Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Kawhi goes off late to keep Spurs unbeaten

MIAMI — Kawhi Leonard was getting a cut under his right eye fussed with, and out of his left one he could see the Heat take its first lead since the opening minutes.

He wasn't worried.

When Leonard returned, order was restored for San Antonio. Bandaged up but otherwise unbothered, Leonard scored 14 of his 27 in the final 6:04 — including the last 12 for the Spurs, who beat Miami 106-99 Sunday to improve to 4-0.

"It wasn't anything with my eye or retina or anything," said Leonard, who didn't need stitches. "Just under my eye, I got a little cut."

Pau Gasol had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who wasted a 16-point first-half lead and trailed by one when Leonard returned with 6:48 remaining after the Spurs needed only a couple of minutes to patch him up. Patty Mills added 18 for San Antonio, which won at Miami for the fifth consecutive time.

Hassan Whiteside made his final seven shots and tied a career high with 27 points for Miami, also grabbing 15 rebounds.

Down big early, Miami kept chipping away — getting within eight by halftime, one in the third and finally taking the lead back on a layup by Goran Dragic right before Leonard returned. It held that lead for 18 seconds.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Russell Westbrook scored 33 as part of another triple double to help the host Thunder beat the Lakers 113-96 and remain unbeaten. Westbrook, coming off a 51-point triple double Friday, also had 16 assists and 12 rebounds, joining Magic Johnson, Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history with two triple doubles in the first three games. … Kevin Durant scored 37, Stephen Curry added 28 and the visiting Warriors held off the pesky Suns 106-100. Golden State didn't seal it until Curry's two free throws with 12.9 seconds left. T.J. Warren scored 26 and Eric Bledsoe 21 for winless Phoenix, which took the Thunder into overtime in Oklahoma City on Friday. … Andre Drummond had 20 points and 23 rebounds, helping the host Pistons cruise to a 98-83 victory over the Bucks. Drummond reached 20 rebounds for a second straight game. It was his 10th career game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. … Austin Rivers scored 19, Blake Griffin added 18 and the Clippers rolled in their home opener, 88-75 over the Jazz.

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