Leonard, Lowry help Raptors beat Embiid, 76ers 119-107
By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 20 points amid reports that Toronto has offered him in a trade, and the Raptors held off the Philadelphia 76ers 119-107 on Tuesday night in a matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams.
Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points and Serge Ibaka had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help Toronto overcome another big game for Joel Embiid.
Embiid had 37 points and 13 rebounds for his league-leading 44th double-double. Ben Simmons scored 20 points for Philadelphia, and Jimmy Butler had 18.
Lowry seemed unfazed by a report from Sports Illustrated that Toronto had offered him to Memphis as part of a trade package for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.
THUNDER 132, MAGIC 122
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook posted his seventh straight triple-double, leading Oklahoma City to the win.
Westbrook finished with 16 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds to match the longest triple-double streak of his career. It was his 20th of the season and No. 124 for his career.
Paul George scored 39 points to help the Thunder win for the eighth time in nine games. Dennis Schroder had 20 points.
Evan Fournier scored 25 points for the Magic, and Aaron Gordon added 18 points and 10 assists.
PACERS 136, LAKERS 94
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and Indiana made 19 3-pointers while handing LeBron James the most lopsided loss of his career.
James’ teams lost by 36 points twice previously.
Myles Turner had 22 points to help the Pacers pick up their third consecutive victory. Thaddeus Young finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
James had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in his second game back since injuring his groin on Christmas Day. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
GRIZZLIES 108, TIMBERWOLVES 106
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley had 25 points and nine assists in possibly his last game for Memphis, and the Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves on Justin Holiday’s two free throws with .1 seconds remaining.
Jaren Jackson Jr. added 23 points for Memphis, which won its second straight game. Ivan Rabb had a career-high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds.
Karl-Anthony Town had 26 points and 18 rebounds for Minnesota, and Dario Saric finished with 22 points.
The Grizzlies could move Conley and veteran center Marc Gasol ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. Gasol was a late scratch.
CELTICS 103, CAVALIERS 96
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 25 points, and Boston earned its fifth straight victory despite missing All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.
A strained left hip prevented Irving from facing his former team, but the Celtics made up for his absence by getting 18 points from Gordon Hayward and 17 from Marcus Smart.
Rookie Collin Sexton scored 27 — but none in the fourth quarter — for the Cavs, who dropped to 3-20 since Dec. 19. Alec Burks, who has been linked to recent trade talks, added 21 for Cleveland. Larry Nance Jr. had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Irving, who is averaging a team-high 23.8 points per game, may return Thursday when Boston hosts LeBron James and the Lakers, hours after the NBA’s trade deadline.
CLIPPERS 117, HORNETS 115
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 34 points, including a running jumper with 4.3 seconds remaining, and the Clippers rallied from 20 points down to secure the road win.
Charlotte had a chance to tie or take the lead on its last possession, but Marvin Williams’ 3-point attempt was short at the buzzer.
Lou Williams scored 31 points for the Clippers. Montrezl Harrell added 16 and Patrick Beverley had 15 points in Los Angeles’ third road game in four days.
Kemba Walker scored 32 points and Jeremy Lamb added 22 for the Hornets.
It was the second time this season Charlotte lost a game after leading by 20.
PISTONS 105, KNICKS 92
NEW YORK (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 29 points, Andre Drummond had 17 points and 15 rebounds, and the Pistons handed the Knicks their 14th straight loss.
Reggie Bullock and Reggie Jackson each added 19 points for the Pistons.
Dennis Smith Jr., playing his second game for New York, led the Knicks with 25 points.
New York has dropped a team-record 15 straight at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks haven’t won since Jan. 4 against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Their last win at MSG was a 136-134 overtime victory against Milwaukee on Dec. 1.
HEAT 118, TRAIL BLAZERS 108
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hassan Whiteside had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and the Miami Heat snapped a three-game losing streak.
Dwyane Wade added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Heat in the first of a five-game road trip.
CJ McCollum had 33 points for the Trail Blazers, who had won three straight but were coming off a five-day layoff. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for Portland at home.
Miami led by 15 points heading into the final quarter but Portland rallied with a 9-2 run capped by Seth Curry’s 3-pointer that pulled the Blazers to 96-88.
Whiteside’s basket and a pair of free throws from Johnson kept Miami in front 108-103, and the Heat were able to hold off the Blazers the rest of the way.
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