NBA roundup: Miami Heat hangs on to defeat Utah Jazz

Tyler Herro scores 29 points and Jimmy Butler adds 27 as Miami Heat beats Utah Jazz 118-115.

Tyler Herro (left) shoots over Donovan Mitchell during the second half of the NBA contest between Miami Heat and Utah Jazz in Miami on Saturday. Herro scored 29 points for the Heat.   -  AP

Tyler Herro had 29 points and Jimmy Butler added 27 as the host Miami Heat used a multi-dimensional offensive attack to build a big lead before holding on to defeat the Utah Jazz 118-115 on Saturday night.

Kyle Lowry scored 20 as part of a triple-double for the Heat.

In a battle of teams that had combined for just three losses entering the game, the Heat used 60.3 percent shooting overall and 52.4 percent accuracy on 3-pointers to win for the sixth time in their last seven games.

Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 37 points for the Jazz, who had a three-game winning streak come to an end.

Mavericks 107, Celtics 104

Luka Doncic made the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired and had a game-high 33 points to help Dallas hold off visiting Boston. Doncic dribbled the length of the court before heaving up a fadeaway trey from the wing in triple coverage to win it.

Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points and seven rebounds in his return after missing the last five games with lower back tightness. Jayson Tatum had 32 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Celtics.

Suns 121, Hawks 117

Devin Booker led all scorers with 38 points, and a 35-19 fourth quarter powered Phoenix to a come-from-behind victory over visiting Atlanta. The Suns were outscored 40-27 in the third quarter and trailed by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter, but a game-ending 15-4 run completed the Phoenix rally.

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The Hawks’ John Collins shot 9-of-12 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. He posted a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Trail Blazers 105, Lakers 90

Damian Lillard bounced back from one of the worst performances of his NBAcareer to score 25 points and lead Portland past visiting Los Angeles. The Lakers continued to be without four-time MVP LeBron James, who missed his second straight game with an abdominal strain. Anthony Davis started against Portland, but the eight-time All-Star center played just seven minutes before departing because of a stomach illness.

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The team said it was non-COVID-19 related. Davis was also dealing with a sprained right thumb and was questionable to play at all. The Lakers did not have a starter score in double figures.

Nuggets 95, Rockets 94

Nikola Jokic had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and Aaron Gordon hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final two minutes as Denver escaped with a win over visiting Houston.

Daniel Theis scored 18 points and hit a 3-pointer with 2:46 left to give the Rockets a 94-89 lead. Gordon responded with six straight points before Jokic sealed the victory with a block of Jae'Sean Tate’s layup at the buzzer.

Will Barton tallied 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Denver, which won its second straight game despite shooting 9 of 40 (22.5 percent)from 3-point range. Theis returned after missing two games with a sore right big toe and was 7-of-11 shooting in 32 minutes for Houston, which has lost seven in a row and eight of its first nine games.

76ers 114, Bulls 105

Joel Embiid had 30 points and 15 rebounds to lift Philadelphia past host Chicago.

Furkan Korkmaz tied his career high with seven 3-pointers and added 25 points while Shake Milton had 13 for the short-handed Sixers, who won their sixth in a row and gave head coach Doc Rivers his 1,000th career victory.

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 32 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points. Derrick Jones Jr. contributed 12 points and Nikola Vucevic had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

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