Bam Adebayo scored 30 points, including a pair of free throws to put Miami up for good with 35 seconds left, and the Heat rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Phoenix Suns 113-112 on Monday night.
Phoenix had three shots to win on its final possession – a missed layup by Cameron Payne, a jumper from Devin Booker that Jimmy Butler blocked, and then a 3-pointer from Booker that fell short.
Butler finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for Miami. Caleb Martin and Kyle Lowry each scored 15 for Miami, which got back to .500 at 7-7.
Bam Adebayo (13) goes up for a shot over Phoenix Suns forward Torrey Craig (0) in second half
Booker led Phoenix with 25 points, and Duane Washington Jr. added 21. Deandre Ayton finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who shot only four free throws compared to 25 for Miami.
De’Andre Hunter scored 24 points and Trae Young had 21 points and nine assists, leading Atlanta over Milwaukee 121-106.
Clint Capela added 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Hawks won for the fifth time in seven games. Dejounte Murray also scored 19, and John Collins had 16 points and nine boards.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, who missed the previous two games and three of the past four with left knee soreness, scored 27 points in 31 minutes. The Bucks have lost three of four after a 9-0 start.
It was the third meeting between the teams in 16 days. MarJon Beauchamp had 20 points for the Bucks, who dropped to 7-1 at home.
Adebayo of the Miami Heat dunks the ball during the game against the Phoenix Suns
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors beat San Antonio Spurs 132-95 as returning Jordan Poole scored a season-best 36 points.
A performance fitting of a Poole Party, indeed: He shot 13 for 20 and knocked down five 3-pointers. With 10:36 left in the game, Poole hit a 3 under pressure and the ball bounced high against the backboard and fell through and he converted a free throw for the four-point play.
Poole received a warm ovation when he left for good at the 8:04 mark of the fourth quarter following his 13th career game with 30 or more points.
Stephen Curry added 16 points, five rebounds and five assists playing 27 minutes and Andrew Wiggins scored 10 for the Warriors in the second game of a back-to-back after they lost 122-115 at Sacramento on Sunday to fall to 0-7 on the road.
Jordan Poole of Golden State Warriors reacts after making a basket against San Antonio Spurs
Dalano Banton scored 27 points and Chris Boucher added 20 as short-handed Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak with a 115-111 victory over Detroit.
O.G. Anunoby added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who played without Fred VanVleet (non-COVID-19 illness), Pascal Siakam (abdominal strain) and Gary Trent (hip).
Rookie guard Jaden Ivey scored 21 for the Pistons, who lost their fourth straight. Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points.
Dalano Banton of the Toronto Raptors dribbles the ball during the game against Detroit Pistons
While LaMelo Ball had 17 points and nine assists as Charlotte stopped an eight-game slide by beating Orlando 112-105.
Seven players scored in double figures for the Hornets, including their entire starting lineup. Mason Plumlee had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Terry Rozier scored 17, and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 16.
Franz Wagner scored 23 points and Wendell Carter Jr. added 20 for Orlando, but the Magic committed 22 turnovers.
Ball, who missed the Hornets’ 113-93 loss at Orlando last month because of a sprained ankle, played in only his second game of the season after missing the first 13.
LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets shoots the ball during game against the Orlando Magic
Paul George scored 22 points in three quarters to lead Los Angeles past Houston 122-106.
George, who also had eight rebounds and five assists, spent the fourth quarter on the bench with the game in hand as Clippers coach Tyronn Lue didn’t play his starters in the final period on the front end of a back-to-back.
Jalen Green scored 25 points and Kevin Porter Jr. added 20 for the Rockets, who dropped their third in a row.
Reggie Jackson had 17 points and six assists to help the Clippers win for the third time in four games.
Paul George of the LA Clippers holds the ball while Jalen Green of Houston Rockets defends
Finally, Josh Giddey’s Oklahoma City have pushed NBA title contenders Boston to the brink, falling just short of a second huge road win in as many days.
Giddey (16 points, seven rebounds, four assists) backed up his triple-double against the New York Knicks barely 24 hours earlier as the Thunder led by as many as 15 in the third quarter.
Boston’s Marcus Smart scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, though, as the new league leaders prevailed 126-122 for a seventh-straight win.