Raptors beat Nets 119-118 for 14th straight win
TORONTO (AP) — Fred VanVleet scored 10 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Pascal Siakam scored 20 points, including the tiebreaking free throw with 22 seconds remaining, and the Toronto Raptors extended their franchise-record winning streak to 14 by beating the Brooklyn Nets 119-118 on Saturday night.
Terence Davis scored 20 points as the Raptors overcame the absence of All-Star guard Kyle Lowry for their 10th consecutive home victory over the Nets. Toronto has won 18 of 19 in the series, including six straight.
Davis shot 5 for 8 from 3-point range and VanVleet went 4 for 9 as the defending NBA champions remained unbeaten since a 105-104 home loss to San Antonio on Jan. 12.
Caris LeVert scored a career-high 37 points, going 6 of 7 from long range, but missed a 3-pointer that would have given Brooklyn the win.
BUCKS 111, MAGIC 95
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists, helping the NBA-best Bucks to the road win.
Milwaukee won for the 13th time in 14 games, improving the league’s best record to 45-7 and remaining on course to become just the third team to top 70 wins in a regular season.
Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, fell short in a personal bid to become the first player with at least 30 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in six consecutive games.
Antetokounmpo was originally listed with 19 points, but the NBA announced later Saturday that he had been incorrectly credited with a made free throw that missed with 1:29 remaining in the first quarter. It removed a point from his total and corrected the final score.
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Terrence Ross had 20 points.
TIMBERWOLVES 142, CLIPPERS 115
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 24 points and Malik Beasley added 23 in his Minnesota debut, helping the Timberwolves stop a 13-game losing streak.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Timberwolves, who won for the first time since Jan. 9. McLaughlin added a career-high 11 assists as Minnesota scored its highest point total of the season thanks to a franchise-record 26 3-pointers.
Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and Paul George had 21 for the Clippers, who had won three in a row.
LAKERS 125, WARRIORS 120
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — LeBron James had 22 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, leading the Lakers to the victory.
Anthony Davis collected 27 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles on a night when the Warriors honored Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and the other seven helicopter crash victims during Golden State’s first home game since the deadly accident Jan. 26 in Southern California.
Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting in his Warriors debut after he was traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves before Thursday’s deadline in exchange for D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans III and Omari Spellman.
NUGGETS 117, SUNS 108
PHOENIX (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 36 points for Denver, and Nikola Jokic added 23.
The Nuggets completed the season sweep against the Suns, winning all four games. Denver has won five of its past six games overall.
Denver led 83-78 going into the final quarter and never trailed in the fourth, turning back a few Phoenix rallies.
Deandre Ayton had 28 points and 19 rebounds for the Suns. Devin Booker added 21 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 20.
PELICANS 124, PACERS 117
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored 14 of his 31 points in the final 2:26, including a go-ahead 3-pointer, and the short-handed Pelicans beat the Pacers.
New Orleans played without Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson due to injuries. Ingram has a right ankle sprain, and Williamson is dealing with a left ankle sprain.
JJ Redick added 23 points for the Pelicans.
Indiana dropped its fifth straight. Jeremy Lamb led the Pacers with 26 points. T.J. Warren scored 22.
MAVERICKS 116, HORNETS 100
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seth Curry scored 26 points in his return to Charlotte, and the Mavericks cruised to the victory.
Curry made his first 10 shots from the field, including six 3-pointers.
Willie Cauley-Stein added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who played without Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Doncic missed his sixth straight game with a right ankle sprain, while Porzingis rested a sore left knee.
Devonte Graham had 16 points and 10 assists for the struggling Hornets, who have lost 13 of their last 14 games.
KNICKS 95, PISTONS 92
DETROIT (AP) — Julius Randle scored 17 points, including a bank shot with 13.5 seconds left that helped the Knicks secure their fourth straight victory.
New York led 91-89 when Randle scored inside to push the lead to four. Replays showed Detroit’s Thon Maker appeared to take an arm to the face on the play, but it was not considered reviewable.
Christian Wood made a 3-pointer for Detroit to cut the lead to one, but Reggie Bullock of the Knicks made two free throws with 7.3 seconds left for the final margin.
Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 20 points and nine assists.
KINGS 122, SPURS 102
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 31 points, Harrison Barnes added 25 and Sacramento earned its third straight victory.
Nemanja Bjelica had 15 points and six rebounds as the Kings won for the sixth time in eight games overall.
Hield became the fastest player in NBA history to reach 800 career 3-pointers, doing it in 296 games. Golden State’s Stephen Curry was the previous fastest, having reached 800 in 305 games.
Hield was 9 of 10 beyond the arc and was greeted with chants of “Buddy! Buddy!” after making his ninth to put the Kings up 120-98.
Dejounte Murray had 17 points, nine assists and nine rebounds for San Antonio, which has lost four straight and seven of nine.