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  • Nets sweep away Heat

  • MIAMI — Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Mason Plumlee was credited with a block on LeBron James' dunk attempt in the final seconds, and the Brooklyn Nets finished off a four-game season sweep of Miami by beating the Heat 88-87 on Tuesday night.
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  • MIAMI — Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Mason Plumlee was credited with a block on LeBron James' dunk attempt in the final seconds, and the Brooklyn Nets finished off a four-game season sweep of Miami by beating the Heat 88-87 on Tuesday night.
    It was the third time Brooklyn beat Miami by a single point; the other win came in double-overtime.
    Marcus Thornton scored 16 points and Paul Pierce added 14 for the Nets, who became the first team in the last two years to sweep the Heat. Miami was the only team in the league to beat every team last season and would have repeated that feat with a win Tuesday.
    Thunder 107, Kings 92
    At Sacramento, Calif., Caron Butler made all six of his 3-point attempts to finish with 23 points, and Oklahoma City started the fourth quarter on a 16-0 run to pull away for the victory.
    Kevin Durant scored 23 points but was never needed in the final quarter, stopping his streak of scoring at least 25 points in 41 consecutive games. Serge Ibaka added 19 points and four rebounds for the Thunder, who rested Russell Westbrook ahead of tonight's game at the Los Angeles Clippers.
    Timberwolves 110, Spurs 91
    At Minneapolis, Ricky Rubio scored 23 points and Gorgui Dieng had 12 points and 15 rebounds, leading Minnesota to the win.
    Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and six rebounds for the Spurs, who were playing without Tony Parker and have now lost two of three following a 19-game winning streak.
    Mavericks 95, Jazz 83
    At Salt Lake City, Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and the Mavericks earned their fifth straight win.
    Pistons 102, Hawks 95
    At Atlanta, Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond each had a double-double and Detroit snapped a 10-game skid in Atlanta.
    Rockets 145, Lakers 130
    At Los Angeles, Terrence Jones and James Harden scored 33 points apiece, and the Houston Rockets kept up their playoff push with their third straight victory.
    Chandler Parsons scored 19 points for the Rockets, who used a 49-point third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers to solidify their hold on fourth place in the Western Conference standings despite their second-worst defensive performance of the year.
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