■ Ibaka’s 3 lifts Rap­tors in 2-OT thriller.

Wizards rally comes up short; Harden misfires away as Rock­ets fall

The Dallas Morning News - - Sports Day -

WASH­ING­TON — Serge Ibaka hit a 3­pointer with 15 sec­onds left in the sec­ond over­time, and the Toronto Rap­tors sur­vived to earn their fifth straight win, 140­138 over the Wash­ing­ton Wizards on Sun­day.

The Rap­tors blew a 23­point lead but out­lasted the stub­born Wizards, who never led un­til early in the sec­ond ex­tra pe­riod.

Kawhi Leonard had 41 points and 11 re­bounds to pace Toronto, which led 51­28 with four min­utes to play in the sec­ond quar­ter and 96­79 with 57 sec­onds to play in the third.

Bradley Beal had his sec­ond triple­dou­ble of the sea­son, col­lect­ing sea­son highs of 43 points and 15 as­sists along with 10 re­bounds. His 3­pointer with 20.4 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion tied it at 124 to force over­time. His jumper with 6.8 sec­onds to play in the first over­time tied it at 131.

Magic 116, Rock­ets 109: In Or­lando, Fla., Nikola Vuce­vic and Aaron Gor­don each scored 22 points, Evan Fournier had 17 and the Magic ral­lied past the in­jury­de­pleted Rock­ets.

Hous­ton’s James Harden scored 38 points to push his run of 30­point games to 16, but at a high price. The Rock­ets star was just 1 for 17 on 3­point­ers. He had 12 as­sists and nine re­bounds.

Austin Rivers scored 25 points and Clint Capela 17 points and 10 re­bounds for Hous­ton, which lost for only the fourth time in its last 17 games.

Nuggets 116, Trail Blaz­ers 113: In Den­ver, Nikola Jo­kic scored a sea­son­high 40 points, Ja­mal Mur­ray fought through a bloody lip to add 24 and the Nuggets re­bounded from a loss at Phoenix on Satur­day night for their 12th home win in a row.

Jo­kic fin­ished a point off his ca­reer high. He added 10 re­bounds and eight as­sists.

Cava­liers 101, Lak­ers 95: In Los An­ge­les, Cedi Os­man scored 20 points, Collin Sex­ton added 17 and Cleve­land ended a 12­game los­ing streak.

Tris­tan Thomp­son had 15 points and 14 re­bounds, and Alec Burks had 17 points and 13 re­bounds as the short­handed Cava­liers split the two­game sea­son series by forc­ing the Lak­ers into a half­court game.

76ers 108, Knicks 105: In New York, Ben Sim­mons fell an as­sist short of a triple­dou­ble with 20 points and 22 re­bounds, Joel Em­biid scored 26 points and the 76ers es­caped with the vic­tory af­ter build­ing a 24­point first­half lead.

New York’s Em­manuel Mu­diay missed a 3­pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into over­time.

Bucks 133, Hawks 114: Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 33 points, Eric Bled­soe added 24 points and 10 as­sists, and the Bucks won in the re­turn of for­mer Hawk Mike Bu­den­holzer to At­lanta.

Khris Mid­dle­ton had 17 points and 11 re­bounds to help the Bucks im­prove to 30­12, sec­ond best in the NBA. Com­ing off a loss at Wash­ing­ton that An­te­tok­oun­mpo missed with in­juries, Mil­wau­kee is 12­0 fol­low­ing a de­feat and re­mained the league’s only team not to drop con­sec­u­tive games.

Rob Carr/getty Im­ages

The Rap­tors’ Kawhi Leonard (cen­ter) and Wash­ing­ton’s Bradley Beal wres­tle for the ball dur­ing the first over­time.

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