Nikola Jokic needed a triple-double with 23 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds and made three free throws in the closing seconds as the visiting Denver Nuggets finished the Toronto Raptors‘ eight-game winning series with a 106-103 win Monday night.
Jokic created a free throw with seven seconds remaining to finish a tie and created two with 5.6 seconds left to the last margin, stretching Denver’s winning streak to six matches.
Jamal Murray added 21 points for the Nuggets, and Juan Hernangomez and Malik Beasley had 15 each.
Kawhi Leonard led Toronto with 27 points and had eight rebounds. Serge Ibaka additional 15 points.
Warriors 128, Hawks 111
Golden State’s Big Three combined to 85 points, along with the Warriors broke their two-game losing streak with a win at Atlanta.
Stephen Curry scored 30, followed closely by Kevin Duran (28) and Klay Thompson (27) as Golden State improved to 5-7 on the street. Curry, playing in his second game since missing 11 games with a foot injury, created six 3-pointers.
Atlanta dropped its third consecutive game despite getting 24 points and 11 rebounds from John Collins and 20 points from newcomer Trae Young.
Cavaliers 99, Nets 97
Alec Burks threw a tiebreaking dip with 3.2 seconds remaining, and Cleveland escaped with a victory over Brooklyn. The Nets watched their home losing streak hit seven games.
Burks ended with 13 points in his third match for Cleveland after being obtained by Utah on Thursday. He helped finish the Cavaliers’ losing streak at four games. The Nets had more opportunity to win or tie, but Spencer Dinwiddie’s 3-point attempt was short of the rim with 1.5 seconds remaining.
Jordan Clarkson led the Cavaliers with 20 points along with also a career-high 11 rebounds. Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell led all scorers with 30 points but taken 13 of 31 since the Nets’ entire losing streak reached seven games.
Wizards 110, Knicks 107
Bradley Beal scored 27 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. additional 21, and Washington held on to succeed at New York.
John Wall had 18 points and 15 assists, Markieff Morris scored 18, and Otto Porter Jr. donated 15 as Washington won its ninth straight game at Madison Square Garden.
Emmanuel Mudiay’s two free throws got the Knicks in five with 1:02 remaining, and afterwards Morris missed a 3-point effort, Noah Vonleh’s layup cut on the Wizards’ lead to three. But, Wall’s 3-pointer with 12 seconds left made it 110-104. Tim Hardaway Jr. directed five New York players in double figures with 20 points.
Thunder 110, Pistons 83
Steven Adams had 21 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes, and seeing Oklahoma City snapped Detroit’s five-game winning series.
Russell Westbrook donated 18 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Thunder, who’ve gone 15-3 as a 0-4 start. Paul George provided 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Detroit’s Blake Griffin had 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists but moved 7-for-18 in the area. Pistons guard Reggie Bullock lasted a left ankle sprain in the first going and didn’t return.
Clippers 129, Pelicans 126
Tobias Harris scored 27 points and Danilo Gallinari additional 24 as Los Angeles won in New Orleans.
Lou Williams came off the bench to add 20, Avery Bradley scored 15 and Montrezl Harrell had 14 to the Clippers.
Julius Randle scored a career-high 37 to lead New Orleans before fouling out with 4:04 remaining. Jrue Holiday additional 32 points and 14 assists, Anthony Davis had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Darius Miller scored 15.
Timberwolves 103, Rockets 91
Karl-Anthony Towns listed 24 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals to assist Minnesota recuperate from a 19-point, first-half shortage to post a victory over Houston in Minneapolis.
Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points for Minnesota, which won for the fifth time in the previous six games. Taj Gibson added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
James Harden had 29 points and eight assists for Houston, which divides only nine fourth-quarter points while decreasing for the fifth time in the previous seven games. Clint Capela scored 24 points for the Rockets.