NBA 2022-23: Heat storm to beat Suns


Bam Adebayo scored 14 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter to help the host Miami Heat rally to a 113-112 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

Devin Booker, who led the Suns with 25 points, missed two potential game-winning shots in the final 6.2 seconds. On the first one, Booker’s mid-range jumper was blocked by Jimmy Butler. Booker recovered the ball and missed a desperation turnaround 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the game.

Adebayo scored the final points of the game on a free throw with 35 seconds remaining. Butler produced a double-double for the second time in three games, posting 16 points and 13 rebounds.

The Suns’ DeAndre Ayton had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Duane Washington Jr., serving a two-way contract, scored 21 points to lead the Phoenix bench. That reserve unit also featured Damian Lee, who scored 14 points.

Hornets 112, Magic 105

Mason Plumlee racked up 18 points and 10 rebounds and LaMelo Ball, in his second game of the season, had 17 points and nine assists as Charlotte defeated host Orlando to snap an eight-game losing streak.

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Terry Rozier (17 points), Kelly Aubrey Jr. (16), Theo Maledon (14), PJ Washington (14) and Jalen McDaniels (10) joined the list of seven double-figure scorers for the Hornets, who are still without have been injured. Gordon Hayward forward.

Franz Wagner had 23 points and Wendell Carter Jr. had 20 to pace Orlando. Orlando closed to within 96–87 on Bol Bol’s jumper just under the eight-minute mark of the fourth. But the Hornets fed Plumlee some shots to help thwart the comeback bid. Ball’s floater increased the lead to 104–89 with a little over three minutes to play.

Celtics 126, Thunder 122

Jason Tatum had 27 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocks as host Boston came from behind to win over Oklahoma City.

Jaylen Brown added 26 points, and Marcus Smart finished with 22 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the fourth quarter to lead the Celtics to their seventh straight win.

All five Thunder starters scored in double digits, led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 37 points. Lugentz had 21 with three 3-pointers at DORT, and Aleksey Pokuszewski logged a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Clippers 122, Rockets 106

Paul George scored a team-high 22 points, Reggie Jackson added 17 points, and Los Angeles cruised to a win over Houston.

Jalen Green led the Rockets with 25 points and seven assists and added six rebounds. Kevin Porter Jr. chipped in 20 points and seven rebounds but missed 12 of 18 shots. A lack of ball protection and poor shooting in the first half plagued the Rockets. The Clippers converted 11 Houston turnovers into 16 points before the break, while the Rockets missed 10 of 13 3-pointers.

The Clippers took a 108–87 lead when reserves Norman Powell (17 points) and Terrence Mann (14 points) scored with only eight minutes left in the game.

Warriors 132, Spurs 95

Jordan Poole put up a season-high 36 points, 19 of them in a dominating first half, as Golden State won in San Francisco over visiting San Antonio.

Stephen Curry added 16 points for Golden State in three quarters of play, with Anthony Lamb scoring 17, Jonathan Kuminga 15, Moses Moody 11 and Andrew Wiggins 10.

Keldon Johnson led the Spurs with 15 points while Keita Bates-Diop and Jeremy Souchon added 12 points each, Josh Richardson had 10 and Jakob Poelt had 10 rebounds for San Antonio.

Hawks 121, Bucks 106

De’Andre Hunter scored a season-high 24 points, and Atlanta ended a nine-game losing streak at Milwaukee.

It was the second time the Hawks defeated Milwaukee this season and the first home loss for the Bucks. Two of Milwaukee’s three losses this season have come against Atlanta.

Hunter made a pair of 3-pointers and was 10-for-10 at the line, and Trae Young added 21 points and nine assists. Clint Capela added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Milwaukee was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 27 points — 11 of them at the line — and eight rebounds.

Raptors 115, Pistons 111

Dalano Banton scored a career-high 27 points to lead Toronto away from host Detroit.

Chris Boucher had 20 points and OG Anunoby supplied 19 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who had lost six straight to the Pistons. Malachi Flynn added 12 points.

Jaden Ivey led Detroit with 21 points and eight assists. Bojan Bogdanovic had 18 points, Marvin Bagley III had 16 and Alec Burke scored 15 for Detroit, which has lost four straight.





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