NBA ROUNDUP: Nets win, but at what cost? Kevin Durant injures knee in Miami Heat win
Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and Royce O’Neale hit the game-winning shot as the Brooklyn Nets overcame a second-half injury to Kevin Durant to defeat the host Miami Heat 102-101 on Sunday night.
O’Neale made the go-ahead basket on a putback with 3.2 seconds left after reversing a 3-point miss from Irving.
Miami’s Jimmy Butler missed a hard-fought drive down the backboard lane after time was up. The Heat wanted a foul on an O’Neale bump late in the game, but they didn’t get one.
Durant retired in the third quarter with a bruised right knee. He appeared to be injured when Butler accidentally rolled onto his leg. Durant finished with 17 points, four rebounds and two assists. He went into the game with an average of 30.0 points.
Kevin Durant walked off with an injured right knee as the Nets beat the Miami Heat by a point on Sunday
Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said Durant will be examined to determine the extent of the damage
“Yeah, you know, he didn’t finish the game. And right knee right, he’s going to be assessed and then hopefully I’ll have more information for you,” coach Jacque Vaughn said after the game. “Most likely it will involve imaging just to make sure we’re good.
“I didn’t ask about the knee, don’t want to speculate. I’ll knock on wood and see what happens. … [He] he hit pretty much everyone who walked into the dressing room.
“I just said I wish you had the rebound in that game and it was a hell of a win with the group and that’s about it.”
The Nets, who have won 14 of their last 15 games, also grabbed 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks from Nic Claxton.
Butler led Miami with 26 points and eight rebounds. Tyler Herro, who returned after missing a game due to back spasms, added 24 points. Bam Adebayo was limited to 28 minutes with a hamstring injury. He finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
76ers 123, Pistons 111
James Harden delivered a triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, Tyrese Maxey had 23 points and rolled past Detroit on the visit to Philadelphia.
Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and six rebounds and Paul Reed contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the Sixers. Georges Niang threw in 14 points and Tobias Harris added 12 for Philadelphia, who led practically from start to finish.
Killian Hayes led the Pistons with 26 points, six assists and three steals. Isaiah Stewart had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Bojan Bogdanovic also had 20 points.
James Harden impressed with 20 points and led the 76ers to victory over the Pistons
Raptors 117, Trailblazers 105
Pascal Siakam scored 27 points and Toronto defeated the Portland visit.
Scottie Barnes added 22 points for the Raptors, who are 1-2 halfway into a six-game homestand. Gary Trent Jr. had 19 points, Fred VanVleet had 14 points and seven assists, and OG Anunoby contributed 14 points and four steals before fouling.
Damian Lillard scored 34 points for the Trail Blazers, who have lost three straight and seven straight on the road overall. Anfernee Simons added 22 points, Josh Hart had 18 points, Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points and 18 rebounds, and Jerami Grant also had 14 points for Portland.
Pacers 116, Hornets 111
Myles Turner scored 29 points, Buddy Hield added 21 and Indiana rallied past Charlotte in Indianapolis.
With less than a minute remaining and a 107 tie, Hield blocked a desperate 3-point attempt from LaMelo Ball, who was called for his sixth and final foul when he stepped on Hield’s block in hopes of scoring foul shots. Instead, Hield went to the line and finally gave Indiana the lead.
Charlotte lost for the fourth time in five games. PJ Washington led the Hornets with 22 points, Terry Rozier added 19 despite only shooting 2 of 9 from 3-point range, and Mason Plumlee added 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Myles Turner scored 29 points as the Indiana Pacers beat the Hornets by just five points
Grizzlies 123, Jazz 118
Desmond Bane had 24 points and nine rebounds and Tyus Jones had 21 points as host Memphis earned their sixth straight win by beating Utah.
Jaren Jackson Jr. also played a big role for the Grizzlies, who were without Ja Morant due to a right thigh injury. Jackson scored 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds, blocked five shots and had three steals.
Lauri Markkanen led the Jazz with 21 points and eight rebounds. Kelly Olynyk contributed 19 points and eight boards for Utah, which has now lost seven of eight games.
Timber Wolves 104, Rockets 96
Rudy Gobert hit a double-double while D’Angelo Russell had a team-high 22 points as Minnesota extended their winning streak to four games with an away win over Houston.
Gobert scored 18 points with 11 rebounds and was the focus of great execution in the fourth quarter, recording dunks from pick-and-rolls and second-chance opportunities. Anthony Edwards, hampered by left hip pain, added 21 points and combined with Russell to shoot 7-for-14 on 3-pointers.
Kevin Porter Jr. led the Rockets with 25 points, but Houston shot just 11 of 36 from behind the arc en route to a ninth straight home loss. Jalen Green missed 11 of 15 shots and scored nine points, and Alperen Sengun had 18 points but failed to score in the second half, going 0-6 from the floor.
Thunder 120, Outsiders 109
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points to lead Oklahoma City to a win over Dallas.
Gilgeous-Alexander was 11th of 17 from the field with five rebounds and five assists. Josh Giddey has finished 2-4 from long range in his last 12 games and is shooting 45.9 percent from deep. Luguentz Dort added 18 points for the Thunder.
Christian Wood led the Mavericks with 27 points and went 8 of 13 from the floor. Spencer Dinwiddie added 21 points. The Mavericks were without Luka Doncic, who missed the game a night after recording a triple-double with left ankle pain. Dallas is now 0-4 this season without Doncic in the lineup.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points as his Oklahoma team defeated the Dallas Mavericks
Cavaliers 112, Suns 98
Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland each scored 22 points to elevate the visit to Cleveland over Phoenix.
Mitchell made 8 of 17 shots from the floor and Garland was 7 of 12, despite coming into play with a questionable tag due to a right thumb sprain. Evan Mobley amassed 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Jarrett Allen added 13, 12 and five, respectively.
Phoenix’s Duane Washington Jr. highlighted his 25-point performance by sinking five 3-pointers. Mikal Bridges scored 15 points and Deandre Ayton added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the undermanaged Suns, who have lost a season-high six straight seasons and fell below .500 for the first time in 2022-23.
Falcon 112, clipper 108
Trae Young had 30 points, including eight in the last 1 minute and 16 seconds as the Atlanta guest came back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat Los Angeles and earn a split of a four-game run across California .
De’Andre Hunter had 20 points and Dejounte Murray added 16 as the Hawks won on the Clippers’ home court for the first time since the 2018-19 season.
Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points in a season-high 38 minutes for the Clippers, who extended their season-long losing streak to six games.
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