Winderman: Former Georgetown brawlers Ewing, Mourning unite for South Africa

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The enduring memory of Alonzo Mourning and Patrick Ewing is of Georgetown alums who didn’t allow their Hoya loyalties to get in the way of a healthy scrum.

See: Heat-Knicks, circa late-’90s.

Yet Tuesday, as the two spoke on an NBA-arranged conference call to detail their participation, along with fellow former Hoya Dikembe Mutombo, on an upcoming Basketball Without Borders tour of South Africa, the former All-Star centers and fierce playoff combatants had no interest in fanning any flames.

Instead, the duo addressed the brawl earlier this week in China between a Georgetown touring summer team and a Chinese professional team.

Mourning, who now works as a Miami Heat executive, serves on Georgetown’s board of directors.

“I speak for all of our board members and all of the representatives of the university, and that’s not Georgetown and that’s not the image we portray,” he said.

The two teams eventually met at the airport to sort our differences after their exhibition was cut short by the brawl that eventually was featured prominently on ESPN.

“This was an opportunity for the university to get some global exposure, and this is not the image you want to portray,” Mourning said.

“But I don’t know all the facts and how everything went down. You just hate to see things like that. Just hopefully the thought of it can diminish sooner than later because that’s not what the university is about.”

Ewing, an Orlando Magic assistant coach, acknowledged the moment as a black eye for the Hoyas program.

“You try to move past it,” he said.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IraHeatBeat.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook go head-to-head, literally (video)

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This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.

The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.

Harrison Barnes banks in game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer (video)

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With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.

Emphasis on “almost.”

The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.

Heat snap Celtics’ 16-game winning streak

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The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.

After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.

The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.

Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.

The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.

Serge Ibaka gets dunked on by Enes Kanter, hit in face by ball (video)

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Is Enes Kanter mad Serge Ibaka rifted with his family?

(No, not this family. That family.)