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NBA:Spurs close out year by crushing Heat

‘THROTTLED’Michael Beasley and Dwyane Wade were allowed to rest the last quarter and watch the massacre, with Miami only managing 10 field goals in the second half

AFP , SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

“[We disrupted Nowitzki] a little bit,” Landry said. “I’ve played against him a few times. This is my third year, so I kind of understand what he likes to do and his strengths. I just tried to take away his strengths.”

■THUNDER V JAZZ

AFP, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA

Kevin Durant scored 31 points, but it was Nick Collison’s free throws with 4.5 seconds left that sealed Oklahoma City’s 87-86 NBA victory over Utah on Thursday.

Collison came up with the ball after Durant missed a jump shot and was fouled by Paul Millsap.

Collison, who had missed three of his previous four free throws, made both as the Thunder notched their first five-game winning streak in more than four years.

Ronnie Price missed a three-pointer at the final buzzer for the Jazz, who got a final surge from Deron Williams to pull ahead before Collison’s game-winning free throws.

Carlos Boozer scored 17 points, and Mehmet Okur had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Utah. Williams scored 10 of his 14 points in the last five minutes, including a three-point play in the final minute that gave the Jazz the lead.

Durant surpassed 30 points for the sixth straight game, tying a club record set by Spencer Haywood in January 1972.

The victory gave the Thunder an 18-14 record, the same as the Jazz. At this time last year, their New Year’s Eve victory over Golden State was only their fourth of the season.

In other NBA action, it was:

• Bulls 98, Pistons 87

• Clippers 104, 76ers 88

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