Caris LeVert scored 20 points Wednesday night in New York as the Brooklyn Nets recorded a 101-91 victory over the Toronto Raptors, who saw their team-record, 15-game winning streak come to an end.
The Nets won their fifth straight home game and headed into the All-Star break with seven wins in their last 10 games. Brooklyn also picked up a rare win over Toronto, beating the Raptors for only the second time in the past 20 meetings since Jan. 6, 2016.
Joe Harris added 19 points for the Nets, who led for the final 43:50. Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Brooklyn. Jarrett Allen collected 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Serge Ibaka scored 28 points to lead the Raptors, whose last loss was by one point on their home court to the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 12.
Los Angeles Lakers 120 – Denver Nuggets 116 (OT)
LeBron James had 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds, Anthony Davis finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds, and Los Angeles won at Denver for the second time this season.
It was the 12th triple-double of the season for James, tying him with the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic for the NBA lead. Dwight Howard had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Alex Caruso and Avery Bradley scored 10 points each for the Lakers, who are 5-1 in their last six games overall.
Jamal Murray had 32 points and 10 assists, Nikola Jokic scored 22 and added 11 rebounds, and Jerami Grant had 15 points for Denver. Gary Harris and Monte Morris added 13 and 12 points respectively. The Nuggets had their four-game win streak snapped.
Indiana Pacers 118 – Milwaukee Bucks 111
T.J. Warren scored 35 points as Indiana snapped a season-high, six-game losing streak by defeating Central Division rival Milwaukee in Indianapolis.
Warren shot 16 of 19 from the field for the Pacers, who exploited the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo and shot a sizzling 61.9 percent from the floor (26 of 42) in the first half. Former Buck Malcolm Brogdon collected 17 points and 13 assists.
Donte DiVincenzo scored a team-high 19 points and Khris Middleton added 17 for the Bucks, who sustained their first loss in six games without Antetokounmpo in the lineup. The reigning NBA MVP sat out his second consecutive contest following the birth of his first child, Liam Charles.
Orlando Magic 116 – Detroit Pistons 112 (OT)
Aaron Gordon had 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and Nikola Vucevic hit the go-ahead shot in overtime as host Orlando held off Detroit.
Markelle Fultz supplied 22 points and 10 assists, while Vucevic contributed 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Evan Fournier added 19 points for the Magic.
Christian Wood led the Pistons with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Thon Maker had 18 points, Markieff Morris scored 14, Reggie Jackson added 12 and Langston Galloway chipped in 11 for the Pistons, who have lost four straight.
Dallas Mavericks 130 – Sacramento Kings 111
Luka Doncic recorded 33 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in his return from an ankle injury to lead Dallas to a victory over visiting Sacramento.
Doncic missed seven games with the injury, and the Mavericks went 3-4 without the All-Star point guard. On Wednesday, Doncic shot 10 of 18 — including 3 of 7 from 3-point range — and 10 of 12 from the free-throw line in 31 minutes before exiting with 6:26 remaining.
Kristaps Porzingis had 27 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots for Dallas. Buddy Hield posted 22 points and nine assists for the Kings, who have dropped back-to-back games after winning six of their previous eight contests.
Memphis Grizzlies 111 – Portland Trail Blazers 104
Brandon Clarke scored 27 points and Ja Morant added 20 with nine assists as host Memphis’ rookies led the charge past Portland in the last game for each team before the All-Star break.
Jonas Valanciunas and De’Anthony Melton each scored 12 points, while Valanciunas added 18 rebounds, as the Grizzlies won for the fourth time in their past five games and the eighth time in their past 10 contests.
Damian Lillard scored 20 points for the Blazers, but he left for good with 3:22 remaining with what was later reported as a right groin strain. CJ McCollum scored 23 points and Anfernee Simons added 22 off the bench for Portland.
Utah Jazz 116 – Miami Heat 101
Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 26 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 points, leading Utah to a win over Miami in Salt Lake City.
Jordan Clarkson had 21 points off the bench for the Jazz, who have won four consecutive games. Rudy Gobert added 16 points, two blocks and a game-high 20 rebounds. Gobert and Mitchell, both first-time All-Stars this year, were honored before the game by the Jazz.
The Heat, who finished a 1-4 road trip, were led by Jimmy Butler’s 25 points.
Washington Wizards 114 – New York Knicks 96
Bradley Beal scored 10 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter as Washington pulled away for a win at New York.
The Wizards outscored the Knicks 37-23 in the fourth quarter on their way to their fifth victory in seven games. The Knicks lost their second straight following a season-high four-game winning streak.
Beal has scored 30 points in back-to-back games, and he has tallied at least 30 in nine of his past 11 games. Davis Bertans had 16 points off the bench for the Wizards. Julius Randle finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, and Elfrid Payton collected 19 points and eight assists.
Phoenix Suns 112 – Golden State Warriors 106
Devin Booker’s 27 points helped host Phoenix hold off Golden State in the final game before the NBA All-Star break for both teams.
Kelly Oubre Jr. added 15 points and Mikal Bridges 14 for the Suns, who had lost six of their previous seven games. Forward Jonah Bolden, signed to a 10-day contract before the game, scored six points with seven rebounds in 26 minutes in his Phoenix debut.
Andrew Wiggins’ 27 points led the Warriors, who have lost four straight and have the NBA’s worst road record at 5-24. Former Sun Marquese Chriss added 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Cleveland Cavaliers 127 – Atlanta Hawks 105
Tristan Thompson, Andre Drummond and Larry Nance Jr. each produced a double-double to help host Cleveland end a six-game losing streak with a win over Atlanta.
Thompson came off the bench to score 27 points, hitting a season-high three 3-pointers, and grab 11 rebounds.
Drummond, playing his second game with the Cavaliers since being acquired at the trade deadline, had 14 points and 15 rebounds to extend his streak of double-doubles to seven straight games.
Charlotte Hornets 115 – Minnesota Timberwolves 108
Devonte’ Graham pumped in 28 points, and Malik Monk came off the bench for 25 points as Charlotte recovered from a big first-half hole to defeat Minnesota in Minneapolis, spoiling the home debut of Minnesota guard D’Angelo Russell.
Charlotte’s Miles Bridges poured in 20 points, Bismack Biyombo supplied 14 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Jalen McDaniels had 10 points. The Hornets were without guard Terry Rozier, who had a sore left knee. Despite winning their last two games, the Hornets have still lost 13 of their last 16.
Malik Beasley led Minnesota with 28 points, and Russell notched 26 points and 11 assists. The Timberwolves also received 16 points and 12 rebounds from Juancho Hernangomez. Minnesota, which was without Karl-Anthony Towns because of a left wrist injury, lost for the 15th time in 16 games.