Raptors beat Nets again as full capacity returns in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — Scottie Barnes had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Gary Trent Jr. scored 24 and the Toronto Raptors rallied to beat Brooklyn 109-108 on Tuesday night for their second win over the struggling Nets in two days.
Pascal Siakam fouled out with 18 points and Malachi Flynn scored 15 for the Raptors, who were coming off a 133-97 victory in Brooklyn on Monday.
Thaddeus Young and Khem Birch each had 11 points for Toronto. Trent went 9 for 9 at the free-throw line.
James Johnson scored 19 points, Seth Curry had 18 and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 for the Nets. Cam Thomas had 11 and Goran Dragic scored 10.
MAVERICKS 109, LAKERS 104
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luka Doncic scored seven of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Jalen Brunson added 22 points and Dallas rallied to beat Los Angeles.
Dorian Finney-Smith had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who hung on for their eighth win in 10 games after blowing a huge early lead on the struggling Lakers.
Dallas trailed 100-94 with seven minutes to play before scoring 11 consecutive points in a rally kicked off by Brunson’s fourth 3-pointer. Doncic went 9 of 21 and looked significantly less sharp than in most previous games during his monthlong scoring tear, but made enough big baskets to win it.
LeBron James scored 26 points and Carmelo Anthony had 20 for the Lakers, who took their sixth loss in seven games despite erasing a 21-point deficit in just over 12 thrilling minutes spanning halftime.
CELTICS 107, HAWKS 98
BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help Boston rally in the second half and beat Atlanta.
Derrick White and Grant Williams each added 18 points off the bench. Marcus Smart finished with 16 points and four assists.
Boston has won 10 of its last 12 and three of four since the All-Star break.
Trae Young had 31 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 25 for the Hawks, who have lost two of three.
TIMBERWOLVES 129, WARRIORS 114
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 39 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota, which had its offense humming inside and out in a victory over sputtering Golden State in a potential playoff series preview.
D’Angelo Russell pitched in 22 points, and Malik Beasley added 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point range for Minnesota. The Timberwolves owned a 54-42 edge in points in the paint, too, with the banged-up Warriors mostly out of answers for slowing Towns down around the basket.
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 34 points, but the league’s career leader in 3-point shooting went just 5 for 16 from long range with several of his heaves way off the mark. Gary Payton II added 14 points for the Warriors, who have the NBA’s second-best record but have lost six of eight games.
The Timberwolves (34-29), who entered the evening 3 1/2 games out of the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference with the play-in avoidance that comes with it, played without Anthony Edwards because of knee tendinitis. They still won their sixth straight game against the Warriors at home, never minding their 11-game losing streak to Golden State on the road for now, and moved a season-best five games above the .500 mark.
CLIPPERS 113, ROCKETS 100
HOUSTON (AP) — Ivica Zubac had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Los Angeles pulled away in the third quarter and cruised over Houston.
The Clippers used a 40-point third quarter to take a 14-point lead entering the fourth. They then scored the first seven points of the final period, with five from Amir Coffey, to make it 96-75 with 10 ½ minutes to go.
Zubac and fellow starters Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris and Nicolas Batum didn’t play in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.
The Rockets got 20 points from rookie Jalen Green as their skid reached 10 games. Houston, which has the worst record in the Western Conference, has won just once in the last 15 games.
WIZARDS 116, PISTONS 113
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points and Thomas Bryant added 16, and Washington Wizards won its 14th straight home meeting with Detroit.
It’s the longest home winning streak against any team in franchise history. The Wizards pulled within a game of idle Charlotte for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.
Jerami Grant scored 26 points for Detroit, which had a chance to tie on its final possession. Saddiq Bey missed from the perimeter, and after an offensive rebound, Killian Hayes missed a 3-pointer.
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