Raptors rip Celtics...Nuggets hang on...Duke falls to Tech...Kentucky, UNC win...Flames top Isles
TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam (see-AH’-kam) delivered 25 points and Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard added 21 as the Toronto Raptors blasted Boston, 118-95. Serge Ibaka scored 14 points for Toronto, which has won eight straight at home versus the Celtics. The game became a rout while the Raptors outscored the Celts 36-13 in the second quarter, sending Toronto to its 15th victory in its last 17 home games.
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kihch) just missed a triple-double and the Denver Nuggets blew most of an 18-point lead before earning their fifth straight win, 121-112 against Oklahoma City. Jokic provided five free throws in the final moments and finished with 36 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help the Nuggets improve to 3-0 versus the Thunder this season. Will Barton added 23 points and Jamal Murray 20 for the Nuggets, who extended their lead in the NBA’s Northwest Division to four games over the Thunder.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ty Outlaw hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining before No. 20 Virginia Tech completed a 77-72 victory over third-ranked Duke. Kelly Blackshear Jr. had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Hokies, who beat Duke at Cassell Coliseum for the third consecutive time. Ahmed Hill scored 17 points to help Tech improve to 22-6 overall and 11-5 in the ACC. RJ Barrett scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Blue Devils from falling to 24-4 overall, 12-3 in the conference.
UNDATED (AP) — Fourth-ranked Kentucky and No. 5 North Carolina picked up victories. Tyler Herro had career highs of five 3-pointers and 29 points as the Wildcats turned a 15-point, second-half deficit into a 70-66 win over Arkansas. Coby White scored a career-high 34 points and the Tar Heels used a late 7-0 run to beat Syracuse, 93-85.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Mike Smith stopped 26 shots and the Calgary Flames scored twice less than two minutes apart early in the third period of their season-high sixth straight win, 3-1 against the New York Islanders. The game was tied 1-1 until Mikael Backlund and Rasmus Andersson beat Robin Lehner in a 1:57 span. The outcome gives the Flames a five-point lead in the NHL’s Western Conference and drops the Isles into a first-place tie with Washington in the Metropolitan Division.