Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Sports

Heat takes control in fourth quarter

MIAMI — Strange as it sounds, missing shots worked wonders for the Heat.

And after the Nets went nearly two minutes without the ball down the stretch, the two-time defending champions would soon find themselves two wins from another trip to the Eastern Conference final.

LeBron James scored 22, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Nets 94-82 Thursday night, taking a 2-0 lead in the East semifinals.

"To be able to get some stops like that at the end, and then execute, it's something that's critical in this series," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Dwyane Wade had 14 and Ray Allen scored 13 for the Heat, which tied a franchise record with its eighth straight playoff victory. Miami will go for No. 9 on Saturday, when the best-of-seven series shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3.

For the second straight game, Miami had five players in double figures. "That's what our team is all about," James said. "We don't really care who scores."

Mirza Teletovic set a Nets playoff record with six 3-pointers, on his way to a 20-point night off the bench. Shaun Livingston scored 15, and Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each added 13 for the Nets.

Nets point guard Deron Williams was 0-for-9 from the field, the worst shooting night of his career. "That one hurt," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "We were right there. We gave ourselves, on the road, an opportunity against the world champs. We let the game slip away. "

Teletovic scored inside with 3:39 left to get Brooklyn within eight. For the next 100 seconds, Miami kept possession.

James missed a 3-pointer, and Allen — who led Miami with eight rebounds — maneuvered his way around four Nets to grab the rebound. James missed again, and Wade grabbed that board. James missed a layup, but Bosh controlled that board.

And finally, Wade found James for a layup with 1:59 remaining. The lead was 10, the outcome decided. "That was a killer," Johnson said.

Heat 94, Nets 82

BROOKLYN (82): Johnson 6-14 1-2 13, Pierce 5-11 1-2 13, Garnett 2-8 0-0 4, Williams 0-9 0-0 0, Livingston 6-9 3-4 15, Plumlee 1-2 0-0 2, Anderson 1-3 3-4 5, Blatche 0-0 0-0 0, Teletovic 7-12 0-0 20, Thornton 5-10 0-2 10. Totals 33-78 8-14 82.

MIAMI (94): Battier 1-3 0-0 3, James 9-18 4-6 22, Bosh 7-13 3-4 18, Chalmers 4-7 1-2 11, Wade 4-11 6-6 14, Andersen 1-3 0-0 2, Allen 5-8 0-0 13, Cole 2-4 0-0 5, Lewis 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 35-71 14-18 94.

Brooklyn 21 25 21 15— 82

Miami 15 30 24 25— 94

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 8-24 (Teletovic 6-9, Pierce 2-4, Garnett 0-1, Anderson 0-2, Williams 0-2, Thornton 0-2, Johnson 0-4), Miami 10-24 (Allen 3-5, Lewis 2-3, Chalmers 2-3, Battier 1-2, Cole 1-3, Bosh 1-4, Wade 0-1, James 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 51 (Garnett 12), Miami 40 (Allen 8). AssistsBrooklyn 19 (Williams 6), Miami 17 (Wade 7). Total FoulsBrooklyn 15, Miami 14. A19,639 (19,600).

LATE WEDNESDAY: Point guard Russell Westbrook had a triple double and the host Thunder beat the Clippers 112-101 to tie their Western semifinal at 1-1. Westbrook had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple double in his past five playoff games. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant had 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

CRAWFORD BEST SIXTH MAN: Jamal Crawford of the Clippers received the league's sixth man of the year award for the second time in his career. Crawford, 34, became the oldest recipient and the first to win with different teams. He also received the award with the Hawks in 2009-10.

STERLING'S WIFE WANTS TO RETAIN TEAM: Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling, will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership in the team, her lawyer said.

Shelly Sterling's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, said his client "will not agree to a forced or involuntary seizure of her interest."

"As her lawyers we will fight vigorously to defend her property rights," he said.

He said Shelly Sterling has no interest in managing the Clippers and wants a new investor group to come in with a professional management team.

O'Donnell said she has been separated from her husband for the last year and is considering divorce. There is no record of legal separation documents being filed, though O'Donnell said the couple is living apart.

O'Donnell said he spoke with league officials but declined to elaborate. League spokesman Mike Bass wouldn't comment on the discussions.

Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Donald Sterling from the league for life and urged team owners to force him to sell the Clippers. The move came after a recording surfaced in which Sterling made racist comments.

WARRIORS OWNER LIKES KERR: Steve Kerr could be interviewed for the Warriors' coaching job, according to co-owner Joe Lacob. Kerr's agent, Mike Tannenbaum, declined to comment on reports the Warriors contacted the former guard and now TNT analyst on Tuesday, the same day they fired Mark Jackson. Kerr, 48, has known Lacob for 20 years.

Comments
Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 3

Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 3

UPDATE, 11:29: In needing to acquire about $400,000 in international cap money to complete the deal for Marte, the Rays made a deal with familiar trade partner Seattle. In fact, they sent back one of the players they got from the Mariners in an Augus...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Is Alex Colome telling us something about Rays’ plans with his Instagram account?

Is Alex Colome telling us something about Rays’ plans with his Instagram account?

UPDATE, 9:22: So, Colome says he was just using good social media manners, tweeting (at 4:15) this morning:"I keep getting nice messages and tags from those accounts, so I gave them a follow"And, keeping his emoji game strong, adding one with arms up...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Quinton Flowers’ top 10 plays at USF

Quinton Flowers’ top 10 plays at USF

Understandably, an anticlimactic vibe hovers over the Birmingham Bowl for many USF fans, who were hoping their season would end a bit farther east, at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.But one still can't ignore this game's historical context: It's the last ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Cannon Fodder podcast: Gerald McCoy still wants to play

Cannon Fodder podcast: Gerald McCoy still wants to play

Greg Auman has an update in his latest podcast while the Bucs have two days off during the long week,Riley Bullough gets promoted to the active roster, Gerald McCoy says he still wants to play this season, and the defensive line gives 75 local famili...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Warren Sapp to address allegations against him in sexual harassment lawsuit

Warren Sapp to address allegations against him in sexual harassment lawsuit

Warren Sapp will address allegations that he sexually harassed a female employee when he worked at the NFL Network during a radio appearance this afternoon in Miami.The former Buc and Pro Football Hall of Famer will speak on WINZ radio at 2:45 p.m.Th...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Switch to wing helps Lightning’s Tyler Johnson

Switch to wing helps Lightning’s Tyler Johnson

ST. LOUIS — Tyler Johnson hasn’t played very much wing in his career, primarily sticking to his natural center position. But lately, Johnson has been stellar on the right side.Johnson’s assist in Tuesday’s win over the Blues extended his point streak...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rick and Tom podcast: Should the Rays go full fire-sale mode?

Rick and Tom podcast: Should the Rays go full fire-sale mode?

As baseball’s hot stove starts heating up, should the Rays go full fire sale to build for the future?In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss whether the Rays should trade guys like Evan Longoria, Chris Archer, Alex Colome and more,...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Tampa Yankees become Tampa Tarpons in a nod to history

Tampa Yankees become Tampa Tarpons in a nod to history

The Tampa Yankees have officially changed the name of the Class A Florida State League team to the Tarpons.The name change is a nod to the original Tampa Tarpons minor-league team that played at Al Lopez Field from 1957-87.For the first four years th...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Canseco’s tweets about sexual misconduct could jeopardize job on A’s telecasts

Canseco’s tweets about sexual misconduct could jeopardize job on A’s telecasts

LAKE BUENA VISTA — A series of tweets by former Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Oakland Athletics slugger Jose Canseco about sexual misconduct and politicians could put in jeopardy his job as a studio analyst on A’s telecasts. Canseco posted several times ...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Boys basketball: St. Petersburg 62, Countryside 61

CLEARWATER – St. Petersburg already had Serrel Smith, an Ole Miss signee who is the reigning Pinellas County player of the year.The lineup became even better in the summer with the addition of Tampa Catholic transfers Tai and Terrell Strickland...
Updated: 8 hours ago