Green scores sea­son-high 29 to lift Rap­tors to vic­tory

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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.

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