NBA highlights: Heats defeats Pistons

Highlights of Tuesday's National Basketball Association games.

Miami Heat centre Hassan Whiteside is greeted by Goran Dragic (7) while lifted by teammate James Johnson after his last second shot to beat Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.   -  AP

Heat 97, Pistons 96

Hassan Whiteside scored on a tip-in just before the buzzer, giving Miami Heat a 97-96 victory over Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. Whiteside scored after a wild scramble during which Heat missed two attempts on its final possession. He finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.

Goran Dragic scored a game-high 28 points for Heat. Miami scored the final five points after giving away a nine-point lead. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's 25 points led Pistons, which has lost eight of its last nine.

Warriors 113, Rockets 106

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 32 points and Draymond Green did a little of everything to help Golden State beat Houston. Curry drilled a three-pointer with 1:46 left to rebuild a double-digit lead for Warriors, which stretched its winning streak to eight games. Green finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Klay Thompson added 25 points.

Houston's James Harden posted his 20th triple-double, producing 24 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. But he was just 5-of-20 from the field, including 1-of-9 on three-pointers.

Timberwolves 115, Pacers 114

Ricky Rubio sank three free throws with 3.4 seconds left to lift Minnesota past Indiana, whose Monta Ellis missed a three-point shot at the buzzer. Karl-Anthony Towns delivered a team-high 37 points for Timberwolves. Rubio finished with 21 points and Gorgui Dieng added 19. Paul George had 37 points for Pacers.

76ers 106, Nets 101

Dario Saric scored 23 points and Philadelphia outlasted Brooklyn. Saric led the 76ers in scoring for the 17th time as 76ers beat Nets for the third time this season in a game that featured 21 lead changes and 12 ties.

Robert Covington added 21 points and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 17 for Sixers, which had nine available players due to injuries. Brook Lopez led Nets with 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Hawks 95, Suns 91

Dennis Schroder scored 27 points and helped Atlanta recover from blowing an 18-point lead against Phoenix. Hawks snapped a seven-game losing streak. Atlanta got a double-double from Ersan Ilyasova, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Taurean Price scored 15 points and Dwight Howard had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Phoenix was led by T.J. Warren's 24 points and eight rebounds.

Bucks 118, Hornets 108

Milwaukee bounced back after a 15-point home loss to Chicago on Sunday with an emphatic victory over Charlotte. Bucks shot 72.5 percent in the first half in rolling to a 22-point lead and then pushed the margin to 26 in the second half. Milwaukee finished at 62.2 percent. Tony Snell led the way with 26 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 20 points.

Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 26 points.

Wizards 119, Lakers 108

John Wall scored 34 points and handed out 14 assists, and Washington used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Los Angeles. Otto Porter Jr and Bradley Beal added 16 points apiece for the Wizards, who clinched the Southeast Division with the win. Kelly Oubre Jr chipped in 14 points.

D'Angelo Russell scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half for Lakers, which lost to Wizards for the fifth straight time on its home court. Jordan Clarkson finished with 22 points and Tyler Ennis had 11 for Los Angeles.

Trail Blazers 122, Nuggets 113

C.J. McCollum scored 39 points and Jusuf Nurkic delivered a career-high 33 points and added 16 rebounds as Portland posted a victory over Denver. Damian Lillard contributed 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Trail Blazers, which recorded its 12th win in the last 15 outings.

Jameer Nelson scored 23 points for Nuggets, which fell a game behind Portland in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Nikola Jokic collected 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Nuggets.

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