Dragic scores 21, Heat beat Suns 115-98 as tensions run high
MIAMI (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 26 points and Goran Dragic added 21 against his former team as the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 115-98 on Monday in a game that included two third-quarter altercations.
Hassan Whiteside finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds before getting ejected for Miami, which got 16 points and nine assists from Dwyane Wade.
P.J. Tucker had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns, who also got 20 points from Eric Bledsoe. Markieff Morris and Brandon Knight scored 13 apiece.
In all, there were five player technical fouls, three ejections and two flagrant fouls assessed in the third quarter alone, the 12 minutes of play needing 42 minutes to complete.
Morris was ejected for a flagrant-2 foul against Dragic in the third quarter, and Whiteside and Alex Len were both tossed later in the period after getting tangled up under the Miami basket.
Brooklyn’s Jarrett Jack made a tiebreaking jump shot with 1.1 seconds left as the Nets overcame Stephen Curry’s stirring fourth-quarter comeback attempt to beat the Golden State Warriors 110-108.
Curry brought the Warriors back from 10 points down with under 4 minutes left to tie it, but couldn’t get a final shot off after Jack’s jumper. Curry finished with 26 points, 18 in the final period and Andrew Bogut scored 16 for Golden State
Brook Lopez had 26 points and Deron Williams 22 for the Nets.
In Minneapolis, Chris Paul had 26 points and 14 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers allowed only one field goal in the fourth quarter to outlast the Minnesota Timberwolves 110-105.
J.J. Redick scored 18 points before getting ejected in the fourth and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 18 rebounds, his ninth straight game with at least 15 boards. Glen Davis scored 12 points off the bench to help the Clippers get their seventh win in nine games.
The Toronto Raptors ended a five-game losing streak by downing the Philadelphia 76ers 114-103 after DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 35 points and Lou Williams had 21, while the Dallas Mavericks defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 102-93.