NBA highlights on Feb.10: Durant's 39 points leads Warriors past Heat
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There were five games of NBA action on Sunday, highlighted by two battles: The defending-champion Warriors defeated the Miami Heat in a very narrow affair as the new-look 76ers beat Lebron-led Lakers 143-120.

Warriors edge Heat in a narrow affair

A lackluster start for Golden State turned into a frantic finish and another win thanks to a big shooting night from Keven Durant. 

Durant hit a game-tying 3-pointer in the final minute as part of a 39-point night and DeMarcus Cousins made two free throws with 5.4 seconds to play that helped the Warriors cap a comeback from a 19-point deficit in the first quarter to beat the Miami Heat 120-118 on Sunday.

"We started off sluggish," Durant said. "They made shots, they were excited to play against us. We treated it like it was a Sunday walk in the park. ... After a while, we just locked in."

DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball during the game against Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on February 10, 2019. /VCG Photo

DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball during the game against Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on February 10, 2019. /VCG Photo

Durant was a big reason why, scoring 11 straight points for Golden State down the stretch before finally missing a late 3-pointer that Cousins corralled for a rebound and drew a foul on the put-back attempt that gave the Warriors their 11th double-digit comeback of the season, and second straight after rallying from 17 points down in the first quarter Friday in Phoenix.

The Heat were upset because they believed Durant double-dribbled before that late attempt and that there was a 28-8 free throw disparity in Golden State's favor.

Miami overcame an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game on a 3-pointer by Justise Winslow. Josh Richardson and Dwyane Wade then had back-to-back steals and layups to put the Heat up 118-115 with 51.5 seconds to play.

Durant then tied it with a 3-pointer and Cousins made his big shots after both teams missed from long range to give the Warriors their 15th win in 16 games.

Klay Thompson scored 29 points and Stephen Curry added 25 for Golden State.

Richardson finished with a career-high 37 points with help from eight 3-pointers. 

Embiid leads 76ers past Lebron-led Lakers

Magic Johnson and LeBron James have captured eight NBA titles between them. With Johnson in the stands and James on the court, the Philadelphia 76ers showed off their own championship potential.

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks the ball in the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 10, 2019. /VCG Photo

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks the ball in the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 10, 2019. /VCG Photo

Joel Embiid had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 22 points in his second game with Philadelphia, and the new-look 76ers beat James and the Los Angeles Lakers 143-120 on Sunday.

JJ Redick added 21 points for the Sixers, who have won two straight after acquiring Harris and four others at Thursday's trade deadline. Jimmy Butler finished with 15 points in front of a packed Philly crowd that brought a playoff-like feel to the nationally televised game.

Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 39 points while James had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

James was facing Philadelphia for the first time since the Sixers made a big push to sign the superstar as a free agent last summer. He and Kuzma both missed the last matchup with Philly on January 29, which the Sixers won 121-105.

"I thought they were going to be very good anyway before they made any moves before the season even started,” James said. “And they've made a bunch of moves to improve their club."

Embiid, who was questionable to play because of gastroenteritis, led the charge with 25 points in the first half after lighting up the Lakers for 28 in the teams' first matchup.

Other games on Sunday included: (away teams come first)

Portland Trail Blazers 101 – 102 Dallas Mavericks

Phoenix Suns 104 - 117 Sacramento Kings

Orlando Magic 124 - 108 Atlanta Hawks

Source(s): AP