NBA: Raptors top Heat 106-104, improve NBA's best record
By Associated Press
Dec 26, 2018 | 10:55 PM
Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points, Danny Green's 3-pointer with 22.7 seconds left put Toronto ahead for good and the Raptors improved the NBA's best record to 26-10 by topping the Miami Heat 106-104 on Wednesday night.
Green had 18 points and Fred VanVleet added 16 for the Raptors, who survived a wild fourth quarter that saw 12 lead changes and four ties. Miami had three shots on the game's final possession, with Dwyane Wade and Justise Winslow missing 3s and Wade having a chance at a tip-in that wouldn't fall.
Winslow scored 21 points for Miami, which saw its five-game winning streak snapped. Josh Richardson scored 17 and Hassan Whiteside scored 16 for Miami, which was 6 for 12 from the foul line — while Toronto was 19 for 23.
James Johnson and Tyler Johnson each scored 12 for the Heat, while Wade had 10. Pascal Siakam added 10 for the Raptors.
at Pistons 106, Wizards 95: Blake Griffin had 23 points and nine rebounds, Andre Drummond got his 10th straight double-double, and Detroit beat Washington.
Pacers 129, at Hawks 121: Thaddeus Young scored 21 points, Domantas Sabonis and Tyreke Evans each added 19, and Indiana won its third straight game.
The Pacers have won 10 of 12. Indiana coach Nate McMillan used nine players, eight of whom finished in double figures.
Kent Bazemore tied a career high with 32 points, John Collins added 21 points and 11 rebounds and Dewayne Dedmon had 18 points and a season-best 15 rebounds for the rebuilding Hawks, who had won three straight.
The Hawks, who have the league's second-worst offense, stayed close by hitting 17 3-pointers.
at Nets 134, Hornets 132 2OT: Joe Harris made the tiebreaking layup with 3.4 seconds left in the second overtime and finished with a season-high 27 points as the Brooklyn Nets beat the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.
The teams swapped mistakes over the final stretches of regulation and overtime, and Malik Monk made the biggest when he lost his dribble while the Hornets were trying to get a shot. Harris picked up the ball near midcourt and drove in for a layup. The Hornets got two cracks at a chance to tie it again — a clock malfunction necessitated time being put back on the clock — but Monk was well off on a last attempt.
Spencer Dinwiddie had 37 points and 11 assists for the Nets, who won for the ninth time in 10 games. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and rookie Rodions Kurucs had 13 points and 12 boards.
at Grizzlies 95, Cavaliers 87: Marc Gasol had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat Cleveland Cavaliers 95-87 on Wednesday night.
Kyle Anderson and Mike Conley added 15 points each, with Conley handing out eight assists. Garrett Temple and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 11 points each.
Cleveland dropped its fourth straight. Jordan Clarkson led the Cavaliers with 24 points off the bench, and rookie Collin Sexton had 16 points and six assists. Cedi Osman had 10 points.
at Mavericks 122, Pelicans 119: Luka Doncic scored 21 points, including the tiebreaking free throws with 30 seconds left, and the Dallas Mavericks ended a six-game losing streak with a victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
The 19-year-old rookie made 11 of 12 free throws, including the last three points of the game in the final half-minute. He missed one of two after rebounding a miss on a 3-pointer from Anthony Davis, who had 32 points and 18 rebounds in the fifth consecutive loss for the Pelicans.
Davis missed another 3 with a chance to tie in the final seconds, and Doncic got the rebound again to finish one rebound shy of a triple-double. The Slovenian had 10 assists in the first of two straight games between these teams.
at Spurs 111, Nuggets 103: DeMar DeRozan had 30 points, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
Bryn Forbes added 15 points for the resurgent Spurs (19-16), who have won eight of 10 to move within two percentage points of first-place Houston in the Southwest Division.
Juancho Hernangomez had 27 points for the Nuggets (21-11), who lost their second consecutive game and fell just behind Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference. Denver, which leads the Northwest Division by a half-game over Oklahoma City, is 13-3 at home but 8-8 on the road.