Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Heat rally gets it to East final

MIAMI — Down eight points with just three minutes left, the Heat found a way to finish off the Nets.

Ray Allen's 3-pointer with 32 seconds left put Miami ahead and helped it win Game 5 of the East semi 96-94 on Wednesday.

Down two in the final seconds, the Nets failed to get off a shot. First, Paul Pierce lost it out of bounds. On replay, officials ruled it Nets ball. Allen and James then knocked the ball away from Joe Johnson as time expired.

"Give the Heat credit," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "They made shots, and we didn't."

It's the fourth consecutive trip to the East final for Miami. It faces Washington or Indiana.

"When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key … in this series was great mental stability," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "And you have to have that throughout the course of each game, each possession. That's what it was down the stretch; incredible focus."

Heat 96, Nets 94

BROOKLYN (94): Johnson 15-23 1-1 34, Pierce 8-18 1-2 19, Garnett 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 7-16 0-0 17, Livingston 2-6 4-4 8, Anderson 1-3 0-0 2, Blatche 0-0 0-0 0, Teletovic 1-3 4-4 6, Kirilenko 1-2 2-4 4, Thornton 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 37-78 12-15 94.

MIAMI (96): James 6-14 15-17 29, Battier 0-0 0-0 0, Bosh 6-11 0-0 16, Chalmers 0-5 2-2 2, Wade 10-18 8-8 28, Allen 4-10 4-4 13, Andersen 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 1-2 0-0 3, Cole 0-3 0-0 0, Lewis 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 29-67 29-31 96.

Brooklyn 22 27 26 19— 94

Miami 23 19 24 30— 96

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 8-22 (Johnson 3-6, Williams 3-7, Pierce 2-5, Anderson 0-1, Thornton 0-1, Teletovic 0-2), Miami 9-29 (Bosh 4-6, James 2-5, Lewis 1-2, Jones 1-2, Allen 1-7, Cole 0-2, Chalmers 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 47 (Garnett 8), Miami 37 (James 9). AssistsBrooklyn 14 (Williams 4), Miami 18 (Chalmers 7). Total FoulsBrooklyn 21, Miami 16. A19,615 (19,600).

NBA affirms call that helped Thunder win

NEW YORK — The NBA said because there was no "clear and conclusive" evidence on instant replay, referees correctly stuck to their original ruling late in the Thunder's 105-104 win over the Clippers on Tuesday night.

The Clippers believed the Thunder's Reggie Jackson knocked the ball out of bounds with 11.3 seconds left. Officials ruled it Thunder ball. And after the review, Russell Westbrook made three free throws to give it a 3-2 lead in the West semi.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said afterward his team was "robbed." The call came amid his team blowing a seven-point lead with 50 seconds left. During it, Chris Paul committed two turnovers and fouled Westbrook on a missed 3-pointer.

"He was visibly upset, and I told him that game is not on one guy," Clippers forward Blake Griffin said of Paul on Wednesday. "We made plenty of mistakes down the stretch, plenty of mistakes throughout the game that could ultimately change the outcome."

Kerr to Warriors: Golden State hired TNT analyst Steve Kerr as coach. Agent Mike Tannenbaum said the deal to replace the fired Mark Jackson is for five years and $25 million. Kerr, who played 15 seasons in the NBA, has never been a coach at any level but also was targeted by the Knicks. He was the Suns' general manager from 2007-10.

Stan Van Gundy to Pistons: Detroit officially hired Stan Van Gundy as coach and president and gave him a $35 million, five-year deal. He is 371-208 in seven-plus seasons as coach of Miami and Orlando. He reached the Finals in 2009 with the Magic.

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