Nets beat Rap­tors to end 8-game skid

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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.

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