Durant, Irving lead Nets past Heat, 128-124

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2021 16:19:41 +0000

NEW YORK: Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving took over late and had 28, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame Bam Adebayo’s career-high 41 points to beat the Miami Heat, 128-124, on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila).

James Harden finished with 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, and the Nets won for the first time with their three superstars playing together. They lost consecutive games with dismal defensive efforts in Cleveland and barely got enough stops to hold off a short-handed Heat team that had been limited to 81 points a night earlier.

Miami Heat’s Gabe Vincent (No. 2) defends against Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant (No. 7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York on Jan. 23, 2021. AP PHOTO

But Irving helped pull them through with 12 points in the final 5:48 after the Heat had erased nearly all of an 18-point deficit.

Joe Harris added 23 points and seven 3-pointers for Brooklyn.

Goran Dragic scored 19 points, and Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson each had 18 for the Heat. Adebayo also had nine assists while blowing past his previous best scoring night of 30 points.

76ers 114, Pistons 110
DETROIT (AP) — Joel Embiid had 33 points and 14 rebounds, and his two free throws with 7.2 seconds left helped Philadelphia seal a victory over Detroit.

Ben Simmons added 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the 76ers, and he made a couple of big free throws of his own in the final minute. Philadelphia is atop the Eastern Conference but didn’t push its lead over the last-place Pistons into double figures until early in the fourth quarter. That was when Dwight Howard’s dunk put the 76ers up, 99-88.

Detroit trailed, 110-108, after Jerami Grant made a 3-pointer with 28.5 seconds left, but Simmons calmly made two free throws to push the lead to four. Delon Wright’s layup made it 112-110, but Embiid closed the game out with his free throws and finished 12 of 17 from the line.

Wayne Ellington scored 17 points for the Pistons.

Timberwolves 120, Pelicans 110
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Naz Reid scored 20 points and Minnesota beat New Orleans to snap a four-game losing streak.

Anthony Edwards scored 18 points, and Jared Vanderbilt set career highs with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota.

Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 30 points. Eric Bledsoe added 28, and Zion Williamson had 19 points and 11 rebounds.