Dragic scores 25, Heat rally to beat Bucks 131-126
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 25 points off the bench, Bam Adebayo added 19 points and the Miami Heat rallied from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime 131-126 on Saturday night.
Antetokounmpo finished with 29 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists, but last season’s MVP also had eight turnovers and fouled out with 2:31 to play in overtime. Antetokounmpo also fouled out Thursday night in Houston.
After trailing 74-53 with less than 11:00 to play in the third quarter, the Heat outscored Milwaukee 78-52 the rest of the way, including 49-33 in the fourth quarter and overtime.
With the Heat up 121-119 with 3 seconds to play in regulation, Khris Middleton, who finished with 25 points, shot an air ball and Antetokounmpo tipped it in at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Adebayo sank four free throws in the extra period and Dragic scored six points in overtime to lift Miami to its second win.
Kendrick Nun scored 18 points before fouling out for the Heat. Miami rookie Tyler Herro, a Milwaukee native, finished with 14.
Heat guard Jimmy Butler missed his second game after he and his girlfriend welcomed a baby on Wednesday.
Derrick Rose led Detroit with 31 points in 27 minutes, but the Pistons missed 15 free throws in a game that was close until the closing moments. Andre Drummond had 11 points and 11 rebounds in Detroit’s second straight loss.
Both teams were missing marquee big men — Joel Embiid was out with a sprained ankle for the 76ers, while Blake Griffin’s season won’t start for Detroit until November because of knee and hamstring soreness. Detroit also played without Reggie Jackson because of a back injury.
Young took over the game for Atlanta after Orlando led 96-95. His baseline reverse layup gave the Hawk the lead. Following a tying free throw by Aaron Gordon, Young’s layup again gave the lead back to the Hawks.
Jaylen Brown added 19 points for the Celtics, who won their second straight after beating NBA champion Toronto on Friday. Jayson Tatum had 15 points and nine rebounds, and 7-foot-5 rookie Tacko Fall scored four points on a pair of dunks in his NBA debut.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Tristan Thompson scored 25 points and made his first career 3-pointer, Kevin Love scored 21 and Cleveland played well in a home-opening win, giving first-year coach John Beilein his first NBA victory.
The defending NBA champions went on a run in the second quarter to take a 48-40 halftime lead and pulled away for their 10th straight win over the cold-shooting Bulls.
Wendell Carter Jr. led Chicago with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Zach LaVine scored 11 after averaging 26.5 over the first two games. Lauri Markkanen struggled again, finishing with nine points for the second straight night.
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook added his second straight triple-double with 28 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds and Houston sent New Orleans to its first 0-3 start since the 2016-27 season.
Westbrook hit two clutch free throws to give Houston the three-point lead with 6.1 seconds remaining. Josh Hart missed a 3 at the buzzer to give Houston the win.
Westbrook and Harden combined for 12 turnovers, with Harden leading the game with eight. Harden was 2 of 18 from the 3-point line and 8 for 29 from the field, but was 11 of 12 from the free throw line.
Brandon scored 35 points while adding a game-high 15 rebounds. Lonzo Ball had 18 points on 4-of-9 shooting from 3-point range.
Davis Bertans, traded from San Antonio to Washington in the offseason, made all five of his 3-point attempts and scored 23 points against his former team.
The Spurs recorded their 20th straight home victory over Washington with some late heroics.
The teams combined for 39 turnovers.
Sacramento coach Luke Walton pulled all of his starters at once with 8:39 remaining in the third quarter after the Kings fell behind by 32 points. Only Dwayne Dedmon returned in the fourth quarter.
Phoenix (2-1) snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Clippers and won for the first time since losing starting center Deandre Ayton to a 25-game suspension after he tested positive for a diuretic.
Frank Kaminsky finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Goran Dragic
- Miami Heat
- Milwaukee Bucks
- San Antonio Spurs
- Toronto Raptors