The Heat come back and beat the Hornets in a defined duel in double overtime

CHARLOTTE.- Kyle Lowry scored 12 of his 25 points after regular time, and the Miami Heat came from behind and beat the Charlotte Hornets 111-107 on Thursday in a duel that required two extensions to settle.

Duncan Robinson added 21 points for Miami, while Jimmy Butler overcame a night of poor shooting to make key shots in the second overtime, finishing with 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Miami entered the All-Star break sharing atop the Eastern Conference. They have won six of their last seven games to catch up with the Chicago Bulls with the best record in the East (38-21).

Miles Bridges had 29 points and 11 rebounds for Charlotte, while LaMelo Ball added 14 points, as many assists and 10 rebounds, before being fouled out in the second overtime.

The Hornets limp into the All-Star break. They have lost eight of nine games to fall to 29-31.

WIZARDS 117, NET 103

NEW YORK – Rui Hachimura scored 20 points, Corey Kispert had 16 and the Washington Wizards beat the Brooklyn Nets 117-103 on Wednesday.

Ish Smith scored 15 points and Dani Avdija had 13 as the Wizards earned their second straight win.

Patty Mills had 22 points and Cam Thomas 20 for the Nets, who came from behind to win on the road in New York on Wednesday night. The Nets have lost 12 of 14 games. The Nets trailed by 13 points early in the third quarter, but Cam Thomas and Jevon Carter hit back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 76-73 lead with 1:36 remaining in the period.

Smith and Kispert jointly scored seven straight points to extend Washington’s lead to 95-83 with less than 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter before the Nets attempted a second comeback.

Thomas, a hero in the victory after overcoming a deficit over the Knicks, cut the difference to 106-100 with a jump shot from the baseline with 2:31 left.

Washington responded with back-to-back baskets by Smith and Avdija for a 110-110 tie.

MAVERICKS 125, PELICANS 118

NEW ORLEANS.- Luka Doncic had 49 points and 15 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 125-118 on Thursday.

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Dallas was never down on the scoreboard during the game and earned its sixth win in seven games.

The Slovenian made four of his first five 3-pointers, sometimes returning to the defensive zone in celebration when the ball was still crossing the red. The point guard hit 7 of 14 long-distance shots.

Dallas led 45-27 after the first period, when Doncic scored 19 points and the Mavericks as a whole made a good 9-of-12 3-point shot.

The Maverics built up a lead of at least 20 points for the first time with another 3-pointer by Davis Bertans on the team’s first pitch in the second period.

New Orleans methodically cut the deficit to less than 10 points late in the second quarter, but struggled to cut it to less than 10 for much of the game.

76ERS 123, BUCKS 120

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Joel Embiid had 42 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 123-120 on Thursday but had to regroup after blowing a 15-point lead.

Embiid gave the 76ers a 117-116 lead for good with a 10-foot jumper with 2:32 left.

The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

Philadelphia played without James Harden, who hasn’t made his 76ers debut since arriving the previous week from the Brooklyn Nets.

Harden, a 10-time All-Star nominee and MVP in 2018, hasn’t seen action since Feb. 2 because of a left hamstring injury.

After trailing by 15 points early in the third period, the Bucks rallied and went ahead for the first time on Jrue Holiday’s 3-pointer with 5:47 left in the second period.

Antetokounmpo extended the lead to 116-112 with a 3-pointer with 3:56 left in the game.

However, the 76ers scored the next eight points to take off for good in the last meeting for both teams before the All-Star break.

Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton missed a 3-pointer with almost 9 seconds left.

The Bucks had one last chance but Philadelphia’s Furkan Korkmaz fumbled out of bounds with 2.3 seconds left.

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