Raptors need 2 OTs to beat Wiz
Serge Ibaka hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the second overtime, and the Toronto Raptors survived to earn their fifth straight win, 140-138, against the Wizards yesterday in Washington.
The Raptors blew a 23-point lead but outlasted the stubborn Wizards, who never led until the second OT.
Toronto, which was led by Kawhi Leonard’s 41 points and 11 rebounds, led 51-28 with four minutes to play in the second quarter and 96-79 with 57 seconds left in the third.
Bradley Beal had his second triple-double of the season, collecting season highs of 43 points and 15 rebounds along with 10 assists. 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..
Magic 116, Rockets 109 — Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon each scored 22 points, Evan Fournier had 17 and host Orlando rallied past injury depleted Houston.
James Harden scored 38 points to push his run of 30point games to 16, but at a price. The Rockets star was just 1-of-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.
76ers 108, Knicks 105 — Ben Simmons fell just short of a triple-double with 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists, Joel Embiid scored 26 points and Philadelphia escaped with a victory in New York.
New York’s Emmanuel Mudiay missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.
JJ Reddick had 22 points for the 76ers, who ended a twogame skid. Philadelphia survived a scare after leading by as many as 24 points late in second quarter.
Warriors 119, Mavericks 114 — Stephen Curry scored 48 points with 11 3-pointers as Golden State won in Dallas.
Kevin Durant added 28 points for the Warriors, and Klay Thompson had nine of his 16 in the fourth quarter as the Warriors received a valiant battle from a Dallas team playing without its top two point guards.
Curry’s 11th 3 of the game —tying a season-high — gave the Warriors a 117-114 lead after a see-saw fourth quarter.
Bucks 133, Hawks 114 — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, Eric Bledsoe added 24 points and 10 assists, and Milwaukee won in Mike Budenholzer’s return to Atlanta.
Khris 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, Milwaukee is 12-0 following a defeat.
Bucks coach Budenholzer made his first appearance at State Farm Arena in Atlanta since leaving the Hawks.
Nuggets 116, Blazers 113 — Nikola Jokic had 40 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, Jamal Murray added 24 points and host Denver held off Porland.
Damian Lillard scored 26 points for Portland but missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Elsewhere in the NBA — Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson is expected to miss at least 2-4 weeks because of a sprained left ankle. The said Anderson had a Grade 2 sprain sustained Saturday in a 112-108 loss at Miami. Anderson has made 38 starts this season, averaging 7.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists.