NBA says key call was missed late in Heat-Warriors game

MIAMI — Golden State’s Kevin Durant should have been called for a discontinued dribble on the Warriors’ final possession of what became their 120-118 win over the Miami Heat, the NBA said Monday in a report detailing all calls made in the last 2 minutes of the game.

Golden State made a pair of free throws on that possession, the final points of the game.

The league, in its Last Two Minute Report that is released after close games, said it reviewed multiple video angles to determine that Durant’s dribble was not interrupted by the ball making inadvertent contact with the foot or shin of Heat defender Justise Winslow and “a discontinued dribble should have been called on Durant.”

Sparks re-sign veteran Beard

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Sparks have re-signed guard-forward Alana Beard, the reigning WNBA defensive player of the year.

The 13-year veteran has career averages of 11.6 points and 1.7 steals. She joined the Sparks in 2012 and was a starter on the club’s 2016 WNBA championship team.

Beard is a four-time All-Star and has been named to the league’s All-Defensive Team nine times.

She was drafted second overall by Washington in 2004 after playing at Duke.

Kalitta, Hight win at NHRA season opener

POMONA — Doug Kalitta, Robert Hight and Bo Butner were victorious at the NHRA season opener.

Kalitta took home the Top Fuel victory with a 4.014-second pass at 269.29 mph in his Mac Tools dragster, defeating defending series champion Steve Torrence in the final round Monday. The finale was postponed a day because of rain.

After qualifying in the seventh position, Kalitta took down Scott Palmer, Billy Torrence and Terry McMillen on the road to victory.

Hight powered to the Funny Car win with a run of 3.881 at 329.75 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet, taking down Jack Beckman.

Hight sat atop of the category following qualifying and took down Terry Haddock, Bob Tasca III and team owner John Force en route to his 46th career win.

In Pro Stock, it was a rematch of the 2018 Winternationals. Butner defended his event title against teammate Jason Line.

The 2019 season continues with the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

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