NBA Roundup: Heat dig deep, hold off Knicks, 98-96

MIAMI (AP) — A Heat-Knicks game, down to the wire, just like old times.

Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo made sure it wouldn’t get away from Miami.

The duo did all of Miami’s scoring for much of the second half, Butler finishing with a game-high 26 points, and the Heat beat New York 98-96 on Tuesday night to finish off a sweep of a home-and-home series.

“This was more of a throwback Miami Heat-New York Knicks game from the ‘90s, where there weren’t a lot of open shots in the last 14, 16 minutes of the game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You were just going to have to grind out a win.”

RJ Barrett had a chance to tie it on the final play, but his layup bounced off the rim and Miami won three straight for the first time this season. Kelly Olynyk scored 20 points for Miami, Adebayo had 19 and Tyler Herro finished with 15 — including the 3-pointer with 1:04 left that put Miami up for good.

The Knicks scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, and went to the line 16 times in the game — compared with 39 for Miami.

The difference in free-throw attempts was 13-2 in the fourth, and Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau noticed.

“I want to look at the film,” Thibodeau said. “It just seemed a little strange to me in terms of … I’ll leave it at that.”

Elfrid Payton led the Knicks with 18 points, and Derrick Rose — in his first game back with New York — had 14 off the bench. Barrett scored 13 and Julius Randle finished with 12 for New York.

Herro scored Miami’s final basket of the first half, a layup with 30 seconds left.

For the next 18 1/2 minutes of game time, Butler and Adebayo would be the only Heat players to score. They combined for all 19 Miami points of the third quarter and the first eight of the fourth, before Herro hit a jumper with 6:06 remaining.

“We’ve got grit,” Adebayo said.

Miami led 57-55 after a first half that featured wild mood swings. The Heat opened on a 20-9 run, the Knicks then went on a 13-0 run to cap what became a 33-10 burst, and Miami immediately followed that with an 11-0 run of its own.

New York led by as many as 10 in the third, taking an 82-76 lead into the fourth. But the Heat found a way at the end.

“We’re figuring this thing out, slowly but surely,” Butler said.

Pistons 122, Nets 111

DETROIT — Jerami Grant equaled a career high with 32 points and the Detroit Pistons took advantage of Kevin Durant’s absence, beating the Brooklyn Nets.

Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak and showed the same type of spirit that was on display in its previous game, a double-overtime loss in Los Angeles against the defending champion Lakers. The last-place Pistons handed Brooklyn its third straight defeat.

Durant was out because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. The Nets were without both him and Kyrie Irving (right finger sprain) in a loss to Philadelphia on Saturday night. Irving returned against Detroit and scored 27 points.

James Harden added 24 for Brooklyn, but it wasn’t enough for the Nets to overcome a poor start.

Jazz 122, Celtics 108

SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell had 36 points and nine assists to lead the Utah Jazz to their fifth straight victory, 122-108 over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Joe Ingles scored a season-high 24 points and added six assists for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Utah (20-5) has won 16 of its last 17 games.

Jaylen Brown scored 33 points and Jayson Tatum added 23 for Boston. The Celtics (12-11) lost for the third time in four games.

76ers 119, Kings 111

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Joel Embiid had 25 points, 17 rebounds and helped Philadelphia turn up the defensive intensity in the fourth quarter to beat Sacramento.

Tobias Harris and Seth Curry each added 22 points as the Sixers used a 10-0 run to take control of the game in the fourth and win for the sixth time in seven games.

The Kings took a 99-97 lead on a layup by Harrison Barnes with 7:26 to go and then didn‘t score again for nearly three minutes, missing seven straight shots and committing a turnover.

Shake Milton tied the game with a layup and then Harris and Milton hit 3-pointers to put Philadelphia up six points. Embiid’s two free throws made it 107-99 and the Sixers held on from there to snap Sacramento’s four-game winning streak.

De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 34 points and 10 assists. Buddy Hield added 21 points and Marvin Bagley III had 17.

Warriors 114, Spurs 91

SAN ANTONIO — Stephen Curry scored 32 points and Golden State snapped San Antonio’s three-game winning streak.

Golden State ended a five-game losing streak in San Antonio. Eric Paschall had 15 points and Andrew Wiggins added 14 for the Warriors.

Rudy Gay scored 17 points, Trey Lyles had 15 and Keldon Johnson and Patty Mills had 13 apiece for San Antonio.

Pelicans 130, Rockets 101

NEW ORLEANS — Reserve Josh Hart had 20 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to help New Orleans overcome Zion Williamson’s early foul trouble, and the Pelicans beat Houston to extend their winning streak to four games.

Brandon Ingram scored 22 and Williamson added 20 points, seven assists, five rebounds and a steal despite being limited to 20 minutes on the court, which might prove beneficial with New Orleans playing on back-to-back nights.

Willy Hernangomez added 14 points and 10 rebounds in a reserve role and Lonzo Ball capped his 15-point night with a back-breaking 3 in the fourth quarter as New Orleans pulled away for good.

John Wall scored 25 points and Eric Gordon 23 for Houston, which lost its third straight.

Trail Blazers 106, Magic 97

PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard scored 36 points and Portland extended its winning streak over Orlando to eight games.

Carmelo Anthony added a season-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers. It was Lillard’s 13th game with 30-plus points this season.

Nikola Vucevic had 27 points and 15 rebounds for the short-handed Magic, who have lost six of their last seven games.

Rookie Cole Anthony started but did not return for the second half because of a shoulder injury.

By Paul Wager