Raptors, Nuggets eke out wins...Blue Devils romp...Vols, Spartans, Raiders victorious
TORONTO (AP) — Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) delivered the winning dunk with 17 seconds remaining and added a big rebound to help the Toronto Raptors secure a 104-101 victory over the Hawks. Atlanta had a chance to regain the lead, but Ibaka grabbed a missed shot by Trae Young and fed OG Anunoby (AN’-oo-noh-bee) for a slam with less than a second remaining. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 31 points for the Raptors, who earned their sixth straight home win and improved to an NBA-best 31-12.
MIAMI (AP) — Nikola Jokic (YOH’-kihch) registered his fourth triple-double of the season by delivering 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Denver Nuggets’ 103-99 triumph over the Heat at Miami. Jamal Murray added 18 points for the Western Conference leaders, who improved to 27-12. Trey Lyles added 15, Paul Millsap had 12 and Torrey Craig finished with 11 points and 16 rebounds against the Heat.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman sensation Zion Williamson scored a season-high 30 points with 10 rebounds as top-ranked Duke clobbered Wake Forest, 87-65. Williamson was 13 of 16 from the field with three 3-pointers after entering the game with just four baskets from beyond the arc all season. RJ Barrett finished with 21 points and matched a season high with seven assists to help the Blue Devils pick up their eighth straight win and improve to 13-1.
UNDATED (AP) — Third-ranked Tennessee is 13-1 after Kyle Alexander contributed 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in an 87-63 thumping of Missouri. No. 6 Michigan State improved to 14-2 as Cassius Winston shook off a slow start and finished with 23 points to help the Spartans beat Purdue, 77-59. Jarrett Culver scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and seven straight Texas Tech points to break a tie late in the second half of the seventh-ranked Red Raiders’ 66-59 win over 23rd-ranked Oklahoma.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) handled 31 shots and the Tampa Bay Lightning improved to an NHL-leading 33-8-2 by blanking the Blue Jackets, 4-0. Braydon Point had two goals and an assist in support of Vasilevskiy, who notched his second shutout of the season and 14th of his career. League points leader Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) had a goal and an assist to help the Lightning improve to 16-1-1 in their last 18 contests.