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NBA Roundup: Orlando Beats Horn, Sliding Cavs

  • Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) falls over Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) after they both chased the loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)



Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Orlando, Fla. — Evan Fournier hit a long jumper at the final horn and the Orlando Magic came back from a five-point deficit in the last 24 seconds to beat the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-100, on Monday night.

Fournier took an inbounds pass with 1.8 seconds left after Nikola Vucevic blocked George Hill’s shot at the other end, and the ball went out of bounds off Hill.

J.R. Smith’s 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds remaining had given the Cavaliers a 100-95 lead until Aaron Gordon scored for the Magic with 23.8 seconds to go.

Rockets 98, Pacers 94

Indianapolis — James Harden made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 34.8 seconds left and then closed out Houston’s victory at Indiana by making four straight free throws.

The reigning MVP scored 28 points as the Rockets won their third straight since starting 1-5. And the victories have been coming in large part because of an improving defense. It’s the fourth time in six games the usually high-scoring Rockets failed to hit the 100-point mark.

Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and made two 3s in the final minute to cut the deficit to 94-93 but it wasn’t enough as Indiana’s three-game winning streak ended.

Heat 120, Pistons 115 (ot)

Detroit — Josh Richardson scored 27 points to lead shorthanded Miami past Detroit in overtime.

Richardson hit four free throws in the final 2.1 seconds to clinch it, ending Miami’s three-game skid. Detroit has dropped five in a row.

The Heat played without center Hassan Whiteside, who is second in the NBA in rebounding (14.6 per game) and blocked shots (2.75). Whiteside missed the game with an injured right knee.

Thunder 122, Pelicans 116

Oklahoma City — Oklahoma City won its fifth straight game by beating New Orleans, but the Thunder lost star point guard Russell Westbrook with a sprained left ankle.

After coming down hard on the side of his foot, Westbrook pounded the ground in frustration before limping off the court. The Thunder led 84-77 when he left the game with 4:25 left in the third quarter.

Oklahoma City went on a run without its star to close the third quarter and led 100-86 at the end of the period.

Bulls 116, Knicks 115 (2 ot)

New York — Zach LaVine scored a career-high 41 points, including the game-winning free throw with 0.2 seconds left, as Chicago beat New York in double overtime.

Antonio Blakeney scored 17 points, Jabari Parker had 15 and Wendell Carter Jr. added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls.

Enes Kanter led the Knicks with 23 points and 24 rebounds while Allonzo Trier scored 21.