Butler, Nunn star as Heat beat Lakers in finals rematch

Butler, Nunn star as Heat beat Lakers in finals rematch

Kendrick Nunn scored 27 points and Jimmy Butler had 24 points and eight rebounds, leading the Miami Heat to a 96-94 victory over the host Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday in a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals participants.

Saturday night’s NBA results

Miami Heat 96 – 94 Los Angeles Lakers
Washington Wizards 118 – 111 Portland Trail Blazers
Phoenix Suns 128 – 97 Memphis Grizzlies
Sacramento Kings 114 – 122 Chicago Bulls
Golden State Warriors 100 – 102 Charlotte Hornets

Miami Heat 96 – 94 Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has his shot blocked by Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo


Highlights of the Miami Heat’s clash with the Los Angeles Lakers in Week 9 of the NBA

Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Duncan Robinson chipped in 11 points with 10 rebounds for the Heat, who have won six of nine. Kyle Kuzma had 23 points and LeBron James (7-for-21 from the field) added 19 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, who have dropped three of their last four contests. Montrezl Harrell hit 7 of 12 shots from the field to finish with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 11 points.

Lakers guard Dennis Schroder missed his second straight game due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, while All-Star forward Anthony Davis sat out his fourth consecutive game while he remains out with a right Achilles tendon injury.

Both teams struggled in the fourth quarter. They combined for only 32 points. But two free throws by Butler with 12.4 seconds left were the difference.

Minutes before, a three-point play by Kuzma allowed the Lakers to cut the Heat’s lead to 94-92 with 1:28 remaining. After Robinson was called for an offensive foul with an elbow to face of Caldwell-Pope with 25 seconds remaining, Wes Matthews misfired on a 3-point attempt with 16.6 seconds left.

After Butler’s free throws gave the Heat a four-point advantage, Matthews converted a layup to slice the gap to two with 8.4 seconds left. But Alex Caruso, who failed to score in 20 minutes, missed a 3-pointer before the final horn.

Washington Wizards 118 – 111 Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard shoots next to Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook


Highlights of the Washington Wizards’ clash against the Portland Trail Blazers

Bradley Beal recorded 37 points and seven rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 118-111 victory over the host Portland Trail Blazers.

Russell Westbrook recorded 27 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds for his eighth triple-double of the season as Washington extended its season-best winning streak to four games. Rui Hachimura had 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals and Robin Lopez contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards.

Damian Lillard scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half and had 12 assists for Portland, which saw its season-high six-game winning streak halted.

Enes Kanter registered 19 points and 13 rebounds, Gary Trent Jr. scored 16, Robert Covington added 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots and Derrick Jones Jr. had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

Beal and Hachimura scored baskets and Davis Bertans knocked down a 3-pointer during a 7-0 run to give Washington a 110-101 lead with 2:18 remaining.

Lillard was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and made all three with two minutes left. But Hachimura and Westbrook answered with baskets to push the lead to 114-104 with 1:09 remaining and the Wizards closed it out.

Phoenix Suns 128 – 97 Memphis Grizzlies

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant


Highlights of the Phoenix Suns’ clash with the Memphis Grizzlies

Devin Booker scored a game-high 23 points, Mikal Bridges was one of three Phoenix players to finish with 19 points and the visiting Suns routed the shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies, 128-97.

The Suns ran out to a 31-point halftime lead, holding the Grizzlies to fewer than 20 points in each of the first two quarters. The Suns’ dominant first half defensively followed a fourth quarter in Friday’s win at New Orleans in which Phoenix held the Pelicans to 12 points.

Phoenix’s lead swelled to as many 36 points in the second half as the Suns took advantage of a dismal 3-point shooting night from the Grizzlies.

Memphis went 5-of-33 from behind the arc while Phoenix hit 24-of-46. Booker’s 5-of-7 set the pace among the starters, while Bridges and Chris Paul each went 4-of-5 from outside. Paul finished with 16 points and six assists.

Dario Saric came off the bench to knock down 3-of-5 3-pointers and finish with 19 points, while Cameron Payne matched Booker’s 5-of-7 en route to 19 points. Payne also passed for a game-high seven assists.

The win marked Phoenix’s eighth in its last nine games.

Jonas Valanciunas finished with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for Memphis, and Ja Morant added 12 points and five assists.

Sacramento Kings 114 – 122 Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls guard Garrett Temple shoots against Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton


Highlights of the Sacramento Kings’ clash with the Chicago Bulls

Zach LaVine scored 38 points and Coby White chipped in 19 to pace six players in double figures as the host Chicago Bulls sent the Sacramento Kings to their sixth straight defeat with a 122-114 victory.

Chicago won for the third time in four games as LaVine shined again, surpassing the 30-point plateau for the seventh time in eight games and 15th time this season. LaVine shot 15-for-20 from the floor to boost the Bulls to a 59.8 percent effort from the field.

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside


Zach LaVine dropped 38 points against the Kings

Rookie Patrick Williams contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds for his second career double-double, while White drilled five 3-pointers as Chicago went 11-for-23 from distance.

Marvin Bagley III had a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Kings in the first game of a five-game road trip. Buddy Hield followed with 23 points, and De’Aaron Fox added 20 points and nine assists.

Golden State Warriors 100 – 102 Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr.


Highlights of the Golden State Warriors’ clash with the Charlotte Hornets

Terry Rozier hit a buzzer-beating jumper from the left corner to cap a wild finish as the host Charlotte Hornets overtook the Stephen Curry-less Golden State Warriors, 102-100.

Warmed up and ready to make his annual Charlotte homecoming, Curry was escorted back to the locker room shortly before the opening tip. The Warriors reported a few minutes later that the league’s third-leading scorer wasn’t feeling well.

Curry, who had his number retired at both Charlotte Christian High and nearby Davidson College, also missed last year’s game at Charlotte with a broken hand.

Despite Curry’s last-minute scratch, the Warriors led 100-98 and had possession of the ball after Draymond Green grabbed an offensive rebound with 15.7 seconds left.

Green handed off to Brad Wanamaker, the team’s best foul shooter in Curry’s absence, but in his attempt to run out the clock, the backup point guard got tied up by LaMelo Ball for a jump ball with 9.3 seconds left.

The taller Ball tipped the ball to a falling Gordon Hayward, who was immediately tied up by Green for another apparent jump ball. But the referees ruled that the Hornets had called a timeout after Hayward was in possession, allowing them to get the timeout and keep the ball.

Infuriated by the call, Green got two technical fouls and was ejected from the game.

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier celebrates after scoring the game winning basket with LaMelo Ball, against the Golden State Warriors


Terry Rozier threw a half-time, half-court buzzer beater followed by a game-winning shot at the buzzer to secure victory for the Hornets against the Warriors

Rozier made both free throws that resulted from the technicals, tying the game at 100, still with 9.3 seconds left, then buried his game-winner from just inside the arc over Juan Toscano-Anderson as the final horn was sounding.

Rozier shot 8-for-11 on 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 36 points, his fourth consecutive 30-point outing.

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