NBA Roundup: Adebayo, Butler help Heat defeat Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) — Bam Adebayo had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jimmy Butler had a big second half and just missed a triple-double and the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 109-103 on Sunday in the opener of a home-and-home series.

Butler finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He shot just 3 for 11 from the field but scored 12 points after halftime.

Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro each added 16 points for the Heat, who won their second straight after dropping seven of eight.

“We just stayed with it,” Butler said. “All in all, we guarded, rebounded and played together. I think that’s what this thing is all about.”

Julius Randle had 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, but the Knicks had their two-game win streak snapped. Reggie Bullock made seven 3-pointers and scored 21 points.

“You’ve got to give them credit and it’s not just Jimmy,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They have Bam as well and they have great shooting around them, but you’ve got to make plays down the stretch and you’ve got to understand the fourth quarter’s different.”

The teams meet again Tuesday in Miami.

Kings 113, Clippers 110

LOS ANGELES — De’Aaron Fox scored 36 points, Buddy Hield added 22 and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Clippers for their fourth straight victory.

The Kings are 7-1 since suffering a 19-point drubbing by the Clippers on Jan. 20.

Lou Williams scored 23 points off the bench for the Clippers, who dropped two in a row for the first time this season. Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 10 rebounds as LA played without injured Paul George. The Clippers’ reserves outscored the starters, 57-53.

Neither team led by more than nine points in the back-and-forth affair that featured 11 ties.

Nicolas Batum’s potential tying 3-pointer missed in the closing seconds for the Clippers.

Jazz 103, Pacers 95

INDIANAPOLIS — Donovan Mitchell had 27 points and 11 assists as red-hot Utah beat Indianapolis to improve its NBA-best record.

The Jazz (19-5) have won 15 of 16.

Former Pacer Bojan Bogdanovic broke an 83-all tie with a three-point play at the 5:36 mark of the fourth quarter and the visitors never trailed again.

Bogdanovic finished with 18 points. Jordan Clarkson added 17 off the bench. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Domantas Sabonis scored 20 points for the Pacers, who have lost five of six.

Suns 100, Celtics 91

PHOENIX — Mikal Bridges scored 19 points, Devin Booker had 18 points and 11 assists and Phoenix held on to beat Boston.

Phoenix improved to 13-9 and has won five of six. Cam Johnson added 17 points off the bench while Deandre Ayton had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Jayson Tatum led Boston with 23 points and seven assists. Walker added 14 for the Celtics, who stayed fairly close for most of the game despite a rough shooting performance.

Hornets 119, Wizards 97

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Terry Rozier had 26 points with five 3-pointers, Gordon Hayward added 25ts and Charlotte beat Washington.

LaMelo Ball followed up a career-best 34-point effort against the Utah Jazz with another strong game, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Hornets handed the Wizards their seventh loss in nine games.

Bradley Beal, the NBA’s leading scorer coming in at 33.3 points per game, led Washington with 31 points on 11-for-22 shooting.

Russell Westbrook had 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, falling short of his sixth triple-double of the season.

By Paul Wager