Nets beat Raptors in overtime to end eight-game skid
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.
HORNETS 113, NUGGETS 107
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.
PACERS 112, MAGIC 90
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.
KINGS 129, CAVALIERS 110
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.
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.