Raptors rally past Pacers...Jazz top Warriors...Nets win again...NC State stuns Auburn...Pens over Caps
TORONTO (AP) — Fred VanVleet hit a go-ahead, 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to send the Toronto Raptors to a 99-96 triumph over the Indiana Pacers. VanVleet scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter after the Pacers carried a 10-point lead into the period. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 28 points and Pascal Siakam (see-AH’-kam) had 17 to help the Raptors end a two-game skid and improve to an NBA-best 24-9.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz picked up their fourth straight home win as Joe Ingles scored 20 points in a 108-103 win over the Golden State Warriors. Jae Crowder finished with 18 points and Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) added 17 with 15 rebounds to help Utah hand Golden State its second loss in eight games. Stephen Curry scored 32 points and Kevin Durant added 30 for the Warriors.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets continue to own the league’s longest current winning streak as Spencer Dinwiddie scored 27 points off the bench and made a critical defensive play in the final seconds of their seventh consecutive victory, 96-93. Jarrett Allen had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who began their win streak on the heels of an eight-game skid. Kris Dunn scored 24 points for Chicago, which has the worst record in the league at 7-25 after dropping 12 of its last 14.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State is 10-1 after Markell Johnson and Devon Daniels led the Wolfpack to a 78-71 win over seventh-ranked Auburn. Johnson had career highs of 27 points and five 3-pointers for N.C. State, which shot 58 percent after halftime. Johnson delivered 19 of his points in the second half, and Daniels scored all 15 of his points after the break. J’Von McCormick scored 14 points for the 9-2 Tigers, who shot 48 percent but committed a season-high 25 turnovers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryan Rust scored his sixth goal in five games to break a 1-1 deadlock late in the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2-1 win at Washington. Sidney Crosby also scored and Matt Murray stopped 31 shots as the Penguins ended the Capitals’ five-game winning streak. Pittsburgh also silenced Ovechkin, who ended a seven-game goal streak and a career-high 14-game point streak.