Knicks reserves outscore Magic bench 75-7 in win
NEW YORK (AP) — Emmanuel Mudiay, Mitchell Robinson and the rest of the New York Knicks’ backups outscored the Orlando Magic’s reserves by a whopping 75-7 in a 108-103 win on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Mudiay finished with 19 points and Robinson added 17 to help the Knicks win their second straight game at home after they dropped 18 in a row at MSG.
The Knicks never led until Robinson’s free throw with 2:57 remaining put New York in front 101-100.
Henry Ellison, who was playing in his second game for New York, followed with a 3-pointer and Mudiay hit two free throws with 33 seconds left.
Terrence Ross’ 3-pointer with 28 second remaining brought the Magic within three. Allonzo Trier then hit two free throws five seconds later for the final margin. He finished with 18 points.
Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon each scored 26 points for the Magic.
RAPTORS 118, CELTICS 95
TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 21 and the Raptors used a huge second quarter to rout the struggling Celtics.
Serge Ibaka scored 14 points and Norm Powell added 11 as Toronto extended its home winning streak over Boston to eight. The Celtics have not win in Canada since a 117-116 overtime victory on April 4, 2015.
Kyle Lowry had 11 assists and Toronto led by as many as 31, turning the game around by outscoring Boston 36-13 in the decisive second.
The Raptors have won 15 of 17 at home, where they’re 26-6 overall.
Marcus Morris scored 17 points, and Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier each had 11 as Boston lost for the fifth time in seven games.
Kyrie Irving scored seven points. It was his lowest-scoring game since he had three points against Detroit on Oct. 27.
NUGGETS 121, THUNDER 112
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 36 points, including five free throws in the final moments, and the Denver Nuggets fended off Oklahoma City’s late rally for a victory in a matchup between two of the top three teams in the Western Conference standings.
Jokic added 10 assists and nine rebounds to finish just shy of his 13th triple-double this season for the Nuggets who won their fifth straight and ninth in a row at home. They improved to 3-0 against the Thunder this season, clinching the four-game season series between the Northwest Division rivals.
Will Barton added 23 points and Jamal Murray 20 for Denver, which extended its division lead over the Thunder to four games.
Paul George had 25 points to lead Oklahoma City which fought back from an 18-point deficit in the second half but could not sustain its rally in the late going.
Russell Westbrook finish an assist shy of a triple-double with 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.