Miami beat Boston to end Celtics' winning streak
Goran Dragic scored 27 points, Dion Waiters had 26 with a pair of big 3-pointers in the final minutes, and the Miami Heat held on to beat Boston 104-98 on Wednesday night, snapping the Celtics' 16-game winning streak.
Tyler Johnson scored 16 points for Miami, who had an 18-point lead cut to one in the final moments. The Heat shot 49 per cent and outrebounded the Celtics 48-37.
Kyrie Irving scored 23 points for Boston. Jayson Tatum added 18, and Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris each had 14.
The Celtics got down by 18 in the first half, which has been a very comfortable place for Boston this season. Boston had overcome 18-point deficits against Oklahoma City and Charlotte, a 17-point hole against Golden State, a 16-pointer against Atlanta and rallied from 13 down to win in Dallas this week.
The Celtics almost did it again.
Down by 14 midway through the fourth, the unflappable Celtics went on a 13-0 run in just about three minutes getting to 91-90 when Smart made one of two free throws with 3:14 remaining.
Waiters decided that that was close enough. His 3-pointer from the leftwing bounced off the rim, then the top of the backboard, before falling to end Miami's scoreless drought. Waiters added another 3-pointer over Al Horford to make the lead seven, Hassan Whiteside had a big tip-in with 1:10 left, and Miami would hang on from there.
Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 34 points and added 10 rebounds and nine assists to help Oklahoma City roll past Golden State.
Oklahoma City beat the Warriors for the first time since Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the Warriors after the 2015-16 season. Golden State won all four meetings last season.
Westbrook said that it was just another game in the build-up, but he didn't play like it. At one point in the third quarter, Westbrook and Durant went forehead to forehead and were called for double technicals.
Westbrook's new All-Star teammates came through. Carmelo Anthony had 22 points and Paul George 20.
The crowd booed Durant nearly every time he touched the ball. He finished with 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting. Stephen Curry scored 24 points for the Warriors.
Cavaliers 119 Nets 109
Bucks 113 Suns 107 OT
Rockets 125 Nuggets 95
76ers 101 Trail Blazers 81
Hornets 129 Wizards 124
Clippers 116 Hawks 103
Pelicans 107 Spurs 90
Mavericks 95 Grizzles 94
Timberwolves 124 Magic 118
Knicks 108 Raptors 100
Kings 113 Lakers 102
Jazz 110 Bulls 80