Nets finish season sweep of Heat
Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Mason Plumlee was credited with a block on LeBron James’ dunk attempt in the final seconds, and the Brooklyn Nets finished off a four-game season sweep of Miami by beating the Heat 88-87 on Tuesday night.
The Associated Press
MIAMI — Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Mason Plumlee was credited with a block on LeBron James’ dunk attempt in the final seconds, and the Brooklyn Nets finished off a four-game season sweep of Miami by beating the Heat 88-87 on Tuesday night.
It was the third time Brooklyn beat Miami by a single point; the other win came in double overtime.
Marcus Thornton scored 16 points and Paul Pierce added 14 for the Nets, who became the first team in the past two years to sweep the Heat. Miami was the only team in the league to beat every team last season and would have repeated that feat with a win Tuesday.
James had 29 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Heat, which remained a half-game ahead of Indiana, and one in the loss column, in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Chris Bosh scored 12 and Norris Cole added 10 for Miami.
Up by one, Johnson took a jumper that was way off with 11 seconds left. Miami controlled the rebound and the ball was sent to James, who attacked the rim and went up for a dunk that Plumlee contested.
“It was a foul,” James said. “That’s my thought. I should have been at the line to shoot two. What are you going to do? He grabbed my right hand.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Caron Butler made all six of his three-point attempts to finish with 23 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder started the fourth quarter on a 16-0 run to pull away for a 107-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Kevin Durant scored 23 points but was never needed in the final quarter, stopping his streak of scoring at least 25 points in 41 consecutive games.
“I was getting so many texts after every game. I’m glad that’s over with and we can just focus on the team,” said Durant, who shot 8 for 13 in 31 minutes.
Oklahoma City (56-21) is 1½ games ahead of the Clippers (55-23) for the West’s No. 2 playoff seed going into their game Wednesday night.
SALT LAKE CITY — Dirk Nowitzki has bumped the “Big O” out of the top 10 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Nowitzki became the 10th-leading scorer in NBA history with a 21-point performance on 9-of-11 shooting in the Dallas Mavericks’ 95-83 win against the Utah Jazz, giving him 26,714 points in his career. Nowitzki passed Oscar Robertson, who finished his Hall of Fame career with 26,710 points, when Nowitzki swished a midrange jumper in the fourth quarter.
• Steve Nash moved into third place on the NBA’s career assists list during the Los Angeles Lakers’ 145-130 loss to the visiting Houston Rockets. Nash has 10,335 assists but trails John Stockton (15,806) and Jason Kidd (12,091).
• Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak agreed to a multiyear contract extension. The Lakers’ loss Tuesday was their 53rd, matching the franchise record set in 1958.
• Rodney Stuckey from Kentwood High School scored 29 points and the Detroit Pistons snapped a 10-game skid in Atlanta with a 102-95 victory over the Hawks.