Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Wade, Heat pull out a wild win

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 28, making two free throws with 1.5 seconds left that put Miami ahead to stay and the Heat topped the Thunder 97-95 on Thursday night in a wild game that featured 38 lead changes and 11 ties.

Chris Bosh scored 16, Goran Dragic added 14 and Josh McRoberts scored 12 for Miami, which survived when Russell Westbrook's 3-pointer from the right wing bounced off the backboard as time expired.

"That felt like the playoffs," Wade said. "That was our best game of the year. From start to finish we really executed. We took the individual challenge. They've got two of the greatest players in our game and they've got a good team so this is our best win of the year."

Westbrook and Kevin Durant each scored 25 for Oklahoma City, which missed two 3s in the final 10 seconds. Durant missed a 3-pointer and Bosh grabbed the rebound, calling time out with 7.7 seconds left. That set up the possession where Wade drove, drew a foul on Serge Ibaka and put Miami ahead for good.

"I shoot 47 percent from 3 and I got a wide-open look," Durant said. "I just missed it."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Will Barton came off the bench to score 22 and Danilo Gallinari added 21 as the visiting Nuggets beat the Raptors 106-105. Denver avoided its first nine-game losing streak since the 2002-03 season, when it dropped 14 in a row.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., acquired during the draft for a first-round pick, was assigned to Canton of the NBA Development League. Hardaway has played in four games, struggling to earn a role. He was expected to be one of the first to come off the bench and possibly be spot starter. … Coach Quin Snyder said the Jazz is facing the loss of defensive anchor Rudy Gobert for "the next couple months" after the center suffered a MCL sprain in his left knee when a teammate fell into him at practice Wednesday. "Adversity is opportunity in disguise," Snyder said. "Hopefully we'll un-disguise it.'' … Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was named the Western Conference rookie of the month and Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis won it for the East.

Heat 97, Thunder 95

OKLAHOMA CITY (95): Durant 9-21 5-7 25, Ibaka 4-11 0-0 9, Adams 3-4 3-4 9, Westbrook 8-18 9-9 25, Roberson 1-3 0-0 2, Waiters 6-9 0-0 13, Morrow 0-4 0-0 0, Kanter 3-5 4-4 10, Collison 1-2 0-0 2, Augustin 0-2 0-0 0, Singler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-79 21-24 95.

MIAMI (97): Green 2-9 1-2 5, Bosh 7-17 1-2 16, Whiteside 5-8 1-2 11, Dragic 6-11 0-0 14, Wade 11-21 6-9 28, Johnson 3-5 2-3 8, Winslow 1-3 0-2 2, Richardson 0-0 1-2 1, McRoberts 5-7 2-2 12. Totals 40-81 14-24 97.

Oklahoma City 28 23 25 19— 95

Miami 23 27 24 23— 97

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 4-16 (Durant 2-7, Ibaka 1-1, Waiters 1-2, Roberson 0-1, Morrow 0-2, Westbrook 0-3), Miami 3-13 (Dragic 2-2, Bosh 1-5, Winslow 0-2, Green 0-2, McRoberts 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 51 (Durant, Roberson 9), Miami 47 (Bosh, Whiteside 8). AssistsOklahoma City 15 (Westbrook 7), Miami 25 (Dragic 7). Total FoulsOklahoma City 18, Miami 14. TechnicalsDurant, Miami defensive three second. A19,600 (19,600).

Nuggets 106, Raptors 105

DENVER (106): Gallinari 7-13 4-4 21, Arthur 8-14 0-0 19, Lauvergne 6-9 2-2 14, Mudiay 2-9 0-0 5, Foye 3-9 5-5 12, Barton 6-13 7-7 22, Jokic 4-7 0-0 8, Nelson 1-3 0-0 2, Miller 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 38-81 18-18 106.

TORONTO (105): Carroll 3-12 2-2 10, Scola 3-8 2-2 8, Biyombo 2-4 2-2 6, Lowry 4-16 5-7 16, DeRozan 14-26 6-6 34, Patterson 1-3 0-0 3, Joseph 6-9 2-3 15, Ross 1-9 0-0 3, Nogueira 3-3 0-0 6, Johnson 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 39-92 19-22 105.

Denver 29 27 25 25— 106

Toronto 19 23 29 34— 105

3-Point GoalsDenver 12-27 (Arthur 3-3, Barton 3-6, Gallinari 3-7, Mudiay 1-2, Miller 1-3, Foye 1-4, Nelson 0-1, Lauvergne 0-1), Toronto 8-27 (Lowry 3-10, Carroll 2-5, Joseph 1-1, Patterson 1-3, Ross 1-4, DeRozan 0-2, Scola 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 49 (Lauvergne 10), Toronto 50 (Biyombo 7). AssistsDenver 30 (Mudiay 9), Toronto 21 (Lowry 8). Total FoulsDenver 19, Toronto 16. TechnicalsToronto defensive three second. A19,800 (19,800).

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