NBA: Nets deny Heat clincher

Published April 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) passes around Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) and center Hassan Whiteside (21). The Nets defeated the Heat 110-109 in overtime. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) passes around Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) and center Hassan Whiteside (21). The Nets defeated the Heat 110-109 in overtime. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI — Caris Levert scored with about a half-minute left in overtime to put Brooklyn up for good, Dwyane Wade missed on a play where he thought he got fouled at the buzzer and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 110-109 on Saturday night.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 20 points for the Nets, who denied Miami a chance to clinch a playoff spot. Levert finished with 19 and Brooklyn put seven players in double figures for the second straight game — the first time the Nets have done that in 29 years.

Brooklyn’s six-game overtime losing streak ended, and the Nets went 3-1 against the Heat this season.

James Johnson and Goran Dragic each scored 18 for Miami, which got 16 from Kelly Olynyk and 14 from Hassan Whiteside. Wade and Josh Richardson each had 13 for the Heat, whose magic number for clinching remained one.

Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris (13) blocks a shot by Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry. The Celtics won 110-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Celtics’ Marcus Morris (13) blocks a shot by Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry. The Celtics won 110-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Celtics down Raptors

Marcus Morris had 25 points and nine rebounds before getting ejected in the closing seconds, and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors 110-99 on Saturday night.

Jayson Tatum added 24 points, six rebounds and four assists as Boston posted its sixth straight win and moved within two games of Toronto for the top seed in the East.

Both teams have six games remaining. They meet for the final time on Wednesday in Toronto.

Things got heated in the final seconds when four technical fouls were assessed between the teams. Morris was hit with two and was tossed. Toronto’s C.J. Miles and Serge Ibaka received one each.

For Morris, it was his fourth straight game with at least 20 points.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 32 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Ibaka added 15 points and 10 rebounds. (The Associated Press)

 
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