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NBA roundup: Goran Dragic propels Heat to victory over Trail Blazers

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 5, 2020

Miami’s Goran Dragic runs into the knee of Portland’s Kent Bazemore during second-half action on Sunday in Miami. (Wilfredo Lee / AP)
Miami’s Goran Dragic runs into the knee of Portland’s Kent Bazemore during second-half action on Sunday in Miami. (Wilfredo Lee / AP)
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Goran Dragic had 29 points and 13 assists, Bam Adebayo added 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting and the Miami Heat never trailed in a 122-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night in Miami.

Dragic tied a career best with seven 3-pointers. Derrick Jones Jr. scored 19 points for the Heat, who got 14 from Kendrick Nunn and 12 points in 22 minutes from little-used James Johnson – who was called upon largely because Miami was without Jimmy Butler.

Tyler Herro scored 11 points for Miami, as did Meyers Leonard in his first game against his former team.

Damian Lillard led Portland with 34 points and 12 assists. Former Heat center Hassan Whiteside, booed almost every time he touched the ball, finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds for Portland. Anfernee Simons scored 19 points off the bench.

Miami improved the NBA’s best home record to 17-1 – two wins shy of its home total for 41 games last season – and is 10-0 after losses.

Both teams were missing starters unexpectedly. Miami was without Butler, who was ruled out because of back soreness. Portland’s CJ McCollum was out with an upper-respiratory infection.

Timberwolves 118, Cavaliers 103: In Cleveland, Gorgui Dieng scored 22 points, Shabazz Napier had 21 and Minnesota blew a 25-point lead before regrouping to beat Cleveland.

Cleveland rested disgruntled forward Kevin Love and may have lost rookie Kevin Porter Jr. for an extended period with a knee injury.

Andrew Wiggins came back after missing four games with the flu and scored 15 points for the Timberwolves. They won for just the fourth time in 16 games.

Dante Exum, recently acquired in a trade with Utah, scored a career-high 28 points – 24 in the second half – for the Cavs. They dropped their fourth in a row amid drama surrounding Love, whose absence for rest came a night after he showed frustration toward teammates in a loss to Oklahoma City.

Clippers 135, Knicks 132: In Los Angeles, Montrezl Harrell scored 34 points, Paul George and Lou Williams added 32 apiece and Los Angeles bounced back from an ugly loss to beat New York.

A day after a 26-point loss to Memphis in another matinee, the Clippers had a least three players score at least 30 points for the first time in franchise history.

Marcus Morris led New York with 38 points. RJ Barrett added 24.

Grizzlies 121, Suns 114: In Phoenix, Jonas Valanciunas scored 30 points, Dillon Brooks added 19 and Memphis won its second game in two days, holding off Phoenix.

Valanciunas shot 12 of 16 from the field, and Brooks made five 3-pointers before fouling out in the final minute. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 15 points and eight rebounds. Memphis has won five of its past eight games, including two of three on its current trip.

Devin Booker led the Suns with 40 points to break the franchise record for consecutive games with at least 30 with six. Charles Barkley and Charlie Scott shared the previous mark.

Lakers 106, Pistons 99: In Los Angeles, LeBron James had a triple-double and Anthony Davis just missed one as Los Angeles rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Detroit.

James finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, while Davis added 24 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks.

The Lakers outscored Detroit 31-20 in the fourth quarter.

Derrick Rose topped the Pistons with 28 points off the bench. Andre Drummond pitched in with 12 points and 18 rebounds.

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