Nets beat Raptors to end 8-game skid
NEW YORK — 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 goahead 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.
76ers 117, Pistons 111
DETROIT — Jimmy Butler scored 38 points and Philadelphia overcame Joel Embiid’s absence, rallying from a 15-point third-quarter deficit to beat Detroit 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 had 26 points in the second half.
Hornets 113, Nuggets 107
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker had 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds, fellow point guard Tony Parker added 19 points off the bench and Charlotte snapped Denver’s sevengame winning.
Marvin Williams had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Pacers 112, Magic 90
ORLANDO, Fla. — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and Cory Joseph added 15 to help Indiana beat Orlando for the eighth straight time and 15th in the last 16 meetings.
Kings 129, Cavaliers 110
CLEVELAND — De’aaron Fox had 30 points and 12 assists and Sacramento beat Cleveland.
Steen goal lifts Blues
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Jake Allen made 26 saves and recorded his first shutout of the season as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Winnipeg Jets 1-0 on Friday night.
Alex Steen scored for the Blues during a second-period power play. The Jets managed just six shots on goal in the third period.
Allen’s last shutout was a 3-0 victory over Dallas on Dec. 7, 2017. He’s 8-7-4 in 21 games this season.
Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves for Jets, who had their season-long four-game winning streak snapped.
Winnipeg was last shut out in their fourth game of the season, a 3-0 loss in Nashville on Oct. 11.
Stars 3, Sharks 2
DALLAS — Miro Heiskanen and Brett Ritchie scored in the third period, and the Dallas Stars beat the San Jose Sharks for their fourth consecutive victory.
The game was tied at 1 before Heiskanen scored from the top of the right faceoff circle 4:38 into the third. Ritchie then got his second of the season at 6:26, making it 3-1 Dallas.
Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) passes the ball around Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) on Friday.