NBA: Heat, Celtics flexes their muscle in Eastern conference

December 21, 2019

Basketball

  • NBA Eastern Conference contenders Boston, Toronto, Miami and Indiana moved closer to pace-setting Milwaukee with triumphs Friday while injury-hit Dallas, powered by Kristaps Porzingis, routed the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Latvian forward Porzingis scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 27 points, 19 in the first quarter, as a Mavericks squad – lacking injured Slovenian star guard Luka Doncic – ripped host Philadelphia 117-98.
  • Indiana blasted visiting Sacramento 119-105 as T.J. Warren scored 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting to lead seven double-figure scorers for the Pacers (20-9), who collected their fifth consecutive victory.
  • Damian Lillard scored 36 points and CJ McCollum added 31 to power the Portland Trail Blazers over visiting Orlando 118-103, giving the hosts their season-high third win in a scorers while Duncan Robinson and Slovenian reserve Goran Dragic each added 18 to power the Heat (21-8) over visiting New York 129-114. Bobby Portis had 30 points off the bench for the Knicks.

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