Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic goes up to shoot in front of Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo (11) as forward Aaron Gordon (00) and forward Jonathon Simmons (17) watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. — Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic took over in the second half Saturday night, leading the Miami Heat back from an 18-point deficit in a 117-11 victory over the Orlando Magic.Johnson scored 22 points in the third quarter and Dragic had 14 in the fourth to help Miami avoid a second straight embarrassing defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Nurmagomedov beats Barboza at UFC 219 The Magic (12-25) lost for the 10th time in 11 games despite shooting 54 percent.“This hurts,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “Our guys played their hearts out, played with great effort. I felt like they deserved to win, but you’ve got to get stops down the stretch and we weren’t able to do that.”Just one night after a 24-point loss to Brooklyn, the Heat (19-17) shot 63 percent in the second half in winning for the eighth time in 12 games.“Basically halftime was about them. I stepped back and let them talk and figure it out,” Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said. “It was a much different disposition in the second half. I was speechless after that game last night. I feel like that a little bit right now.”Orlando led 68-50 early in the second half when Johnson led Miami back into the game. He made 10 of 11 shots including a couple of 3-pointers. His only miss of the quarter was a long buzzer shot that left the Heat down 92-86.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Aaron Gordon scored 39 points for the Magic, who took a commanding lead with 24 fast-break points in a 66-point first half.“They were running us out of the gym,” said Johnson, who finished with a season-high 31 points. “We couldn’t seem to stop anything in transition. It was hard to get into an offensive rhythm because we were using all our energy trying to run back on defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOrlando got only two points off the break in the second half.“In the second half we completely changed the game,” said Dragic, who finished with 25 points and eight assists. “We defended them in the halfcourt, and I think that was the ball game.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Tyler was tremendous, player of the game for us,” Spoelstra said. “Really inspiring. Other guys wanted to step up for him.”SLOW START FOR JOHNSONJohnson’s big night started with a nearly invisible first half in which he missed three of four shots. “Really the ball just started going in,” he said. “I felt like in the first half I wasn’t very assertive, kind of like what I was doing early in the season when I wasn’t putting my fingerprints on the game.”TIP-INSHeat: Johnson’s 22-point third quarter was a season high for Miami and only three points short of his personal season high for a game before Saturday night.Magic: Rookie F Jonathan Isaac will be placed in an injury rehabilitation and conditioning program and will be out indefinitely. Isaac has played only 36 minutes in three games since spraining his right ankle Nov. 11.UP NEXTHeat: Host Detroit on Wednesday night.Magic: At Brooklyn on Monday night. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
PICO RIVERA – Fearing Pico Rivera could get caught with no regulations in place for medical marijuana dispensaries, the City Council has unanimously moved to put a temporary ban on any such facilities until it can establish rules for them. Already, the city has received several inquiries from parties interested in opening medical marijuana collectives, said City Manager Chuck Fuentes. Officials said they wanted to avoid a repeat of what happened three years ago, when an all-nude strip club opened for business within a small shopping center on Slauson Avenue near a McDonald’s restaurant, a school and a neighborhood of homes. At the time, the city’s zoning ordinances governing adult businesses prohibited strip clubs from opening anywhere in Pico Rivera except in areas zoned for commercial and manufacturing uses. City officials moved to shut down the club, but the owners of Imperial Showgirls sued Pico Rivera and won, arguing that the 23-year-old zoning restrictions were outdated and provided no place in the city where a strip club could open. “We want to be on more solid ground this time,” Fuentes said Wednesday, “with a zoning ordinance in place so \ can only open in certain parts of the city.” The council also is following the lead of Whittier’s council, which approved an ordinance in January that allows medical marijuana dispensaries but only in commercial and industrial zones, Pico Rivera City Councilman Ron Beilke said. Before approving the ordinance, the Whittier council adopted a moratorium on the dispensaries while the city’s attorney and planning staffers worked out details of the new regulations. “Given that Whittier has already walked this path, we want to do the same,” Beilke said. However, in Whittier’s case, its ordinance was adopted after a medical marijuana collective already had moved into a medical center, without the city’s knowledge. Because of that, the city had no choice but to allow the Whittier Collective to continue operating in the medical center location. Increasingly, smaller cities are finding themselves caught between the proverbial rock and hard place, having to choose whether to observe a state law that allows marijuana to be used for medical reasons – and with a doctor’s prescription – and federal law that makes its possession and use illegal. Some cities that have banned marijuana dispensaries based on federal law have found themselves facing lawsuits. Fuentes said, as far as he knows, no marijuana dispensaries now exist in Pico Rivera. According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ Web site, dispensaries exist in Whittier, Hacienda Heights, Long Beach and Anaheim, but there are none in Pico Rivera. With Tuesday’s directive from the council, officials now have 45 days to come up with zoning rules and other regulations for marijuana dispensaries. “We are going to come up with an appropriate policy using all the tools at our disposal to regulate such a facility, if it was allowed to exist,” said Fuentes. But Bill Britt, a member of the Whittier Collective and executive director of the Association of Patient Advocates, said the council’s action showed no compassion for patients who rely on marijuana for pain relief. “It seems like a last-ditch effort so they don’t have to comply with state law,” he said. “They know if they did an out-and-out ban, they could be sued.” Fuentes insisted that wasn’t the case. “We just want to do the right thing,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!