Kawhi Leonard made a clutch steal and dunk with 15.1 seconds left to spoil DeMar DeRozan’s return to Toronto as the Raptors narrowly defeated the San Antonio Spurs.
Friday night's scores
- San Antonio Spurs 117-120 Toronto Raptors
- Utah Jazz 147-148 Oklahoma City Thunder (2OT)
- New Orleans Pelicans 111-126 Indiana Pacers
- Denver Nuggets 114-104 Dallas Mavericks
- Los Angeles Clippers 112-106 Memphis Grizzlies
- Detroit Pistons 125-122 Atlanta Hawks
- Minnesota Timberwolves 115-104 New York Knicks
- Chicago Bulls 110-109 Orlando Magic
- Washington Wizards 110-123 Charlotte Hornets
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San Antonio Spurs 117-120 Toronto Raptors
Highlights of the San Antonio Spurs’ clash with the Toronto Raptors in Week 19 of the NBA
Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and scored the go-ahead dunk after a steal with 15.1 seconds remaining as the Toronto Raptors defeated his former team, the visiting San Antonio Spurs, 120-117 on Friday night.
Former Raptor DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and eight assists in his first game in Toronto since his offseason trade to the Spurs.
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Pascal Siakam added 22 points while Serge Ibaka had 13 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, Kyle Lowry and Danny Green each scored 17 points and Jeremy Lin added 11 off the bench for Toronto.
Marco Belinelli added 21 points on five three-pointers for the Spurs, Davis Bertans had 16 points, Patty Mills 15 while Rudy Gay had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan salutes the fans of his former team, the Toronto Raptors
Toronto coach Nick Nurse was ejected in the third quarter after picking up two technical fouls.
DeRozan received a standing ovation after a video tribute was played on the scoreboard during a first-half timeout. He was traded with Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round pick to the Spurs for Leonard, Green and cash.
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The Spurs, who led after the third quarter, were ahead by five early in the fourth. Toronto stormed back to take a six-point lead on OG Anunoby’s three-pointer with about six minutes left.
The Spurs came back to lead by one on two free throws by Bertans with 1:36 remaining. After a Siakim putback gave the Raptors a one-point lead, the Spurs went back on top on Belinelli’s three-pointer with 44 seconds left.
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Ibaka made one of two free throws before Leonard forced a steal off DeRozan and scored the go-ahead dunk to put Toronto ahead by one. Leonard added two free throws in the final second.
Utah Jazz 147-148 Oklahoma City Thunder (2OT)
Paul George scored 45 points, including a floater with less than a second left in the second overtime, to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 148-147 double-overtime win over the visiting Utah Jazz.
With Russell Westbrook having fouled out in the first overtime, George had to put the game on his shoulders and he came up big, grabbing a rebound off Joe Ingles’ missed shot with 10 seconds left and keeping the ball until he drove into the lane before releasing the high floater that went cleanly through the net.
The win was the Thunder’s 12th in 14 games while Utah lost for the second consecutive game.
Westbrook’s NBA-record streak of 11 consecutive triple-doubles came to an end officially in overtime when he was called for his sixth foul on a charge with 1:09 remaining. Westbrook finished with 43 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.
Russell Westbrook soars to the basket against Utah
Though Westbrook fell short of another triple-double, he was 15-of-29 from the field and hit a season-high six three-pointers.
Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 38 points, going 14-of-35 from the field.
Utah led by 10 in the fourth quarter before the Thunder turned up the pressure defensively and used it to get back in the game. Oklahoma City outscored Utah 11-0 off turnovers in the fourth quarter.
Paul George fires from three-point land against Utah
George tied it with a three-pointer with 1:24 remaining and the teams traded baskets for the rest of regulation.
Ricky Rubio’s three-pointer gave the Jazz the lead again with 31.5 seconds remaining. Without a timeout, the Thunder pushed the ball up the court as Westbrook dished to Jerami Grant underneath the basket for the lay-up as he was fouled.
Grant made the free throw to tie the score again, then blocked a shot at the other end to give Oklahoma City a chance to win in regulation but Westbrook’s pull-up missed the mark and the game went to overtime.
The win clinched the season series for the Thunder, who have won their first three meetings with the Jazz this season.
New Orleans Pelicans 111-126 Indiana Pacers
Highlights of the New Orleans Pelicans’ visit to the Indiana Pacers in Week 19 of the NBA
Tyreke Evans gave Indiana the lead for good with a three-pointer late in the third quarter and the Pacers followed by scoring the first eight points of the final period to begin to pull away, leading to a 126-111 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in Indianapolis.
In winning for the seventh time in their last eight games, the Pacers led for a total of just 14 seconds before Evans hit his tie-breaking three-pointer with 3.0 seconds remaining in the third period for a 97-94 lead.
Domantas Sabonis opened the fourth quarter with a dunk, Evans added a three-point play and Bojan Bogdanovic drilled a three-pointer in the 8-0 burst that opened a 105-94 advantage just 1:55 into the period. The Pelicans got no closer than seven the rest of the way and lost for the sixth time in their last nine games.
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Embattled big man Anthony Davis had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pelicans, but was limited to just 20 minutes. He made 6 of his 11 shots.
Wes Matthews hit six three-pointers to account for a majority of his team-high 24 points for the Pacers. Sabonis had a team-high 13 rebounds as part of a double-double with 18 points for Indiana, while Bogdanovic (20 points), Evans (17), Thaddeus Young (16) and Darren Collison (10) also scored in double figures.
Cheick Diallo had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Pelicans. Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton had 15 points apiece, Jrue Holiday 14 and E’Twaun Moore 12 for New Orleans, who led by as many as 20 points in the second quarter.
Denver Nuggets 114-104 Dallas Mavericks
Highlights of the Denver Nuggets’ trip to the Dallas Mavericks in Week 19 of the NBA
Playing on the road the first night back from a long All-Star break required the Denver Nuggets to slowly shake off some rust before drilling the Dallas Mavericks with a third-quarter barrage before closing out a 114-104 victory.
Denver trailed for much of the first half against an outmanned Dallas team that played without rookie star Luka Doncic for just the third time this season. The 19-year-old was a surprise scratch before the game due to a sore right knee.
Denver shot just 36.5 per cent in the first half but slowly clawed back to take a 52-51 lead into the locker room. Once the third quarter started, the Nuggets were off to the races. An 8-0 start to the quarter became 20-8 and then 36-17 as they eventually scored 39 points in the quarter on 14-of-27 shooting for an insurmountable 91-74 lead.
Nikola Jokic absorbs contact from Dallas' Dwight Powell
The Nuggets ultimately received a balanced scoring attack. Nikola Jokic posted a team-high 19 points along with 13 rebounds and eight assists, while Paul Millsap had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Isaiah Thomas, in just his second game back from a hip injury, had 16 points off the Denver bench, nailing four three-pointers.
Rookie guard Jalen Brunson, starting for Doncic, finished with a game-high and career-best 22 points, but he also committed six of Dallas’ 15 turnovers.
Los Angeles Clippers 112-106 Memphis Grizzlies
Highlights of the LA Clippers’ visit to the Memphis Grizzlies in Week 19 of the NBA
Reserve forward Montrezl Harrell scored 19 of his 30 points in the first half and Danilo Gallinari added 23 as the visiting Los Angeles Clippers built a big early lead, then held on for a 112-106 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Lou Williams scored 18 points off the bench for the Clippers, who won for the fourth time in their last six games, with five of those contests on the road.
Mike Conley scored 25 points with 10 assists, while Joakim Noah added a season-high 22 for the Grizzlies, who lost for the fourth time in their past five games.
The Clippers roared out to a 22-point lead in the second quarter and withstood a Memphis run at the end of the quarter to take a 65-53 at half-time. But the Grizzlies outscored the Clippers 33-18 in the third quarter to take an 86-83 lead.
In a tight fourth quarter, Harrell delivered a three-point play with 1:11 remaining to give the Clippers an eight-point advantage to effectively seal the victory.
Detroit Pistons 125-122 Atlanta Hawks
Highlights of the Detroit Pistons’ clash with the Atlanta Hawks in Week 19 of the NBA
Thon Maker drilled a tie-breaking three-pointer with 17.1 seconds remaining and the visiting Detroit Pistons held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 125-122.
Maker took a pass from Reggie Jackson and calmly made the trey, his third of the night, giving him nine points for the game.
The Hawks had two shots to tie the game. Trae Young missed a three-point attempt with 10.5 seconds left. Atlanta’s John Collins grabbed the rebound and found Vince Carter, who missed with five seconds to go. Andre Drummond cleared the rebound for the Pistons as the horn sounded.
Reggie Jackson attacks off the dribble against Atlanta
Jackson had 32 points, five rebounds and eight assists as the Pistons won for the fifth time in six games. Drummond had 26 points and 21 rebounds, and Blake Griffin scored 15 before being ejected in the third quarter.
Atlanta, who have lost five of their past six games, got 30 points and 10 assists from Young. Collins added 19 points and six rebounds, Carter came off the bench to score 16, and Dewayne Dedmon contributed and 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Minnesota Timberwolves 115-104 New York Knicks
Highlights of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ trip to the New York Knicks in Week 19 of the NBA
Reserve Derrick Rose scored 20 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame the absence of All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns to earn a 115-104 victory over the New York Knicks, whose team-record home losing streak reached 18 games.
Towns was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol before the game and missed the first game of his four-year career. He was involved in a traffic accident in the Minneapolis area Thursday when he was heading to the airport.
Taj Gibson started for Towns and added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins contributed 17 as the Wolves won three straight for the first time under Saunders.
The Knicks tied the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers for the second-longest home skid in NBA history. New York also lost for the 19th time in its last 20 games overall. Rookies Damyean Dotson and Allonzo Trier scored 20 points for the Knicks.
Wiggins hit two three-pointers and a jumper in the final 4:50 of the third as Minnesota took a 94-83 lead into the fourth.
The Wolves extended the lead to 105-88 on a basket by Luol Deng but missed six of their next seven shots and New York went on a 13-2 run to get within 109-101 on a lay-up by Emmanuel Mudiay with four minutes left.
Minnesota finally secured the win when Gibson hit a lay-up with 3:14 left to make it 113-101.
Chicago Bulls 110-109 Orlando Magic
Highlights of the Chicago Bulls’ clash with the Orlando Magic in Week 19 of the NBA
Lauri Markkanen hit two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to give the Chicago Bulls a 110-109 road, snapping the Orlando Magic’s five-game winning streak.
The Bulls were down by one when Markkanen was fouled on a three-point attempt. After missing the first, Markkanen sank the next two free throws to put the Bulls ahead, and the Magic could not get a shot off before the buzzer at the other end.
Markkanen led Chicago with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Zach LaVine had 22 points and six assists. The Bulls have won three of their past five games, but they still own the fourth-worst record in the NBA.
Lauri Markkanen scores with a tip-in against Orlando
Evan Fournier had 22 points, and Nikola Vucevic added 19 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for Orlando. The Magic had won seven of their last eight games coming into the All-Star break.
Markannen’s winning points came after Fournier nailed a three-pointer with 6.3 seconds left to put Orlando ahead 109-108. There were 10 lead changes in the last 5:13 of the game.
Washington Wizards 110-123 Charlotte Hornets
Highlights of the Washington Wizards’ trip to the Charlotte Hornets in Week 19 of the NBA
Kemba Walker supplied 27 points, 11 assists and five rebounds as the Charlotte Hornets snapped a two-game losing streak with a 123-110 victory over Bradley Beal and the visiting Washington Wizards.
The Hornets trailed by as many as 12 in the first quarter, but they regrouped to lead at half-time and then pushed the lead up to 16 in the third quarter. Washington never got closer than seven down the stretch.
Beal put on a shooting display and finished with 46 points, five shy of his career high. He was 16-of-25 from the field with four three-pointers.
The Hornets shuffled their lineup for the first time all season with forward Miles Bridges getting his first career start, guard Jeremy Lamb going to the bench, and Nicolas Batum moving from forward to guard. The move worked, as Batum scored 20, Lamb 16 and Bridges 14.
The Wizards suffered their third straight loss. Jeff Green scored 16, Tomas Satoransky 15, Bobby Portis 12 and Trevor Ariza 10.
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