entire second half and had 30 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for Minnesota. But he missed four free throws in the final 27 seconds, and the three came when he was fouled on a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds to go and the Timberwolves down two.

After Durant hit a step-back jumper from 18 feet over Dante Cunningham's outstretched arm to give the Thunder a 113-111 lead, Love was fouled on a 3-pointer by Kendrick Perkins. Perhaps a little gassed from the workload, Love missed the first two free throws and his on-purpose miss on the third one didn't hit the rim, giving Oklahoma City the ball.

Game highlights: Mike Dunleavy had 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the host Bulls beat the Hawks 91-84. Luol Deng added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, hitting two free throws with 8.8 seconds left to seal the win.

Lopez surgery: Nets center Brook Lopez had surgery on his broken right foot, with the team saying a second procedure was done to try to prevent further injury. Besides repairing the fractured fifth metatarsal, surgeons also repositioned another bone.

Around the league: Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (sore right knee) sat out against the Hawks. … The Suns said guard Eric Bledsoe will be out at least another week with a sprained right knee.

Heat 110, Magic 94

MIAMI (110): James 5-13 5-8 15, Lewis 6-11 3-3 18, Bosh 9-9 2-3 20, Chalmers 4-6 0-0 9, Wade 8-15 4-5 20, Allen 0-4 1-1 1, Andersen 1-3 4-4 6, Cole 3-5 0-0 8, Beasley 4-7 5-7 13, Anthony 0-1 0-0 0, Mason Jr. 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-74 24-31 110.

ORLANDO (94): Harris 7-16 2-2 17, Nicholson 0-4 0-0 0, Davis 5-9 4-6 14, Nelson 7-11 2-2 21, Afflalo 5-16 6-6 16, Oladipo 5-13 4-4 16, Maxiell 0-1 0-2 0, Moore 2-5 2-2 6, Harkless 2-4 0-0 4, Price 0-1 0-0 0, O'Quinn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-80 20-24 94.

Miami 30 18 33 29— 110

Orlando 24 22 24 24— 94

3-Point GoalsMiami 6-16 (Lewis 3-6, Cole 2-3, Chalmers 1-3, James 0-1, Andersen 0-1, Allen 0-2), Orlando 8-26 (Nelson 5-8, Oladipo 2-6, Harris 1-5, Harkless 0-1, Moore 0-1, Afflalo 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 48 (James 8), Orlando 44 (Harris 10). AssistsMiami 23 (James 8), Orlando 16 (Nelson 6). Total FoulsMiami 16, Orlando 24. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second. A18,846 (18,500).

Thunder 115, Timberwolves 111

OKLAHOMA CITY (115): Durant 16-32 12-13 48, Ibaka 6-13 0-0 12, Perkins 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 3-6 4-4 10, Sefolosha 2-7 0-0 5, Collison 4-6 0-0 8, Lamb 2-7 5-5 9, Adams 4-5 2-2 10, Fisher 3-7 4-4 13, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-83 27-28 115.

MINNESOTA (111): Brewer 6-14 2-4 15, Love 11-21 3-7 30, Pekovic 13-22 5-8 31, Rubio 4-13 5-6 13, Martin 7-14 2-3 17, Shved 0-2 0-0 0, Cunningham 0-2 0-0 0, Barea 2-5 1-1 5, Hummel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 43-94 18-29 111.

Oklahoma City 26 23 28 38— 115

Minnesota 30 25 32 24— 111

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 8-24 (Durant 4-9, Fisher 3-6, Sefolosha 1-4, Jackson 0-1, Lamb 0-2, Ibaka 0-2), Minnesota 7-20 (Love 5-9, Martin 1-3, Brewer 1-4, Barea 0-2, Rubio 0-2). Fouled OutBrewer. ReboundsOklahoma City 53 (Adams 9), Minnesota 53 (Love 14). AssistsOklahoma City 22 (Durant 7), Minnesota 25 (Rubio 10). Total FoulsOklahoma City 29, Minnesota 24. TechnicalsDurant, Oklahoma City defensive three second. A18,065 (19,356).

Nets 89, Cavaliers 82

CLEVELAND (82): Clark 3-9 0-0 7, Thompson 3-8 3-4 9, Varejao 2-6 0-0 4, Jack 1-8 0-0 2, Miles 6-19 5-8 19, Waiters 9-18 5-6 26, Zeller 1-2 0-0 2, Dellavedova 4-7 1-2 13, Bennett 0-2 0-0 0, Sims 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-79 14-20 82.

BROOKLYN (89): Johnson 1-7 0-0 2, Pierce 6-14 3-3 17, Evans 3-6 2-4 8, Williams 7-10 6-7 21, Livingston 3-8 0-0 6, Kirilenko 2-3 4-4 8, Anderson 1-6 0-0 3, Blatche 4-10 4-4 12, Teletovic 3-6 0-0 9, Terry 1-1 0-0 3, Plumlee 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Shengelia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-71 19-22 89.

Cleveland 17 21 27 17— 82

Brooklyn 22 29 16 22— 89

3-Point GoalsCleveland 10-22 (Dellavedova 4-4, Waiters 3-5, Miles 2-8, Clark 1-4, Jack 0-1), Brooklyn 8-24 (Teletovic 3-6, Pierce 2-6, Terry 1-1, Anderson 1-3, Williams 1-3, Johnson 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 60 (Varejao 12), Brooklyn 39 (Evans 11). AssistsCleveland 14 (Jack 7), Brooklyn 24 (Williams 6). Total FoulsCleveland 22, Brooklyn 18. TechnicalsWaiters. A17,732 (17,732).

Bulls 91, Hawks 84

ATLANTA (84): Carroll 4-8 1-2 10, Millsap 5-18 6-6 16, Antic 3-8 0-0 9, J.Teague 7-16 2-2 16, Korver 3-9 0-0 8, Brand 2-4 0-0 4, Williams 2-6 1-1 5, Scott 4-10 2-3 12, Mack 2-7 0-0 4. Totals 32-86 12-14 84.

CHICAGO (91): Deng 5-15 6-6 17, Gibson 4-12 2-2 10, Noah 3-7 4-6 10, Hinrich 2-3 0-0 5, Butler 4-11 2-4 11, Dunleavy 9-14 0-0 20, Mohammed 2-6 3-4 7, Augustin 4-13 2-2 11, Snell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-81 19-24 91.

Atlanta 18 27 19 20— 84

Chicago 26 24 17 24— 91

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 8-28 (Antic 3-5, Scott 2-4, Korver 2-7, Carroll 1-2, Williams 0-1, Mack 0-2, Millsap 0-3, J.Teague 0-4), Chicago 6-17 (Dunleavy 2-3, Deng 1-1, Hinrich 1-2, Butler 1-5, Augustin 1-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 50 (Millsap 12), Chicago 59 (Gibson, Noah 12). AssistsAtlanta 21 (J.Teague 6), Chicago 19 (Augustin 7). Total FoulsAtlanta 20, Chicago 15. TechnicalsChicago defensive three second. A21,539 (20,917).

Pacers 99, Pelicans 82

NEW ORLEANS (82): Aminu 4-8 0-0 8, Davis 4-12 2-4 10, Ajinca 5-7 7-10 17, Holiday 4-9 0-2 8, Gordon 9-16 0-0 21, Stiemsma 0-2 0-0 0, Evans 3-9 6-7 12, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Roberts 2-5 2-3 6, Withey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-68 17-26 82.

INDIANA (99): George 8-24 6-7 24, West 4-8 0-0 8, Hibbert 2-7 2-4 6, G.Hill 4-9 0-0 10, Stephenson 8-12 3-4 19, Granger 4-7 3-3 13, Scola 4-7 0-0 8, Watson 3-5 0-0 6, Mahinmi 1-3 0-1 2, Butler 1-1 0-0 3, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Sloan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-83 14-19 99.

New Orleans 27 22 12 21— 82

Indiana 15 29 30 25— 99

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 3-9 (Gordon 3-5, Evans 0-1, Aminu 0-1, Roberts 0-1, Holiday 0-1), Indiana 7-22 (Granger 2-4, G.Hill 2-6, George 2-9, Butler 1-1, Stephenson 0-1, Watson 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 44 (Davis 8), Indiana 51 (George 10). AssistsNew Orleans 15 (Holiday 7), Indiana 20 (George, West 5). Total FoulsNew Orleans 18, Indiana 23. TechnicalsDavis, Holiday, New Orleans Bench. A18,165 (18,165).

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