Dec. 13 (Reuters) – Josh Richardson scored 24 points off the bench and Keldon Johnson blocked the potential deciding shot in the final seconds as the San Antonio Spurs held on to a wild 112-111 win over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
Spurs led by 16 points at the break and 92-78 after three quarters, but Cleveland came back 3-04 to 110-106 after two free throws from Jarrett Allen. A basket from Devin Vassell was met by two foul shots from Darius Garland 1:38 left.
Donovan Mitchell’s putback layup with 53 seconds remaining put Cleveland to two points, and a free throw by Evan Mobley with 37.9 seconds left made it 112-111. After Tre Jones missed a reverse layup with 12.6 seconds left, the Cavaliers had a shot at the win, but Mitchell’s layup with 6.7 seconds left was blocked by Johnson.
Garland then missed a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left, and Vassell stole Mitchell’s rebound to secure the win. Mitchell’s 28 points led all scorers while Caris LeVert added 23 from the bench.
Heat 87, Pacer 82
Jimmy Butler scored seven of his 20 points during a crucial fourth-quarter run to lead Miami to an Indiana loss in Indianapolis.
Bam Adebayo joined Butler as Miami’s only other scorer in double figures. He finished with 22 points, 15 of them in the first half. Adebayo also grabbed 12 of his game-high 17 rebounds before the break.
Buddy Hield, who set a team high with 19 points, made a 3-point shot in the last minute to put Indiana to four points, but the host’s Pacers couldn’t get any closer after Butler’s crucial upset. Andrew Nembhard scored 18 points for the Pacers. Myles Turner recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Nets 112, Wizards 100
Kevin Durant scored a game-high 30 points and led a roster of returning players in double figures as the Brooklyn visit continued to surge with a win over Washington.
The Nets won for the eighth time in nine games as Durant, Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, Joe Harris, Seth Curry, TJ Warren and Nic Claxton returned after missing out on Brooklyn’s win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Irving added 24 points, including nine during a run in the second quarter that saw the Nets finally take the lead.
Will Barton scored 22 points off the bench for the slinging Wizards, who have lost seven straight games and 10-of-11. Kyle Kuzma had 20 points and Kristaps Porzingis also scored 20 before retiring with a low back strain. Washington got no closer than eight in the fourth as Brooklyn led by as much as 16.
Grizzlies 128, Hawks 103
Tyus Jones had 22 points and a season-high 11 assists, and host Memphis won their sixth straight game and earned a win over undermanned Atlanta.
Jones was out of the field 8-for-14, including four 3-pointers to go along with three steals. Dillon Brooks added 18 points, Santi Aldama had 16, and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 15 points, seven rebounds and a career-high eight blocked shots. The Grizzlies let seven players score double digits.
The Hawks played without four starters — Trae Young (rear), Clint Capela (left Achilles), John Collins (left ankle) and Dejounte Murray (left ankle) — as well as top reserve Bogdan Bogdanovic (injury management). De’Andre Hunter, the only regular in the lineup, led by 19 points.
Misfits 121, Thunder 114
Luka Doncic scored 38 points and narrowly missed a triple-double to lead hosts Dallas to a win over Oklahoma City.
Doncic added 11 rebounds and eight assists. Spencer Dinwiddie was also close to a triple-double, finishing the game with 20 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. The Mavericks needed a big offensive performance as Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted a career-high 42 points.
Gilgeous-Alexander ended in a riot, with six points and an assist in the final 2:03 to cut Dallas’ lead to five with 28.1 seconds remaining. But Reggie Bullock hit two free throws and Maxi Kleber had a late steal to decide the game for the Mavericks. Dallas notched 22 3-pointers, their second most of the season, with Tim Hardaway Jr. leading the Mavericks with six.
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