NBA roundup


NBA roundup

Thursday’s games

Raptors 106, Pacers 99

INDIANAPOLIS

DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 17 rebounds, and Toronto rallied late to get past Indiana for a 10th straight victory. The Raptors need one more win to tie the franchise’s longest winning streak. They haven’t lost since Feb. 23 and broke a tie with the 2016-17 squad for longest road winning streak, which is now at eight. But it sure wasn’t easy on a night Darron Collison scored 22 points and Al Jefferson had a season-high 20 for Indiana. The Pacers took the lead late in the first quarter and didn’t trail again until midway through the fourth.

Hornets 129, Hawks 117

ATLANTA

Dwight Howard scored 20 of his season-high 33 points in the second half, Nicolas Batum had a triple-double and set a career high with 16 assists, and Charlotte beat Atlant. Kemba Walker added 24 points and Marvin Williams had 17 for Charlotte, which kept its slim playoff hopes alive. The Hornets began the night having lost six of seven and were in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, 61/2 games behind No. 8 Miami with 13 games remaining. Taurean Prince finished with 22 points and rookie John Collins tied a career high with 21 for Atlanta, the worst team in the East at 20-49.

Rockets 101, Clippers 96

HOUSTON

James Harden scored 24 points, Eric Gordon added 23 and Houston outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers scored six straight points, with four from Austin Rivers, to cut the lead to a basket with less than a minute left. But on the next possession, Harden stepped back and knocked down a long 2-pointer with Rivers in his face to make it 100-96. Rivers missed a 3-pointer after that before Harden made one of two free throws with 6.2 seconds left to secure the victory. It’s Houston’s third straight win and snaps a three-game winning streak for the Clippers. Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 29 points and Rivers had 20.

76ers 118, Knicks 110

NEW YORK

Joel Embiid had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Ben Simmons finished with a triple-double, and Philadelphia used a big final period to rally past New York. The Sixers, who hold the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, trailed by as many as 13 points in the third quarter before storming back in the final period, going on a 20-6 run during the last five minutes of regulation. Simmons finished with 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Dario Saric had 21 points and 12 boards, JJ Redick added 18 points and Robert Covington chipped in 15 for Philadelphia, which was able to rebound from a tough loss Tuesday night to the Indiana Pacers, who currently own the fourth seed in the East. Michael Beasley had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and Courtney Lee and Trey Burke each contributed 16 points for the Knicks, who have lost a season-high nine straight games and 17 of 18. The Knicks’ last win came on Feb. 22 at Orlando. Kyle O’Quinn finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Enes Kanter added 14 points and 10 rebounds for a New York team that has lost its last eight games at home. The Knicks haven’t earned a victory at Madison Square Garden since beating Brooklyn on Jan. 30.

Bulls 111, Grizzlies 110

MEMPHIS, TENN.

Antonio Blakeney made two of three free throws with 1.8 seconds left to give Chicago a victory over Memphis, the Grizzlies’ 19th straight loss. On the game’s final play, Memphis got the ball to Marc Gasol for a baseline fadeaway that was long. JaMychal Green tipped it in but after the horn, although it appeared to be basket interference anyway. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 20 points while playing only three quarters, while Bobby Portis scored 17. Denzel Valentine had 15 points, going 5 of 7 from outside the arc. Tyreke Evans had 25 points and nine assists for Memphis, while Gasol added 21 points and 10 rebounds. Jarell Martin scored 15 points and Green finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Spurs 98, Pelicans 93

SAN ANTONIO

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, Dejounte Murray had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame another late rally to beat the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds, but fouled out after playing 36 minutes. New Orleans remained in fifth in the West. San Antonio moved into eighth in the West, holding the final playoff berth after sitting in 10th earlier this week. The Spurs had dropped out of playoff position in part after blowing a 17-point lead to the Los Angeles Lakers and a 15-points advantage against New Orleans.

Associated Press

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