Green scores season-high 29 to lift Raptors to victory
Danny Green scored a season-best 29 points and added five rebounds to help the Toronto Raptors defeat the visiting Orlando Magic 121-109 on Monday night.
The Raptors (55-23), who are second in the Eastern Conference, gained a split in the four-game season series with the Magic (38-40), who are still trying to get into the playoffs. They remain a half-game back of the Miami Heat, who also lost Monday, for the final spot in the East.
The Magic had won seven of their eight previous games.
Kawhi Leonard added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors. Serge Ibaka scored 15 points, Marc Gasol had 13 points, Kyle Lowry contributed 12 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and Fred VanVleet scored 10 points for Toronto.
Evan Fournier scored 21 points for the Magic, Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and 13 rebounds, Wesley Iwundu added 16 points and Khem Birch had 11.
Toronto led by 24 during the third quarter and had a 20-point advantage entering the fourth.
Around the rims
• Al Horford’s second career triple-double led the host Boston Celtics to a 110-105 win over the Miami Heat in the opener of a home-and-home. Horford had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double since 2015. Kyrie Irving added 25 points and eight rebounds, Jayson Tatum scored 19, and Marcus Smart had 16 points as the Celtics (46-32) maintained their grip on a share of the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Goran Dragic scored 30 to lead the Heat (38-39), who narrowly held onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the East as Orlando lost to Toronto. Bam Adebayo had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade chipped in 17 points in his last regularseason game in Boston.
• Luke Kornet scored a career-high 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting, and the New York Knicks pulled away for a 113-105 win over the visiting Chicago Bulls. Kornet hit 5 of 7 shots from beyond the arc, pulled down six rebounds and blocked three shots as part of one of the best performances of his two-year career. His previous high was 23 points, which he reached once as a rookie and twice this season. New York snapped a six-game losing streak and won for only the second time in its past 16 games. The Knicks’ most recent victory had been March 17 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
• Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic led a balanced attack with 19 points apiece and the host Indiana Pacers topped the Detroit Pistons 111102. Young also had nine rebounds and five assists, while Bogdanovic racked up seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Domantas Sabonis delivered 18 points and 12 rebounds off the bench before fouling out. Pacers center Myles Turner had 17 points, six rebounds, five blocks and three steals. Tyreke Evans added 13 points and Doug McDermott chipped in 11. Wayne Ellington led the Pistons with a season-best 26 points.
Off the court
Memphis center Jonas Valanciunas will miss the rest of the season after suffering a Grade 2 right ankle sprain in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Grizzlies announced.
The team said that Valanciunas will not need surgery.