Kawhi Leonard, Raptors spoil DeMar DeRozan’s Toronto return
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had a go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left and scored 25 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat his former San Antonio Spurs teammates 120-117 on Friday night, spoiling DeMar DeRozan return.
Leonard stole the ball from DeRozan at midcourt and raced in alone for a one-handed slam.
Traded to San Antonio in the offseason deal that sent Leonard to Toronto, DeRozan received a warm welcome in the homecoming, but was denied a second victory over his former team. He finished with 23 points.
Lowry and DeRozan embraced near center court following the final whistle as the sellout crowd of 20,058 cheered in approval.
Pascal Siakam added 22 points to help Toronto win its seventh straight game. Kyle Lowry and Danny Green each had 17, Serge Ibaka had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin had 11 points in his second game with the Raptors.
George dribbled out the final seconds before driving between two defenders and floating in a shot with 0.8 seconds left. Kyle Korver got off a desperate 3 for Utah, but it went long as the buzzer sounded.
Russell Westbrook added 43 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, helping Oklahoma City overcome 38 points from Donovan Mitchell. Westbrook fouled out with 1:09 left in the first overtime, ending his NBA streak of 11 consecutive games with a triple-double.
Towns’ streak of 303 consecutive starts was snapped when he was placed in the concussion protocol after a car accident. Towns was able to fly to New York after the accident Thursday in Minnesota, but was ruled out after further medical examination Friday.
DALLAS (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Denver beat Dallas for its third straight victory.
Paul Millsap added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Isaiah Thomas had 16 points over 16 minutes in his second game since offseason hip surgery.
Trae Young led Atlanta with 30 points and 10 assists.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Wesley Matthews scored 15 of his 24 points during a third-quarter rally, Domantis Sabonis had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Indiana overcame a 20-point deficit to beat New Orleans.
Nic Batum added 20 points for the Hornets in his first game this season at shooting guard.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Lauri Markannen made two of three free throws with 1.5 seconds left to lift Chicago past Orlando.
After being fouled by Aaron Gordon on a 3-pointer, Markannen missed the first attempt, the Bulls‘ only miss of the game in 19 attempts, and hit the second two. Markannen finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 22 points.