NBA roundup: Raptors down Pacers without Leonard
Norman Powell scored a season-best 23 points off the bench and the Toronto Raptors, playing without Kawhi Leonard but with Kyle Lowry back in the lineup, defeated the visiting Indiana Pacers 121-105 Sunday night.
Lowry had 12 points and eight assists after missing six straight games with a
stiff back. It was the Pacers' 11th regular-season loss in a row in Toronto,
dating to March 2013.
Serge Ibaka added 18 points and Danny Green chipped in 15 for the Raptors, who
beat the Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday night.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Pacers, who saw
their six-game winning streak end. Domantas Sabonis scored 16 points and had
11 rebounds, and Victor Oladipo added 16 points.
Timberwolves 108, Lakers 86
Jeff Teague contributed a pair of 3-pointers to a game-opening, 15-1 run that
paved the way for host Minnesota to rout Los Angeles, which is still without
The win came shortly before head coach and president of basketball operations
Tom Thibodeau was fired, ending his tenure midway through his third season in
Minnesota. The team announced the move after the game, with assistant Ryan
Saunders being named interim head coach.
Teague finished with 15 points and a game-high 11 assists, while Karl-Anthony
Towns added 28 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Lance
Stephenson came off the bench for 14 points and six assists to lead the
Lakers, who lost for the fifth time in six games since James suffered a groin
injury in a Christmas Day win over the Golden State Warriors.
Clippers 106, Magic 96
Host Los Angeles played one of its best defensive games of the season to beat
The Clippers are 24th in defense, giving up an average of 114.7 points per
game, but they held the Magic to 37.1 percent shooting from the floor. Tobias
Harris had 28 points and nine rebounds, and Lou Williams scored 17 off the
bench for the Clippers, who have won six of their last nine.
Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 24 rebounds for the Magic, who have lost
three of their last four and seven of their last 10 games.
Wizards 116, Thunder 98
Bradley Beal scored 25 points, including seven in the decisive third quarter,
to lead Washington past host Oklahoma City, despite a triple-double from
Washington broke an eight-game road losing streak and had never won in
Oklahoma City. Their last road win against the franchise came in March 2008 at
Seattle's Key Arena against the SuperSonics. Otto Porter added 20 off the
bench for the Wizards, who also got 16 from Jeff Green and 15 from Tomas
Westbrook finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists, his 12th
triple-double of the season and his third in the last four games. Paul George
added 20 points.
Nets, 117, Bulls 100
D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points as Brooklyn pulled away in the fourth
quarter to beat host Chicago.
Russell scored at least 20 points for the fourth straight game to match the
longest streak of his career. He shot 10 of 19 from the floor and made six
3-pointers. Reserve DeMarre Carroll added 20 points for the Nets.
Zach LaVine scored 27 points to lead the Bulls, who lost their fourth straight
and dropped to 5-11 under new coach Jim Boylen. Reserve Bobby Portis added 17
in his return from a right ankle sprain.
Hornets 119, Suns 113
Kemba Walker scored 29 points, including 18 in the final 4:26, and Charlotte
snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over host Phoenix.
Walker scored 18 of the Hornets' last 19 points. Charlotte didn't take the
lead for good until a free throw by Walker with one minute remaining gave them
a 112-111 edge. Tony Parker and Willy Hernangomez came off the bench to spark
the Hornets, with Parker scoring 20 and Hernangomez adding 19 points and nine
T.J. Warren led the Suns with 23 points. Josh Jackson scored 22, Deandre Ayton
19 and Jamal Crawford 16. The Suns lost their sixth straight, all at home to
start a seven-game homestand.
Hawks 106, Heat 82
Veteran point guard Jeremy Lin came off the bench to score 11 of his 15 points
during a third-quarter run that sparked host Atlanta over Miami.
DeAndre' Bembry, who started his third game for the Hawks, finished with 17
points -- 16 of them in the second half. John Collins tallied 13 points and 13
rebounds -- nine in the first half -- to secure his 13th double-double over
the last 16 games.
Derrick Jones Jr. came off the bench to lead Miami with 14 points, and Justise
Winslow added 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Dwyane Wade, playing
his final game in Atlanta, scored 11 points with four rebounds and three
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