Sim­mons’ big game paces Six­ers to win over Knicks

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The Toronto Rap­tors, who blew a 23-point first-half lead, out­last Wash­ing­ton, 140-138, in dou­ble over­time.

WASH­ING­TON — Kawhi Leonard scored 41 points and Serge Ibaka hit a de­ci­sive 3-pointer in the sec­ond over­time as the Toronto Rap­tors, hav­ing blown a 23-point first-half lead, beat the Wash­ing­ton Wizards 140-138 on Satur­day.

Ibaka’s 3-pointer with 15 sec­onds left in the sec­ond over­time al­lowed the Rap­tors to sur­vive and earn their fifth straight win.

Leonard, who played a sea­son-high 45 min­utes, also had 11 re­bou­unds.

Wash­ing­ton’s Bradley Beal had his sec­ond triple-dou­ble of the sea­son, col­lect­ing sea­son highs of 43 points and 15 as­sists along with 10 re­bounds. His 3-pointer with 20.4 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion tied it at 124 to force over­time. His jumper with 6.8 sec­onds to play in the first over­time tied it at 131.

Beal joined Os­car Robert­son as the only play­ers in NBA his­tory with mul­ti­ple games of 40 points, 15 as­sists and 10 re­bounds in a sea­son. Robert­son had three such games in 1961-62.

76ERS 108, KNICKS 105: In New York, Ben Sim­mons had 20 points, 22 re­bounds and nine as­sists as Philadel­phia beat the Knicks.

Joel Em­biid scored 26 points for the Six­ers, who were com­ing off a 123-121 home loss against At­lanta on Fri­day night. JJ Redick added 22 points, and Jimmy But­ler fin­ished with 16.

Rookie Kevin Knox had ca­reer-high 31 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and 19 of 22. Luke Kor­net had a ca­reer-best 23 points. BUCKS 133, HAWKS 114: In At­lanta, Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had just one re­bound in the first half as the Bucks lost the bat­tle of the boards by 16.

Mil­wau­kee then took charge of the game in the sec­ond half with Khris Mid­dle­ton and An­te­tok­oun­mpo ex­ert­ing their will in the paint.

An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 33 points, Eric Bled­soe added 24 points and 10 as­sists, and Mil­wau­kee beat the Hawks in coach Mike Bu­den­holzer’s re­turn to At­lanta.

Mid­dle­ton fin­ished with 17 points and 11 re­bounds to help the Bucks im­prove to 30-12, sec­ond-best in the NBA. Com­ing off a loss at Wash­ing­ton that An­te­tok­oun­mpo missed with in­juries, Mil­wau­kee is 12-0 fol­low­ing a de­feat and re­mained the league’s only team not to drop con­sec­u­tive games.

Bu­den­holzer, mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance at State Farm Arena since leav­ing the Hawks af­ter last sea­son, wished his for­mer team well as it re­builds with young­sters John Collins, Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spell­man.

NUGGETS 116, TRAIL BLAZ­ERS 113: In Den­ver, Nikola Jo­kic scored a sea­son-high 40 points, Ja­mal Mur­ray fought through a bloody lip to add 24 and Den­ver beat Port­land.

Jo­kic fin­ished a point off his ca­reer high. He added 10 re­bounds and eight as­sists, just miss­ing his sixth-triple dou­ble of the sea­son. Mur­ray’s lip was blood­ied when he took an el­bow to the mouth from Jusuf Nur­kic on a drive to the bas­ket early in the

third quar­ter.

Den­ver re­bounded from a loss at Phoenix on Satur­day night for its 12th home win in a row.

Damian Lil­lard led Port­land with 26 points, and CJ McCol­lum had 18 points.

WAR­RIORS 119, MAV­ER­ICKS 114: In Dal­las, Stephen Curry scored 48 points, mak­ing 11 3-point­ers, and the Golden State War­riors held off the Dal­las Mav­er­icks 119114 on Sun­day night.

Kevin Du­rant added 28 points and Klay Thomp­son had nine of his 16 in the fourth quar­ter.

Curry’s 11th 3-pointer —ty­ing a sea­son high — gave the War­riors a 117-114 lead.

Luka Don­cic scored 26 points for Dal­las and Har­ri­son Barnes had 22.

MAGIC 116, ROCK­ETS 109: In Or­lando, Nikola Vuce­vic and Aaron Gor­don each scored 22 points, Evan Fournier had 17 and the Magic ral­lied past in­jury-de­pleted Hous­ton.

Hous­ton’s James Harden scored 38 points to push his run of 30-point games to 16, but at a high price. The Rock­ets star was just 1 for 17 on 3-point­ers. He had 12 as­sists and nine re­bounds.

Austin Rivers scored 25 points and Clint Capela 17 points and 10 re­bounds for Hous­ton, which lost for only the fourth time in its last 17 games.

Ter­rence Ross had 17 points for Or­lando, in­clud­ing six dur­ing a 16-2 run late in the fourth quar­ter when the Magic put away Hous­ton. CAVA­LIERS 101, LAK­ERS 95: In Los An­ge­les, Cedi Os­man scored 20 points, Collin Sex­ton added 17 and Cleve­land beat Los An­ge­les to end a 12-game los­ing streak.

Tris­tan Thomp­son had 15 points and 14 re­bounds, and Alec Burks had 17 points and 13 re­bounds.

Kyle Kuzma had 29 points and nine re­bounds for the Lak­ers.


Wash­ing­ton’s Bradley Beal (3) and Jeff Green (32) bat­tle Toronto’s Serge Ibaka for a re­bound dur­ing Sun­day’s game in Wash­ing­ton. The Rap­tors won 140-138.

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