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Heat rally late, top Trail Blazers 116-109

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Courtesy: The Associated Press Courtesy: The Associated Press

BY TIM REYNOLDS, AP BASKETBALL WRITER

MIAMI (AP) — After Goran Dragic got thrown out, the Miami Heat got inspired.

Chris Bosh scored 29 points, Hassan Whiteside shook off a slow first half to finish with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-109 on Sunday.

Dwyane Wade finished with 18 points and seven assists for Miami. Luol Deng made his first five 3-point tries and finished with 17 for the Heat, who trailed by 12 at one point and were down 10 at the half. Gerald Green also scored 17 — including a pair of big 3's in the final minutes.

The Heat shot 57 percent and played the final 13:37 without Dragic, who was ejected for the first time in his career after arguing two foul calls.

Damian Lillard scored 32 points and had nine assists for Portland, which dropped its third straight. CJ McCollum scored 20 points for the Trail Blazers, who got 16 from Al-Farouq Aminu.

But they couldn't control Whiteside after halftime, with the Heat center getting 18 points and nine rebounds in the final 24 minutes.

Portland led 62-52 at the half, and Miami tied it with a 12-2 run to open the third quarter.

From there, wildness ensued.

Dragic expressed displeasure twice in a three-minute span with fouls called on him by referee James Williams, who quickly tacked on technicals after each and ejected the Heat guard. Wade got a technical shortly after Dragic's first one for saying something to Ed Malloy, and Malloy then gave Miami its fourth of the quarter — all in a span of 4:48 — when Whiteside spiked the ball in celebration of blocking two shots as the period was expiring.

Bosh had 11 of Miami's first 13 points in the fourth, Green had consecutive 3s to give Miami a six-point lead — then its largest — with about 5 minutes left and Whiteside slammed home an alley-oop pass from Wade with 44.3 seconds left to seal the win.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Portland outrebounded Miami 19-6 in the game's first 13 minutes. ... The Blazers fell to 1-8 against the Eastern Conference, and have dropped 12 of 13 against that side of the league going back to last season. ... Portland fell to 10-3 when reaching the 105-point mark. The Blazers are 1-15 when they don't get to that number.

Heat: Whiteside's first block Sunday was his 100th of the season; no other NBA player had more than 69 entering the day. ... Seems Miami will face Brandon Jennings on Tuesday. Detroit recalled the star guard Sunday, putting him in line for his first NBA action since rupturing his left Achilles on Jan. 24. ... Dragic had the assist on each of Miami's first five baskets.

EARLY RISERS

A 1 p.m. tip-off was rare for the Heat — and probably felt even more strange to Portland, since it was 10 a.m. on their normal West Coast body clocks.

"At least we're on East Coast time," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Blazers coach Terry Stotts found a silver lining in the oddity, in that his team was slated to get into Atlanta by early evening and wasn't planning for the middle-of-the-night arrival that is the NBA travel norm.

"It used to be if you played an afternoon game, it meant it was like national television. ... It's an adjustment but I like it for a change of pace," Stotts said.

The early start might have been good practice for the Heat: They play host to New Orleans at noon on Friday to kick off the NBA's Christmas Day lineup.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: At Atlanta on Monday.

Heat: Host Detroit on Tuesday.

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