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Dragic leads Heat by Blazers in Whiteside's return, 122-111


Derrick Jones Jr. scored 19 points for the Heat, who got 14 from Kendrick Nunn and 12 in 22 minutes from little-used Johnson -- who was called upon largely because Miami was without Butler.


Former Heat center Hassan Whiteside, booed almost every time he touched the ball, finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds for Portland.


Anfernee Simons scored 19 points off the bench for Portland, which cut a 24-point deficit to nine in the third quarter but no closer.


Heat: Justise Winslow (bone bruise in back) missed his 15th consecutive game, though is apparently on the cusp of returning.


As part of Miami’s “Home Strong” program, retired Air Force brigadier general Chuck Yeager -- the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound -- was honored before the game.


Since the inception of the Home Strong program, the Heat have honored over 750 military personnel and their families on center court prior to the national anthem.






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