Heat evaporate in tight loss to Trail Blazers

(Reuters) – Guard Wesley Matthews buried successive three-pointers to cap a stunning late rally as the Portland Trail Blazers stunned the NBA champion Miami Heat with a tense 92-90 win on Thursday.

Trailing 80-68 with just over eight minutes left, Portland finished with a rousing 24-10 run to record their fourth straight win and their ninth in a row at home, improving to 20-15 for the season.

Matthews’ heroics put Portland ahead 91-90 and a LaMarcus Aldridge free throw then made it 92-90 with 10.4 seconds remaining.

Guard Mario Chalmers missed a late three-point attempt as the Heat slipped to their fifth defeat in their last eight games for an overall record of 23-11.

Nicolas Batum led the way for the Trail Blazers with 28 points, forward LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 20 points and 15 rebounds while Matthews finished with 18 points on seven-of-18 shooting.

Though Chris Bosh scored a game-high 29 points for Miami and Dwyane Wade weighed in with 18, the visitors paid the price after being outscored 29-22 in the final quarter.

LeBron James was restricted to 15 points on six-of-16 shooting, ending a run of 54 games including the playoffs with at least 20 points dating back to last season

More in Sports

MVP Shemaine Campbelle accepts her MVP trophy from Match
Referee Grantley Culbard.

Guyana whip Leewards by 96 runs in WICB Women’s T20 tourney

Unbeaten half centuries from Shemaine Campbelle and Lashauna Toussaint helped Guyana hammer the Leeward Islands by 96 runs in the final round of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Women’s T20 tournament.

Dexter Gonsalves

Corley looking to chop down Gonsalves come August

Former world champion, DeMarcus ’Chop Chop’ Corley (46-27-1, 26 KO’s)’s career has seen him fight in more than 15 countries across the globe.

brenessa et al

Local athletes, chef-de-mission set to depart for Rio

With 10 days until the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the world’s best athletes are starting to arrive in the host nation.

default placeholder

Defending champs storm into semi-finals

Defending champions Wismar/ Christianburg Secondary stormed their way into the semi-finals of the Digicel Schools football championships by dismantling Region #6 winners Tutorial Secondary 6-0 in their quarterfinal fixture yesterday at the Leonora Sports Facility.

default placeholder

FIFA ethics panel bans ex-head of German FA for one year

ZURICH, (Reuters) – FIFA’s Ethics Committee has banned Wolfgang Niersbach, the former president of the German Football Association, for one year for failing to report potential misconduct surrounding the award of the 2006 soccer World Cup in Germany.

default placeholder

Michael Jordan speaks against both police killings, targeting of police

(Reuters) Basketball legend Michael Jordan spoke out on police violence yesterday and announced two $1 million grants, to civil rights group NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund and to a group that works on improving police relations with communities.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: