Nets beat Rap­tors in over­time to end eight-game skid

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NEW YORK (AP) — D'An­gelo Rus­sell scored 29 points, in­clud­ing six in over­time, and the Brook­lyn Nets snapped an eight-game los­ing streak by beat­ing the Toronto Rap­tors 106-105 on Fri­day night.

Brook­lyn picked the most un­likely way to end its skid, snap­ping a 12-game slide against Toronto with its first vic­tory over the Rap­tors since April 3, 2015.

Jar­rett Allen made the go-ahead bas­ket for the Nets with a lit­tle more than a minute left, their only bas­ket in over­time not made by Rus­sell.

Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points for the Rap­tors, but Toronto couldn't get a look for him on its fi­nal possession and had to set­tle for Fred VanVleet's 3-pointer that just missed.

Spencer Din­wid­die scored 17 points for Brook­lyn.

Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas added 24 points for the Rap­tors.

The Nets led by seven with un­der 5 min­utes re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion, but Leonard fed VanVleet for a 3-pointer and then scored the next six points him­self to give Toronto a 96-94 edge with 2:23 to play. But his shot from in the lane rat­tled out with 7 sec­onds to play, and he blocked Din­wid­die's shot on the other end to force OT.

Rus­sell had the first two bas­kets in the ex­tra ses­sion, Leonard made the next two, and the Nets even­tu­ally pulled out a close game af­ter they had fallen three times by two points dur­ing their los­ing streak.

76ERS 117, PIS­TONS 111

DETROIT (AP) — Jimmy But­ler scored 38 points, and the 76ers over­came Joel Em­biid's ab­sence, ral­ly­ing from a 15-point third-quar­ter deficit to beat the Pis­tons.

Blake Grif­fin had 31 points and 12 re­bounds for Detroit, but the Pis­tons squan­dered their big third-quar­ter lead, as well as a six-point ad­van­tage in the fourth. The 76ers rested Em­biid, who missed his first game of the sea­son, but Detroit couldn't take ad­van­tage of the big man's ab­sence.

But­ler, who also scored 38 points in a loss at Toronto on Wed­nes­day night, had 26 in the sec­ond half Fri­day.

The Pis­tons led 71-56 in the third be­fore Philadel­phia went on a 22-5 run to take the lead. Detroit was up 98-92 in the fourth, but the 76ers went on a 16-2 tear to take control.

The Pis­tons were up 10097 when Detroit coach Dwane Casey re­ceived a tech­ni­cal foul ar­gu­ing a foul call. JJ Redick made the free throw, and then added a 3-pointer to put Philadel­phia ahead to stay.

The 76ers then ran off an­other seven points in a row.

Grif­fin re­ceived a tech­ni­cal of his own in the last cou­ple min­utes of the game.


CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker had 21 points, eight as­sists and six re­bounds, fel­low point guard Tony Parker added 19 points off the bench and the Hor­nets snapped the Nuggets' seven-game win streak.

Marvin Wil­liams chipped in with 14 points and 10 re­bounds for the Hor­nets, who ended a three-game los­ing streak.

Den­ver came in the with the best record in the West­ern Con­fer­ence, but shot 39 per­cent from the field and 23 per­cent from 3-point range. The Hor­nets put the clamps on Nikola Jo­kic for most of the game, hold­ing the 7-foot, 250-pound cen­ter to 16 points and 11 re­bounds.

Ja­mal Mur­ray led the Nuggets with 20 points.

Parker, now in his 18th NBA sea­son, made big plays through­out.

The Hor­nets built a 64-53 half­time lead be­hind Parker, who had 13 points, three as­sists and a steal be­fore the break.

When the Nuggets ral­lied from 11 down with three min­utes re­main­ing and cut the lead to three with 1:13 left on a 3-pointer from Ma­lik Morris, Parker drove the left side of the lane and hit a big step-back 17-foot jumper.

The Nuggets looked to cut it back to a one-possession game, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had huge block against the glass on Juan­cho Her­nan­gomez with 24 sec­onds left.

Walker hit three free throws in the fi­nal 14 sec­onds to put the game away. Walker fin­ished the game 11 of 12 from the free throw line, off­set­ting a tough 4-of-11 shoot­ing night.


OR­LANDO, Fla. (AP) — Bo­jan Bog­danovic scored 26 points and Cory Joseph added 15 to help the Pac­ers beat the Magic.

Thad­deus Young had 14 points and eight re­bounds, and Tyreke Evans scored 11 points for In­di­ana.

The Pac­ers have beaten the Magic eight straight times and 15 of the last 16 meet­ings. Nikola Vuce­vic led Or­lando with 22 points and 10 re­bounds, and Aaron Gor­don had 20 points and 14 re­bounds. Ter­rence Ross was the only other Magic player to reach dou­ble fig­ures with 11. The Pac­ers took control in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter and were never chal­lenged the fi­nal 16 min­utes.

In­di­ana led by 12 at half­time, but Or­lando ral­lied quickly in the sec­ond half, cut­ting it to 63-59 on Gor­don's dunk with 7:42 left in the third pe­riod. In­di­ana re­sponded with a 15-2 run that Evans started with a driv­ing layup and fin­ished with a fall­away 3-pointer.

In­di­ana's de­fense took away the perime­ter game from a Magic team that had made 20 3-point­ers the pre­vi­ous game against Den­ver. The Magic were eight for 33 (24.2 per­cent) on 3-point­ers against the Pac­ers.

Bog­danovic hit 9 of 13 shots and had 21 points in the first half when the Pac­ers pa­tiently ran through op­tions to find open shots on the perime­ter, a tac­tic they kept work­ing the en­tire game.

The Magic sur­vived a scare in the first quar­ter when Vuce­vic stayed on the floor clutch­ing his an­kle af­ter com­ing down on Turner's foot. The Magic cen­ter limped over to the bench and took a seat, but was back in for the fi­nal 7:21 of the sec­ond pe­riod.


CLEVE­LAND (AP) — De'Aaron Fox had 30 points and 12 as­sists, and the Kings beat the Cava­liers.

Buddy Hield added 25 points for the Kings, who led by as many as 25 af­ter the game was tied at 66 at half­time. Marvin Ba­gley III scored 17 points on 8-for-9 shoot­ing af­ter miss­ing two games due to back spasms.

Fox and Hield each hit two 3-point­ers in the first five min­utes of the third quar­ter, help­ing Sacra­mento open an 84-73 lead.

Jor­dan Clark­son scored 26 points for Cleve­land, and rookie point guard Collin Sex­ton had 23.

The Kings (13-11) have won three straight, in­clud­ing the first two on their four-game trip.

Sacra­mento came out with a hot first quar­ter for the sec­ond straight game. Cava­liers coach Larry Drew used a time­out 86 sec­onds into the game af­ter the Kings hit their first three shots and led 7-2. Sacra­mento made 17 of 26 shots in the pe­riod.

Sacra­mento outscored Phoenix 36-9 in the open­ing quar­ter Tues­day.

The Cava­liers (5-20) re­grouped in the sec­ond quar­ter. Sex­ton scored 14 points and Clark­son's 3-pointer at the buzzer tied the game.

As­so­ci­ated Press

Bat­tle for the ball: Brook­lyn Nets guard D'An­gelo Rus­sell, cen­ter, vies for the ball against Toronto Rap­tors for­ward Pas­cal Si­akam (43) and guard Kyle Lowry (7) dur­ing the sec­ond half of their NBA game Fri­day in New York.

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