Green’s buzzer-beater lifts Warriors past Heat
Draymond Green made a layup with 0.9 seconds left to give the Golden State Warriors a 97-95 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
Klay Thompson tied a season high with 27 points to lead the Warriors, who have won five straight.
LeBron James led Miami with 31 points as he reached the 20-point mark for the 25th consecutive game, the longest current streak in the NBA.
Jarrett Jack dribbled the ball at the top of the key for the Warriors as the clock ticked down before finding Green open underneath the basket. Green caught the pass in mid-air and made the basket.
James’ jumper from the baseline banged off the rim giving Golden State the win as Miami lost for just the second time in 12 home games.
David Lee scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Jack added 20 points off the bench for the Warriors.
Golden State took a 77-74 lead into the fourth quarter after leading for most of the third.
After hitting a 3 to tie the game at 87, James gave the Heat their first lead since early in the third with a turnaround 18-footer with 6:41 left for an 89-87 advantage.
The teams played a one-possession game over the next four minutes before Lee knocked down a pair of free throws to tie the game at 95 with 1:54 left.
The score was still tied at 95 with under a minute remaining. Ray Allen had a chance to give the Heat a lead with 45 seconds left. Lee followed by missing a driving layup. Shane Battier’s miss from the corner with 12 seconds left gave the Warriors an opportunity in the closing seconds.
The Heat received a scare in the second quarter when Lee sent James to the floor with a flagrant foul sending James to the floor on his back.
James popped up quickly, but spent the next couple of minutes stretching out his right shoulder before knocking down the free throw and hitting a shot on the ensuing possession for a 47-43 lead.
Moments later, Dwyane Wade was poked in the eye by Thompson while trying to fight through a screen. With Wade’s head down, Chris Bosh ran into Wade knocking him to a floor. After staying down on the floor, Wade eventually got to his feet and went to the locker room holding the back of his neck with 3:11 left in the half.
Thompson helped the Warriors take a 53-52 lead into halftime by scoring 21 points including five 3-pointers. Thompson scored 14 points in the second quarter.
THUNDER 92, HORNETS 88
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 35 points, and Oklahoma City extended its winning streak to nine games with a victory over New Orleans.
The Thunder rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit and matched their longest win streak since the franchise moved from Seattle.
At 18-4, the Thunder also matched the second-best start in franchise history. Seattle started 20-2 in the 1993-94 season, and the Thunder started 18-4 last season.
Brian Roberts scored 16 points to lead the Hornets, who lost their fifth straight game overall and seventh straight against Oklahoma City.
CLIPPERS 100, BOBCATS 94
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists to help the Clippers extend their longest win streak in two decades to eighth with a victory over Charlotte.
Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes also scored 19 points for the Clippers, who maintained sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.
Byron Mullens had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Kemba Walker chipped in with 17 points to lead the stumbling Bobcats, who have lost nine straight since starting the season 7-5.
The Bobcats trailed 78-71 entering the fourth quarter and got as close as three before Barnes scored on a fast break dunk and hit a 3-pointer to push the lead back to eight.
NETS 94, RAPTORS 88
TORONTO — Joe Johnson scored 23 points, and Andray Blatche had 14 points and nine rebounds to help Brooklyn end a five-game losing streak with a win over Toronto.
C.J. Watson scored 16 points, and Deron Williams added 12 as the Nets won for the first time since Nov. 30 at Orlando.
Former Raptors Reggie Evans and Kris Humphries both had big games for the Nets. Evans had nine points and 11 rebounds, while Humphries scored 11 points, making 9 of 10 free throws.
Ed Davis matched his career high with 24 points and added 12 rebounds, while Jose Calderon had 10 points and 15 assists for the Raptors, who have lost six straight and 12 of 13.
JAZZ 99, SPURS 96
SALT LAKE CITY — Mo Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to help Utah snap San Antonio’s winning streak at five.
Paul Millsap led Utah with 24 points and 12 rebounds, Al Jefferson scored 21 points, and Gordon Hayward added 19.
The Jazz trailed by eight with a little more than 4 minutes remaining. Williams’ winning shot was his only 3 of the night, and he finished with eight points on 3-for-9 shooting from the field.
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each scored 22 points to lead the Spurs, who swept the Jazz out of the playoffs in the first round and had won 11 of the last 12 meetings.
CELTICS 117, MAVERICKS 115 (2OT)
BOSTON — Paul Pierce scored 34 points, including a 3-pointer at the start of the second overtime to give Boston the lead for good, and the Celtics held on to beat Dallas.
Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds, and Kevin Garnett added 16 points to help Boston win its second straight.
O.J. Mayo scored 24 points, and Shawn Marion had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Mavericks.
Pierce made 5 of 6 free throws in the second overtime. With his basket with 59 seconds left in the first OT, he surpassed 23,000 career points. He is the 25th NBA player to reach the mark.
SUNS 82, GRIZZLIES 80
PHOENIX — Goran Dragic made a short hook shot from the left baseline with 0.5 seconds remaining to help Phoenix snap a seven-game losing streak with a win over Memphis.
Dragic had 12 points, and Shannon Brown and Jared Dudley scored 15 each for the Suns, who won for the first time since Nov. 27 at Cleveland.
Rudy Gay had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Zach Randolph added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
A lob attempt off an inbound pass by the Grizzlies was broken up by a pair of Phoenix defenders as time expired.
BULLS 96, 76ERS 89
PHILADELPHIA — Joakim Noah scored 21 points, and Luol Deng added 19 points and 12 rebounds to help Chicago win its fourth in a row on the road with a victory over Philadelphia.
Less than 24 hours after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers by five points at United Center, the Bulls traveled to Philadelphia and appeared more rested than the Sixers, who had Tuesday off.
Marco Belinelli had 16 points, and Nate Robinson, starting in place of guard Kirk Hinrich, had 14 for Chicago. Hinrich injured his left knee in the loss to the Clippers and is listed as day-to-day.
Jrue Holiday scored 26 points, Evan Turner added 16, and Thaddeus Young had 13 for Philadelphia. Reserve Spencer Hawes chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Nick Young also scored 10.
BUCKS 98, KINGS 85
MILWAUKEE — Brandon Jennings scored 19 points, and Monta Ellis had 17 points and 11 assists to lead Milwaukee past Sacramento.
Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a season-high 17 in his first start of the season for Milwaukee (11-9), which has its best 20-game start since 2005-06.
Tyreke Evans had 17 points in his return to Sacramento’s lineup after missing three straight games — and five of six — with a sore left knee. John Salmons added 16 points. The Kings were without center DeMarcus Cousins, who was suspended one game for striking Dallas’ O.J. Mayo in the groin.
PACERS 96, CAVALIERS 81
INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 27 points to help Indiana overcame a 16-point deficit in a win over Cleveland.
David West added 18 points and nine rebounds, and George Hill scored 17 points for the Pacers, who snapped a two-game skid.
Indiana, third in the NBA in scoring defense and No. 1 in opponent field-goal percentage coming in, held the Cavaliers to 23 points on 8-for-41 shooting in the second half — Cleveland’s lowest-scoring half of the season.
C.J. Miles had 28 points, while Kyrie Irving was held to nine on 4-for-12 shooting for the Cavs.
TIMBERWOLVES 108, NUGGETS 105
MINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Minnesota used a big advantage at the free throw line to overcome Kevin Love’s shooting struggles and beat Denver.
Love finished with eight points on 3-for-17 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds on a day he had to explain to Minnesota’s owner and his teammates some critical comments he made about the franchise.
The Timberwolves shot under 40 percent for much of the game but made 30 of 37 from the free throw line. The Nuggets were just 14-of-24 at the line.
Kenneth Faried had 26 points and 14 rebounds for the road-weary Nuggets, who missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer that would have tied the game.
HAWKS 86, MAGIC 80
ORLANDO, Fla. — Josh Smith and Jeff Teague scored 16 points apiece, Al Horford added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Atlanta Hawks held off a late charge to beat Orlando.
Atlanta extended its regular-season win streak against Orlando to eight with its second win over the Magic this season.
Arron Afflalo scored 16 points, and J.J. Redick added 13 for the Magic, who were able to dig out of a huge first-half hole but couldn’t overcome 16 turnovers that led to 24 points.
Orlando also struggled from the field, connecting on only 31 of 81 shots in dropping its fourth straight home game. The Magic get a chance to end the skid Friday against Golden State.
ROCKETS 99, WIZARDS 93
HOUSTON — James Harden scored 31 points, and Houston got its first victory under coach Kevin McHale in over a month with a win over Washington.
The Wizards threatened late in the fourth quarter, but Chandler Parsons scored eight straight points for Houston in the final 3 minutes, including two 3-pointers, to secure the victory. Parsons finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.
It was Houston’s first victory since McHale rejoined the team last Saturday following the death of his 23-year-old daughter. Alexandra “Sasha” McHale died Nov. 24 of complications from Lupus.