Dec. 17 – Kyrie Irving hit a tie 3-pointer on the buzzer and the visiting Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors 119-116 on Friday night.
Irving ended with 32 points and Kevin Durant added 28 for the Nets, who have won five straight games and nine-of-10.
Yuta Watanabe had 17 points for the Nets, who won the four-game season series with the Raptors. Nic Claxton had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Ben Simmons and. TJ Warren scored 10 points each.
Fred VanVleet scored 39 points for the Raptors, who have lost four straight and five of six. Scottie Barnes scored 26 points, Pascal Siakam had 17 points and Malachi Flynn had 13 points.
Mavericks 130, Trailblazer 110
Luka Doncic scored 33 points and Christian Wood added a season-high 32 points and 12 rebounds as Dallas used a dominant third quarter to beat the visiting Portland.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 17 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 13 for Dallas, who led by nine at the half before beating the Blazers 38-22 in the third quarter. Doncic added six rebounds and nine assists.
Damian Lillard led Portland with 24 points while Trendon Watford had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists off the bench. Jusuf Nurkic also scored 16 points, Keon Johnson added 13 and Shaedon Sharpe had 10.
Timberwolves 112, Thunder 110
Austin Rivers’ 3-pointer corner with 11.8 seconds remaining helped Minnesota go three games worse and extended host Oklahoma City’s impotence to five games.
The last of Rivers’ 20 points extended a Timberwolves lead from one point to four in the closing seconds, benefiting from a monster defensive play from Anthony Edwards, who finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota. Edwards blocked Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s shot with 29.6 seconds remaining.
Gilgeous-Alexander posted a game-high 35 points. Naz Reid led the Timberwolves with 28 points in 11-of-18 shooting from the floor and grabbed nine rebounds.
Lakers 126, Nuggets 108
LeBron James scored 30 points and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists as Los Angeles overcame a first-half injury to Anthony Davis to earn a win over Denver.
Thomas Bryant scored 21 points for the Lakers, who played the entire second half without Davis after the all-star forward injured his right foot in the first quarter and had eight minutes left in the second period. Davis finished the game with 10 points and four rebounds in 17 minutes.
Nikola Jokic had 25 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists and Jamal Murray added 23 points as the Nuggets ended their three-game winning streak. The loss came in Denver’s only seven-game street contest.
Hawks 125, Hornets 106
Trae Young amassed 31 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 28 points as Atlanta won for the second time in seven games by defeating host Charlotte.
AJ Griffin scored 13 points and ex-Hornet Frank Kaminsky added 12 points to speed reserves for the Hawks, who shot 54.7 percent from the field.
Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball notched a season-high 27 points in his second game after his most recent injury layoff. He made seven 3-pointers, one shy of his career high, but it didn’t prevent a seventh straight loss for the Hornets.
Kings 122, Pistons 113
De’Aaron Fox had 24 points and nine assists while visiting Sacramento, recovering from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Detroit.
Domantas Sabonis provided 23 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Keegan Murray contributed 20 points and Harrison Barnes threw in 19 with seven rebounds. The Kings, who opened the second half on a 17-2 run and never looked back, ended a six-game road trip with a 3-3 record.
Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 22 points. Jalen Duren had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Saddiq Bey had 14 points off the bench. Marvin Bagley III and Isaiah Stewart each added 13 points and Killian Hayes chipped in 11.
76ers 118, Warriors 106
Joel Embiid had 34 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals, James Harden added 27 points and nine assists and hosts Philadelphia defeated the exhausted Golden State.
De’Anthony Melton contributed 17 points, while Georges Niang and Shake Milton each contributed 11 for the Sixers, who picked up their fourth straight win.
Jordan Poole led the Warriors with 29 points, Donte DiVincenzo added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevon Looney had 14 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high nine assists. Steph Curry (shoulder), Andrew Wiggins (hamstring), Draymond Green (square) and Andre Iguodala (hip) were all sidelined for the Warriors, who fell to 2-14 on the road.
Cavaliers 118, Pacers 112
Donovan Mitchell scored 18 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter to help host Cleveland overcome a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter and record a win over Indiana.
Mitchell dumped eight 3-pointers for Cleveland making 50.0 percent from the field (38 of 76) and 45.2 percent from across the arc (14 of 31). Darius Garland had 20 points and 10 assists for the Cavs, who won their season-high opener with six home games and improved to 13-2 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Indiana rookie Bennedict Mathurin had 22 points off the bench and Tyrese Haliburton had 17 points and 14 assists. Buddy Hield had 14 points on the eve of his 30th birthday and Myles Turner had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost seven of their last 10 games.
Knicks 114, Bulls 91
RJ Barrett scored 27 points and Jalen Brunson and Quentin Grimes each had 22 points as the New York visit defeated Chicago to win a back-to-back and extend their winning streak to six games.
New York drilled 17 3-pointers. Brunson wiped six Treys and Grimes added five. Julius Randle added a pair of threes while hitting a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double. The Bulls shot 46.8 percent from the floor compared to the Knicks’ 40.2 percent, but the inconsistency ultimately doomed Chicago, which committed 20 turnovers.
Chicago suffered its third straight loss, losing six of eight overall to drop six games under .500 to a season low. Zach LaVine scored 10 of his 17 points in the third quarter to lead Chicago.
Magic 117, Celtic’s 109
Moritz Wagner scored 25 points and Paolo Banchero added 20 as Orlando picked up an away win over NBA leaders Boston.
Banchero was 3-for-6 from 3-point range and added five rebounds, five assists and a steal as the Magic extended a season-long winning streak to five and won on the road for the second time. Franz Wagner had 19 points, Cole Anthony had 14 and Markelle Fultz had 12, and Mo Bamba had 12 rebounds. Orlando shot 46.2 percent.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with a game-high 31 points and Jaylen Brown lost 26 for the Celtics, who came back from a 4-2 road trip to start a long homestand.
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