Pacers rout James, Lakers 136-94
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 20 points amid reports that Toronto has offered him in a trade, and the Raptors held off the Philadelphia 76ers 119-107 on Tuesday night in a matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams.
Embiid had 37 points and 13 rebounds for his league-leading 44th double-double. Ben Simmons scored 20 points for Philadelphia, and Jimmy Butler had 18.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook posted his seventh straight triple-double, leading Oklahoma City to the win.
Westbrook finished with 16 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds to match the longest triple-double streak of his career. It was his 20th of the season and No. 124 for his career.
Paul George scored 39 points to help the Thunder win for the eighth time in nine games. Dennis Schroder had 20 points.
Evan Fournier scored 25 points for the Magic, and Aaron Gordon added 18 points and 10 assists.
James’ teams lost by 36 points twice previously.
James had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in his second game back since injuring his groin on Christmas Day. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley had 25 points and nine assists in possibly his last game for Memphis, and the Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves on Justin Holiday’s two free throws with .1 seconds remaining.
Karl-Anthony Town had 26 points and 18 rebounds for Minnesota, and Dario Saric finished with 22 points.
The Grizzlies could move Conley and veteran center Marc Gasol ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. Gasol was a late scratch.
Rookie Collin Sexton scored 27 — but none in the fourth quarter — for the Cavs, who dropped to 3-20 since Dec. 19. Alec Burks, who has been linked to recent trade talks, added 21 for Cleveland. Larry Nance Jr. had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Irving, who is averaging a team-high 23.8 points per game, may return Thursday when Boston hosts LeBron James and the Lakers, hours after the NBA’s trade deadline.
Charlotte had a chance to tie or take the lead on its last possession, but Marvin Williams’ 3-point attempt was short at the buzzer.
Kemba Walker scored 32 points and Jeremy Lamb added 22 for the Hornets.
It was the second time this season Charlotte lost a game after leading by 20.
Dennis Smith Jr., playing his second game for New York, led the Knicks with 25 points.
New York has dropped a team-record 15 straight at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks haven’t won since Jan. 4 against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Their last win at MSG was a 136-134 overtime victory against Milwaukee on Dec. 1.
HEAT 118, TRAIL BLAZERS 108
Dwyane Wade added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Heat in the first of a five-game road trip.
Miami led by 15 points heading into the final quarter but Portland rallied with a 9-2 run capped by Seth Curry’s 3-pointer that pulled the Blazers to 96-88.
Whiteside’s basket and a pair of free throws from Johnson kept Miami in front 108-103, and the Heat were able to hold off the Blazers the rest of the way.
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