TORONTO (AP) Jeremy Lamb banked home a half-court 3-pointer at the
buzzer and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 115-114
on Sunday night for their third straight win.
Toronto looked to have won the game after Kawhi Leonard hit the
go-ahead basket with 44 seconds left, then blocked Kemba Walker at
the other end.
Charlotte got one final chance after Leonard missed a jumper with
5.8 seconds to go. Pascal Siakam knocked the inbounds pass away
from Lamb, who chased the ball into the backcourt before launching
the winning shot.
Walker had 15 points and 13 assists and Willy Hernagomez had 13
points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets.
Dwayne Bacon made five 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and rookie
Miles Bridges scored 16 for Charlotte, which began the day 2 1/2
games behind eighth-place Miami and 1 1/2 games behind ninth-place
Orlando in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
BUCKS 127, CAVALIERS 105
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo showed few signs he was
bothered by an ailing right ankle, getting 26 points and 10
rebounds to lift Milwaukee over Cleveland.
Antetokounmpo was listed as questionable after missing two of the
three previous games with an ankle sprain. He made 11 of 16 shots
and had seven assists in 32 minutes.
Khris Middleton and George Hill added 17 points apiece for the
Bucks. Hill was acquired from the Cavaliers in a three-team trade
in early December.
Kevin Love had 20 points, Jordan Clarkson 19 and Collin Sexton 18
Milwaukee improved to an NBA-best 55-19.
PACERS 124, NUGGETS 88
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 of his 35 points in
the first half to lead Indiana over Denver.
Myles Turner had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Domantas Sabonis
added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers, who returned home
after dropping four in a row during a West Coast swing.
Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Will
Barton had 15 points and reserve Monte Morris scored 12 points for
the Nuggets, who lost for the first time after winning six straight.
Bogdanovic scored every point during a 12-2 run late in the second
quarter. He made a 3-pointer with 2:53 remaining in the first half
to put the Pacers ahead 52-35.
CLIPPERS 124, KNICKS 113
NEW YORK (AP) – Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points to extend the
best scoring streak of his career, and Los Angeles beat New York
for its fifth straight victory.
Lou Williams had 29 points and fellow reserve Montrezl Harrell
added 24 to provide their usual potent play off the bench for the
Clippers, who began play tied with Oklahoma City and Utah for fifth
place in the Western Conference.
Gallinari made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 4:12 remaining to make it
106-104, then hit a pair of free throws before Williams made
another 3 to push it to 111-104 with 3:01 to go. The Clippers then
pulled away from there to win for the 10th time in 11 games.
Gallinari, the Knicks’ first-round pick in 2008, has scored 20 or
more in his past nine games.