Heat survives major scare from winless 76ers
MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 27 points and the Miami Heat survived a major scare from winless Philadelphia, rallying from 17 points down to beat the 76ers 96-91 on Saturday night.
Hassan Whiteside scored 13 points and added nine rebounds and eight blocks for the Heat, who went on a 19-2 run in a seven-minute stretch of the fourth quarter to escape. Chris Bosh also scored 13 for Miami.
Philadelphia is now 0-14 this season — the ninth-worst start in NBA history — and has dropped 24 consecutive games going back to last season. Few of those were as winnable as this was, but the 76ers simply folded in the final minutes.
Isaiah Canaan scored 22 for Philadelphia, and Robert Covington finished with 21.
KNICKS 107, ROCKETS 102: At Houston, Kristaps Porzingis had 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead New York over slumping Houston. The Knicks (8-6) won their fourth straight overall. They also snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Rockets and a 10-game skid when playing in Houston. James Harden had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as the Rockets lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.
CAVALIERS 109, HAWKS 97: At Cleveland, Kevin Love scored a season-high 25 points, LeBron James added 19 and Cleveland beat Atlanta. The teams met for the first time since the Cavaliers swept the Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals, and it didn't take long for Cleveland to continue its dominance.
WIZARDS 97, PISTONS 95: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Nene scored 18 points and Otto Porter added 17 as Washington beat Detroit. The Wizards had the ball and a two-point lead with 9.2 seconds left, but Porter was called for a five-second violation on the inbound attempt. That gave Detroit a last chance, but Marcus Morris missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
SPURS 92, GRIZZLIES 82: At San Antonio, Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points, Tony Parker had 18 and San Antonio snapped Memphis' four-game winning streak. Manu Ginobili added 15 points for San Antonio, which is unbeaten in six home games.
KINGS 97, MAGIC 91: At Orlando, Fla., DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 12 rebounds as Sacramento held off Orlando. Rajon Rondo added 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Kings, who had lost two in a row. Marco Belinelli chipped in 13 points off the bench.
PACERS 123, BUCKS 86: At Indianapolis, C.J. Miles scored a season-high 21 points to lead Indiana over Milwaukee. Paul George had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Jordan Hill added a season-high 20 points off the bench for the Pacers (8-5), who have won five of six.