Whiteside has 28 and the Heat hold off the Blazers 118-108

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 06, 2019 02:42 PM
Whiteside has 28 and the Heat hold off the Blazers 118-108
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, right, hits a shot over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hassan Whiteside had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and the Miami Heat snapped a three-game losing streak with a 118-108 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).

Dwyane Wade added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Heat in the first of a five-game road trip.

CJ McCollum had 33 points for the Trail Blazers, who had won three straight but were coming off a five-day layoff. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for Portland at home.

Miami led by 15 points heading into the final quarter but Portland rallied with a 9-2 run capped by Seth Curry's three-pointer that pulled the Blazers to 96-88. Evan Turner's layup and free throw got the Blazers closer.

McCollum's three-pointer closed the gap to 101-100 with 6:54 left. James Johnson answered with a triple for Miami to momentarily slow Portland's momentum until Meyers Leonard's three.

Whiteside's basket and a pair of free throws from Johnson kept Miami in front 108-103, and the Heat were able to hold off the Blazers the rest of the way.

Miami was coming off an 0-3 homestand, capped by a 95-88 loss Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) to Indiana, The Heat had 24 turnovers in the loss.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra inserted Kelly Olynyk into the starting lineup, replacing Johnson. It was Olynyk's sixth start of the season.

Portland was coming off a 132-105 victory at home over the Jazz last Wednesday (last Thursday, PHL time). Jusuf Nurkic did not play because of right knee soreness, but he started against the Heat.

Rodney Hood, acquired by the Trail Blazers in a trade with Cleveland on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), did not play. He arrived in Portland on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) and had not had a workout with the team.

The Heat led by as many as nine points in the opening quarter. Tyler Johnson's layup gave the Heat a 56-44 lead with 3:51 left in the first half. Whiteside's free throws stretched the lead.

The Heat were up 55-62 going into the break, paced by Josh Richardson with 16 points. Jake Layman came off the bench and led the Blazers with 16.

Whiteside's short jumper gave the Heat a 75-63 lead midway through the third period, making him 7-for-7 from the floor to that point.

Portland began to close the gap a bit with CJ McCollum's three-pointer pulling the Blazers to 77-70 but Miami led 94-79 heading into the final quarter.


Hood met the media for the first time as a Trail Blazer before the game. He said it was no secret he wanted out of Cleveland, but it was kind of a surprise when he got the call as he was headed to a Super Bowl party.

He thought he'd be a deadline deal, and he never expected Portland. The Blazers sent Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin and two future second-round picks to the Cavaliers in exchange.

"It's a really good fit for me, personality-wise, game-wise, everything," Hood said about the move. "I'm looking forward to a fresh start here."

Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he expects Hood to be available on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) when the Blazers host San Antonio.


Heat: Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr., did not travel with the team. Dragic is recovering from right knee surgery and Jones has missed four games with a bone bruise in his right knee. ... Wade was treated to a standing ovation from many in the Moda Center crowd when he came into the game in the opening period.

Trail Blazers: It became official on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), both Curry and Damian Lillard will take part in the 3-point contest at the All-Star game. "I think it's a great opportunity for Seth to compete against his brother in Charlotte, that's awesome, and for Dame to get another shot at it, it's terrific," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. ... Lillard finished with 13 points and 10 assists. ... Layman finished with 25 points.


Heat: At Sacramento on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

Trail Blazers: Host San Antonio on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).

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