Ellington lifts Heat to 90-89 win at Raptors
TORONTO (AP) — Wayne Ellington made a go-ahead driving layup with less than a second remaining, and the Miami Heat stopped Toronto’s 12-game home winning streak with a 90-89 victory over the Raptors on Tuesday night.
It was the only basket of the second half for Ellington, who finished with 15 points.
Goran Dragic had 24 points and 12 rebounds as Miami extended its season-best winning streak to five. Bam Adebayo had 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds and Hassan Whiteside collected 13 points and 15 boards for the Heat, who had dropped their previous five visits to Toronto.
The Raptors were without point guard Kyle Lowry after the three-time All-Star bruised his tailbone during Monday’s overtime win at Brooklyn.
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points as the Raptors lost for the first time in six games and failed to break the franchise record for consecutive home victories.
TRAIL BLAZERS 117, THUNDER 106
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — CJ McCollum had 27 points and seven assists, and the Trail Blazers beat the Thunder in the opener of a four-game trip.
Shabazz Napier added 21 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 20 points and eight rebounds for Portland, which moved past Oklahoma City into second in the Northwest Division standings with its seventh win in its last nine games against the Thunder.
Portland has won four of five overall despite playing most of that stretch without star guard Damien Lillard, who sat out for the seventh time in the last nine games with a left calf strain.
Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has dropped four of six.
MAVERICKS 114, MAGIC 99
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. each scored 20 points, and Mavericks stopped a three-game slide.
Wesley Matthews had 16 points for Dallas, which got its first win since Dec. 31 against Oklahoma City. Harrison Barnes and Yogi Ferrell scored 15 points apiece, and J.J. Barea had 12 assists and eight points.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle earned his 708th career win, moving past John MacLeod for 17th in NBA history. Next up for Carlisle is Gene Shue, who has 784 wins.
Aaron Gordon scored 19 points for Orlando, which has lost five in a row. D.J. Augustin had 18 points, and Marreese Speights finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
LAKERS 99, KINGS 86
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julius Randle had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Lonzo Ball added 11 rebounds and 11 assists as Los Angeles defeated Sacramento.
Brook Lopez scored 18 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 for the Lakers, who have won two straight following a nine-game losing streak.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points off the bench for the Kings, who have lost five of six. De’Aaron Fox had 15 points and Buddy Hield scored 13.
With Ball leading the charge, the Lakers had a 35-8 advantage in fast-break points. The rookie finished with five points, and his 11 assists were his most since returning from a recent shoulder injury that sidelined him for six games.
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